30-Minute Music Hour

S10 E8 | FULL EPISODE

Madison Malone

Ethereal/Alt-Pop LA-based artist, Madison Malone's songs use the light to recognize the dark. Her new music is the beauty created beneath the destruction. A diverse collection that combines her origin of the cozy Midwest, with the international flavor of Europe, and the experimental hum of the West Coast. The singer-songwriter is originally from Portage, Wisconsin.

AIRED: February 26, 2019 | 0:27:57
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♪ ♪

[quiet notes on piano]

It's the "30 Minute Music Hour."

I'm Andy Moore.

From Los Angeles, California,

by way of Portage, Wisconsin,

here is Madison Malone.

[cheers and applause]

["Fragile Heart"]

[quiet notes on piano]

♪ I have a fragile heart ♪

♪ I have a fragile heart ♪

♪ It can get broken down ♪

♪ When I'm feeling down ♪

♪ I think of the love I found ♪

♪ But I have a fragile heart ♪

[slow melody on piano]

♪ I have a wanderin' eye ♪

♪ I have a wanderin' eye ♪

♪ I'm barely satisfied ♪

♪ When I'm feeling down ♪

♪ I think of the love I found ♪

♪ But I have a wanderin' eye ♪

[slow melody on piano]

♪ I have an impatient mind ♪

♪ I have an impatient mind ♪

♪ It's talking all the time ♪

♪ When people say wait your turn ♪

♪ I wish that I could learn ♪

♪ But I've an impatient mind ♪

♪ I have a fragile voice ♪

♪ I have a fragile voice ♪

♪ Let me uncover peace ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[one, two, three notes played on piano]

So I think we grow up too quickly.

What I really think we need to do

is listen to the little voice inside of us.

["Treehouse"]

♪ ♪

♪ There's a tree in my backyard♪

♪ Bulldozers took it down ♪

♪ I sat in it most days ♪

♪ When my parents would leave town ♪

♪ Inside my treehouse ♪

♪ I don't have to grow up ♪

♪ My thoughts run wild ♪

♪ I'm forever a child ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Mmmmm ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Mmmmm ♪

♪ There's a blanket in my room ♪

♪ It is tattered and torn ♪

♪ Patches to fix up ♪

♪ The places I wore ♪

♪ Inside my blanket ♪

♪ I don't have to grow up ♪

♪ My thoughts run wild ♪

♪ I'm forever a child ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Mmmm ♪

♪ Running through the grass ♪

♪ I remember it just like that ♪

♪ Dirt upon my feet ♪

♪ No one to please ♪

♪ When we grow up ♪

♪ Why do we have to leave the land of make believe ♪

♪ I don't know ♪

♪ I don't know ♪

♪ There's a photo on my shelf ♪

♪ It's a picture of myself ♪

♪ Seated at the keys ♪

♪ The blanket on my knees ♪

♪ Inside this photograph ♪

♪ I don't have to grow up ♪

♪ My thoughts run wild ♪

♪ I'm forever a child ♪

♪ Oooo, Oooo ♪

♪ Child ♪

♪ Oooo, Oooo ♪

♪ Haaaa ♪

♪ Hooo, Oooo ♪

♪ Haaaa ♪

♪ Hoooo ♪

♪ Haaaa ♪

♪ Ooooo ♪

♪ Hoooo ♪

♪ Hoooo ♪

♪ Haaaa ♪

♪ Ooooo ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

So this next song is called "Foxes"

and I released my first music video last fall

and it was of this song.

And we recorded it here in Wisconsin.

And back in L.A., my friends and people were like,

"Oh my gosh, it is so beautiful.

Where did you film that?"

They just couldn't believe that it was in a friend's backyard here.

I'm like, "Yeah, Wisconsin is beautiful."

It's so beautiful.

I'm so happy to be from this place.

But anyways, check out the video.

It's called "Foxes."

And it's a song about bullies and not letting anybody take your light.

["Foxes"]

[mid-tempo melody on piano]

♪ Through the branches of the trees ♪

♪ I see their glow looking at me ♪

♪ Beneath the constructs of the roots ♪

♪ Their stinging souls are in pursuit ♪

♪ Of the light inside of me ♪

♪ They are begging set it free ♪

♪ Oh oh, whoa oh ♪

♪ Of the light inside of me ♪

♪ They are begging set it free ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, the fox, foxes ♪

♪ Inside the broken dams ♪

♪ Of the marsh ♪

♪ Their teeth are eager to draw blood, draw blood, hey ♪

♪ Peaking in the darkness of the depths, now ♪

♪ Relentless to take all that is left ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, the fox, foxes now ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, the fox, foxes ♪

♪ They are building tunnels, block them out ♪

♪ They are building tunnels, block them out ♪

♪ They are building tunnels, block them out ♪

♪ They are building tunnels, block them out ♪

♪ Oh ho aaaahh♪

♪ Ooooo ♪

♪ Howwww♪

♪ Haaaa♪

♪ Of the light inside of me ♪

♪ They are begging set it free, yeah ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, the fox, foxes, now ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, oh whoa oh ♪

♪ Cast out the foxes, the fox, foxes ♪

♪ Oh wooooo ♪

♪ Whoaaaaa ♪

♪ They are building tunnels ♪

♪ They are building tunnels ♪

♪ Oh whoa ohhhhh ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

Drinking out of my new fancy waterbottle.

So I grew up in Portage, Wisconsin.

And this is just a song about having really big dreams

and coming from a small place.

You can dream anything you want to.

It can come true.

Just gotta work for it. That's it.

["Shoreline"]

[mid-tempo melody on piano ]

♪ I come from a city that keeps me grounded ♪

♪ With frozen cliffs ♪

♪ Two rivers surrounding ♪

♪ It's not much ♪

♪ Just a place to be from ♪

♪ Know everybody there ♪

♪ Hope to make them proud ♪

♪ Dropout with no degree ♪

♪ Oh, on the edge I gotta breathe ♪

♪ But now it's hard to breathe ♪

♪ For someone who just wants to be heard ♪

♪ Let me run, let me run away ♪

♪ From this little girl ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline ♪

♪ Waiting for the echoes ♪

♪ Voice, just come and find me ♪

♪ I'm ready to go ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline ♪

♪ Waiting for the echoes ♪

♪ Voice, just come and find me ♪

♪ I'm ready to go ♪

♪ I hesitated to let my words break out ♪

♪ My reflection screams ♪

♪ Now is the time to shout, shout, shout ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline, oh, oh, ohhhhoh ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline, oh, oh, ohhhhoh ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline, oh, oh, ohhhhoh, oooo ♪

♪ Across the street from the cemetery is where I would lay my head down ♪

♪ Lay my head down to sleep ♪

♪ I could outline my journey ♪

♪ Oh completely, but tell me am I ♪

♪ Tell me am I worthy ♪

So I grew up acress the street from a cemetery, which is why I said that.

♪ ♪

♪ Downtown is filled with painted back alleys ♪

♪ On Friday nights ♪

♪ We drive through the valleys ♪

♪ Staying out past the city's curfew ♪

♪ Skidding parking lots, not much else to do ♪

♪ What else to do ♪

♪ For the echoes ♪

♪ Voice, just come and find me ♪

♪ I'm ready to go ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline ♪

♪ Waiting for the echoes ♪

♪ Voice, just come and find me ♪

♪ I'm ready to go ♪

♪ I hesitated to let my words break out, yeh ♪

♪ My words break out ♪

♪ My reflection screams ♪

♪ Now is the time to shout, shout, shout ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline, oh, oh, ohhhhoh ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline, oh, oh, ohhhhoh ♪

♪ Standing on the shoreline, oh, oh, ohhhhoh ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

[ending piano notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

Thank you so much.

So I came out last year as pansexual,

which means that you are -- you love people of all genders.

Doesn't matter who they are.

You love them for who they are and who they aren't.

I love you for you.

And I like, hesitate still to talk about it

and it's still something, you know, scares ya

and it shouldn't because love is a really beautiful thing

and that love is positive.

I never think it should be something that we keep quiet.

So wherever you live, whoever you are,

whoever you love, however you love,

what you love, not matter what it is,

I encourage you to talk about it.

And to be proud and be out and celebrate.

Because if somebody you know doesn't celebrate it,

somebody else in the world does celebrate it.

I celebrate it.

So don't quiet down and that's what this is about.

[applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

["Quiet Down"]

[slow melody on pinao]

♪ Quiet down ♪

♪ Keep it low ♪

♪ No need to tell them who you are ♪

♪ Wear the mask ♪

♪ They won't know ♪

♪ If you love them or him or her ♪

♪ I don't believe that love could be a sin ♪

♪ Wanna show you all of me ♪

♪ Give you everything ♪

♪ Oh, this is not easy ♪

♪ Yeah, this is not easy ♪

♪ When I'm in bed ♪

♪ I feel warm and safe within her arms ♪

♪ They can't tell me the way I'm living ♪

♪ Does anyone harm ♪

♪ If there's a god ♪

♪ I'm sure they brought you to me ♪

♪ Wanna show you all of me ♪

♪ Give you everything ♪

♪ Oh, this is not easy ♪

♪ Wanna share my love out loud ♪

♪ Let everyone know it now ♪

♪ Oh, this is not easy ♪

♪ Yeah, this is not easy ♪

♪ Quiet down ♪

♪ Quiet down ♪

♪ They want me to quiet down ♪

♪ But I won't quiet down ♪

♪ Wanna show you all of me ♪

♪ Give you everything ♪

♪ Oh, this is not easy ♪

♪ Wanna share my love out loud ♪

♪ Let everyone know it now ♪

♪ Oh, this is not easy ♪

♪ No, this is not easy ♪

♪ Quiet down ♪

♪ Quiet down ♪

[vocals and piano music fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

Thank you so much.

I'm not crying.

I just like tear up when your eyes close

and it's like -- I don't want the mascara to run.

Ah, so, this song is called "Home"

and it's about packing up and moving on and moving out.

But still feeling nostalgic towards the place you grew up in

and towards the people that you're surrounded by.

["Home"]

[mid-tempo melody on piano]

♪ Faded pines... ♪

♪ ... and slamming doors ♪

♪ Kids on bikes... ♪

♪ ... and kids next door ♪

♪ Rushing water ♪

♪ Falling leaves ♪

♪ Tire swings fill up my memory ♪

♪ Oh, the driveway has seen so many people leave ♪

♪ I hope it won't forget about me ♪

♪ This is the only home I've ever known ♪

♪ This is the only home I've ever known ♪

♪ And it's bittersweet to let go ♪

♪ Ohhhh ♪

♪ Midnight fireflies ♪

♪ Rolling greens ♪

♪ Friday nights and movie screens ♪

♪ Campfire crackling ♪

♪ Mama laughing ♪

♪ Wolves are howling and I am too up at the moon ♪

♪ Oh, this backyard has heard a thousand of my words ♪

♪ It holds more secrets than anyone ♪

♪ This is the only home I've ever known ♪

♪ This is the only home I've ever known ♪

♪And it's bittersweet to let go ♪

♪ Ohhhh ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Every inch that I grew ♪

♪ Every song that I wrote ♪

♪ Every love that I cried for late at night ♪

♪ Every fight that was fought ♪

♪ Every dream that I had ♪

♪ I thank the floorboards for holding me ♪

♪ I thank the walls for supporting me ♪

♪ I've been speaking about the day that I would move away ♪

♪ The house listens to everything ♪

♪ This is the only home I've ever known ♪

♪ This is the only home I've ever known ♪

♪ And it's bittersweet to let go ♪

♪ Ohhhh ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Oooo ♪

♪ Ohhhh ♪

[vocals and piano notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

Thank you so much.

So this is my last song.

Thank you so much Wisconsin Public Television

and Andy Moore for having me.

And I've heard there are like,

40 plus people who are going to be working on this segment

to get it out into the world.

So thank you to all of you behind the cameras,

and everybody at home watching and everybody here watching.

I love you all and I appreciate your presence and your ears.

Yeah, this is called "Simple Love."

I wrote it two weeks ago.

You can next see me in the area June 28th at High Noon Saloon.

It hasn't been announced yet

but you people watching at home and watching onine later

and you here now know

but it'll be announced in the spring

So June 28th, it's a Friday. Come out.

[applause]

Yeah, this is a new song.

I wrote it a couple weeks ago.

It's called "Simple Love."

I have a really simple and really sweet good love

and I hope the same for all of you.

["Simple Love"]

[slow melody on piano]

♪ I want to marry you under a tree ♪

♪ Saying our vows in front of family ♪

♪ Oh, I want to marry you under a tree ♪

♪ I want our house filled with pictures inside ♪

♪ Telling the story of our beautiful life ♪

♪ I want our house filled with pictures inside ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Mmmm ♪

♪ I wanna backyard with a swing on a rope ♪

♪ We'll play with our children until they grow old ♪

♪ Oh, I want a backyard with a swing on a rope ♪

♪ I want our kids to know two languages ♪

♪ So they can speak to your mom when they meet her someday ♪

♪ Yeah, I want our kids to know two languages ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Mmmm ♪

♪ And the years I know will go by quick ♪

♪ Because days feel like seconds, that's it ♪

♪ I guess that's what they mean when you find ♪

♪ The love you have been waiting for your whole life ♪

♪ Ahhhh, oooo, oooooooo ♪

♪ Ahhhh, oooo, oooo ♪

♪ I wanna be buried right next to you ♪

♪ Beneath that old tree where we first said I do ♪

♪ I wanna be buried right next to you ♪

♪ I wanna be buried right next to you ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Yeah, it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Oh it's really a simple love ♪

♪ Mmmmm ♪

[ending notes fade]

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

Thank you so much.

[cheers and applause]

Thank you.

[applause]

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