Featured Song of the Week “fuels the fire”

This week’s featured song from my new EP is called “fuels the fire.” Reminder: Keep checking in over the next few weeks as I give you some insight into where my songs came from. I hope you enjoy them!

As many of you know, many of my songs are about my personal experiences with love, relationships, and family. I am glad to have many sweet songs that speak kindly of love – as I have been fortunate. I also have had my share of difficult relationships.  This song is about the struggle and challenges that are a part of falling in and out of love.

I know, lyrically, that it is on the darker side of my song-spectrum but I am very excited to share the performance of this song with you. I do hope you enjoy it. It’s something that I think anyone who’s experienced love has probably felt and can hopefully relate to.

Longing for breath and now the sky is getting dark and
the weight of all the world falls on my shoulders.
I shouldered the blame.
Haunting my thoughts at night, I see you when I close my eyes.
But you made these choices, the course stays the same.
The box I kept is emptied out
and your photograph, it fuels the fire, now.

This heat is bittersweet, climbed in the driver’s seat
and I slammed on the brakes, you drew conclusions and then signed your name.
I risked all that I had, now, I’ve got nothing left
And the choices that I made, only fanned the flames.
It’s warm where you were, on the couch,
and what we had it burns like fire, now.

Maybe the answer is somewhere between…
But the smoke, it lifted, and stung when I breathed. It still stings when I breathe.

I’m all alone tonight, in what I think is right
and I’ve been here before there’s so much to lose in hoping for gain.
An old familiar tune that I’ve been marching to (one two)
My blood’s in these verses, my bones the refrain.
The box I kept is emptied out.
And your photograph, it fuels the fire, now.

Featured Song – “Burnt Bridges”

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post individual tracks from my new EP ” yours and mine” here at TonyMemmel.com. I hope that you’ll enjoy a closer look at the music and lyrics. Feel free to share these songs with your friends!

Burnt Bridges

These lies were built on sand
When we made our last stand
You flicked me like a cigarette
blind-sided by the light
ash in my eyes
It pays to have foresight
I’m on my guard all the time…

Then you open your mouth a spitting image of you
Burnt bridges. I love you. But I’m tired. Burnt Bridges

Your adolescent groans
In a glass house throwin’ stones
and you’ve shattered every window
I’ve never been a fan
It’s tattooed in my hand
Driftin’ no sign of land
It’s hard to be the bigger man… 



Fun ‘n’ Fit Disability Resource Fair

On Tuesday October 18th I am going to be performing my music and manning my own booth at the Fun n Fit Disability Resource Fair in Kenosha, WI. I’ll be sharing with the folks at the fair how I adapted and learned to play guitar, insights into my songwriting, and more.

Here is a clip from a news article about the fair:

The third annual Fun ‘N Fit Disability Resource Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd St. There is no admission fee.

The 2009 National Champion UW Whitewater Warhawks Wheelchair Basketball team will perform from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a Zumba demonstration at 2:30 p.m. as well as Silver Sneakers, Rock Climbing, Yoga and chair massages provided by the YMCA. Jeff LaDow, a best-selling mouth painter in the United States, will demonstrate his ability to paint pictures using his mouth to hold the brush. There will be interactive exhibits with adaptive sports and fitness equipment to try out. A raffle will be held and food will be sold.

Free transportation is available from the Kenosha Achievement Center by calling (262) 658-9093.

Boston Globe “Critic’s Picks”

Monumental news! The Boston Globe has named us “Critic’s Picks” this week! Yes, we were printed in the actual Boston Globe (circulation 232,432 Daily (Wikipedia))!!! We’re thrilled.

You can see the online version HERE! Thanks for your support!


Click here to listen to and download new music from Tony Memmel

about this album:

At the end of August 2011, I decided to take a risk and invest in my own home recording studio. I spent September buried in tracking, mixing, and mastering books and learning the ins and out of the equipment I’d purchased.

I had a collection of songs that I was working on and was really loving but couldn’t find a fitting place for them in my future recording and full-length album plans. “Yours and Mine” is the result.

This is the first collection of recordings that I’ve ever done on my own. They were recorded in my apartment, in Wauwatosa, WI, with three microphones and a computer. I truly hope that you enjoy the result.

Thank you for listening!
Tony Memmel


Fall Tour Announcement

BIG NEWS! Lesleigh and I are going to be hitting the road this fall for several weeks of shows in the midwest and northeast! New dates and venues are being added and confirmed daily. Please keep checking back here at TonyMemmel.com for updates.

9/27 Oak City Grille – Royal Oak, MI
9/28 Sonnet’s Cafe – Wadsworth, OH
9/29 The Shop Cafe – Ithaca, NY
9/30 Higganum Village Farmers Market – Higganum, CT
10/1 – 2 Alices Coffee lounge – Cornwall on Hudson, NY
10/2 The Burren – Somerville, MA
10/3 Lizard Lounge Open Mic Competition (Judging) – Cambridge, MA
10/5 Abigail Cafe and Wine Bar (Open Mic) – Brooklyn, NY
10/6 Alphabet Lounge (w/Stephie Coplan) – New York, NY
10/7  Bank Street Coffee House – New Milford, CT
10/14 Linneman’s Riverwest Inn – Milwaukee, WI (Welcome Home Show!)

Mark your calendars! See you on the road!

Hurricane Irene

The east coast has been our second home over the past 2 years. Our touring has taken us to many of the effected areas and we all have family and friends located in the hurricane’s path.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Please stay safe. We’re thinking of you…

Tony, Lesleigh, and Brian