Aliah Selah

Aliah Selah

Santa Cruz, California, USA
BandRockAdult Contemporary

"Aliah Selah's has the talent integrity to rise above the norm." San Francisco Guardsman. "Aliah's comedy activism, music, stage/TV shows offer a creative spark that's contagious. A rockin' soul sister dancing on the edge of possibilities, inviting us to come along." Shema, Austin Daze Magazine

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Biography

Aliah began dancing at 3, started piano at 7, then opted out of lessons at 9 to secretly write her own songs. In high school she was known for her conceptual dances where she choreographed to FRANK ZAPPA, YES, & PINK FLOYD songs. Her life changed when she picked up the sax on a dare from her boyfriend to play his sax. She had already begun writing songs from her poetry (kept in "a shoebox under her bed" as referred to in her title track "Shades Of Images") with her vision of writing the songs she would dance to. Oddly enough, this caused her to quit dance at her high school to commit full time to music and yoga classes at Phoenix College. It made more sense when she won 2nd place at the Phoenix College Talent Show with a solo dance piece. Yoga had taken her dance to a whole new level. Also, she played sax in the PC Jazz band & was performing her own songs regularly at Phoenix Colleges Lunch Concert Series where a popular radio DJ announced her as "the next Joni Mitchell". The prestigious Berklee School of Music agreed and gave her a vocal scholarship that was reserved for unique singer/songwriters.

Aliah's 1st solo CD ACOUSTIC PERFUME, was featured on local Austin radio stations KUT, KTSW, KVRX, KGSR, & KOOP in perfect time for Lilith Fair. Her 2nd CD SHADES OF IMAGES started playing on those stations as well and as becoming a featured artist on KKMJ. She interviewed with DJ Eric Leikam who had dubbed her, "a kinder, gentler, Tori Amos". After her Amsterdam A2A Showcase, some European stations have been playing her unique spokenword and sung performance art song "Little Shelf" that was nominated for a 2008 HOLLYWOOD MUSIC AWARD in the Ambient/New Age category after being nominated in 2007 for an LA MUSIC AWARD in experimental. However, most of her songs are more radio friendly lingering in your head for days listeners have said. Access Magazine agreed when they reported that her songs are as catchy as some radio ballads." Vision Magazine adds "Aliah's music is both timeless & current."

Aliah Selah is an interdisciplinary artist with a joyous spirit that reveals a deep commitment to inner growth and spiritual activism. Her song "Bless The Water" was used for radio & TV spots to support S.O.S. (Save Our Spring) opposing developers threatening the fragile watershed eco-system in Austin, Texas. Another song "Luna: Tree Of Life" celebrates the work of Julia Butterfly Hill who lived for 2 years in a soaring Redwood tree she named Luna - to help save the ancient forest.

She's a pro performer with hundreds of live performances; she's toured Japan, Canada & Alaska with the keyboardist for Counting Crows, fronted San Francisco's rock band METRO, while in Boston on a Scholarship at Berklee School of Music - together with her soulmate/bandmate Paz - she played in Cafes and on college radio stations as well as in Harvard Square as TOUCH. Then, in the San Diego Area playing at clubs, and festivals with her funkrock band SOULER SYSTEM that grew into SPIRAL and then her current jam band project SPIRAL ON.... in pre-production with a TV/WEB SHOW CREATIVE EVOLUTION. In all project she writes songs, sings lead, arranges & plays sax & keys & for Special Events & Festivals - jamband Spiral On... & songs of Aliah Selah & Friends gigs include visual backdrops.. & Sacred Sign Dancers offering a mystical show of Universal Funk & Soulful Celebrational music.

Aliah's song "Sweetwater" is the title track on the Austin feature film that showcased in several festivals & SWEETWATER plays regularly on PBS. In addition, her Austin TV shows featured her layered collage-like music videos where she danced as another form of graphics - fulfilling her original vision of dancing to her own music. The San Francisco Guardsman commented on BELIEVE IN LOVE her one woman show combining her music, dance, poetry, art, and comedy about life: "It's nice to find someone who tells it how she sees it- we can expect to see more of Aliah Selah, she has the talent & integrity to rise above the norm."

Lyrics

Captain Jack

Written By: Aliah Selah

I remember Captain Jack with 2 black cats
Reining King of the Laundry Mat
He'd seen a little too much, he'd seen a little too much of life
I wasn't sure what he was mumblin' about -
'til I heard some wisdom slip out
He looked me in the eye and wouldn't look away

Chorus:
And he asked me what was beautiful -
I thought of many answers but out of curiosity I asked him,
'Hey, what 's beautiful?"
And this is what he said, what he said to me
"Thinkin' about what's beautiful
is the very most beautiful thing you can do."
And I said, "I think that's true, Captain Jack."

I remember Captain Jack with 2 black cats
He was stinkin' drunk in this laundry mat
Cause he lost his faith in America
He wore a politicians clothes yet it never did save his soul
He says, "Sometimes democracy, well it's just hypocrisy."

Chorus:
Then he asked me what was powerful -
I thought of many answers
But out of curiosity I asked him
"Hey, what's powerful?"
And this is what he said, what he said to me
"Thinkin' about what's powerful is the very most powerful thing you can do." And I said, "I think that's true, Captain Jack."

Bridge:
Then he told me how he'd just buried a friend
They'd seen it together through thick and thin
How could he have left him to drink alone
In the laundry mat they called home

Saw I was getting ready to go
Cause I picked up my bundle a clothes

Chorus:
And he asked me what it means to do laundry yeah
Thought of many answers but out of curiosity well I asked him what it means to do laundry - And this is what he said, what he said to me. He said, "Doin' your laundry well it can wash your soul clean.. if ya know what I mean." And I said, "I think that's true, thanked him for his views told him I'd be back in week or two and I said to goodbye to Captain Jack.

What Is So?

Written By: Aliah Selah

On through the changes, times of the seasons
Past all the reasons, rhymes for today

Chorus:
And Ageless is the love that binds us
That's the only truth I know
The rest of life seems a contradiction
Who really knows
What Is so? What Is So?

Paces are fast now, the world's at a crossroad
A heavy load, yet some still believe
Looking for answers, in picture remembered
Searching for something that remains the same

Chorus:
And Ageless is the love that binds us
That's the only truth I know
The rest of life seems a contradiction
Who really knows what is so? (2x?s)
What Is So?

Eyes become open..

Om Shanti Om
(A prayer for Peace for all in the Universe.)

Silence Fills Sound

Written By: Aliah Selah

What makes the promises last ?
Or is that a question not to ask?
How long before what is appears?
Seems it gets farther as it nears
(Who I Am?)

Chorus:
What am I supposed to do as the moon gets so round
The light illuminates our souls the way that
Silence Fills Sound... Silence Fills Sound

What makes beginnings an end?
Or is that the messages we send?
How many chances will it take
Till in our hearts is the peace we make?
(Who I Am?)

Chorus:
What am we supposed to do as the moon gets so round
The light illuminates our souls the way that
Silence Fills Sound... Silence Fills Sound

Bridge:
It's the call of the wild that makes the heart free
It's the voice of a child tells us what to be
It's those visions that beckon and the dreams that won't sleep
It's those promises we make to ourselves
That only we can keep as Silence Fills Sound

What fills this emptiness inside - part of us that we try to hide?
How long before answers come
or in silence can emptiness be at one...
(Who I Am?) As Silence Fills Sound

Chorus:
I guess that's what we?re am supposed to do
As the moon gets so round
The light illuminates our souls the way that
Silence Fills Sound... Silence Fills sound
Do be now... as Silence Fills Sound

© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwords Publishing/BMI

Listen

Written By: Aliah Selah

Listen the sun is smiling
Listen the moon she whispers
Listen the oceans calling
Calling to us
Calling to us to listen
To things that aren?t so loud.

Chorus:
And if we look for what is wrong in anything, anything
We will find it, we will find it
And if we look for what is good in everything
We will find it, we will find it.
And there are those who will tell us what we already know
They offer us a garden
When we can already watch the flowers grow as we listen

Listen the trees are breathing
Listen the grass is laughing
Listen the wind is calling
Calling to us
Calling to us to listen
To things that aren?t so loud

Bridge: And it?s always there inside us all
The way to get around that wall
Answers appear as soon as we find
This moment ? is the first of its kind

Chorus:
And if we look for what is wrong in anything, anything
We will find it, we will find it
And if we look for what is good in everything
We will find it, we will find it.
And there are those who will tell us what we already know
They offer us a garden
When we can already watch the flowers grow as we listen

© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwords Publishing/BMI

Little Shelf

Written By: Aliah Selah

Walking out into soft blue haze
Listening to the beating heart drum
Jamming on a little shelf in my mind
Winds gushing upwards - spinning -
Surrounding me in a spiral of leaves
Turning cycles of time - centuries of evolutions to learn how to:

Get comfortable breath deep spiral into center and then speak

Just when I think I?ve gotten somewhere ?
I find there?s nowhere to go
Thought I heard the wind whisper, ?you never really know?

Get comfortable breath deep spiral into center and then speak

And then sitting right before me - a box curiously there
I pick it up and open it slowly - to see what it has to share
Words come tumbling out of it - as I catch them I see
There?s a poem unraveling - a message at sea...

Celebrate suffering precepts melting away
Leaving lies and bitter sacrifices gone
Enigmatic misuse manipulates sordid needs
And sucks on the weak
Explode sad, ugly boils of hope -
abandon won?t, must, should and never
Dance trust awake remember to:

Get comfortable breath deep spiral into center and then speak

Contemplation extinction of mind ache
Through cool joy loving world watch and being

Walking back in from a soft blue haze
Listening to a beating heart drum
Jamming on a little shelf beyond mind

© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwords Publishing/BMI

Come Alive

Written By: Aliah Selah

Sweet Sister, I look into your eyes and for sure
I see the wishes of your future yeah
And I sit smiling back at you - heart knows true

Chorus: Now be anything.. (5 more X?s)
See it, free it, watch it come alive yeah
Come Alive

Sweet brother, I look into you heart and for sure
I see you had your pain but found a cure
She?s smiling back at you - heart knows true

Chorus: Now be anything.. (5 more X?s)
See it, free it, watch it come alive yeah
Come Alive

Bridge: Ya gatta get yourself out of your own way
Remember love takes us here and helps us stay yeah mmm..
Get ourselves out of our own way
Only love takes us here and helps us stay yeah ah hugh, mmm..

Sweet Mother ? Father we look at you and we see each other yeah
What will till it take till we see who we are ? each a shining star
Shine the light to see
Were all children of eternity

Chorus: And we can all be anything.. (5 more X?s)
See it, free it, watch it come alive yeah
Come Alive

1/2 Bridge tag: We gotta get ourselves out of our own way
Remember love takes us here and helps us stay

© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwords Publishing/BMI

Shades Of Images

Written By: Aliah Selah

Shades of Images, scraps of Paper
Put into a shoebox, under my bed
Slightly shadowed, mostly vague
Pieces of Poetry

Chorus: Shapes taking form, forms making sense
Senses getting felt, feelings taking shape in
Shade Of images... inspired by mistakes

Bridge: Mostly goes unnoticed, for a little while
Hidden in a wrinkled brow, that melts away
When I see you smile, then you say something clever,
Inspires poetry
And I take it back to my shoebox
It finds it?s way into my shoebox, it finds it?s way into
Shades Of Images

Shades of Images, scraps of Paper
Put into a shoebox, not to forget
Mind silhouettes, hang in the air
As I read them aloud

Chorus

I see who I am now, I see who I have been
I see pieces of me, in everything that I?ve written
I see who I am now, I see who I have been
I see pieces of me, in all the love that was called sin
And everything that makes us begin again
All it takes are beautiful mistakes
And their hidden in..
Shades Of Images

© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwords Publishing/BMI

Livin' In The Shade

Written By: Aliah Selah


I think there's a whole lot more to it than what meets the eye
Sure I could say screw it but something in me would lie
And if I just blew it, would it all go up in flames yeah
It only makes the heat grow hotter and that's the name of this game

Pre Chorus:
The closer we get, the harder we fall
The more we got the more we gotta have it all
As the metaphors drip with a succulent throb
Everybody wants it, but we're all getting robbed
Chorus:
Everybody want a laid back job with good pay
Everybody wants someone to talk to who wants to get laid
Everybody wants an honest mechanic & cool live-in maid
Everybody wants a perfect golden tan
While Livin' In the Shade

Bridge:
Just when we think we got it covered
That's when we get stripped bare
Taking comfort in another, till we see ourselves there
We're all searching for love
Love that's blind enough to see
We're all wanting to grow yeah yeah
But we're doing it slowly
While we're Living In The Shade

Cause there's a whole lot more to it
Than what meets the eye
And as soon as we see through it
Our soul learns to fly
Through the time that we spend here
Acting out minds
Dancing out our karma
Till our Spiral of time unwinds
Pre Chorus:
The closer we get, the harder we fall
The more we got the more we gotta have it all
As the metaphors drip with a succulent throb
Everybody wants it, but we're all getting robbed
Chorus:
Everybody want a laid back job with good pay
Everybody wants someone to talk to who wants to get laid
Everybody wants an honest mechanic & cool live-in maid
Everybody wants a perfect golden tan
While Livin' In the Shade
© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwords Publishing/BMI
& Terry Dossey/Audible Attitude/BMI

StarChild

Written By: Aliah Selah

Hey StarChild, Be free
Shake off the words that don?t make sense
Keep livin' in present tense
Make love when you can
Next time someone will be giving you a helping hand

Chorus:
Hey StarChild, just land
Kick off the asphalt dust
And shine, shine, shine

Hey starChild just dance
When things get uptight
Let 'em blur outa sight
Breathe deep and go within
Everybody looses while we all just tryin' to win

Chorus:
Hey StarChild, just land
Kick off the asphalt dust
And shine, shine, shine

Bridge:
Watch the stars fall from the sky till the morning light makes them fade (2x?s)
And we are still alive, we are still alive
We are still alive and we're ready baby, we're ready to shine, shine, shine

Hey starChild, let go
Things don't happen through demands
We gotta open up our hands
And take a good look around
See all the love we've found
With heads in the clouds
And feet on solid ground

Chorus:
Hey StarChild, just land
Kick off the asphalt dust
And shine, shine, shine

© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwing/BMI
(Words & Music) & Terry Dossey/Audible Attitude/BMI (Musicords Publish)

Rainbowland

Written By: Aliah Selah

Rainbowland

I was dustin? with a feather as the walls came tumblin? down
I was looking for something I think I thought I found
I was chasin? my tail, right off the track
Lookin? way too much at everything I lack

Chorus:
Only you, saw who I was
With your 3rd eye X-ray vision love
Only you, saw into my heart
You held out a vision as you held out your hand
Sayin? come with me baby and we?ll start again
Let?s take a magic carpet ride to Rainbowland

I was gracin? fruity meadows getting? stickers on my feet
I was hungry for a meal but way to hungry to eat
I was lost in a horizon that was way up ahead
I was thinkin? I was livin? but most of me was dead

Chorus:
Only you, saw who I was
With your 3rd eye X-ray vision love
Only you, saw into my heart
You held out a vision as you held out your hand
Sayin? come with me baby and we?ll start again
Let?s take a magic carpet ride to Rainbowland

I missed the point getting? lost in the details
Stuck getting wholesale and paying retail
It all turned round, round on a dime ?
Thought it was a breakdown and what did I find?
When I finally came round? Rainbowland was always here
Living inside of me? Rainbowland?s an idea that can set us free
Rainbowland has always been and will always be.
All of us together once again living in sweet harmony
In Rainbowland

© 2002 Aliah Selah /Spiralonwords Publishing/BMI

Everglad

Written By: Aliah Selah

Everglad

I'm feelin' Everglad
Even if I'm sad for a little bit.
It goes as quickly as it came -
always the same -
love channeled through everything.

I'm feelin' Everglad
Contradiction symphony
Synchronicity inside of you and me
'cuz we know who we are.
We know who we are... we're everglad, everglad
Everglad.

Surfin' On A Waterfall

Written By: Aliah Selah & Paz Rheinstein

Sometimes the answers no, sometimes it's yes
Sometimes I keep it to myself, Sometimes I confess
I make it up as I go along, that way I know
Where I end up, is where I'm meant to go

Chorus:
Surfin' On A Waterfall
Skatin' On A Wave
A mystical vibration through this existential maze
Seems I'm going nowhere but I know just where I'm at
The in inside the outside, the this inside the that
Surfin' On A Waterfall, Surfin' On A Waterfall

Sometimes I gotta dance, sometimes I stand still
Sometimes I do what you want, sometimes I never will
Cuz' I don't need to be right, I know what I know
As song as I'm awake, I'll find a way to go

Chorus:
Surfin' On A Waterfall
Skatin' On A Wave
A mystical vibration
through this existential maze
Seems we're going nowhere but we know just where we're at
The in inside the outside. the this inside the that
Surfin' On A Waterfall, Surfin' On A Waterfall

Bridge:
In mind, both everything and nothing will change
Pieces fall together, coincidence remains
No matter what's coming next, no need to fear
I'm riding on my surfboard, and I'm gonna stay right here...
Surfin' On A Waterfall

Ahh... Ahh...
Come surfin' on a waterfall with us, it don't cost that much yeah, yeah
All ya gotta do is take your time, relax and feel fine
When you gotta be in a thousand different places, all at one time
Just gotta breath deep, and know it'll be fine
Gotta know it'll be fine and find that fine line... surfin' on a waterfall
Surfin' On A Waterfall - Yeah on a Waterfall
We're Surfin' On A Waterfall
Surfin' On A Waterfall

Discography

Solo Material:
ACOUSTIC PERFUME - 1998 - Austin Radio Stations
Produced by Tim Records (Austin City Limits)
Singer/Songwriter

SHADES OF IMAGES - 2002 Austin Radio Stations &
Currently Indie 104 iradioLA - Little Shelf, Dig Deep, What Is So?
http://www.iradiola.com/ (Currently making Music Videos for several songs off of this CD for various projects.)
Produced by Mitch Watkins, Aliah Selah & Paz Rheinstein
AAA/New Thought

Aliah's 1st solo CD ACOUSTIC PERFUME, was featured on local Austin radio stations KUT, KTSW, KVRX, KGSR, & KOOP in perfect time for Lilith Fair. Her 2nd CD SHADES OF IMAGES started playing on those stations as well and as becoming a featured artist on KKMJ where she interviewed with DJ Eric Leikam who had dubbed her, "a kinder, gentler, Tori Amos" during the angry woman on the radio years - because her music was poetic and uplifting.

LIVIN' IN THE SHADE - 2004 Midnight Special Blues Radio
Livin' In The Shade, StarChild, Fridge Poetry
http://www.ms-blues.com (Europe/Paris based)
Produced by Terri Dosey & Aliah Selah
Austin Funk Rock

Aliah & Paz's Jam Band Spiral on..
.
SPIRAL ON... ZOOM POP! - will be released 11/11/11
with a SKYP - Recording - Video Release party with friends around the globe.

SPIRAL ON.... HOMEWORLD - released 10/10/10
Sound Sculpting Ambient Groove

Hear the new SPIRAL ON... CD www.myspace.com/spiralonnow) that will showcase on the new Web/TV Show:
CREATIVE EVOLUTION (www.spiralon.com/WeDoTV.htm)
along with other Positive Alternative & Green Visionary Music, Art, & Activism - & interviews with Creative Evolutionary Award recipients (Sandra Bernhard, Julia Butterfly Hill) and all kinds of ongoing segments, comedy video shorts and maybe what you have to share? Contact Peacefarm Productions:
www.peacefarm.org

In Pre-Production: (www.aliahselah.com/recordingprojects.htm)

BLESS THE WATER
AAA / New Thought / Activism / Gospel
(Several songs were used on radio/TV in Austin for good causes - adding new cuts to past recordings - all focusing on activism - Past Music Videos will showcase on CREATIVE EVOLUTION.)

BEING BARE
Singer/Songwriter / AAA
Music Videos w/ themes for CE segment: Isness Vision Questing

IN LIGHT OF NOW
Contemporary Jazz - Rock Fusion
(Aliah's newest material and featuring her on tenor sax set to be released Dec. 2011 and the making of is a CE segment:
Shades Of Images - In Light Of Now)

STEPPIN' OUTA DA BLUR
Positive Alternative Funk Rock
Songs from both CD's are to be featured in The Rockaholix film that features her jam band SPIRAL ON... and many bands of quirky lovable Rockaholix that are also Rockin' 4 Peace.
Is that you or someone you know?
Find out if U R a Rockaholix too: www.rockaholix.com
Rockaholix will start out as a CE segment and grow into a film.

Set List

With over 4 hours of material, Aliah (Keys, sax & lead vocals) & Paz (Guitar, Bass, Flute, & Hand Drums) choose the material & arrangements that fit each event - offering an uplifting vibe while saying something real in songs you can either listen to or dance to - depending on the venue & crowd that shows up - they follow the vibe and offer a good time. Their TV shows that offers pads of video art that they can have playing behind them - if that is what fits the event.

They do acoustic a capella blessings to open events - all the way to a full funk rock fusion dance bands. Their sets can play both a low key mellow singer/songwriter set or they can add more players to get people up and dancing. They offer energy music that is into feeling good and enjoying the moment and loving life. From a 5 minute Blessing spot to 4 hours of music in an evening. More details on the songs that could be used and the feel that they offer:www.aliahselah.com/recordingprojects.htm
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