Larry Murante

Larry Murante

 
Seattle, Washington, USA
SoloFolkAcoustic

Larry Murantes beautifully woven stories about every day folks, set to song combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics and an upbeat, joyful, folk/rock style. 2009 Grand Prize Winner of the International John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2009 Kerrville Grassy Hill Newfolk Finalist

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Biography

Check out Larry's newest release, "Point Of Entry" at CDBABY.com
See Larry on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=larry+murante&search_type=&aq=f

Awards
2013 Northwest Music Experience Awards - Winner
2012 Grassy Hill Kerrville Newfolk Competition - Finalist
2012 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest - Honorable Mention
2011 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest 6th Place Winner
2011 Premier Showcase Artist - Far-West Folk Alliance Regional West Conference
2011 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest - Winner
2011 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) - Finalist
2010 Great American Song Contest - Top Five Winner
2010 Premier Showcase Artist - Far-West Folk Alliance Regional West Conference
2010 New Zealand Songwriting Competition/Peace Song - Top Ten Finalist
2010 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest - Winner
2010 Official Performance Alley Showcase Artist for the North American Folk Alliance Conference
2009 Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest
2009 Great American Song Contest - Finalist
2009 Grassy Hill Kerrville Newfolk Competition - Finalist
2009 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition - Finalist
2009 Unisong International Songwriting Competition - Honorable Mention
2009 Peacedriven.com Songwriting Contest - Finalist
2008 Peacedriven.com Songwriting Contest - Finalist
2002 Tumbleweed Festival Songwriting Contest/Richland, WA - Winner
2002 Billboard Song Contest - Honorable Mention
2000 Samie Awards (Seattle Area Musical Innovation and excellence awards)
Nominated: Best Male vocalist, Album of the year, Best performing Songwriter album
1999 Wildflower Songwriting Contest/ Richardson, Texas - Winner
1999 Falcon Ridge Festival/ Hillsdale, NY - Showcase Finalist
1999 Tumbleweed Festival Songwriting Contest/Richland, WA - 2nd Place Winner
1998 Tumbleweed Festival Songwriting Contest/Richland, WA - Winner
1998 Lakefolkfest Songwriting Contest/ Lakewood, WA - Top Five Winner
1998 Unisong International Song Contest - Finalist
1991 Puget Sound Songwriting Contest/ Seattle, WA - Winner

Larry Murante
http://www.larrymurante.com
Larry Murantes beautifully woven stories about every day folks, set to song combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics and an upbeat, joyful, energetic folk/rock style. Jackson Brown, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum and Michael McDonald are all reflected in his music. Larry is known for his soaring, mellifluous, tenor, a strong rhythmic guitar style and an engaging stage presence. With his third CD release, Point Of Entry, Murante has racked up a fresh string of accolades, the most notable being the Grand Prize Winner in the folk category of the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Larry was also a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Grassyhill Newfolk Song Competition in Kerrville, Texas, the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) and a recent winner of the West Coast Songwriters International Songwriting Contest. He was also selected as a Premier Showcase Artist at the Far West Folk Alliance Conference in 2010 and 2011 and an official showcase Artist at the 2010 North American Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.

Murante is known for his story songs about everyday folks: a veterans impassioned display of the American Flag, or the backyard mechanic/Vietnam vet who comes to terms with his life, or the preachers wife who haunts the parsonage of a small Northwest town. With his soaring, mellifluous, tenor, a strong rhythmic guitar style and an engaging stage presence, this is sure to be a show you wont want to miss! Larry will be playing songs from his past CDs as well as songs from his newest release, Point Of Entry.

Larry tours nationally, performing a mix of folk concerts, festivals, radio interviews and house concerts and has shared the stage with such artists as Peter Mulvey, Christine Lavin, Greg Greenway, Pierce Pettis, David Broza, Alice Stewart, Cosy Sheridan, Laura Love, Bill Morrissey, Darryl Purpose, TR

Lyrics

Mrs. Crouch

Written By: Larry Murante

There was a ghost
In my bedroom
She died in 1892

Her husband the preacher
Could only save the child
He said he did all he could do

She washed ashore
With bumps and bruises
And marks around her neck

And the sheriff had to rule it an accident
But he always wondered in retrospect

Chorus:
But I was never scared
Of Mrs. Crouch
When I was a boy
She was the ghost
That roamed our house

I was never scared
Of Mrs Crouch
At night I’d wake
And I’d hear her singing there
When I’d open my eyes
She’d vanish in thin air

Most of the oysters
Were gone from Oysterville
By the time the Crouches’ came to stay

At this parsonage
And the brand new church
For the ones here left to pray

This new preacher’s wife
Pure innocence
With a voice calming as rain

In my room
She’d sing her little girl to sleep
When the daylight began to wane

Chorus:

Solo:

Bridge:
They found out
That the preacher was really no preacher
He was not a righteous man
He had two other wives in waiting
Far away in another land...
He was not a righteous man

Here I stand, years later
Outside this parsonage of my youth
I moved away from here
Thirty years ago
But I still think about you

Your child, my mother’s mother
And I’m your great grandson
I came back here to tell you
That it’s all right to leave this place
‘Cause your work down here is done

Chorus:

Point Of Entry

Written By: Larry Murante

Life is what happens to you
While you’re waiting for your
Dreams to come true

You can have a world
Of desperation and resentment
Or you can find the “Love Of your Life”
And live in peace and contentment

If you give the world outside a point of entry
It’ll give back to you
If you give the world outside a point of entry
It’ll give back to you

And when I find you
With your mind on the prize
But your head’s lookin’
Down at your feet

I say put on those rose colored glasses of yours
And let’s go see what we can see
‘Cause there’s a part of your soul
Out there in the distance
And there’s only one way to find it’s truth
You gotta give the world outside
A point of entry
And it’ll give back to you
You gotta give the world outside a point of entry
And it’ll give back to you

Chorus
That’s why I keep the gates of my heart open
‘Cause you never know where love might be
I leave a crack in my defenses
And let the unexpected carry me

‘Cause you never know when the old man’s
Gonna share a little wisdom
Or the child’s gonna make you laugh
Or when the mortal enemy
Is gonna lay down their weapons
To pursue a different path

Or when the politician
Is gonna finally do the right thing
And practice what she preached
Or when the estranged lover
Is gonna offer second chances
Or when the God is gonna make you weep

If you give the world outside a point of entry
It’ll give back to you
If you give the world outside a point of entry
It’ll give back to you

Chorus

Paul's Song

Written By: Larry Murante/Robyn Landis

Paul’s Song
Paul painted a flag on his garage door
I though that meant I knew
his heart and mind
I made up mine
I made a joke
Before I met this old soldier
Who changed it for me in no time

He looks kinda right, but he’s on the left
and he's better at the middle
than anyone I've ever met
he keeps his arms wide open
to the ones comin’ home
All those battered young woman and men

Prechorus:
How could he wave old glory
like it was his friend
And why should he ever salute again

Chorus:
He didn't look away
He didn't look away
he just took those colors back
his way

Paul didn’t know the flag
Before he went to war
Until his purple heart of gold
became an open sore
Well he drank for a reason
And when he gave up those demons
I think he found
what those colors stand for
Prechorus:
Chorus:
Bridge:
His corrugated stripes and stars
remind us of who we still are
it's not a blanket or a shield
It's raw and flawed and not all healed
he's got it where the neighborhood
can see he still believes it's good
He just took those colors back his way

Paul has a flag on his garage door
I though that meant I knew
his heart and mind
But I was wrong
And that’s a fact
And if I could I’d take it back
Just like he took those colors
The way he took those colors
Like he took those colors back
His way

More Than He Knows

Written By: Larry Murante

More Than He Knows

Sergeant was a backyard mechanic
‘Cause three or more people in the same room
Just made him panic
But there wasn’t a car he couldn’t fix
Eight or four cylinders
Straight or slant six
German made, British, Japanese
Just take your pick

He was a Vo-tech school scholar
After High school he went to college
Flunked out and joined the Army in a snit
But he served this country well
In that southeast Asian hell
Brought back a bum knee
And a big ole piece of Ho Chi Minh shrapnel

He Carries it with him
Wherever he goes
He carries it with him
More than he knows

His father died in ‘75
The same year that the war ended
From a failed heart they say Sergeant never knew
But he missed him all the same
One day when own heart gave way
On a bar stool at the Bath Hotel
He grabbed his chest and saw his old man’s face

He Carries it with him
Wherever he goes
He carries it with him
More than he knows

Well he dreamed
He was flyin’ up near the clouds
High above a canyon
A redtailed hawk
Floating on a thermal wind
And then diving down
Diving down

Well his doctors intervened
And postponed his next reincarnation
After a couple of weeks
He was on his back underneath a Chevy sedan
And he looked up past the firewall
And through the manifolds
And vacuum lines and saw

A little Blue patch of sky
And it made him smile
Then a tear welled in his eye
‘Cause he was so damn glad to be alive

He Carries it with him
Wherever he goes
He carries it with him
More than he knows

Ready For The Dark

Written By: Larry Murante

Ready For The Dark
(Words and music by Larry Murante, 2010 BMI)

I love when the grass gets so frozen
that it breaks like glass
beneath your feet
When the clouds are
so high in the sky
the air is clear as it can be

Your lips are wet
and warm as Summer
sets a fire in my heart
We’re comin’ up
on winter solstice honey
Are you ready for
Ready for the dark

Chorus:
Ready for the dark
And the cold, cold night
Put another log
on the hearth
When the days are short
and the nights are longer
You gotta get
ready for the dark

Winter makes me
pull you in much closer
Tell you ‘bout the things
been on my mind
How your touch
always brings me comfort
for you I’ll always lay it on the line

Lay it on the line
like a loyal soldier
up on the wall there standing guard
It’s a wild night nature’s weildin’
honey are ya ready for
Ready for the dark

Chorus:
Ready for the dark
And the cold, cold night
Put another log
on the hearth
When the days are short
and the nights are longer
you gotta get
ready for the dark

Bridge
When the sun
Starts huggin’ the horizon
Honey that’s my cue
to hug a little more with you
and as each day goes by
you and I make more light
shine through
A little more light each day
all the way to June

Winter is the time
for cold reflection
for giving thanks
to the ones we love
to look inside for more direction
I look at you and all I think of...

is how I’m gonna wrap
my arms around you
and watch this fire spit and spark
on this quiet, cold December evening
I’m so ready for
Ready for the dark

Chorus

Ready For The Dark

Written By: Larry Murante

Ready For The Dark
(Words and music by Larry Murante, 2010 BMI)

I love when the grass gets so frozen
that it breaks like glass
beneath your feet
When the clouds are
so high in the sky
the air is clear as it can be

Your lips are wet
and warm as Summer
sets a fire in my heart
We’re comin’ up
on winter solstice honey
Are you ready for
Ready for the dark

Chorus:
Ready for the dark
And the cold, cold night
Put another log
on the hearth
When the days are short
and the nights are longer
You gotta get
ready for the dark

Winter makes me
pull you in much closer
Tell you ‘bout the things
been on my mind
How your touch
always brings me comfort
for you I’ll always lay it on the line

Lay it on the line
like a loyal soldier
up on the wall there standing guard
It’s a wild night nature’s weildin’
honey are ya ready for
Ready for the dark

Chorus:
Ready for the dark
And the cold, cold night
Put another log
on the hearth
When the days are short
and the nights are longer
you gotta get
ready for the dark

Bridge
When the sun
Starts huggin’ the horizon
Honey that’s my cue
to hug a little more with you
and as each day goes by
you and I make more light
shine through
A little more light each day
all the way to June

Winter is the time
for cold reflection
for giving thanks
to the ones we love
to look inside for more direction
I look at you and all I think of...

is how I’m gonna wrap
my arms around you
and watch this fire spit and spark
on this quiet, cold December evening
I’m so ready for
Ready for the dark

Chorus

Weeping Wood

Written By: Larry Murante

Weeping Wood (a homage to Chico Mendes)
(Larry Murante - Weeping Wood Music BMI 1994)

Early in the morning before the sunrise
a lone seringueiro leaves his home
To walk the path his father and his grandfather roamed
To tap the rubber tree is all he’s ever known

He walks through a cathedral
under century old trees
He stands upon an alter flora fine
and with his knife he carefully cuts
another notch into the bark
and sets his tin to catch another day of latex drops

Chorus
The weeping wood is weeping for you know
weep
The weeping wood is weeping for you know
weep

There’s a fire in the forest
It’s growing hotter every day
and the smoke clouds rhyme, or reason in the sky
It’s another wild, wild west
where the pistoleros reign
and indigenous become the indigent conquered slave

Chorus
The weeping wood is weeping for you know
weep
The weeping wood is weeping for you know
weep

Bridge
In the middle of the night
I sat there and I waited
‘cause there ain’t no rubber tapper
gonna take my land away

I got him in my sights
You don’t know how much time he wasted
and one more dead
ain’t gonna make any difference

Three days before Christmas
Chico Mendes died
The eco warrior of the century
The dressed up rubber tapper goes to Washington
To tell them all how wrong his world can be

Chorus
The weeping wood is weeping for you know
weep
The weeping wood is weeping for you know
weep

Little Patch Of Sky

Written By: Larry Murante and Lorraine Hart

Little Patch O' Sky 
Got a little patch o' sky, over me
Silver clouds go rollin' by, over me
Could be rainin' could be dry, over me
Got a little patch o' sky
 
How I love to watch that sky, over me
Spy a daydream with a sigh, happily
Don't look up to wonder why, should it be
Got a little patch o' sky
Bridge:
Ain't got a trust-fund to my name
Never learned to play their money game
But don't think twice about the price
Just give out a generous slice
Of some heavenly smiles,
Walkin’ these earthy miles…
 
Got a little patch o' blue, come what may
Got a rainbow comin' through, after grey
Never two of the same view, day to day
And I would share it all with you
 
(coda)
Got a little patch o' sky, me and you
WE gotta rainbow comin' though me and you

Discography

Kiss Me One More Time (1994)
Seattle Performing Songwriters (2001) Compilation
Water's Edge (2000)
Point Of Entry (2009)
Just One Angel (2010) Christine Lavin Compilation

Set List

Originals and covers by such artists as Marc Cohn, Shawn Covin, John Hiatt, David Wilcox, Tom Waits and more....

Larry can perform two sets of original music and up to four sets of originals and covers mixed.

Larry is comfortable playing quiet listening rooms as well as pubs and other casual listening environments.