2Late

2Late

BandChristianAcoustic

2Late is known for cool licks and hot harmonies, and plays family-friendly acoustic music ranging from contemporary folk to country, with just about everything between. 2Late opened for Cheryl Wheeler in Albany, NY; WINNER in November 2006 American Songwriter Magazine lyrics contest

Biography

It had to be fate.

Vicki and Mike lived within miles of each other for years in Guilderland, a suburban community in upstate New York. Then suddenly their paths crossed again and again. First, they became friends. Then they found out that when they sing together, magic happens.

Vicki Gayle was born in Jacksonville, FL, and first played in front of an audience at age seven. For many years, she performed country, folk and soft rock music around the New York Capital Region. Her philosophy about music is simple: it has to be good, and it has to be fun, and that comes across clearly in 2Late’s performances.

Mike Short grew up in Madison, WI. His mother started training him on the piano very early with formal lessons starting in fourth grade. He picked up the guitar in seventh grade and never put it down. His family gets together whenever it can to play bluegrass, folk and country gospel tunes. His experience in the family band has paid off in 2Late, as Vicki’s lead singing is the perfect foil for his harmonizing. Mike is an accomplished songwriter, specializing in Christian Contemporary and modern acoustic folk music. 2Late features six of his songs on its new album, Comments from the Kitchen, released on February 18, 2006.

Veterans of several upstate New York venues, 2Late plays acoustic music ranging from country to angst-filled folk, with just about every emotion in between. Vicki is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, and Mike is the lead guitarist and rhythm singer. Together, they far exceed the sum of the parts, with hot licks and cool harmonies to please any audience.

2Late is a family affair. Vicki’s daughter, Emily, joins us on stage from time to time – when we can get her nose out of the iPod (“Hey, want to sing?” usually turns the trick.) Vicki’s husband Rik and Mike’s wife Monica load the van, set up and tear down gear, run our sound board, and attend almost every concert. Without our families, we would just be a couple of singers It is the family tie that binds 2Late together on so many levels.

Lyrics

Desperation (One Last Chance)

Written By: Michael B. Short (c) 2005

You are standing on the platform
Destination all picked out
Half convinced you’ve made the right choice
Half betrayed by nagging doubt
In your hand you’ve got your ticket
In your head you’ve got your plan:
Turn your back on your old life and
Head off to the Promised Land

Refrain
Please just give me one last chance
Cross the floor with one last dance
You’ve picked out a destination
I am filled with desperation
How can I make you believe me
That I don’t want you to leave me
Please just give me one last chance
Cross the tracks with one last glance
One last look into my eyes
Before you say goodbye

I remember how I found you
Floating on a country song
Picked me up and carried me to
Special places I belonged
I thought we would dance forever
As our magic music played
Never thought you’d bought your ticket
Never dreamed you’d go away

Refrain

Katy Ran

Written By: Michael B. Short (c) 2005

Katy’s Dad beat Katy’s Mom
Nearly every night
Nothing Katy’s Mom could do
Would ever set things right
Daddy had a dead-end job.
It choked his self-esteem.
He’s angry when he’s sober,
But when he’s drunk, he’s mean.

So Katy ran.
Katy, she ran away.
And Katy ran.
Katy, she ran away.
And Katy ran.
And Katy ran away.

Katy found a boy just like
The one that married Mom;
Sweet as candy, smooth as silk,
And ticking like a bomb.
The first time he hit her,
Katy could not believe.
The next time he hit her,
It took her less than two seconds to leave.

And Katy ran.
Katy, she ran away.
And Katy ran.
Katy, she ran away.
And Katy ran.
And Katy ran away.

Katy’s run so far away
You can touch her only in your dreams,
No more daily nightmares,
No more nightly screams.
No one touches Katy.
She feels safe that way.
If no one touches Katy,
Her bruises might heal some day.

Yes, Katy ran.
Katy, she ran away.
And Katy ran.
Katy, she ran away.
And Katy ran.
And Katy ran away.

May Be Patient

Written By: Michael B. Short (c) 2005

They say that love is patient.
I’ve heard that love is kind.
They say that love’s forever,
But I’m thinking that they’re lying.
We’ve dealt the cards out one by one,
But it doesn’t take a seer
To know that when you’re holding me,
You’re not really here.

It’s nothing that you did to me,
More things we didn’t do.
I’m not getting what I need,
But I’m not blaming you.
We’ve become a routine:
Step one, step two, step three.
When love becomes a habit,
It’s not enough for me.

Love may be patient, love may be kind,
But I’m tired of being left behind.
So go on ahead then, I don’t mind.
Love may be patient, may be kind,
But it’s still time to say good-bye to you.

So I’m taking down my suitcase
And our pictures from the wall.
I set them near the side door
While I’m crying in the hall.
Crying for what might have been,
Not what we have today:
Different hopes and different dreams
And nothing left to say.

Love may be patient, love may be kind,
But I’m tired of being left behind.
So go on ahead then, I don’t mind.
Love may be patient, may be kind,
But it’s still time to say good-bye to you.

Long Way Home

Written By: Michael B. Short

Long Way Home
Words and Music ©2006 Michael B. Short

Verse 1:
Sitting on the runway
Pushed away about a half an hour ago
Feeling tired and lonely
As I sit and slowly nurse my rum and coke
Closed another deal today
And I’m thinking with this bird stuck on the ground
Sure is a Long Way Home

Verse 2:
Don’t know how I got here
In a place so far away and out of touch
Trying to make some money
But I never dreamed that it would cost so much
I never did the wrong thing
Turns out the things I did just weren’t quite right
Sure is a Long Way Home

Bridge:
Now the kids are grown up
But I was never there
When did you change your wardrobe
And the way you wear your hair
Don’t know how I missed it
It’s not that I don’t care
But I’m lost and it’s a long way home

Verse 3:
We’ve always had our money
I’m guessing that much you can safely say for me
Earning all that money
That’s the way I thought that it just had to be
But now I need a way out
And I really don’t know anywhere to go
Sure is a Long Way Home

After All

Written By: Mike Short and Vicki Schlierer

Words and Music © 2006 by Michael B. Short and Vicki G. Schlierer

Life's journey has been rough and tumble
Many the times that I've been humbled
I've been laid as low as low can be
I wish I could escape the past
That makes it hard for me to trust
That anyone could fall in love with me

(Chorus)
Sometimes I just have to close my eyes and take a chance
Sometimes when the music starts to play I have to dance
Sometimes I just have to let
Myself go tumbling and trust
That you'll be there to catch me when I fall
And believe that you love me after all.

I'm afraid that loving can be
Just a little harder than
The two of us would wish for it to be
When I look into your eyes
I shake my head and wonder why
You would want to give your love to me

(Chorus)

So let the music play
Take my hand and dance
Let me roll the dice
I’m gonna take a chance
Catch me when I fall in love with you

It’s time now for me to close my eyes and take a chance
It’s time to start the music and time to join the dance
It’s time now for me to let
Myself go tumbling and trust
That you'll be there to catch me when I fall
And believe that you love me after all.

Days That I Have You

Written By: Mike Short and Vicki Schlierer

Words and Music by Michael B. Short (and Vicki G. Schlierer)

There are days I walk through valleys
And the sun will never shine
And there are days it seems the darkness
Is caught here for all time
But there are days when clouds are broken
And the light comes bursting through
And the sunshine dazzles like diamonds
All the days that I have you

There are roads that we must travel
And it’s difficult to know
Where the hidden turns will take us
On this journey that we go
If you take my hand and join me
Then I know we will get through
We will walk the road together
All the days that I have you

There are times I feel so lonely
There are times I feel so small
There are times I’m filled with sadness
And can’t do anything at all
Then I feel your touch on my shoulder
And your gentle voice comes through
Then I turn and I’m in heaven
All the days that I have you

Wishing

Written By: Vicki Schlierer and Mike Short

© 2007 by Vicki G. Schlierer & Michael B. Short

I wish that I could be the rain
Cool upon your skin
Or the golden summer sun
That warms you once again
I wish I were the gentle breeze
Blowing softly through your hair
or the moonlight shining on your bed
while you’re dreaming there

Refrain
Then I wouldn’t need a reason to be close to you
Wouldn’t need to hide the way I still feel for you
Then I wouldn’t have to wait for karma, luck or chance or fate
Anytime I needed you
You’d be there.

I wish I were that melody that keeps playing in your head
Or the sunset over the water that you just can’t forget
I wish I were the poet’s words that linger deep within your heart
I wish I hadn’t been the one that tore our world apart.

Refrain

Bridge
I wish that I could turn back time
And change the choices that I made
When I chose his money and his name
And threw your love away.

Guitar Break

Refrain

Why Do I Miss You

Written By: Michael B. Short

© 2005 by Michael B. Short

Why do I miss you when you’re gone
And our time apart ’s so long
I never planned to have you mean a thing to me
Why do I miss you when you’re gone

Why do you seem to haunt this place
And I expect to see your face
I close my eyes and I can almost feel your touch
Why do you seem to haunt this place

I made my plans without you
Make my stands without you
Now I find without you
I mind the time without you

Why are you part of every dream
How do you slip through every seam
How do you know the way through every single wall
Why are you part of every dream

I made my plans without you
Make my stands without you
Now it seems without you
I’m not complete without you

Why do I miss you when you’re gone
And our time apart ’s so long
I never planned to have you mean a thing to me
Why do I miss you when you’re gone

Discography

Comments From the Kitchen - 2006
Just 2Late - 2008

Set List

We usually do 50 minute sets.... but will work with the venue's time frame. 2Late performs a mix of family-friendly covers and original music. We cover contemporary folk artists like Nanci Griffith, Maura O'Connell, and Cheryl Wheeler, as well as modern country and pop such as Tanya Tucker, Garth Brooks, and Sara Evans. The following are typical 50 minute sets:

Listen to the Radio
Flood Gone By (original)
Act of Nature
Desperation (original)
Quarter Moon
The River
Time After Time
Aimee
Western Highway
Baby Girl
Where the Blacktop Ends
Up and Run (original)

When Will I Be Loved
Why Do I Miss You (original)
The Thunder Rolls
Closer to Fine
Desperado
Would You Like to Play the Guitar
Gandhi/Buddha
Don’t Ask Why
Circle Game
Solitary Man
May Be Patient (original)
You Don’t Know Me (original)