Abe's Logic

Abe's Logic

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Abe's Logic is the self-produced musical extension of Abe Vandenberg’s multiple musical personalities; a sort of surfer grunge alternative, to ska, to jazz, to flat out rock.

Live-Armed with my Voice, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Loopstation, Saxophones, Keyboard, and (at times) Backing Tracks.

Biography

Update 12/1/2010 : Over 40 minutes of new music is nearing completion and another hour is entering pre-production with most of December booked for studio time. Exciting Times!

Abe's music is Featured in the New Film "Destination 3°(Degrees)"; a standup paddle adventure across Hawaii’s legendary channels.

Destination 3° (Degrees) puts Jenny Kalmbach and Morgan Hoesterey in a unique and powerful position to raise awareness and funds to help benefit Algalita Marine Research Foundation in their efforts to understand and protect the oceans from the impacts of plastics contamination. The Film will be playing at the California Surf Festival Oct 6-10, 2010. More Dates to Follow...
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Abe Vandenberg is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and signer/songwriter with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from West Virginia University. Living in Hawaii, he has produced two solo "Abe’s Logic" albums (including the 2010 album "Wars Ragin") and two collaborative "Nomadic Profusion" albums.

In 2007, Vandenberg teamed up with Christopher Candito to produce the original score for the BBC documentary "Message in the Waves" (that also featured the music of Jack Johnson, Matt Costa, The Beautiful Girls, and Xavier Rudd) bringing the globally interconnected plastic debris epidemic plaguing Earth’s ocean to a world-wide audience in a creative and inspiring film that has inspired action for change.

Back in 1997, Abe Joined a band and dropped out of college to tour the Colorado Rockies playing rock, blues, jam-funk in various venues from underground bars to ski parking lots. It was on the road traveling in a 13 passenger van with sketchy brakes on the icy and windy Colorado mountain roads that he realized he did not wish to follow a path making a living playing in a never ending line of clubs while living on the edge financially. After returning to college to finish, Abe moved to Maui to focus on developing his style by producing original music while working in the Hawaiian outdoors in conservation. "I did not want to play a lot of covers, especially as background music, so I got jobs that kept me outside and focused instead on creating my own music. It just made sense to me because then I didn't have to rely on covers to sustain myself financially while developing my own creative process and style as a songwriter."

As a Producer, Abe has a dynamic creative process that adapts to the musical circumstances. With multiple instruments in his arsenal, Abe can use different sounds and techniques to discover arrangements that he finds emotionally exciting as a listener and performer. In his studio he begins by incorporating melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and lyrical ideas while continually adding textures with drums, guitars, keyboards, bass, sax and his own distinct voice. Focusing on the feel and emotion, he lets the music flow and develop until he is satisfied with each song.

Not an album to be handled lightly, the 2010 release "Wars Ragin" is poignant, conscious, realistic understanding of the times that speaks out with lyrics that are not so much critical of the times we live in, but regretfully reflective, that what this planet and this culture needs in such wasteful times are cheerful reminders that encourage happiness and responsibility in all our lifestyles, instead of hammering us with guilt and hopelessness.

"Wars Ragin" is an appropriate title for this album, as the first time listener is assaulted with a myriad of different music styles. Indeed, this is not an album to be judged by the first listening. It requires your attention like a great series of abstract art that piece by piece may seem outrageous, yet put all together they blend into an original understanding of new creative frontiers, through the mish-mashing of multiple styles into pastiche.

Lyrics

Chippin Away

Written By: Abe Vandenberg

1. Chippin' Away
"Chippin Away" sends the album storming out of the gate playing around with an up-tempo ska rhythm. The horn section adds the right amount of punch to get the listener immediately engaged.

This is the sort of song that makes you want to get up and dance and is a great start to the album. There's a rough edge to the music on Wars Ragin that is appealing. It's not garage, exactly, but it has some of that same Lo-Fi charm.

Vandenberg's vocals however are more identifiable with the lighter side of '90s alternative rock; think the music of The Mighty Mighty Boss Tones with the vocals of They Might Be Giants.

Lyrics:
Verse 4x [ B / A / B / F# ]
When I woke up and looked around, To see what happened to me
All my energy shaken aside, I was sure glad I'm still alive
Dream in the night everlasting until, We see the results of the bill
Willfully know that the echoes we show, won't lead from theis treacherous road

[B / B / A / A] [F# / C# / F# / C#]

Chorus 4x [C# - A / B / F# - C# / E ]
And We're Chippin' Away, Just a piece at a time
Little by little, change becoming visible
Chippin' Away, Just a piece at a time
Little by little, change becoming visible

Verse 4x [ B / A / B / F# ]
As I woke up and moved around, To see what happened to be
all our energy pushing aside, what we thought would be right
Taking a chance with a lengthening race, it surely will show on our face
Helping to live with whatever we give, far away from our own prior place

[B / B / A / A / B / B / A / A] [F# / C# / F# / C#]

Chorus 4x [C# - A / B / F# - C# / E ]
And we're Chippin' Away, Just a piece at a time
Little by little, change becoming visible
Chippin' Away, Just a piece at a time
Little by little, change becoming visible

Bridge 4x [F# / C#]
As our thoughts get older becoming bolder, then finding from place to place
Some of those tried but failed to erase, with an effort to remain where we gave
The words that taught them about the clues, when reordered were seldom used
Still their words are teaching us the truth, Once discovered is still of use, But We're

Chorus 4x [C# - A / B / F# - C# / E ]
Chippin' Away, Just a piece at a time
Little by little, change becoming visible
Chippin' Away, Just a piece at a time
Little by little, change becoming visible

[F# / C#] Bridge Instrumental

Chorus with Vocals 4x [C# - A / B / F# - C# / E ]

I Stepped Into the Shade

Written By: Abe Vandenberg

2. I Stepped Into the Shade
The second song, "I Stepped Into the Shade", begins with some mellow horns and a slightly melancholy feel. It's a sweetly solitary song, meaning that itís a good song to listen to when youíre by yourself, feeling a little bit peaceful, a little bit lonely, and in need of a good tune.

Even on songs such as "I Stepped Into The Shade", where Abe layers a lot of instrumentation to build a full sound there is still an aspect to it that is rough and primitive.

Vandenberg's voice is truly unique, having an ability to be melodramatic and descriptive, as well as harmonious and fun to sing with, as in "I Stepped Into the Shade" or "What we Crave."

Lyrics:
VERSE 2x [ C / C (A Bass) / C (F Bass) / C (G Bass) ]
It was a common goal, tell parted souls
the game we chose, the rolling dice that show
All the way we have gone
with the wind and the sky, we still carried our lives

Chorus 3x [ F / Am / C / G ]
And stepped into the shade, the light was only inches away. While in this
Brightest day, finding ways, to keep from the heat of noon
Finding the move, was not through, was not through

VERSE 2x [ C / C (A Bass) / C (F Bass) / C (G Bass) ]
Passing bells, for parting souls
A game we chose, cause never saying no
All the way we have gone
It must not be for all, while it's taking us all

Chorus 3x [ F / Am / C / G ]
I stepped into the shade, that light was only inches away. As the
Shadows wait, as though were tame, kept me from the heat of noon
And I saw through, shade to bright, blinding light

Bridge 6x [D-C/ G]
Awaiting Silencing Light
Away from moments that hide in life
Away from Silencing Light
A weak moment had tried to hide
Awakes in Silencing Light
Awaken Silence with Light

Chorus 3x [ F / Am / C / G ]
I stepped into the shade, that light was only inches away. Until the
Lighting fades, ending day
And soon seeing the moon, as though it were new
Yes I do still do

VERSE INST 2x
[ C / C (A Bass) ]
[ C (F Bass) / C (G Bass) ] [C] End

Wars Ragin

Written By: Abe Vandenberg

Sit at home watching TV [F# / C#7]
Watch the news or a comedy [F# / B7]
Step out side, drive down the road, without [F# / C#7]
Worry that another car might explode, [F# / B7]

I can’t forget over there War is raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
Sure don't see the War here that we're waging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]

With Trips to town to walk around [F# / C#7]
Getting coffee or checking email [F# / B7]
Talking with friends out on the street [F# / C#7]
Walking outside and living it safely [F# / B7]
So many faces I see, any given day, don’t seem [F# / C#7]
To think about, the wars that our country's [F# / B7]

Funding Fights while we claim that we're saving [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
We send the best giving them little rest and [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
While Here at Home some don't even think about it [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
I can’t forget our War’s are raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]

All the Killing I put out of my mind [C#7 / B7]
Even though everything now here is fine [C#7 / B7]
It’s only a matter of time until [C#7 / B7]
What’s done in our game really hits home [C#7 / B7]

Until then how can we wonder suffering for it
[F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
Cause unlike those where War's raging, [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]

We’re still Driving home where there’s electricity [F# / C#7]
Having water from the faucet to drink, [F# / B7]v
Then read a book or have over company [F# / C#7]
Dream through the night and still, have a family [F# / B7]

I don’t forget that War's raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
I won’t forget that Wars are raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
I can't forget this is our War that's raging [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7]
All I'm Saying it's our Wars that we're Wagin [F# / C#7- B7] then Riff [F# / C#7- B7 / B7]

End [ C#7 / B7 / C#7 / B7 / F# (Ring) ]

That Was Safe

Written By: Abe Vandenberg

Lyrics:
Verse [2x Ab Riff ] When I came to laugh for some hope
With nothing but the stump of it left
I armed myself against such bones
An emptiness that wasn't alone

Chorus 5x [Ab - Db9 / B] It seemed so strong, though I was young
That was not past, with the pain
There was no change creating strain
That Was Safe
That was Safe

Verse [2x Ab Riff] It's all so simple magnified it appears
As morning dreams still disappear
I feel the swirl, I feel that weight
Of abstract ideas that ache

Chorus 5x [Ab - Db9 / B ] It seemed so strong, though i was young
That was not past, with the pain
There was no change creating strain
That Was Safe
That was Safe

BRIDGE 2x [ Db - Bb / B - B / Ab - B / Bb - Bb ]
2x [ Db - Bb / B - Ab / B - Bb / Bb (half measure)]
As good a time as any it shows, Departure from scripted souls
In the wake its all-overhead high, maybe I don't want to be
If we had left those alone, it’s shown how history
Those mistakes are over its time, that’s politely rewinding

Verse 4x [Ab Riff]I can't explain it any other way
While often sleeping in till it's late
Thought it was fine, i had no right
To try and take everyone's side
Despite
It was a house in fallen decay
The water wasn't cleansing the name
Then a cloud alerted of rain, as though
Heavens were all that remained

Chorus 8x [Ab - Db9 / B ] It seemed so strong, though I was young
It would not last, as with the rain
Then there was change among the blame
And I had spoke of one for not too long
I let the name go, it’s not the soul
I have a mind to recognize,
That Was Safe
That was Safe

I Want It to Stay

Written By: Abe Vandenberg

1: Intro [E7 / B7] Inst.

2: Verse [E / D / A / B]
It's quite a view, at dawn you still knew
I found today, tomorrow is made
This day moves enjoyment that waits
Sometimes choose that as the way

3: Chorus [E / F# / G / A]
Yeah better leave it out a day
I want it to stay
I want it to stay
I want it to stay
I wanted to stay

4: Bridge [C / A / E / E] Inst

1: Intro [E7 / B7]

2: Verse [E / D / A / B]
It's Time to move, along and passing through
The more you knew, as right as those that prove
This day’s through retaining in mind
Would you too, say that it's fine

3: Chorus [E / F# / G / A]
Yeah better leave it out a day
I want it to stay
I want it to stay
I want it to stay
I wanted to stay

4: Bridge [C / A / E / E] Inst

Repeat Form Change on Cues
Instrumental except lyrics at end of chorus

Border Line

Written By: Abe Vandenberg

Distilling reason
I still have yet to see that
though many ways ,that I can qualify--
Left to ponder the possibility
Rolling Stone did not run
And left me hanging on some

What if you had too much to do
With more reason to say borderline
Risk always threatens continually
With less reason to say

Borderline
Borderline

Distilling wisdom
I still have yet to see that
And though many ways
That I can qualify
Left to ponder the possibility
Rolling Stone did not run and
Left me hanging on some

Adding to what was needed to do
If more simple we’d say borderline
Risk always threatens continually
No more than we could leave borderline
Borderline

And so we had a kind of celebration last night
Some will listen till the memories remain the same
Well I usually have some
I don’t have one right now
Still I spent last night
With some good friends
Well I usually have one
I don’t have one right now
And so we had a kind of celebration last night

Left to ponder the possibility
Rolling Stone did not run
And left me hanging on some
Left to ponder the possibility
And she was with you
I still have yet to see that

Risk always threatens continually
I’d change strategy there
No more than we could leave borderline
Borderline
Borderline

Discography

All Tracks can be Heard at AbesLogic.com

Abe's Logic
"Wars Ragin" (2010)
"Listening Inside" (2007)

Nomadic Profusion
"Move On" (2007)
"Inspired Film" (2007)

K-ROCK 97.3's A-Train show with Johnny-A...
Theme Songs Abe wrote, performed, produced...heard at link below
http://www.abeslogic.com/music_freemp3-at_weekendstarts042210.php?id=1&albumid=7&page=music

Several Songs heard on Maui 89.5 and 97.3..."Wars Ragin" heard on Jango.