Adam Book

Adam Book

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Piano-based singer-songwriter Adam Book's music treats listeners to an eclectic mix of cabaret, danceable pop, haunting ballads, new age, sensual Latin dance, and light satire.

Biography

Adam Book was trained classically on violin and piano from an early age while growing up in Smithtown, New York. He earned 7 gold medals for violin in the annual New York State Schools Music Association competition and the high school Senior Outstanding Achievement Award in Orchestra. He also performed in chamber ensembles, orchestras, choruses, and pit orchestras for musicals during high school and college. Adam was greatly influenced by 80s popular music during high school and started writing pop instrumentals on the piano in his late teens.

Adam took his first songwriting class in the spring of 1990 and tried out a ballad ("Jenny's Song") he had written for the class. His instructor, Toni Wine Moman ("Groovy Kind of Love"), was very impressed and the class called for an encore performance. It was a new beginning for Adam - the night he realized that he had the ability to write a song that could move people.

Adam's piano-based debut CD, "In These Verses," represents his growth as a songwriter from 1990 - 2003. The songs on the CD cover a diverse range of musical styles - pop, 50s do-wop, cabaret, new age, Latin, show tune, and novelty. His more personal songs cover the issues he has dealt with related to being gay. As his songs show, Adam has a knack for creating interesting melodies and producing vivid images with his lyrics. People have described his songs as being very theatrical. Indeed, some of his songs feel like they belong in Broadway plays or movies. He hopes someday that they will be.

The title of the CD ("In These Verses") comes from the end of the chorus of the track "Brothers in Music, Sisters in Song," in which Adam sings "it's in these verses that we find where each of us belongs." The songs on the CD cover a number of universal themes - self-discovery, self-acceptance, longing, hope, love, and loss. It is up to the listener to find where he or she "belongs" in these songs. Adam's emotional outpouring of honesty in his music and verse helps the songs resonate long after the CD has ended. Don't miss this opportunity to discover one of the most unique voices to emerge on the singer-songwriter scene in a long time.

Adam's influences: Late 70s country music and disco, 80s pop music (especially Kim Carnes), dance remixes of pop songs, 90s "adult alternative" music, contemporary Broadway musicals (especially "Rent", "Hairspray" and "Mamma Mia"), and a wide variety of classical music (especially Paginini).

Lyrics

Don't You Feel Like Dancing?

Written By: Adam Book

It's in the morning papers
And on the evening news
The streets aren't safe anymore

People pushing powder
Children disappearing
Is this what we're living for?

Don't you feel like dancing, right now?
Get lost in the rhythm and the sound
C'mon and take my hand
You know I understand
How the world can bring you down

I asked a local psychic
For some spiritual advice
But was told that I'd better pray

Now I was getting nervous
So I saw my therapist
But this was all she could say...

Don't you feel like dancing, right now?
Get lost in the rhythm and the sound
C'mon and take my hand
You know I understand
How the world can bring you down

We've got to step outside
Let the sun revitalize
Don't know what the future holds
But right now
We've got blue skies
Blue skies...

Don't you feel like dancing, right now?
Get lost in the rhythm and the sound
C'mon and take my hand
You know I understand
How the world can bring you down

Repeat Chorus and fade

Discography

"Don't You Feel Like Dancing?" (single) included on the Baltimore Songwriters Association CD "From Our Circle - Volume 1," released in December 2000.

Debut full-length CD "In These Verses" released independently in December 2003.

"Don't Touch Me" (single) included on the Baltimore Songwriters Association's CD "From Our Circle, Volume 3," released in January 2004.