Alan Kovin

Alan Kovin

 Phoenix, Arizona, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Melodic Acoustic, Jazz, Pop and folk--influenced by The Band, Steely Dan, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Al Jolson, Burt Bacharach, Billy Joel, Andrew Webber and Tom Jobim.

Biography

With the release of the CD and the live show Ballad of a Man, Alan Kovin has popularized a new style of music….Pop Theater. With this hybrid of many styles—specifically, blues, jazz, pop, theater, folk and rock and influenced by some of the great songwriters today (Donald Fagan, Elton John, Andrew Weber, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon) Alan has created some terrific, unique and melodic music with a message. With lyric imagery reminiscent of Leonard Cohen, Hal David, Charles Aznavour and Carol King, Kovin, the storyteller, weaves a fabric of old and new stories, with lessons that need to be repeated.

Held up mostly in obscurity for the last 15 years, Alan has only now recently ventured into the world of music marketing and merchandising. Most of these past few years have been spent in producing his own catalog at Zonamusic, his well equipped Pro Studio in Central Phoenix. With the advent of our current depression and a wake up call as to his age, Alan is now venturing to market his sizeable catalog and his remarkable abilities for performance, arranging and production.

Lyrics

Why Rush?

Written By: Alan Kovin

Woke up this morning feeling kinda low
Comb my hair and rush it’s time to go
Fight the traffic…and pay the toll
For breakfast I have coffee and a roll

Now I’m finally walking through the door
I’ll start to work then I’ll rush some more
Then remember…what should have been done
As the clock strikes one, my mind’s still on the run

But at night I go, I do my other thing
Seeing people, playing music and feeling free
But am I really free….is my freedom re-al-i-ty
Cause where’s the time to relate…..to meditate

People perhaps we’d better think about it now
Cause I wonder if we’re rushing to take that final bow
It’s easy to express the fact, but changing it is how
You get to re-al-—ize

Life is like a highway lovers
Signs along the road
Some of them say faster….some say slow-er
Your mind and body are the limits
Just how fast to go
Relax enjoy your every moment…slow—er

Well People perhaps we’d better think about it now
I wonder if we’re rushing to take that final bow

So just a moment..to see where you’re at
Though you might not like it
If the devil’s been a-trying
(To) Strengthen his bond
I’d rather see you trying now…then dy-ing….later on

Fight the TeeVee

Written By: Alan Kovin

Billy works by the sea,
Susie perks like a dream
Once they were lo-vers,
now she's free
Withered devotion,
They liked to watch Tee Vee

You see the Tee Vee gives the consultation
Tee Vee's always on the run
It's got a mind too, it's like a drug
Sad situation,
she was his number one

The girl on the screen
is barely sixteen
She's got a lot to reveal
The reverent guy with the eye in the sky
Is telling us how we should feel

And hey buddy where's your shine
I know you've got original minds
The sorrow we see
is on the Tee Vee
The Tee Vee is like your priest

The guy on the screen,
is making a deal
That everyone knows it's a steal
The cinnamon girl with our hearts in a whirl
Is telling us how we should feel

And Hey Buddy where’s your time
I know you gotta make up your mind
The lessons we see
are on the Tee Vee
Tee Vee's our fantasy
The message that bleeds is on the Tee Vee
Tee Vee’s gonna never leave

Now's the time for consolation
Now's the time to make it a game
They got us in chains,
they feed on our pain
They're insane

Now's the time for revelation
Now's the time to reach for the sky
To leave all their lies
Good Bye

Remember

Written By: Alan Kovin

I was a minor league, you told me so
You were a major and you took control
How was I to know, that I would lose my soul
I'll always remember you

Took me inside that little mind you make
Hook me up and then you start to fade
How was I supposed to play this game
And I'll always remember you

Wonder how I can refuse
Things you want me to do
You were a breaker and I was a fool
I'll think of all the lonely times, when life was cruel
Wonder if and when I do return
Why I'll always remember you

Once in a lifetime there's a chance we take
Have to admit that there's a lot in stake
Wonder if there's a way to ease this pain
I've just gotta remember you

Got to see this thing through
If it's the last thing I choose
I was a faker, looking to lose
I think about the lonely times
My life with you
Wonder if and when I do return
And why I'll always remember you

From the Heartland

Written By: Alan Kovin

Went down to the city just the other day
Asked a guy to help me find a way
And I didn’t know…that he was low
He was down cause the girl of his dreams was bout to go
I knew how he felt from the heartland of my soul

Looked around the corner seeing lines
People in their hurry passing by
And it just shows…it hurts me so
We live in a world alone, it makes me cry
And I lose my cool when I see the reason why

We can fight at night with the power of flags and freedom
By the light and the might that keeps our honor clean
But when it comes to some common sense in our own kingdom
Oh—Oh is our reason-ing leaving
And we don’t even make a scene

Well you might think….I’m on the left wing, or on the right wheel
Depends how I feel
But my main stand it’s for the Heartland
That’s where I’ll always be

Goodbye and hello people on the road
Those of us who’ve got to find a home
And I didn’t know..but I was told
There’s gold deep inside when your body’s strong and whole
It keeps me goin in the heartland of my soul

We can drive at night in our caddies in California
Slide through the night with the smog and the burning need
But when it comes to common sense for fueling freedom
Oh-oh is our reasoning leaving, we don’t even see the greed

Well you might think….I’m on the left wing, or on the right wheel
Depends how I feel
But my main stand it’s for the Heartland
That’s where I’ll always be

Lament

Written By: Alan Kovin

My heart's gone down from the thieves and lies
As I read all the bylines, reach for the sky
There's an interview with Paris, bout the things she said
The ocean's getting warmer and it's gone to our head
An actor's on the morning spread
We're gonna have to change or we're dead

A Senators’ commission has been on the news
Been defending all the leeches that got us so fooled
And no one has the guts to tell the stor-y bout the oil
Why thousands of our boys are shedding blood and getting boiled
Wonder why it got so hard
There's got to be a changing of the guard

The old dreams are dying, but we keep trying, on the auto-line
And no ones revealing, all of the stealing inside
Is it a matter of losing grace
Or choosing the human race

We're lost in our disguise
If we don't realize
We cry for the earth
Harbor our own demise

It's sad to think we could come so low
I love you so....people I love you so......
I love you so,

Better Difference

Written By: Alan Kovin

She goes up with a lover, down in the covers
Doesn’t know what to say
High heeled sleezer, pinky on his finger
Impressed her all the day

Wonder if she figured, swallowing the jiggers
Running from the light
Looking for shining armor in the night

The food is bad and the government tells us, better not be late
Even though it’s wasted half of what we’ve given it to date
China’s not an amateur no more they’re making moves
As our sons and daughters buy their shoes

Make it….make a little better difference that you can
Break it, ask a friend or lover if they’ll lend a hand
Many years ago a man came down, looked around
and heard the sounds of man’s creations
And he was found…he is still around

We know there’s scheming, we pay the price
But there’s still dreaming…to make things right
As long as we strive, to keep in sight, within our own eyes, a much better life

Just the other day, I heard someone saying
that there’s always someone to blame
We’re a welfare state, everyone’s not straight, the world is close to flames
Is it time for renewal of the golden rule or is it just out of sight
We’re the shining armor in the night

Make it….make a little better difference that you can
Break it, ask a friend or lover if they’ll lend a hand
Many years ago a man came down,
looked around and heard the sounds of man’s creations
And he was found…he is still around

Matthew

Written By: Alan Kovin

Matthew was down, it was winter time
Thinking about that night
Caught in his jungle, his darker side
Yet lucky to be alive

She was spirit, who showed him light
Watching him with a smile
She was holy, it was in her eyes
That’s when he realized

She was high with remarkable style
Looked to be a shining star
She’d open your heart with love saying come as you are

Warming embrace, with the love on her face
Kind of feeling that never runs dry
She took you on a fantasy ride

Matthew got, down, bout some trouble he found
Gave it the old college try
He struggled and lost that round
Went to try to lose his life

Mary was there, shining bright and fair
Helped him get out of him
She was a sight for his sorry eyes
Brought him back to the light

I think Matthew’s been with us, in most of our lives
Some of us we had it hard
With all of the feelings we had, wishing on a star
The hopes of our dreams, isn’t far to believe in
While reachin our for the sky
All we got to do is try

Next time you’re smiling in the summer time
Thinking about that night
Uncover that shining light
It will make you feel all right

It could be Lordy or the girl next door
Flying down deep inside
It’s in our hunger and in our mind
Just open up and let it fly

Still Waiting

Written By: Alan Kovin

My mind’s going blind from the burning signs,
Each night I resign from the daily grind
And see all the pup-pet-eers, spinning their graven lines
My heart lies helpless, my body too, I tumble homeward bound with the blues
But it's just a game, that we can't afford to lose

I'm still waiting for some-bod-y fearless to make it a fight I'm still waiting for truth
I'm still waiting for someone, a hero to turn on the light I'm still waiting for you--waiting for you
You got the heart and control, the love without stealing our soul

We see all their graft in a thousand places,
Billions of dough that these crim-in-als wasted
The fear and the jeers, how do they get away
Now what will it take till we make a move,
What more do these imbeciles have to prove
It ain’t gonna help us, watching the evening news

I’m still waiting for you…….I’m still waiting for you…………….
I’m still waiting for you…
Waiting for dreams to come true (repeat)

Ballad of a Man

Written By: Alan Kovin

Been walking a rocky road wild, to get away
Every little bit of squeezing, is a price I gotta pay
We all got freedom, at one time, it made me shine
Right now I could use some kindness, some piece of mind

Had a life somewhere else, a memory it's bad
In my mind's eye there's a family,of folks I never had
Now I've tried thievin, stopped believing, in all the lies
I can feel the end coming closer now, and it makes me cry

If I could ever lay tracks and make things right
I would do anything in heaven, to get homeward bound
If I could ever run back the late at nights, the tavern fights, the hours of dreaming
To welcome morning light

Hows that little guy sleeping, I think about my wife
If I had been in touch all along, I'd have a better life
It's strange how all the days began to melt inside my mind
I'll be looking out forever, for the things I've gotta find

Whatwewear

Written By: Alan Kovin

I look around at the ocean, Take a look at the sea,
People happy around me, in their fantasy
I think of memories surrounding, all that came here before
Once I was down on the railroad, on the freight car floor

Well there’s a load that people travel with, it’s everything we sow
It takes us on the road, gives us our control
And at the moment that I wake up, in the morning with my soul
That cakes up in my weary eyes and makes me want to know
If maybe we’re just actors playing parts
Yet all that really matters is in our heart

We like to know our comforts, we need to know them now,
Yet, we’re afraid of the moment, we eat the gentle cow
I’d like to say I love you, to everyone that is near
But I’m lost in the jungle, and all the things I fear………..well

There’s a load that people travel with, it’s everything we sow,
It takes us on the road, gives us our control
And at the moment that I wake up, in the morning with my soul,
That cakes up in my weary eyes, and makes me want to know
If life is neverending all the while…and we don’t really ever have to die

Doo, doo doo doo doo doooo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo,
I’d like to tell you, share our celebration
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doooo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo,
The passion that’s inside of us, to see another day

I take a look at the sunrise, Take a whiff of the breeze,
I’m walking under the blue skies, Daylight by the beach
I’m happy just to be smiling, Thrilled that I am alive,
But if my mind is unkindly, I’ll run out of time

Well there’s a load that people travel with, it’s everything we sow,
It takes us on the road, gives us our control
And at the moment that I wake up, in the morning with my soul,
That cakes up in my weary eyes, and makes me want to know
That if I had a chance to make things right, a smile each time, we see the morning light

Discography

On The Road, Ballad of a Man

Set List

Originals and Covers from my CD's and some unique covers. I have up to 4 sets of music: Ballad of a Man is a 1 hour show about the trials and tribulations of Charlie, Alan's alter ego. By far, the most endearing quality of Charlie is his heartfelt love of mankind and his regret and self-forgiveness of his early life mistakes. The show is really an anthem for the rest of us…… with Charlie leading the way with life commentary and hard advice. Those songs include: Brother Can You Spare a Dime, Ballad of a Man, Remember, Lament, Fight the TeeVee, Matthew, Heartland, Jimmy, Whatwewear, Gone, Why Rush and Life is with People. My covers set includes: All the Things you Are, Body and Soul, A Jobim Medley, It had to be You, Bye Bye Blackbird, Sitting on top of the world, I've got you under my skin, The Way You Look Tonight, These Foolish Things and many more pop and jazz classics