The Koles featuring Arlene Kole

The Koles featuring Arlene Kole

 Simi Valley, California, USA
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The Koles are a Los-Angeles based folk pop group whose original songs, stunning vocal arrangements and wonderfully engaging personas captivate audiences. Influenced by the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and the harmony of the Manhattan Transfer.

Biography

The Koles are a Los Angeles based folk pop group whose original songs, stunning vocal arrangements and, wonderfully engaging personas captivate audiences. Influenced by the progressive bluegrass sounds of Nickel Creek and the harmony of the Manhattan Transfer, the Koles challenge modern day pop with their musically stimulating offerings. The songwriting is deep and heartfelt and the nationally syndicated public radio show “Art of the Song” dedicated an hour long program to the critically acclaimed album “ONE DAY”, calling it “Brilliant”. The Koles are also pleased to announce that 21 year old wunderkind, Wyatt Stone, has joined the band. Wyatt toured the world for 4 years with Rickie Lee Jones and is an amazing multi- instrumentalist.

Though the Koles are relaxed and positive, they rock, they roll, and move audiences to tears while injecting hilarious moments throughout their show. Their performances warranted them recognition in Music Connection Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Live Indies in the USA. Steve Brogden, President FAR West / Folk Alliance says: “Two thing stand out. First is the songwriting. Then there are those voices...”

The Koles are excited to be releasing & debuting songs from their new CD, “Odds & Ends”.
For music and video, visit www.thekolesmusic.com

Lyrics

Wife & A Mother

Written By: Arlene Kole

Wife & A Mother

It's quiet here in this neighborhood
The baby's crying and it's early yet
I've been waiting for you by the phone
Waiting to hear when you're coming home

Oh, And did you know I'm somewhere here inside
And by the way, I'm funny
And I'm still quite alive
I don't mean to make you feel bad
But it gets lonely sometimes in this life...of a wife and a mother.

I'm driving round this here neighborhood
There's baseball practice and there's ballet class
I don't get much time to call my own
The kids are wondering when you're coming home

Oh, And did you know I'm somewhere here inside
And by the way, I'm funny
And I'm still quite alive
I don't mean to make you feel bad
But it gets lonely sometimes in this life...of a wife and a mother.

I would take a breath somedays and I would just pretend
And I remember long ago when you told me we'd never ever, ever, ever end.

I'm driving away from this neighborhood
The kids are grown and there's not much left
I was hoping we'd have more to say But it's cold here in the light of day.

Oh, And did you know I was somewhere here inside
And by the way, I'm funny
And I'm still quite alive
I didn't mean to make you feel bad
But it was lonely sometimes in that life...of a wife and a mother.

One Day

Written By: Arlene Kole/Bill Kole

this is one day

one day I’ll find a way to say what I mean,
tell you all the things I wanted to be,
hold a candle up to the light ,
and see which one burns brighter,

one day I’ll march for the latest, greatest cause,
I’ll try and overlook all of your flaws,
find a way to see what’s right,
and try to be a little lighter,

this is that day...this is one day

one day I’ll change the oil in my car,
I’ll open up this happening little bar,
buy a condo on the beach,
gain heights I thought I’d never reach,

one day I’ll sing to a capacity crowd,
buy the latest and be in the now,
write a song everyone sings to,
see someone new when I look at you....

this is that day...this is one day,

If ever there was I time I was lost in this world,
I knew at the end of the day,
there was you,

one day all my children will be married,
one day one of us will live to see the other buried,

but for today, this is one day,

this is that day...this is one day
this is one day
this is every day
this is one day
one day

Time Stands Still

Written By: Kole/Kole

Time Stands Still .

sitting by myself at this table for two,
trying hard to catch an eye while I wait for you,
and I know that I’m agIng, I don’t look the same,
but am I still engaging?, what part of me remains…

but it all comes flooding back, as I sit across from you,
I’m wild and passionate, and beautiful,
your love let’s me live in this moment and it always will,
cause when I look into your eyes,
...time stands still,

wine and whispered words that dare to reveal,
what soft light and makeup hope to conceal,
I’m falling back on wisdom, but it’s not the same,
it’s such a sober landing,
that feeling… that you’re out the game,

then it all comes flooding back, as I sit across from you,
I’m wild and passionate, and beautiful,
your love let’s me live in this moment and it always will,
cause when I look into your eyes,
...time stands still,

you give me reason to wear that little black dress,
and keep from becoming some buttoned down mess…
that women who’s clutching a girl in search of her soul,
yes it’s you that makes me whole,

cause it all comes flooding back, as I sit across from you,
I’m wild and passionate, and beautiful,
your love let’s me live in this moment and it always will,
cause when I look into your eyes,
...time stands still

I'm Leavng

Written By: Bill Kole

I’m Leavin’ .

take the house, here’s the car,
you can have it all, just leave my guitar,
shut the window, lock the door,
ain’t never gonna let no one come in any more,
is life over or am I buried alive,
gotta find a way back from here to my life,

I’m leavin,
take my money, I’ll take my soul,
can’t take another day of bein half of a whole,
I’m leavin,
so long, I wish you well,
i just can’t live another day.....in this cell

call the lawyers, call our friends,
tell ‘em I’m a bitch and that it had to end,
let the chips fall where they may,
I can’t bear to stay for even one more day,
yeah I’m bleedin’, caught in a trap,
you say you’ll change but it’s too late for that...

I’m leavin,
take my money, I’ll take my soul,
can’t take another day of bein half of a whole,
I’m leavin,
so long, I wish you well,
I just can’t live another day.....in this cell

I’m leavin,
take my money, I’ll take my soul,
can’t take another day of bein half of a whole,
I’m leavin,
so long…

16

Written By: Bill Kole

16

I know where you’re hiding,
I’ve been inside that space before,
I know why you’re shying away,
I’ve lived behind that face before,

Standing among, those that are young,
You can lose sight of who you are,

Things will get better, you’ll see, (they’ll get better)
I’ve been through the war and survived, (And you’ll get by)
You’ve got to be strong, and you’ll get through, (it gets better)
I know....cause I was sixteen too...

I know there's no hiding,
You're standing in an open field,
I knowthat you're trying,
Remember wounds will always heal

Still, it’s no fun, coming undone,
Tearing apart at the seams,

But things will get better, you’ll see, (they’ll get better)
I’ve been through the war and survived, (And you’ll get by)
You’ve got to be strong, and you’ll get through, (it gets better)

I know....cause I was sixteen too...

Break

Things will get better, you’ll see, (they’ll get better)
I’ve been through the war and survived, (And you’ll get by)
You’ve got to be strong, and you’ll get through, (it gets better)
Don’t give up....cause if something ever happened to you......I would not get through....Yeah I was sixteen too....

Bill Kole August 29/ 2001

Ghosts

Written By: Bill Kole

ghosts

sometimes i feel
like time has passed me by
all the things i said i do
just got in the way of life

but i always took the time
to curse my own misfortune
and they were so little then
but i was so damn tortured

where did all my babies go
i looked away and then they’d grow
then they go
while i dreamed of singing songs
was i right or was i so wrong
when all along they were going, going, gone

it’s so surreal
the way the pages turn
one by one i saw the words
but i never stopped to read them

and so this story goes
and i’m left here defending
all the things i’ve said and done
to cause this tragic ending

where did all my babies go
i looked away and then they’d grow
then they go
while i dreamed of singing songs
was i right or was i so wrong
when all along they were going, going, gone

where did all my babies go
i looked away and then they’d grow
then they go
i seem to miss those days the most
when i’m sitting here
alone
with my thoughts
and the sounds of baby…ghosts

Discography

One Day is Arlene's debut album and is filled with incredibly insightful music about life as a wife, a mother and a woman. The raw emotion of the songs and performances is breathtakingly beautiful as she fuses folk, jazz, pop and bluegrass.

From the hauntingly beautiful "Ghosts", a retrospective on raising a family, to the anger of "I'm Leaving", a snapshot of the bumps in the road in a marriage, Arlene's voice digs into your soul in a way few artists can. "Skin Deep" addresses the concern of aging in a society that places such a high premium on youth and beauty. And "16" speaks to every parent on the pain of watching a child try to "fit in" during those turbulent teenage years.

The Koles second release is "Odds & Ends"
Funny thing about this record...it was originally a collection of songs that we performed live. However, with the addition of Wyatt it started taking on an interesting life of its own. With now four lead vocalists, a beautiful instrumental song from Jimmy and a couple of cover tunes, this album has truly earned the moniker "Odds & Ends." We hope you like listening to the songs on this CD as much as we enjoyed the recording process.

Set List

The Koles Setlist:

Wife & a Mother - (A. Kole)
16 - (B. Kole)
Anything Everything - (S. Kole)
One Day (A. Kole / B. Kole)
Old Man - (original arrangement of Neil Young)
Power of Love (A. Kole / B. Kole)
Norwegian Wood - (original arrangement of Beatles)
She's Leaving Home - (original arrangement of Beatles)
Every Second Of The Day (A. Kole / B. Kole)
Just Like You (A. Kole B. Kole)
Dance (S. Kole)
I'm Leaving ( B. Kole)
End Of A Dream (A. Kole / B. Mikels)
Wherever You Are Tonight (A Parents Lullaby) - A. Kole / B. Kole)
Reasons Why - (Nickel Creek)
Losing You ( A. Kole / B. Kole)
After the Goldrush- (original arrangement of Neil Young)
Rueban - Traditional
Goin Back to Ol Kentucky - Traditional
Everybody - (I. Michaelson)

Arlene Kole solo Covers

Brand New Key - Melanie
Heart of Saturday Night - Tom Waits
A Singer Must Die - Leonard Cohen
Anthony - Nickelcreek
For No One - Beatles
Blackbird - Beatles
Norwegian Wood - Beatles
Help - Beatles
Eleanor