Arthur Lee Land

Arthur Lee Land

 Lyons, Colorado, USA
SoloAlternativeAmericana

Lyons CO based Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer-Songwriter, Innovative Loop Artist & Producer. Arthur tours as an unforgettable solo act using the Art of Live-Looping to create a full band sound by layering vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass, African percussion, drum samples, beat boxing and other electronic sonic textures and effects. Add to this cross-faded segues of sampled African drum ensembles mixed with electronic, house, hip-hop beats and live-looped instruments to create a seamless se

Biography

How come my heart feels cracked open... Theres no wonder why Arthur Lee Lands 4th album Cracked Open, offers an exciting invitation for the musically adventurous to discover a boundless, transcendent world. Arthurs groundbreaking style is driven by the integration of sophisticated musical, emotional and spiritual juxtapositions. Its been said; Every one of these songs sticks to your soul.

Whether its our own world or the world at large falling apart around us, Cracked Open speaks of the suffering and the transformation that is taking place in these times of uncertainty. Ironically for Arthur, shortly after finishing the album, it was losing his voice completely, finding a polyp on his vocal cord (and the miraculous healing without surgery 6 months later), relocating back to Colorado and then being diagnosed with Graves (Hyperthyroid) Disease that forced him to wait almost two years to finally release this album. Those experiences ultimately became a test of faith that cracked him open deeply and in the end strengthened him as a person and an artist.

Arthur Lee Land released his 4th album Cracked Open, May 14, 2013 on Perfect Groove Records offering a groundbreaking style that is driven by the integration of sophisticated musical, emotional and spiritual juxtapositions. â€œFresh!.... Arthur has a unique creative approach in his music.â€? Grammy Award winning producer Bil Vorndik (Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Doc Watson)   

After the release of his previous recording Dragonfly (produced by Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Wendy Waldman), Arthur, wife/lyricist Carol Lee and his label, Perfect Groove Records, felt he was at a pivotal point in his career. He decided to embark on a studio project that expanded upon the sonics he had been creating live for years allowing him to play most all of the instruments including the 6-string banjo which became a central tonal focal point for this album. Songs include the electro/bluegrass title track Cracked Open, the traditional and futuristic juxtaposition of Do You Ever Think Of Me? and Arthurs only lyrically penned autobiographical Good Enough.

Musically speaking, Electro-Americana may best describe Arthur Lee Lands eclectic fusion of folk-rock, worldbeat/bluegrass and electronica, but cannot fully explain the unique dynamics at work when Arthur enters the studio or takes the stage. The multi-talented performer blends elements from distinctive parts of his career for this recording: his longtime wheelhouse as a touring musician playing folk-rock, country and roots; a world beat/bluegrass hybrid, inspired by a tour of West Africa; and his Art of Live-Looping techniques which have defined his solo live shows since the early 2000s. Then add to this mix - co-producer, engineer and DJ Aaron Shier, who brought in his influences of electronic, house and pop music.

From the first day of production, Cracked Open unfolded as a "whole Album" in the truest sense of the word, taking on a life of its own. We recorded one song a week in my home studio, and we didn't know what the next song would be until the day before we recorded it. It was always like "what's next?" We had about 40 songs to choose from but we had no idea what songs were going to end up on the record and we had to trust the process, says Arthur. In fact the song order on the CD is the exact order that the tracks were recorded in. One of Carols lines in the song True North comes to mind: theres something bigger going on, so learn some trustin

Currently based in the small town of Lyons, Colorado, Arthur tours as a multi-instrumental solo act in which he utilizes live looping (live recording) technology to create on the fly, a full band sound by layering guitars, six string banjo, mandolin, bass, African percussion, drum samples, beat boxing and other electronic sonic textures. This guy exudes musical magic!? --Steve Szymanski, V.P. of Planet Bluegrass ?(Promoters of Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival)

Arthurs intuitive collaboration with his lyricist/wife Carol Lee is an integral part of the artistic landscape of Arthur Lee Land.How come my heart feels so cracked open / When the love is running deep / Someday we all will cross over / Maybe right now is all well ever be.

Lyrics

Dragonfly

Written By: Music: ALL / Lyrics: Carol Lee

I FIRST SAW YOU
PASSING BY
THE SUNLIGHT STRUCK YOUR FACE SO BRIGHT
HOLD ME DRAGONFLY
HOLD ME STARRY SKY

ONCE BEFORE ON
THE HILLS OF GREEN
THE WAR OF WINTER
CAME BETWEEN
HOLD ME CELESTINE
HOLD ME HARVEST QUEEN

YOUR EYES SHINING
THE FIREY LIGHT
PASSED YOU BY THEN
WANDERING THROUGH THE NIGHT

HOLD ME BUTTERFLY
HOLD ME SWEET JULY

TRAVELING ON NOW
FIRST WINTERS CHILL
FORESTS FALLEN ON
INDIAN HILL
HOLD ME INDIGO
HOLD ME NAVAJO

I DID KNOW YOU
I WAS UNTRUE
DIED THAT SUMMER
NORTHBOUND TRAIN IT FLEW

HOLD ME SOLITUDE
HOLD ME WATERLOO

HEARD YOU SINGING
VOICE RANG CLEAR
THROUGH THE VALLEY
FIRST PIONEERS
HOLD ME KEEP ME NEAR
HOLD ME YESTERYEAR

HEART IS YEARNING
RED ROCKS SWEET SAGE
JOURNEY ON NOW
TURN THE PAGE

HOLD ME DRAGONFLY
HOLD ME STARRY SKY

In The Perfect Groove

Written By: Music: ALL / Lyrics: Carol Lee

WHEN THE ANGER BITES THROUGH, YOU DO WHAT YOU DO
YOUR MIND’S IN A FURY, NO TIME YOU JUST HURRY
TO GET WHERE YOU’RE GOING, YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN
TELLING YOUR EPIC, TO ALL WHO’LL LISTEN

THE HURT’S IN THE LEAVING, ALL THE CRYING AND GRIEVING
LEAVES YOU HUNGRY AND FREAKED, YOUR NERVES ARE ALL TWEEKED
SPIRALING DOWN, YOUR BODY MUST GROUND
NO TIME WILL BE FOUND, IF YOU’RE NOT AROUND

THERE IS NO NEED TO BE RUSHED ALONG WITH THE RUSH
PUSHED AROUND BY THE PUSH
CRUSHED DOWN BY THE CRUSH

WHEN YOU ARE CURRENT THE CURRENT IS STRONG
EVERY ATOM THAT YOU MOVE, IS IN THE PERFECT GROOVE

I SAW WHEN YOU LANDED, YOUR ENERGY EXPANDED
THE VOICE THAT I KNEW POURED OUT LOVE AND TRUTH
WITH NOWHERE TO GO, IN YOUR PRESENCE WE STOOD
THE ROOM FILLED WITH COLORS, AS YOUR EYES FLOWERED

THERE’S NO NEED TO BE RUSHED ALONG WITH THE RUSH
PUSHED AROUND BY THE PUSH
CRUSHED DOWN BY THE CRUSH

WHEN YOU ARE CURRENT THE CURRENT IS STRONG
EVERY ATOM THAT YOU MOVE, IS IN THE PERFECT GROOVE

Monet Sky

Written By: Music: Arthur Lee Land / Lyrics: Carol Lee

Monet sky
I flew down and skimmed the stream
I’m never too down and I never get mean
I JUST DREAM

Time keeps passing and I don’t know why
I’m gonna lay these bones beneath a Monet sky
WITH JUST BLUES
WITH JUST BLUES

IF YOU GET LONELY
I’M NEVER TOO FAR AWAY
WHEN I GET LONELY
YOU’RE NEVER TOO FAR AWAY

La da da da da, la da
La da da da da, la da

I love the ocean I want to stand in it’s breeze
Surfing on it’s currents where my spirit flies free
I CAN BE
I JUST BE

Standing at the river where your calling my name
Tried on your loving kindness, never be the same
I JUST BREATHE
YES I BREATHE

IF YOU GET LONELY
I’M NEVER TOO FAR AWAY
WHEN I GET LONELY
YOU’RE NEVER TOO FAR AWAY

La da da da da, la da
La da da da da, la da

Song That You Sing

Written By: Music: ALL / Lyrics: Carol Lee

Shadows rolled into the night
Shooting stars and trailing light
I found you singing over Crescent Bay
A snapshot taken in a Souls eye way

Tide washed low, the full moon grew
The night revealed the light inside of you
You saw our past Egypt, Greece & Cherokee
Often common and poor, sometimes royalty

The song that you sing that you sang that you sung
Skated through my heart, through my mind onto my tongue
The love that you gave that I got on this run
Filters through these pores like the rays from the sun

Falling stars light ignited the dawn
Ruby red grapefruit colored morn
I found you crying into Emerald Bay
The blues melted into greens and sailed away

Barefoot, red dirt, slammin’ screen doors
Birthday cakes, heartaches and creaking wooden floors
The day turns the hours into weeks into years
Undone by happiness, revealed by these tears

The song that you sing that you sang that you sung
Skated through my heart, through my mind onto my tongue
The love that you gave that I got on this run
Filters through these pores like the rays from the sun

Roots

Written By: Music: ALL / Lyrics: Carol Lee

SINKING INTO CHOCOLATE BROWN EARTH
NOURISH ME I SAID NOURISH ME
CAUSE I’M HERE TO STAY……………………….
NO WIND CAN BLOW ME
I SAID BLOW ME AWAY

THE LEAVES ARE ALL FALLEN
WINTER SHADOWS GREYING
I’M SETTING DOWN
SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS

I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS

NOW I’M BROUGHT TO MY KNEES
SEEING ONLY GOD CAN I PLEASE
GARDEN SPIDER’S SPUN HER WEB
LEFT IT EMPTY IS SHE DEAD?

I’VE BEEN WANDERING THESE LANDS
IN MY GYPSY CARAVAN
WAITING FOR I SAID
WAITING FOR LIGHTNING TO STRIKE

I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS

SINKING INTO CHOCOLATE BROWN EARTH
NOURISH ME I SAID NOURISH ME
CAUSE I’M HERE TO STAY
NO WIND CAN BLOW ME
I SAID BLOW ME AWAY

THE LEAVES ARE ALL FALLEN
LONG WINTER SHADOWS GREYING
I’M SETTING DOWN
SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS

I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS
I’M SETTING DOWN THESE ROOTS

Constant As The Sun

Written By: Lyrics: Arthur Lee Land / Carol Lee

It’s a bright Saturday morning in our tree-house way up high
The sun dances in our window through the leaves
Blown by an Indian Summer Breeze

You dream music in the night and wake up with a song
And all around us is the beauty of the colors you paint all day long

You reign down on me like a queen in the Palace of the Thunderstorm
But my love is always constant as the sun
Through all the nasty weather and the changes we’ve been through
My love is constant as the sun…my love is constant as the sun

We walk hand in hand in the Garden of Venus
Seeds and shells and flowers
Spring from the sea birthing Eternity

I hear your sweet voice calling me, brightening my world
I turn around only to see, the dark side of the little girl

You reign down on me like a queen in the Palace of the Thunderstorm
But my love is always constant as the sun
Through all the nasty weather and the changes we’ve been through
My love is constant as the sun…my love is constant as the sun

Constant as the sun my love is constant as the sun
And she said “Thank you for your constant love…
Steady and rhythmic even in my coming and going
Constantly reminding me of my own Divinity
Thank you for choosing me

You reign down on me like a queen in the Palace of the Thunderstorm
But my love is always constant as the sun
Through all the nasty weather and the changes we’ve been through
My love is constant as the sun…my love is constant as the sun

Happy Cow

Written By: Arthur Lee Land

Happy Cow

What's it gonna take...
To see the writing on the wall?
What's it gonna take...
to feel like the planet we inhabit's vey small?
What's it gonna take...
to know we're gonna reap what we sow on the farms?
What's it gonna take...
to hear Mother Nature, she's rung her alarm?

I'm just a happy cow
Living in the here and now
Grazing in this field of green
But it seems like time is moving faster if you know what I mean
The clock is ticking....Ticky-tock 
The clock is ticking....Ticky -tock 

What's it gonna take...
To see what's happening right in front of your face?
What's it gonna take...
To spend your dollars in a way that'll change the marketplace?
What's it gonna take...
To spread the word about a better way?
What's it gonna take...
To be the change we want in the world today?

I'm just a happy cow
Living in the here and now
Grazing in this field of green
But it seems like time is moving faster if you know what I mean
The clock is ticking....Ticky-tock 
The clock is ticking....Ticky -tock 

Cookies & Pudding

Written By: Music: Arthur Lee Land / Lyrics: Carol Lee

Cookies & Pudding

She asked me “cookies or pudding?”
last night at 8:03
Cookies and Pudding will never be
as sweet as my love is to me

She loves the taste of chocolate
bittersweet and rich as can be
There will be no Snack Pack pudding
just baked scones and fresh raspberries

She asked me “cookies or pudding?”
last night at 8:03
Cookies and Pudding will never be
as sweet as my love is to me

Sometimes she’ll follow a recipe
but tweek it ‘till it come out right
She makes pancakes for breakfast
you’ll find here making cookies at night

She asked me “cookies or pudding?”
last night at 8:03
Cookies and Pudding will never be
as sweet as my love is to me

What do her taste buds tell her?
I can only guess
As long as it’s sweet and creamy
Super yummy and so fresh.

She loves the taste of chocolate
bittersweet and rich as can be
There will be no Snack Pack pudding
just baked scones and fresh raspberries

She asked me “cookies or pudding?”
last night at 8:03
Cookies and Pudding will never be
as sweet as my love is to me

Discography

Cracked Open CD (2013)

Live Looping In The House DVD (2006)

Dragonfly CD (2005)

Best Of Both Worlds EP (2000)

Lessons Of The Heart (1995)