Athena Reich

Athena Reich

 New York, New York, USA
SoloPopEDM

Athena's music is often compared to Annie Lennox, Adele and Lady Gaga. Her music videos charted #1 on MTV LOGO and her song "Love is Love" won Best Pop Song at the Outmusic Awards. Nominations include Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year. She has toured across North America and Europe and shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Jim Carrey and Janeane Garofalo. She has released 5 albums and 3 dance EP's.

More at www.AthenaReich.com

Biography

Athena's music is often compared to Annie Lennox, Adele and Lady Gaga. Her music videos charted #1 on MTV LOGO and her song "Love is Love" won Best Pop Song at the Outmusic Awards. Nominations include Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Humanitarian Songwriter of the Year. She has toured across North America and Europe and shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Jim Carrey and Janeane Garofalo. She has released 5 albums and 3 dance EP's.

Athena Reich is also a comic actress who won Best Comedy Improv on YTV (Canada) with judge Eugene Levy. She started doing Second City improvisation in Toronto at age 9.  Currently, she is active in the New York City comedy scene at Upright Citizen's Brigade. Her show, #ARTBIRTH (which features one of Athena's characters, Pregnant Gaga) has received a lot of press, (including Time Out Critic's Pick) and Lady Gaga tweeted about it! Athena has shared the stage with Jim Carrey and Janeane Garafalo. 

Other recent acting credits include White Collar, Redrum (ID Channel), The Haunting Of,  "An Evening with Donald Kempinski" (Little Fella Films), "I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway", "Hush: Inside the Waiting Womb" (LA / NY) and "Where I Come From" at Kentucky Repertory Theater. Currently she is starring as Lady Gaga in #ARTBIRTH at the Laurie Beechman Theater in NYC. She takes classes regularly at the Matt Newton Acting Studio, One on One and Upright Citizen's Brigade.

Athena Reich is the host of the award winning webseries The Curious Cook. Other hosting work includes Under the Pink Carpet (PBS), Air America Radio and Yetta Kurland Live (1600AM). Athena has interviewed celebrities on the red carpet such as Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder, Neil Patrick Harris and Sigourney Weaver. With her training in improv and stand-up comedy, Athena is like a young Ellen and her fun, outrageous and playful personality bring accessibility and humor to any show.

More at www.AthenaReich.com

Lyrics

Hey Little Girl

Written By: Athena Reich

HEY LITTLE GIRL

Remember 5
They took you aside
And told you your life would change
Instead of 1
You’d now have 2
Two homes, two lives, two of you
And late that night you awoke with a scream
From the very worst kind of dream
You dreamed you had a strange disease
That no one had ever seen

Hey Little Girl
I remember
I was right there by your side
Hey Little Girl
I remember
I was with you all this time

Remember 9
Waiting for a sign
From the moon as you lay in bed
You’d stare and stare
As he pressed down
No lights, no shapes no sound
But then one night I held your hand
As you screamed again and again
You screamed until someone believed
It was your voice that set you free

CHORUS

Remember 12
How hard you fell
In love with Cameron Jones
You’d steal some beer and smoke some weed
And would show him how you feel
I guess you never were naïve
And you needed to feel free
No matter what people might say
You found love in your own way

CHORUS

Time means nothing
Means less and less each day
Love grows backwards
Grows circular in space
As I write this song
I’m 12, I’m 9, I’m 5
As I sing this song
Love replaces time

CHORUS

The Great Divide

Written By: Athena Reich

Hear me calling out your name
Tell me that everything’s OK
Lay your body next to mine
It’s time we cross the great divide

See me clearing out a space
Tell me that you’re coming home to stay
Lay your body next to mine
It’s time we cross the great divide

And when I think of all these nights spent on my own
It feels like I am cursed to be alone
But there’s got to be more to my fate
I know that you’ll be worth the wait
I can’t get lost inside this great divide

Hold me until my breathing slows
Show me all the love you know
Lay your body next to mine
It’s time we cross the great divide

And when I think of all these nights spent on my own
It feels like I am cursed to be alone
But there’s got to be more to my fate
I know that you’ll be worth the wait
I can’t get lost inside this great divide

Little Girl Dreams

Written By: Athena Reich

No matter what says
The teacher, preacher
No matter what says
The Hollywood feature
No matter what says
The President speaker

CHORUS 1
You can’t stop these little girl dreams
You can’t stop these little girl dreams

Just cause you hide
In a cynical coat
Just cause you lied
And laughed at my hope
Don’t mean you get
To leave this heart broke

CHORUS 2
You can’t stop these little girl dreams
You can’t stop these little girl dreams
You can’t steal these wishes, caresses, and beautiful messes
You can’t stop these little girl dreams

BRIDGE:
“Ahhhhhhh”
These wishes they grow like wild flowers
through cracks in cement
they reach for the light.
These stories unsaid
They are whispering, spinning
They scream your name
In the stillest of night
“Ahhhhhhh”

CHORUS 2

Love is Love

Written By: Athena Reich and Lorraine Ferro

We all know Love is patient
We all know Love is kind
No one tells you Love is crazy
and can catch you from behind

They say 1 man 1 woman
It’s unnatural to love your own
But I’ve been with boys, I’ve been with girls
And Love is ruled by Love alone
Love is ruled by Love alone

Cause Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love
Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love

It’s never paint by numbers
This abstract work of art
You can only find its beauty painting with your broken heart
And if you stay wide open
To everything that it could be
It might grace you with its presence
But Love don’t make no guarantees
Love don’t make no guarantees

Cause Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love
Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love
You know it’s gonna save you
However you were made to
Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is

The seed that takes root beneath the snow
Just when you’re thinking you’ll never see it grow
It only feels painful, it only seems hard
Because it’s gotta break through frozen ground to show you who you are

(Instrumental for the first two lines of the chorus)
You know it’s gonna save you
However you were made to
Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love

For all you’ve gained and all you’ve lost
Love is always worth the cost, cause
Love is Love is Love is Love is Love is Love (repeat overlapping till end)

Bones

Written By: Athena Reich

You never knew peace
But your skin danced like fire
And your heart, it beat like waves
And your bones, and your bones
And your bones breathed hope

Nothing I can say… ah
Nothing I can do to bring you back to
Life never plays fair
It’s just a game of truth or dare
And when you’ve chosen everything
You can choose
Lost most everything
You can lose
All that’s left
Are your Bones

I never knew peace.
But my skin remembers fire.
My heart remembers waves.
And my bones, and my bones
And my bones breathe hope

These bones are all I got,
These bones…
These bones are all I got,
These bones…

Mr. Fly

Written By: Athena Reich

You gave me your crazy advice again
You shined your wild smile in my ear
You told me that passion is gravity
And genius, a child that is free

They say you are lost without logic
They say you have lost what is real
But you wear your insanity sweetly
Just like we were all meant to be

CHORUS:
Mr. Fly, Mr. Fly
Take me high
Mr. Fly
We’ll talk till the stars in the sky
Start to sigh – igh – igh, Mr. Fly

You measure the soul of a moonbeam
You wink at the blindness of time
You curse at the death of a daydream
And kiss all my phantoms goodbye

CHORUS:
Mr. Fly, Mr. Fly
Take me high
Mr. Fly
We’ll talk till the stars in the sky
Start to cry, Mr Fly, take me hi-igh

Your eyes are as warm as sunlight on sand
As you smooth your spindly white hair
With your elephant hands
You’re the one who believes
You’re the one that can see
The diamond that shines inside of me

CHORUS:
Mr. Fly, Mr. Fly
Take me high
Mr. Fly
We’ll talk to the stars in the sky
Mr. Fly

Mr. Fly, Mr. Fly
Take me high
Mr. Fly
We’ll talk till the stars in the sky
Kiss us goodnight, Mr. Fly, Take me high

My Cat is Magical

Written By: Athena Reich

My cat is magical
And I’m not the type
To believe in new age hype
My cat is mystical
in order to believe it
you’d really have to see it

Pre-Chorus:
Late at night, he meows so loud
Desperate, in his way, to say

CHORUS:
Here I am, I’m here, I am
See me, See I’m here
Love me love me love me now
Know me, and show me

My cat was found one day
Hungry and alone
A runt without a home
My cat was brought that day
to a shelter in the city
with other abandoned kitties

PC & CHORUS

BRIDGE:
Now he’s going through
A kind of second kittenhood
Attacking rugs and strings
And waterbugs and things

But when he hears a thump
Like a footstep or a bump
He’ll run and hide all day
Forgetting how to play

Remembering back when
They’d scream and kick him
(instrumental)

Me, I’m always brave
But digging my own grave
Me, I’m always brave
But needing to be saved
Me, I’m always brave
But digging my own grave
Me, I’m always brave
But needing to say

PC & CHORUS

My cat is magical

The Logical Song

Written By: Music/Lyrics: Rodger Hodson (Supertramp) from “Breakfast in America”

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful
A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical
And all the birds in the trees, they’d be singing so happily
Joyfully, oh playfully watching me
And then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible
Logical, oh responsible, practical
And then they showed me a world where I could be so dependable
Oh Clinical, oh intellectual, cynical

There are times when all the world’s asleep
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
Please tell me who I am

I said now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical
A liberal, oh fanatical, criminal
And won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re acceptable
Respectable, oh presentable, a vegetable!

Instrumental/Scat

But at night, when all the worlds asleep
The questions run too deep
For such a simple man
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
Please tell me who I am
Who I am
Who I am
Who I am

White Bandages

Written By: Athena Reich

I’ve never seen your spine
Stoop so low
My guilty valentine
Please don’t go
You told me it was never right
Are you sure?

White bandages for mittens
Keep me warm, keep me warm
White bandages for mittens
Ahhh…

And so I scream my mind
Underground
I choose to blame myself
Choose to drown
If I could stop forgiving you
I’d be free

White bandages for mittens
Keep me warm, keep me warm
White bandages for mittens
Ahhh…

Where were you when we’d hold each other tight and cry?
Where were you when we’d nurse each other through the night?
Maybe I should just patch up my eyes with gauze
Maybe I should stitch my lips together because
Maybe I, Maybe I, Maybe Yeah Maybe I…

Instrumental

White bandages for mittens
Keep me warm, keep me warm
White bandages for mittens
Keep me warm, keep me warm
White bandages for mittens
Keep me warm, keep me warm
White bandages for mittens
Ahhh…

I’ve never seen your spine
Stoop so low

It's Our Time

Written By: Athena Reich and Garry Novikoff

Me and my girlfriend
Walking down Main Street
Gettin' smile after smile
As we go by

Doorman says
Hey when you gonna get married?
Boy the world can change
In the blink of an eye

Suddenly we're part of the mainstream
Everywhere like the air we breathe
Finally we're the heart of the party
Dancin' to a different beat

Cause it's our time
In every nation
Feel the new vibration
Up your spine
Worlds colliding
Revolution rising
It's our

Time to make room
for every color, every lover
Every rebel freak
Every plain joe and jane

Factory workers
politicians and teachers
Livin' out loud
Staking out their claim

Suddenly we're part of the mainstream
Everywhere like the air we breathe
Finally we're the heart of the party
Dancin' to a different beat

It's our time
In every nation
Feel the new vibration
Up your spine
Worlds colliding
Revolution rising
It's our time

From Libya to Syria
Wall street all the way to Algeria
Beijing to Wyoming
This whole globe is transforming
Can't you feel it? Can't you see?
The possibilities
Of new morality
And a new reality
Let your voices ring
Join the Arab Spring
Love is law
Occupy everything
Every city every nation
No more hate and domination
No corporate greed
Stand with those in need
You can see the signs
Read between the lines
Every bully will fall
Tear down the wall
Liberty and justice
For all

It's our time
In every nation
Feel the new vibration
Up your spine
Worlds colliding
Revolution rising

It's our time
In every nation
Feel the new vibration
Up your spine
Worlds colliding
Revolution rising

CREDIT:
Artist: Athena Reich, featuring the Intergalactic Outlaws
Written by Athena Reich and Garry Novikoff
Produced by Athena Reich, Reed Robins, Garry Novikoff and the Intergalactic Outlaws

Discography

SINGLES

1. Noah's Unicorn (2014)
2. It's Our Time (2013)
3. Love is Love Remix (2012)
4. Logical Song Remix (2011)

FULL ALBUMS
1. Little Girl Dreams (2009)
2. Stories from the Road (2005)
3. Stranger Things Have Happened (2004)
4. Athena Under Attack (2003)
5. a sly sardonic grin (1998)

PLUS NUMEROUS COMPILATIONS

Set List

ORIGINAL SET LIST
1. Love is Love
2. Logical Song
3. What About Love?
4. Hey, Little Girl
5. Little Girl Dreams
6. My Cat is Magical
7. White Bandages
8. Back to Canada
9. Bogey Man
10. Trouble
11. The Great Divide
12. Bones
13. Mr. Fly
14. Just Me
15. It's Our Time

30-120 minutes

GAGA SET LIST
1. Bad Romance
2. Born This Way
3. The Edge of Glory
4. The Edge of Glory (acoustic)
5. Ajejandro
6. Telephone
7. LoveGame
8. Paparazzi
9. Paparazzi (acoustic)
10. Poker Face
11. You & I
12. Judas
13. Marry the Night
14. Just Dance
(More or less depending on gig. Can be 3-14 songs, with or without costume changes and with or without back-up dancers.)

COVER SET
Athena can also perform a full evening's worth of covers, from jazz, to pop, to folk, to cabaret. She has experience with many combinations of players, from solo to quintets. She has entertained festivals, restaurants, outdoor events and more.