AwryZen

AwryZen

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Focusing on songs about life after age 40, AwryZen plays an eclectic mix of original songs in a classic rock style.

Biography

The music of AwryZen (pronounced: awe-rye'-zen) is based in the blues and rock roots of its members. Formed in 1997, these four talented musicians have risen from the ashes of middle age to challenge the dull humdrum of life over 40. Featuring original songs that are written from a unique mid-life point of view, AwryZen is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a lilt in your step. Awryzen's material can best be described as "retro-rock originals", as the sound of our original music is very reminiscent of the classic rock sounds of the 60's, 70's and 80's. Awryzen's music is anything but one dimensional. What you will hear is blues, blues rock, rock, progressive rock, jazz, and folk rock. What you won't hear is rap, hip-hop, or heavy metal material, or their influence for that matter.

Sit back and enjoy the intricate guitar work of Jimmy Hallinan. Bob Sikkema on fretless bass and Dave Brown on acoustic drums lay down bedrock as the rhythm section of the group, while Tim Rose rounds out the group with his clever lyrics, unique vocal style, and innovative rhythm guitar work. With over 120 years of experience between them, AwryZen's thought-provoking lyrics, classic rock arrangements, and intricate harmonies are sure to entertain and stimulate the senses.

The band is currently in the studio recording songs for a new CD. Faced with the usual challenge of juggling the day gigs and the recording sessions, AwryZen is working dilligently to complete this project before the Spring of 2005.

The band's two CD releases are available for sale online. The newest CD, titled "The Basement Tapes", is a collection of songs resurrected from the archives at AwryZen's rehearsal studio. Their debut CD, "Mid Life Con Sessions" is still available in limited quantities. To hear more samples of our music or to place an order, please visit our website at www.awryzen.com.

Lyrics

One More Time Around

Written By: Jimmy Hallinan

Fade away; let your dreams turn to grey.
You walk where I once played.
It’s hard and I know how you feel
When your mind’s spinning round like a wheel.

One more time around and you may find the answers
to those questions, but there’s still so much to know.
One more time around and you may be the victim.
What a price to pay for stepping in the snow.

Sit down, won’t you hear what I say?
There’s a lesson to be learned everyday.
You think it’s the wise thing to do.
You won’t listen when they’re talking to you.

One more time around and you may find the answers
to those questions, but there’s still so much to know.
One more time around and you may be the victim.
What a price to pay for stepping in the snow.

You laugh; turn your back
Have another line, have a heart attack.
You died with your friends at your side.
There’s a message we just can’t put aside.

One more time around and you may find the answers
to those questions, but there’s still so much to know.
One more time around and you may be the victim.
What a price to pay for stepping in the snow.
What a price to pay for stepping in the snow.

You’re much too young to die.
Oh, much too young to die.

Greed

Written By: Jimmy Hallinan & Tim Rose

I drive a fancy car.
I smoke on fine cigars.
Live in a big estate
With all your cash I take.

My watch is made of gold.
A million shares I sold.
So ask me, how did I know
the price would drop so low?

Everyday it’s the same thing,
I keep working
Just to stay alive.
They’re looking out for their own needs.
Too much greed.
I think I’ve had enough…How ‘bout you?

Why can’t I get enough?
What is it that I crave?
What do I want with stuff
I can’t take past the grave?

Control is what I want,
not something I can take.
Your trust is what I steal
from the goodwill you make.

Sly crooks with ledger books.
Investors beware.
These corporate terrorists
are lurking everywhere.

High times and story lines
on the six o’clock news.
Jail time and hefty fines -
Justice overdue.

(chorus)

I’ve heard the cries.
Let’s harmonize.
They hurt me too.
What can we do?
Let’s stand and fight
to do what’s right
Let’s make them pay.
Let’s start today!

Everyday it’s the same thing,
I keep working - Just to stay alive
Everyday it’s the same thing!

Only A Dream

Written By: Tim Rose

I saw you in a dream last night
You were dressed all in burgundy and white.
Your golden hair seemed to be everywhere.
It was such a beautiful sight.

But I feel so alone and I feel out of place
ever since you went away.
I hear your voice and I see your face,
I miss you more every day...

I saw you with a happy smile
and we were together again.
Your tender lips whispering in my ear
asking me where I had been.

Do you miss me now do you feel incomplete
the way that I miss you.
Is there something inside that makes you want to cry
But you don't know what to do.

I saw you in a dream last night
just like the very first time.
Well I'd never seen any thing so fine.
It's too bad it was only a dream.

Only a dream, only a dream.

Discography

AwryZen:
Mid-Life Con-Sessions - 2000 - CD LP
The Basement Tapes - 2004 - CD LP

Jimmy Hallinan:
What was I Thinking? - 2004 - CD LP
Nothing to Say - 2004 - CD LP (Instrumental)

Tim Rose:
Tim Rose - 1981 - 33 1/3 EP
Homeless Souls - 1993 - CD LP
Family Album - 2004 CD LP

Set List

Typical set list consists entirely of original tunes written and owned by the members of the band. Generally, AwryZen performs two short (50 minute) or one long (90 minute) set. However, longer or shorter shows are negotiable.

SONG LIST (alphabetical):

All Roads Lead To You
Alma Mae
Autumn
Catbird
Day Gig
Do We Dare
Do What You Want
Don't Close Your Eyes
Dottie Lou
Double Lucky
Fallen Angel
Forgive Him
Got So Dumb
Greed
I Needed Somebody
I Will Always Love You
I'm Mad
It's A Beautiful Day
Lazy Love
Leaving Beijing
Lifeline
My Woman
No Means No (But Yes Means Now!)
Nothing Ventured
One More Time Around
Only A Dream
Puzzle Man
She Is His Queen
Solitude
The Feast Of The Beast
Walk Through The Fire
What Am I Hiding From
Wrong Kind Of Pain