Bee and Flower

Bee and Flower

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

BEE AND FLOWER envelops the listener into an intimate, luxurious and orchestrated world, filled with moody strings, piano, percussion, ghostly slide guitars, and lush female vocals. Collaborators include members of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Calexico, Keren Ann, Iggy Pop, Angels of Light.

Biography

Bee and Flower is the musical vision of singer-songwriter, bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Dana Schechter.

Bee and Flower was founded in NYC in 2000. There, they made their debut album (What’s Mine is Yours, 2003, Neurot Recordings), composed two Feature Film Scores, and performed and toured regularly. The new album, "Last Sight of Land", was released on German indie label Tuition Music in March 2007.

In Spring 2004, Dana and keyboardist Roderick Miller flew to Berlin, Germany along with producer Toby Dammit to create Bee and Flower’s second album. Making room for new inspiration and a change of scenery, Berlin offered them creative freedom and the sense of new possibility, compared to the daily stresses of a life in New York City.

Fully orchestrated and elaborately detailed, the new album took one year to complete. With basic recordings taking place in the 1953 former GDR radio broadcasting center located in Berlin’s old East, further tracking was done on location in train stations, warehouses, hotels and apartments all around Europe.

“Last Sight of Land” features a 25-piece string section, a whirlwind of grand pianos, a mammoth ‘bass section’, a maze of vintage electronics, delicate melodic percussion, guitars, lap steel, and sweeping vocal choirs. Though coming from a uniquely personal perspective, the songs have an inherent grace: lyrical tales of the universal human experience; of hope and heartbreak; of love and living; of leaving things behind for a dream of renewal.

“Last Sight of Land” features many special musical guests from the international music community, including members of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Keren Ann, Iggy Pop, Bertrand Burgalat, Angels of Light, Tarnation, and more.

The new Berlin-based band lineup, comprised of the core American group and the addition of new German members Martin Wenk (Calexico), Jonathan Heine (Martin Gallop), Udo Masshoff (Ready Made, Winson) and Sibylle Zeh (Sinfonietta 92), brings together the combined talents and sensibilites of both American and European musicianship.

Touring in Europe will resume in Fall 2007 and continue in Spring and Fall 2008.

Lyrics

Don't Say Don't Worry

Written By: Dana Schechter

don’t say don’t worry
time means so much more to me
we’re one step away from losing everything
and I wish you could see it

so don’t say don’t hurry
a life is screaming out through me
with just enough time for living in a day
so i’m rushing to meet it

And if you wander through life
unthankful for the time you’ve been given
when you’re a memory
just passing in the wind
well, you won’t say don’t worry again

don’t say you’re sorry
you’ve got to give just what you need
and open your heart and your insides, unafraid
let the one you love feel it

and if you’d share what you hide
you’d crack open wide and give in
yeah i could give you every little thing
but you still say you’re sorry
said don’t worry again

when you’re a memory
just passing in the wind
you won’t say don’t hurry
say don’t worry again

Homeland

Written By: Dana Schechter

there is no home for a broken man
ocean to ocean or mexican sand

A thousand feet have tread
holes in the ground, make not a sound
invisible like the man,
the man, with no homeland

every night I will change who I am
(hey now)
i’ll stay a stranger it’s better that way
(hey now)

a thousand ships set sail,
know not of their end
so go home to bed, don’t bother your head
the drifter will come to accept,
accept, there’s no homeland
and what did you know about him….

Where can you go when you’ve been everywhere?
no time for lonliness to settle in

oh your heart grows thin
just don’t wait for me
cause I follow my song
and it pushes me on
seeking yet never to find,
never to find that homeland…

Minx

Written By: Dana Schechter

I‘ll take nothing more than I need and
I’m never feeling fully complete
I need something nobody sees and
nothing that I’ve found will satisfy me
‘cause I’ve seen my demon coming
and she feeds all of the black into me

And she was dancing, dancing
and her dancing colors every corner of my mind

In my body there is a fever
sowing its seed there
swallowing me
but I’ve got something
longer and leaner
stronger and sweeter waiting to breathe
I seen that demon coming
and she steals all of the good out of me

And she was dancing, dancing
and she pulls me in to all the trouble she can find

and she was dancing, dancing…

Discography

—“Last Sight of Land' ( tuition music, TIN 01102), Europe/UK , March/April 2007
—“Various Artists Neurot Recordings I” Music Video/DVD (Neurot Recordings, NR 032), Worldwide, 2004
—“What’s Mine Is Yours” CD (Neurot Recordings, NR 024) Worldwide, 2003
—”This is Next Year—a Brooklyn-Based Compilation” Compilation Track (Arena Rock Records, NY) Worldwide, 2001
—”A Good Night To Die” Original Film Score (2003, Starring Michael Rappaport, Deborah Harry)
—”Dead Dogs Lie” Original Film Score (2002)
—“D.I.Y. Or Die”: Independent Film / Interview/Live Video Feature (2003)

Set List

Set List includes music from Both Albums and Film Scores. "Last Sight of Land", "Minx", "Two Makes One", "Homeland", "Planets Fall", "Kiss it Goodbye", "I Know Your Name", "Twin Stars", "Wounded Walking", "This Time", "Riding on Empty"...