Ben Arvan

Ben Arvan

BandFolkAcoustic

Biography

Originally from Wisconsin, Ben Arvan has been playing New York City music venues for over 2 years now. He first came to the city as an actor and singer, beginning a decade-long career performing across the country in various professional theatres.

Shortly after arriving, Ben taught himself to play the guitar using complex picking patterns and alternate tunings. Free of trendiness, his music has the honesty of traditional folk music and folk-rock, updated with modern energy. His playing style has often been compared to Don McLean and James Taylor, and his smooth baritone voice adds a refreshing touch. Lyrically, Ben is at his best, creating songs that are both personal and widely accessible, poetic and universal. His melodies cradle the delicate words with precision and care, and he is a warm, engaging performer.

No stranger to the stage, Ben has consistently filled venues in New York’s acoustic scene such as The Bitter End, CB’s Gallery, Kenny’s Castaways, the Triad and the Baggot Inn. Ben Arvan brings a simple eloquence to his songs, offering audiences a truthful, determined, and positive set of music with every show.

Lyrics

At Peace

Written By: Ben Arvan

I took a hundred steps past the evergreen
Waiting for my time to go
Thinking 'bout those thousand photographs
Up above my head and down below

Will you be beside my head tonight
To calm my ears and close my eyes
Sometimes the images get through to me
For reasons which I don't know why

And when you look away
When you turn your back to the streets
Blinking out this world completely
You will be at peace

I took a few more steps past the borderline
Trying to put me in their shoes
Thinking 'bout the bombs and desert fires
And what more they could have to lose

What was inside your poor heads tonight
I asked them with my weary eyes
They could not answer something truthfully
So I hung my head and cried

Wondering when you look away
When you turn your back to the streets
Blinking out this world completely
You won't be at peace

I took another step past the questions
To myself I had to ask
Passing judgements like they were pennies
Thrown through the wishing wells to last

I wonder what's inside our heads tonight
As this starlight disappears
Will we just keep this all to ourselves
Or will we fight the one who fears

Or will we look away
Will we turn our back to the streets
Blinking out this world completely
Will we be at peace

Walk On By My Door

Written By: Ben Arvan

Walk on by my door
Do I need to ask for more
Take a trip from your island To my shore

Fly above my skies
Do you need a reason why
Take a trip from your tower to my eyes

Cause I feel a chill coming from the West
And though the breeze is cold, I think it would be best if you
Walk on by my door

Swim near my blue see
Just swim and come to see me
The sun is out and the love is all for free

You see the ocean's warm, now won't you settle down
Go and steal a smile from that lonely frown and just
Walk on by my door

Just once in a while I would like to
Live inside of the dream I have for you
Break the rules of what should or shouldn't be
From a thousand miles of this aching need

Walk on by my door
And give me things to explore
Take a trip from your island to my shore
Walk on by my door
Walk on by my door

Darkness Falls

Written By: Ben Arvan

I hear the hills of Scotland
Are wide beyond compare
So much dignity to share

And you're traveling quick now
It's Ireland today
After London fell away

But I will not be part of you
Until we both can see this through
Only memories will hold us near
Till the darkness falls and the morning light appears

It's five more days across Europe
While I work in the Midwest
Contemplating every guess

And you're traveling slow now
Soaking up the foreign air
As it filters through your hair

But you will not be part of me
To continue this old mystery
Forgetfulness is creeping near
While the darkness falls and the morning light appears

Now you can thrive upon your worldly view
And return it to
Your domestic eyes and ears

And I will take the hours to forget
With just one regret
For the time we met

And I will not be part of you
Even though we tried to see this through
All the memories are fading clear
As the darkness falls and the morning light appears

Set List

My sets generally last from 45 minutes to 1 hour. I have enough material for 3 sets in one evening, if need be.

Some covers include Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again", Dylan's "Girl From The North Country" and "If I Only Had A Brain"