Benjamin

Benjamin

BandRockAcoustic

I like creating things that sound good and have emotional significance to me. Some call me acoustic, some call me pop rock, I call me me.

Biography

My Style has a very acoustic laid back feel to it. I like incorporating clever lyrics, dynamic harmonies (on CD) and a good message. I previously was in an acoustic/pop/jam band called Swoop which I suppose has had a great influence on my new CD. I am proud to say I have many influences. To state the more popular: Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Dave Mathews and Nickel Creek. Aside from mainstream music, I have been exposed to many different types of composition growing up including Jazz, Classical, and many different kinds of traditional world music including Balkan, Gospel, and African.

I have been playing guitar for 11 years now, and singing out loud since I can remember. I also play frequently with a tight group of friends who use a variety of instruments. We are looking at a potential full length CD to be finished summer 2004.

Lyrics

The Sunrise Song

Written By: Ben Martel

Saw the sunrise today.
And I got sun in my eyes today, yet I’m inclined to walk away, to another rising day. A new day.

So lead me on and take me past all these places that I’ve already been to before.
I’m looking forward to the vast landscapes and to the beating of the shore.
I don’t really mind if we make small conversation about the places that I will go
To me it’s just another small sensation to the plans that I already know.

Hannah Rose

Written By: Ben Martel

Caught you walking in my head,
For no reason at all.
Caught you laughing in my head,
I catch you there a lot.
I’ve got small bits of us in my head,
Thought’s that tend to reveal.
Little bits of us in my head,
I wish they were real.

And I’m sure we’re tired,
It drains me to be far away from you.
Our love is an unfinished poem waiting to be written,
I’m waiting for you, to come back home.
Come back home.

Living isn’t easy when I can see you every time I close my (eyes) I know it isn’t easy, but I try, and get by.
So very small to me, so distant, and so beautiful, in every way.

And I’m sure we’re tired,
It drains me to be far away from you.
Our love is an unfinished poem waiting to be written,
I’m waiting for you...

We talk about leaving, it’s hard to say goodbye.
It takes some believing in life outside of your eyes,
But I’ll get over it I suppose.
Hannah Rose my time it wilting to the ground,
I can’t live without you around,
Without you my heart isn’t sound.

And I’m sure we’re tired,
It drains me to be far away from you.
Our love is an unfinished poem waiting to be written,
I’m waiting for you, to come back home.
Come back home.

Discography

(Official) Benjamin's Independent Release
-Available at CD Baby for $10 (plus shipping)

1. Introduction
2. Again and Again
3. A Capella Groove
4. The Sunrise Song
5. August 21st
6. Glorified Bum
7. Interlude
8. Make You Mine
9. Filler Song
10. Hannah Rose
11. Lady

(unofficial) Swoop – Everything After Dawn
-CDs available upon personal request.

Set List

My Set list can be as long as it needs to be. Typically I like to do a few covers. Often I will incorporate a cover with an original. I love joking with the audience, I think it makes them more comfortable, and I know it does for me.