Big Water

Big Water

 Portland, Oregon, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Original Folky, Country Blues, Big Water is an artist, educator, producer, songwriter and most of all a singer with a voice like liquid gold. His music is a blend of beautiful melodies with grooving rhythms and his songs are about life and the human ride. Big Water's albums include; Look, Listen & Feel (2001), Life On Earth (2005), In The Garden (2007) and recently released WHUT!? (2015). Big Water loves to give back and has been doing creative writing workshops with kids in schools since 2002.

Biography

I was big when I was little, 22" at birth, 5' 11" when I was 12 and now am close to 6' 5" when I stand up straight. I've always been big and I've always been loud, things are no different now. I sing, I write, I am a maker of art, I build, I teach, I learn, I live hard and most of all I love, everything!

I don't always like everything and know that life isn't always fun, but I'm a moronic optomist and see the plus in all. I get my name from my time in Lake Tahoe, CA and the local Washoe Indian translation of 'Tahoe', meaning 'Big Water'. I think life is a practice, a discipline that is beauty in motion that I meant to go and run and jump and play in. I know that I'm alive and I'm here to say, 'What up?' and 'How are you?'. 'My name's Big Water, what's yours?'


Big Water is an artist, educator, producer, songwriter and most of all a singer with a voice like liquid gold. As a one man show or with pieces, his original music is a gift of heart and soul that blends folk, country, and blues with beautiful melodies and grooving rhythms. Four CD’s, LOOK, LISTEN, AND FEEL (2001), LIFE ON EARTH (2005), IN THE GARDEN (2007) and recently released WHUT!? (2015), all let you in on how this man views the hope and the hurt of the human experience. Big Water calls Portland, Oregon his Base Camp and has toured and traveled carrying love, music, and fun to all generations everywhere he goes. From sometimes ‘singing for his supper’, to playing festivals with other artists or doing creativity workshops with kids in schools, this artist is dedicated to his craft and to the shared experience between performer and audience. Big Water is a solid and seasoned artist to keep your eyes on with his ‘get under your skin and into your heart’ song writing style. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing along on his songs whether you know them or not.
Big Water is a feel good artist that shines on your spirit,
soothes your soul, and heals your heart.  
Big Heart, Big Mind,
Big Water.

www.bigwater.cc

I have been most fortunate to travel and play music for the last 20 years and have been back and forth across the country many times with tours in 2001, 02, 05, 08-10, 12 and 2015. Stops include: Telluride Bluegrass Festival(2004); NedFest(2010,11); Yarmony Grass(2006-10); High Sierra Music Festival(2008,10; Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN(2009); New York City, NY(2012); Key West, FL(2012); Chico, CA(2015); Taylor Elementary School, Grand Junction, CO(2008-10); Big Sky, MT(2006-12); N Lake Tahoe, CA(1994-); The Narrows Yacht Club, Lake Leelanau, MI(2015); The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England(2001); Numerous Radio performances and much more!

"I am Big Water, Big Water is me.
I am the ocean, the clouds, the lake, the river, pond and creek.
I am the mountains, the valleys, the desert, the animals, plants and trees.
I am Earth. I am Sky. I am Soul.
I am Life. I am Death. I am Truth.
I am Love.
Blessed and honored to be here,
I am all things, all the time.
I am Big Water, Big Water is me."

R. C. Selvaggio

Lyrics

Let It Rain - WHUT!? (2015)

Written By: Big Water

Let It Rain (R. Selvaggio) (4:54)

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

When the sun ain’t really shining
And dark clouds hang over me
When I’m down and broken hearted
I fall on my knees and pray this rain will set me free

Chorus
Let it Rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain,
Let that water come and wash these blues away
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain,
That falling water come and wash these blues away

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo
Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo

When times is tough and doubtful
And I feel lost and I’m in pain
When days are hard and nights are lonely
My mind is racing down the track like a runaway train

And now it’s one, two, three o’clock in the morning
My head is burning up like a wild fire
The more I think and think, the less I seem to know
I close my eyes and look up to the sky

Chorus

Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo (x 3)

Chorus

WHUT!?: This song is a Red, White, Black, Brown and Yellow spiritual.
Real rain or metaphorical rain, rain soothes the soul.
A song for cleansing your body, heart, mind and spirit.

The Rhythm Of Life - In The Garden (2007)

Written By: Big Water

The Rhythm of Life (R. Selvaggio) (5:09)

Can you feel it, the rhythm of life, the rhythm of life
Can you feel it, the rhythm of life, the rhythm of life

Every sunrise sets another day in motion
Every sunset brings the night
You run here and there, you’re everywhere
And then the day’s gone
You just can’t seem to see the point
The Rhythm of life, the rhythm of life

Well this old world is like a marble on the table
And we all love to watch it roll
Upside down and rightside up, it just keeps rollin
The fun is watching where it goes

Chorus:
So, sit on down, kick off your shoes
Relax your mind and just get in the groove
There’s only one thing you can do
So hold on tight and let this rhythm move you
The rhythm of life, the rhythm of life

Many times I have felt this deep vibration
I feel the fight, I feel the flow
We live and die, we rise and fall in celebration
We feel it come, we feel it go

Chorus:
Chorus:

Can you hear, can you see, can you be, the rhythm of life
Can you hear, can you see, can you be, the rhythm of life

Standing - WHUT!? (2015)

Written By: Big Water

Standing (R. Selvaggio) (3:32)

Standing in a field of tall grass, I wave goodbye
Hoping this pain will pass, the reasons why
It doesn’t really matter how I feel, now that you’ve gone away
Putting my nose to the wheel, I make my way

And I just want to breathe in the air
Open my mind and I’m on my way there
Just want to be free in my heart
Open my eyes and become more aware of Life

Learning how to forgive, can’t carry the weight
Learning how not to live, I am my fate
Destiny takes you along, nothing you can say, no
Leaving it all up to you to find your way

And I just want to breathe in the air
Open my mind and I’m on my way there
Just want to be free in my heart
Open my eyes and become more aware of Life
I'm talking 'bout life, we live and die here every day

Standing in a field of tall grass, I wave hello
Hoping this pain will pass, I just let go

WHUT!?: When I was 7 years old, I lost my father to suicide.
I learned about the 'what is' at an early age.
I wrote this song for me and for him and for my family.
If you need help, please ask. If you can give help, please give it.

Can't Stop Lovin' You - Look, Listen & Feel (2001)

Written By: Big Water

Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (R. Selvaggio) ( 4:30)

You tell me and I’ll tell you
And we can set about telling each other just what we should do
I ain’t gonna hear you now, what you say
I can look you in the eyes and still do things my way

Chorus:
But I love you girl, don’t you know that I do
Can’t stop lovin’ you
I love you girl, well now, don’t you know that it’s true/
Can’t stop lovin’ you

She said, “I love you, boy.”
I said, “I love you too.”
And then those actions just go speaking louder than those words do
You say you’re leaving me, but I’m out the door
And we push and push til we can’t take anymore

Chorus:

I see you and you see me
And we’re so tangled together we may never break free
Who are you and who am I
Not wanting to believe that we let ourselves die

Chorus:

(Just a little) Life On Earth - (Just a little) Life On Earth (2005)

Written By: Big Water

(Just a little) Life on Earth (R. Selvaggio) (5:43)

Yes, I am dancing on the moon
And I am breathing in the lighter air
My eyes are seeing green and blue
I’m feeling dizzy as I turn around

Everybody free, born on the marble of blue and green
Animals and trees, feel the survival in the breeze
Just a little life on Earth, just a little life on Earth

To fly away and be, this dream of life is calling me
I am what I believe, I am the power of my destiny

Chorus:
Then the conversation changes
And now you realize you’ll never be the same again
What will you do with all this new found knowledge?
Hey now, hey now, you can make a brighter day
Be in the now, take your time enjoy the journey
Slow down somehow, life is moving fast enough
Just a little life on Earth, just a little life on Earth

Everybody be the life and spirit they are meant to be
To find what’s true for me, it is this path that follows me

Chorus:

Bridge:
I move my body to the Earth vibration
Live and die the cycle of creation
Shake your booty to the celebration

Just a little life on Earth…

Release Me - WHUT!? (2015)

Written By: Big Water

Release Me (R. Selvaggio) (4:03)

Lay me down easily
Don’t save your last tear for me
Release Me

Come hold me close
Send me away
With all of your love
And no words to say

Release me
Release me

All my life
The things I’ve tried to be
Have I really learned to see
That I am the one who can set myself free?

I close my eyes
To rest my soul
Love forever
This I know…

WHUT!?: This is the first song I wrote with my beautiful friend,
Betty. She is a 000M15 Martin guitar. We met in 2011.
I have never been the same. Thank you Martin guitar!

Stop & Boogie Down - WHUT!? (2015)

Written By: Big Water

Stop & Boogie Down (R. Selvaggio) (4:12)

Hey, hey, Step right up and spin the wheel
Come on, take a chance
Well, bring it in to shake that thing
And you get your body to dance

So take it easy

I’m flying high, I’m flying low
And all the air is thin
I’m upside down, I’m right side up
I don’t know where I’ve been

So take it easy
Take is easy

Chorus
You got your crazy life all
Running you around in circles
There’s only one thing you can do
There ain’t two ways about it
All I’m asking you to do is
Stop and boogie down
Stop and boogie
Boogie, boogie, boogie, down, down, yea, yea

Well, what you see is what you get
And what you get is me
I’m inside out, I’m outside in
I wear my heart out on my sleeve

So take it easy
Take it easy

Chorus

WHUT!?: This is my James Brown tribute song.
The Big Water Earth Monk Choir sings the intro
With the bells of St Francis of Assisi and
the Great Cathedral of Orvieto, Italy. June 2014.

Discography

LP - released 2001: Look, Listen & Feel
LP - released 2005: (Just a little) Life on Earth
LP - released 2007: In The Garden

LP - released 2015: WHUT!? The Moment When The Whole World Goes... WHUT!? World Human Unanimous Thought!?

Set List

Big Water has 4 cds to pick from and some covers as well. 

Set 1: The Rhythm of Life, I'll Be Waking You, Everything'll Be All Right, I'm Going Home, I Can't Wait, Life On Earth, Rain, Sunday Morning, I Can Climb This Mountain, 1,000 Mile Heartache, Save Your Life, Can't Stop Lovin' You

Set 2: I Just Wanna Have A Good Time, Take Me Down, I'm Sane, I'm Rollin', Rising Tides, My Sweet Linda, Eyes Don't Lie, We Are One, Dreams Do Come True, I Hold On, Heavy Load, Release Me, Stop & Boogie Down

And more originals...

Some of the Covers BW loves to do:

Bottom of the Barrel - Amos Lee

Two - Ryan Adams

Relax Your Mind - Leadbelly

Trouble No More - Scott Law

The Big Compromise - Bill Nershi & Jim Lauderdale

59th St Bridge Song - Simon & Garfunkel
Folsum Prison Blues - Johnny Cash