Laura Birdsong

Laura Birdsong

 Montclair, New Jersey, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

Birdsong Project features the songwriting of Laura Birdsong, whose lyrics will reach you on a personal level. The songs are often mixed with a healthy dose of irreverence. The band blends in harmonies and textures with a rich acoustic sound for a cosmic American experience.

Biography

Birdsong Project arises from a series of parties and jams; friendships and mutual admiration. The band is a labor of love and a work in progress.

Laura Birdsong writes the songs, sings and picks guitar. She draws from life experience mixed with a little crazy wisdom. Birdsong was born and raised in New Jersey and has always lived on the east coast. She now makes her home in Montclair, NJ. As the Beach Boys sang, "the east coast girls are hip."

Bru Rossman is Birdsong's lead guitarist, musical collaborator, co-writer, background vocalist and late night sounding board. He is instrumental in making the music sound great.

Mike Ferrara is the go to bass man, and a fine six string player. Someday we'll get him to play slide guitar on a Birdsong number.

We have other incredibly talented friends, who will make guest appearances from time to time, adding to the fullness of the experience.

Birdsong has been influenced by every sound she's heard or imagined. Growing up in the sixties, The Beatles provided more influence than anything, but, the folk revival of that era was also an undeniable force.

Artist influences include in no particular order:
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Talking Heads, Jorma Kaukonan, David Bromberg, John Sebastian, The Pretenders, Peter Paul and Mary, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, BOB DYLAN, Arlo Guthrie, Neil Young, CSNY, Leonard Cohen, Dave Van Ronk, The Incredible String Band, Lucinda Williams, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, Warren Zevon, Trout Fishing in America, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, Phil Spector, Led Zeppelin, ROLLING STONES, Sea Train, Manhattan Transfer, Bob Marley, Maria Muldaur, The Animals, Jesse Colin Young, Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen, Bonzo Dog Band.

Birdsong was surrounded by vinyl records as a child. Her dad played her Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Peter Paul & Mary and Show Tunes. Her babysitter bought her an Elvis Presley 45. Then came the Beatles... then came Joni Mitchell... But geez wasn't Segovia something? Zappa, oh my... Then someone took her to a Dead Show and then to a bluegrass festival....

Laura Birdsong is a singer songwriter who makes Cosmic American Music. The act of doing what she has wanted to do for her entire life makes being it a reality.

Lyrics

Crazy Wisdom

Written By: Birdsong/Rossman

Crazy Wisdom
Bernstein/Rossman
copyright 2008, 2010 birdsong music all rights reserved

Fill me up with crazy wisdom
Some may think that it's insane
It's a cosmic kind of freedom
Wear a grin you can't explain

Let's forget about convention
Don't get caught up in a fight
Just to laugh is our intention
Keep it loose to hold on tight

Smile at every spark of starshine
Praise the rising of the sun
Though we travel down our own line
In the end - we are one

Worship flowers, not the alter
Dogma's locked up in a cage
Never let your karma falter
Crazy wisdom comes with age

Smile at every spark of starshine
Praise the rising of the sun
Though we travel down our own line
In the end - we are one




Water Wind and Touch

Written By: Laura Birdsong

Water Wind and Touch
Laura Bernstein © Birdsong Music 2008, 2010 all rights reserved

Let’s go back to Catbird Lake
It’s the place we always make
That sweet mistake again

Let the water draw me in
Let the wind caress my skin
Purified, now we begin again

I want you so much
I want you so much
You’re in my dream, in my dream
Of water, wind and touch

I’m wishing on a star
For love to cure this scar
But I sleep alone with my guitar again

I recall the taste of gin
And my head still seems to spin
And I see your Cheshire grin again

The door is open wide
Come sit here by side
And take me for a ride again

The water feels sublime
The wind whispers in rhyme
And your body next to mine again

I want you so much
I want you so much
You’re in my dream, in my dream
Of water, wind and touch

Let’s go back to Catbird Lake
It’s the place we always make
That sweet mistake again

Discography

Our recording is in progress.

Set List

A typical 50 minute set will focus on Birdsong's originals. If we are playing a whole night we add some very tasty covers to the mix featuring music by artists such as Lucinda Williams, Chris Isaac and Neil Young. Following is a set list of originals:

Crazy Wisdom
Shadow in my Pocket
The Sun Will Shine
The Right Thing
Water Wind & Touch
Hey
I Don’t Want to Let Go
Shine
Edge of Desire
Straight Talk