Bob Stillman

Bob Stillman

BandFolkAdult Contemporary

It's like James Taylor and Joni Mitchell contacting the ghost of Cole Porter during a seance at Randy Newman's house while listening to Bruce Hornsby playing Brahms. You know what I mean?

Biography

“I’ve always been drawn to songs that make you feel and make you think, and that take you to unexpected places,” says Bob Stillman. “I love lyrics, I love melody, and I love color, which is why I love people like Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman, not to mention Cole Porter and Kurt Weill and Nina Simone and Rufus Wainright and…well, you get the idea.”

Multi-talented and multi-faceted, and possibly the only acoustic singer-songwriter to have starred on Broadway opposite Vanessa Williams (that was in "Kiss of the Spider Woman"), Bob has lit up some of New York’s best-known stages as writer, musician and actor. He's been nominated twice for Tony Awards---first as actor, composer and onstage pianist in “Dirty Blonde,” and later as one of the songwriters for “Urban Cowboy.” Bob has also brought his uniquely soulful original songs to such popular New York venues as Joe’s Pub, The Cutting Room, Wilson’s and Elaine’s. His just-released debut CD “Come Down Angel,” co-produced with Tom Corwin (whose credits include work with Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder) has been steadily attracting listeners, and was selected as one of host Zoe Montana’s “Essentials” on radioio.com’s Acoustic channel. Featuring solid grooves, soaring melodies and biting lyrics, Bob’s songs combine folk-rock, jazz, pop and classical influences to create a style that is deeply personal, intimate, sophisticated and emotionally rich.

Born in New York City, Bob studied piano and composition at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools beginning at age 9. In addition to his Broadway work, he’s been featured in some of the coolest new musical theater pieces by such new-wave composers as Adam Guettel (“Saturn Returns” at the Public Theater, released on Nonesuch as “Myths and Hymns”) and Michael John LaChiusa (“Hello Again” at Lincoln Center).

From the press:
“Bob Stillman’s nervy performance is like a live wire that electrifies the show”
-Village Voice

“Performs with unusual power and grace”
-NY Daily News

Lyrics

The View From Here

Written By: Bob Stillman

Baby
Strangling in sadness
Tangled up in madness
Like a choking vine

I see you
Drowning in emotion
A dark and angry ocean
Of your own design
And I just want to throw you a line

I wish you could see
The view from here
Wish I could show you
What a good thing it is to know you
All of this anguish
Would surely disappear
If only you
Could see the view from here

Demons
Always seem to find you
Bind your eyes and blind you
To the light of day

Helpless,
You follow where they lead you
Swallow what they feed you
And do as they say
And I just want to chase them away

I wish you could see
The view from here
Wish I could hold you
And nullify every lie they told you
You'd have a big laugh
At all the things you fear
If only you
Could see the view from here

So go on,
Drag around that stormy cloud above you
Just hold on,
Hold on to the love of those who love you
And I do love you...
I hope you know that I love you

You got to hold on
Hold on tight to the words I'm saying and
All of these grey skies
Would suddenly be clear
If only you
Could see the view from here

Cash & Prizes

Written By: Bob Stillman

I was cool as I picked up my oscar
For the Best Country Album on TV
The press was waiting to ask me some questions
Could I say what it felt like to be me....

Sing hallelujah
hallelujah
oh yeah

Pack my things, give my keys to the super,
And tell all my friends I said goodbye
I'm moving up to a de-luxe apartment
In my own private zipcode in the sky

Sing hallelujah
hallelujah

I WON
EVERYONE LOVES ME NOW
EVERYONE WANTS ME NOW
I'M GOING HOME WITH
CASH AND PRIZES, YEAH

Here's a prayer that my grandmother taught me,
In the glow of a giant TV screen:
"Lift me up, Lord, and rock me in the bosom
Of the almighty media machine"

Sing hallelujah
hallelujah

I WON
EVERYONE LOVES ME NOW
EVERYONE WANTS ME NOW
I'M GOING HOME WITH
CASH AND PRIZES, YEAH

I didn't come here
For some kind of artistic satisfaction
I didn't come here
For a lovely selection of parting gifts
You know I came here
I came here for the Big Time
I want the Big Time
Oh yeah

Make a right when you reach Mt. Olympus
And keep going til you have to stop
It's a dark twisting road leading up there
To the last gated mansion at the top

Sing hallelujah
hallelujah

I WON
EVERYONE LOVES ME NOW
EVERYONE WANTS ME NOW
I'M GOING HOME WITH
CASH AND PRIZES, YEAH

And thank you for playing our game

Lullabye

Written By: Bob Stillman

full moon rising
in the sky
listen to my lullabye

ghosts and angels
in the air
listen to my evening prayer

friends and lovers
near and far,
strangers in a passing car,

wind and ocean,
earth and sky
listen to my lullabye

friends and lovers
far and near
those i've lost, and those still here

wind and ocean,
earth and sky
listen to my lullabye

Come Down Angel

Written By: Bob Stillman

Come down angel
Down to the aid of the desperate souls
Come down on your nightly rounds
Looking for the truly lost and lonely ones
And you might find me
You might find me

Come down mercy
Down to the ground in a flutter of wings
Come down to Brokentown
Picking up shards to see what might be saved
And you might save me
You might save me

I've been alive too long to believe
That I'll ever get it right
Just a little forgiveness would go
A long long way tonight, and

COME DOWN ANGEL
HOW LONG TIL YOU COME DOWN
COME DOWN ANGEL
HOW LONG TIL YOU COME DOWN
TO ME

I've seen brambles
Grow from the ground where I planted a rose
And I've seen bandits
Come in the night and steal my love away
I thought it was mine
Was it ever mine

I've seen your face
Tender and gentle and then I wake up
You gotta come down, angel
Walking in the real world in real time
Through these nights of mine
These lonely nights of mine

I've been alive too long to believe
In a light that I can't see
Come down with a lantern, lady
And let it shine on me, and

COME DOWN ANGEL
HOW LONG TIL YOU COME DOWN
COME DOWN ANGEL
HOW LONG TIL YOU COME DOWN
TO ME

Lydia

Written By: Bob Stillman

Sometimes my mind drifts away
Taking me back to another time
Back to another time

The room at the top of the stairs
Outside the window the snow comes down
And Lydia's holding my hand

And Lydia was
And Lydia is
And Lydia always will be

Snow weaves a web in the night
Cradling two children in candlelight
Children, adrift in the candlelight

Present and future and past
Meltiing together in the candlelight
And Lydia's holding my hand

And Lydia was
And Lydia is
And Lydia always will be

We were young
God, we were young
So many sad songs
Were still unsung

So if you'd like a tour of my soul
Come right on in, take a look around
But one thing you might as well see before you start
Is the lock on the door to that corner of my heart

Where Lydia was
And Lydia is
And Lydia always will be

Corazon

Written By: Bob Stillman, Maggie Ryder

See the crowd moving down the city street
Cool as stone, hard as steel, blank as concrete
And hear the song just beneath the stone
Corazon, Corazon

See the man driving nowhere in his car
Sealed inside like a bird in a bell jar
Who can tell where he might have flown
Corazon, Corazon
Corazon

Fly....they could close their eyes and fly away
Cry...cry like choir of birds at the break of day, if you'll

Wake the spirit that's been sleeping in their hearts
Break the silence that's been keeping them apart
Take away the fear
Show them where to start
Corazon

Corazon, keep on whispering my name
Lead me back to the place where I came from
Sing inside me and bring me home
Corazon, Corazon
Corazon

Crossroads

Written By: Bob Stillman

That's me at the crossroads
I remember how I felt that day
That's home in the background
Looking small and far away
And there's nothing but the wind before me
And I'm leaning in the wind...

You can see I've got my brave face on
Smiling for the camera
While I shudder in the chill of dawn
And as far as you can see, there's silence
Staring back at me
There at the crossroads

And there's some pain you can brush aside
And there's some pain you can push back down
Oh but some pain just won't let you hide...

It's like the pain of being born
Like something's being taken
Like something's being torn
And you can see, behind my eyes
I'm crying
Saying my goodbyes....

(instr.)

And reflected in my eyes you'll see
The one who took this photograph
The one who'll travel on with me…

Right there where you've always been
So I smile for the camera
And for the one whose hand it's in
All this I can see so clearly
Looking back at me

At the crossroads

Discography

Come Down Angel (13-track CD)

Set List

The Jungle Always Wins
Corazon
The View From Here
Pay For It
Master of Detachment
Killer Instinct
Crossroads
Cash & Prizes
Come Down Angel
Lydia
The Next One
Lullabye