Bruce Markow

Bruce Markow

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Bruce Markow’s "folk'n'roll" sows lyrical melodies and a poetic, uplifting message in a head turning, body tingling, soul gratifying garden of smart, evocative songs. He conveys both our human capacity for joy & our hunger for more. Hear why Vance Gilbert calls Bruce’s music "Hot! Amazingly tasty!"

Biography

Bruce Markow’s "folk’n’roll" sows lyrical melodies and a poetic, uplifting message in a soul-gratifying garden of smart and evocative songs. Multi-instrumental prowess, steeped in traditional folk, 60’s pop, gypsy swing, JS Bach and Afro-Brazilia, and an expressive voice fans and peers liken to Van Morrison's, James Taylor's and Todd Rundgren's spice Bruce’s “Demolicious4” and “Mango” solo CDs and his performances and recordings with Paul Winter, Pete Seeger and others.

Bruce’s songs deftly explore the wonders and woes of growing more fully alive. He conveys both the deep human capacity for joy and our hunger for a world of greater peace, truth and love.

Visit www.brucemarkow.com now, and the next concert near you, to experience why Vance Gilbert calls Bruce's music "Hot! Amazingly tasty!" and filmmaker Mitch Teplitsky declares his songs "infectious, irresistible, memorable and tons of fun."

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Lyrics

TREASURES

Written By: Bruce Markow

(Chorus)
All your treasures are inside
and those goodies that you hide
all come bubbling to the surface
as you live a life of purpose
with your treasures from inside

Well, I’ve done a whale of worrying and burned a ton of time
Do you think I was getting closer
to the preaching of the teachers who were reaching out to me?
Well I still must tell you, “No, sir”
I was growing weary
I was going blind
Though I got another handout wasn’t ready yet to stand out
with my treasures from inside

(Chorus)

So you want a mound of moolah, got to have a pile of cash
I won’t say it’s all in vain now
But if Wall Street went on tumbling and it all turned into ash
I could see you’d be in pain now
Ooh, you’re such a sweetheart!
Got to let you know
When you find the gold within you then whatever comes you’ll win
You’ll feel your treasures from inside

(Chorus)

Did your mama and your papa and your teachers say to you
that to love yourself’s conceited?
If they told you and you told yourself it just may be the source
of the times you feel defeated
Please know you are exquisite
and you’ve got it all
And the pressure that you’re feeling are the treasures in there squealing,
“Let us out from deep inside!”

(Chorus)

On purple mountains’ majesty, above the fruited plain
there is beauty all around you
It reflects your inner beauty and as sure as you were born
when you know that you’ll have found you
Everyone’s your lover
Everything’s your love
So don’t be a party pooper know that you’re already super
with your treasures from inside

(Chorus)
(Chorus)

...treasures from inside
...treasures from inside...
Everything’s your love

© Bruce Markow

LET'S BE HONEST

Written By: Bruce Markow

The view outside my window: hijacked planes from hell
The flames, the smoke, people who jumped, two twin icons fell
Soon the teenager in the white house pulled the trigger on a video game
The parents of a victim said, "Don't kill in our son's name!"

(Chorus 1)
Let's be honest - At least let's make a start
Let's be honest - Can we find it in our heart
Let's be honest - It just might save your ass
Let's be honest - It's the only way to find a peace that has a chance to last

The violence of September I wouldn't wish on anyone
Now here we are tossing hot steel at Afghan mother's sons
Integrity is firm as steel, as vulnerable as flesh
How did ours go soft for years and get us in this mess?

(Chorus 2)
Let's be honest - At least let's make a start
Let's be honest - Can we find it in our heart
Let's be honest - The arrogance must pass
Let's be honest - It's the only way to find a peace that has a chance to last

(Rap)

(Chorus, instrumental)

I'd like to see Bin Laden gone or safely behind bars
To keep him from more heinous acts against the stripes and stars
I also dream to see a day when all of us agreed
No scandals weigh on the home of the brave. We truly have been freed

(Chorus)

It's the only way to find a peace that has a chance
It's the only way to find a peace that has a chance to last

©2001 Bruce Markow

PRAYER FOR PEACE (1 Love)

Written By: Bruce Markow

One one one one one one one one

(Chorus)
One love, one light
One dream have I
Brothers and sisters around the earth
uniting in peace tonight
(Amen)

Good friends, dear friends
Love’s in the palm of your hands right now
sown from love’s seed inside your heart
that a garden may bloom wherever you stand

(Chorus)

Once I saw you
I knew that there is a perfect plan
When you touch one you touch all
It’s never so true that the world’s in our hands

(Chorus)

The more that we've seen, the more that we do,
the more we have known the kernel of truth
If not me, who? If not now, when?
The chance now to choose again and again and again...

(Chorus variation)
One one one one...
One dream have I
Brothers and sisters around the earth
uniting in peace tonight

(Chorus)

One, one, one, one...

Discography

BRUCE MARKOW

• (The Lure of Love's Call – working title), full length CD (forthcoming)
• Demolicious4, Artist's proof, "amazingly tasty," four song demo CD-EP
* "I can't stop listening." Available at www.brucemarkow.com/products.html
• "Mango" - CD single #001A
* "It's such a feel good song!" Available at www.brucemarkow.com/products.html

COMPILATIONS

• True Blue (Tribute to Bob Blue), "Back in the One's Place", "Poem on a Napkin" - all instruments, voices and production

GUEST PERFORMANCES

• A Few More Miles to Go, Anne Price - mandolin, guitar, voice
• Smaller Things, Glen Roethel - mandolin
• "Where Women Rule" (CD single), Bev Grant - slide guitar, mix consultation
• The Parody Man, Toby Fagenson - voice on "Slowing Down to Lethargy"
• I've Been Up On the Mountain, Steve Suffet - mandolin on "Banks of the Ohio" and "John Hardy"
• The Power of Song, The Brooklyn Women's Chorus - acoustic/electric guitars, mandolin, mandola; choral and 'cello arrangement on "Bread and Roses"
• High on You, Samahria Lyte - guitars & guitar arrangements
• Earthbeat, the Paul Winter Consort - voice – GRAMMY NOMINEE
• Pete, Pete Seeger - voice – GRAMMY WINNER
• The Choice, Linda Worster - mandolin
• Dancing in the Fire, Robert Lee Camp - mandola, keyboard, composition on "Farewell"
• (title?), Pete Smith - guitar and mandolin

FILM SCORES

• Soy Andina - "Estamos Muy Contentos", all voices, guitars, mandolin, mandola, flutes, bass, percussion, keyboard, production, co-composition
• Kripalu Center, Health for Life - "Treasures", guitar, voice, composition
• Basketball the Dave Cowens Way - guitars, bass, mandola, fiddle, banjo, composition, arrangements
• How to Buy a Used Car - guitars, bass, mandola, fiddle, voice, composition, arrangements, sound engineering

COVERED COMPOSITIONS & CO-WRITES

• (YouTube broadcast), GatheringTime – "Prayer for Peace (1 Love)" by Bruce Markow, [video:] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN8nH0EOoCU
• Cheeky Woman, Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters – "In America" by Bev Grant & Bruce Markow, [mp3/lyrics:] http://labornotes.org/node/1914

Set List

In concert Bruce performs one to two sets of 10 to 60 minutes each consisting of two to twelve songs. The most popular format is one 45 to 60 minute set of eight to twelve songs.

The songs emerge out of the singer-songwriter genre, mostly acoustic, alternative "folk" music (in the very broadest sense, and generally with more "production" on recordings) with big nods to folk rock, 60's/70's pop, jazz, Afro-Brazilian, classical and gypsy swing - with lyrics intended to lift us up at least a few notches, while having a fun and juicy time doing it. A musical experience that moves hearts, minds and bodies.

In his multi-sensory concert/experience, "The Mango Festival," Bruce also includes some vivid, engaging stories and a festive ambience.

The most commonly performed songs, all originals:

Treasures
Box Before My Time
Get It While Its Good
Mango
Teach Only Love
Isn't It Strange?
Let's Be Honest
Prayer for Peace
Shine a Little Light
Open My Heart