Chance

Chance

BandFolkAcoustic

One of the few voice and cello duos in the world, a truly rare and exciting musical experiment. Their work is intricate, strong, and undiluted. Chance's cellist, Ed Willett, is an alternative string Jedi.

Biography

Chance coalesced in Los Angeles, CA, a joining of two musicians with wildly diverse backgrounds. Their music is a hybrid of R&B, jazz, and classical influences and training.

Cellist/Vocalist Ed Willett has recorded and performed with many wonderful artists, including Lalo Schifrin, John Williams, Herb Alpert and many more. In addition to touring with Chance, Ed tours with Pop/Rock icon, Rickie Lee Jones.

Vocalist Cheryl Leah has recorded and performed with jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Miroslav Vitous as well as with singing legend Robert Goulet.

For many years Chance was a featured component of "Tent Show Radio", a weekly Wisconsin Public Radio show recorded live at Wisconsin's premier summer music festival, "Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua".

Chance has opened for many acts: Rickie Lee Jones, Los Lonely Boys, Little Feat, Howard Levy, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wailin' Jennies, Willie Nelson and many more.

Lyrics

Poor Farm Road

Written By: Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah

We tend to believe without a thimble of proof,
We're always patching up ourselves, and this old tin roof
and raising up our dreams from a kernel of truth
Here on Poor Farm Road

World, world, go away!
Please come back another day!
We're hiding on David's farm...
It's not that we don't care for you,
It's just that all we want to do is hide out on David's farm

We know the end is coming-
We can hear the whistle blast
Watch the bone cars haul our future
straight into the past
But still we keep on seaching for the beauty that lasts
Never gonna let that go!

CHORUS

'Cuz on this road, there's music in the night,
and there's laughter on the wind
almost all of the time
And the love is so thick you can cut it with a knife...
and never know that you've grown old....
On Poor Farm Road

Time, won't you have a seat?
We've only just sat down to eat
the sweet of your precious hour-
I didn't realize how few there were
Could not decide if I deserved the
sweet of your precious hour...

Drinking the silence, laughing it away!
Listening for Spring to appear
Sing to the stillness, no business today!
Singing when there's no one to hear..

We tend to believe without a thimble of proof
We're always patching up ourselves and this old tin roof
And raising up our dreams from a kernel of truth
Here on Poor Farm Road...

CHORUS

And on this road, there's music in the night
and there's laughter on the wind almost all of the time
And the love is so thick you can cut it with a knife
And never know that you've grown old
On Poor Farm Road

She's the kind to pick the route for the scenery
The Point A to B'ers, she'll always drive em crazy!
But I laid that compass down the day I saw her in that wedding gown
Now I'm the kind to pick the route for the scenery!

CHORUS

c 2010 - Poor Farm Road Publishing
BMI

You are Paris

Written By: Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah

He packs up his troubles in his old kit bag
Puts his dreams on the windowsill for a better day...
There's weeds in the garden
Hates to leave it that way
and her,
He hates to leave her!

She stands by the window
long after he's gone..
Speaks to the silence
"it won't be that long"
And doubting what's killing her
could ever make her strong,
She cries, she cries...

How's she gonna keep him down on the farm,
once he's seen Paris?
How's she gonna keep him safe from the harm that can fall so easily?

Ah, but if she only knew-
If she only knew that he sings
You see the moon, and the moon sees me
I'm a road weary soldier
And you are Paris
You see the moon, and the moon sees me
I'm a road weary soldier, and you Paris....

She unpacks her troubles from her old knit bag,
Sees the sun that is setting on another day
Leans on the silence that falls ever long, she's strong
She's got to stay strong!

There's holes in the door
where the wind blows through
But there's wood for the winter,
and a year or two...
But although it's killing him,
he cannot show he cries,
he tries....he tries.....

How's he gonna keep her down on the farm once she's seen Paris?
How's he gonna keep her safe from the charms that can call so easily?

Oh, but if he only knew!
If he only knew
that she sings
You see the moon, and the moon sees me
I'm a home weary soldier
no one can see
You see the moon, and the moon sees me
I'm a road weary soldier
and you are Paris

c 2010 - Poor Farm Road Publishing
BMI

I Will Carry You

Written By: Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah

I will carry you when you just can't go on
I will rise for you when you can't make the dawn...
Let your tears be mine, when they fall on hard times...

It's hard to find the bottom line
with your head up in the clouds-
The earthbound got to pull you down,
You're more than they allow!
But sweetness often comes to me as I often think of you,
And maybe, like a gentle breeze, we'll rise from what they do

CHORUS

And I will carry you
When you can't take it
I'll carry you
If you can't make it
I'll carry you

No one can hold the tears forever!
Even the strongest should be allowed
Here I am, I'll give you shelter while you cry, while you're wondering how
And you're wondering why....

It's hard to see the falling leaves,
when you long to see the Spring-
Lately, you've been slowing down from the weight of everything..
But, even though you stand with those who would drag you from your sky,
Call me
I'll be seeing you
even though they have no eye!

And if you want me to, I will

Carry you in my blood and in my heart
You'll be running through me
even when we're apart
I know we come and go alone-
But in this world, you gotta know

CHORUS

c 2010 Poor Farm Road Publishing
BMI

Discography

Poor Farm Road, Poor Farm Road Publishing
Fields: A Cantata for the Peaceful Rain, Poor Farm Road Publishing
Long Grass and Ladybugs - An Illustrated MusicBox DVD, Poor Farm Road Publishing
Something Ventured, Portal Records
So Much to Think About, Portal Records and Desert Heart Music

Set List

Our sets are usually a normal 45 minutes.

Typically, we will do one cover or so per set. These include Bohemian Rhapsody, In my Life, the Parting Glass, Walking Blues and more.