Chris Amodeo and The Modern Minds

Chris Amodeo and The Modern Minds

 Laguna Beach, California, USA
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Chris Amodeo and The Modern Minds deliver strong hooky melodies and smart transcendent lyrics, layered with rich guitars, lush B3 and incredible backing vocals. Band members have toured/ worked with Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, etc.. Amodeo puts together a transformational musical romp that uplifts.

Biography

Chris Amodeo's recent burst into music has been a mythic journey. As a Rolfer® and Shaman he already lives an unusual life committed to transformational work. A few years ago he bought a guitar at a fundraiser, started playing for fun and things got really wild in the creativity department.
His simultaneous emersion into Shamanism further expedited the process and has now launched him into an entirely new destiny.
Music hidden inside exploded in a big and unforeseen way. He, along with his band The Modern Minds, have released Amodeo's first album of 14 original songs, Homo Luminous, meaning, "man of light". Music reminiscent of classic folk-based 70's rock merges with lyrics that are soulful and smart.
The Modern Minds are led by veteran drummer/producer Ray Weston and rounded out by members who've worked with Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Andy Summers, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt and The Motels.
Shows at The Coach House last October and November followed by LA's Whisky A Go Go, a spectacular performance at the 2011 Sunset Sessions featuring legendary artists K.D. Lang, Daniel Lanois, and Stevie Nicks launched Amodeo out into the world. Continuing with Worldfest 2011, Sunset Sessions Rock and the Hotel Cafe. They killed it at the Malibu Music Awards last September and won their Best Upcoming Artist 2011 award. What other artist opens their shows with a shamanic opening of "sacred space"?
"My learning curve has been fast and fun... people are hungry for what's real, soulful and transparent. Maybe now more than ever, in this jaded, post-meltdown world. Music always has room to offer more ."

Lyrics

Shake Out Your Pockets

Written By: Chris Amodeo

I want you to know what I’m feeling
Before we ride that mystery train
We let each other go and I’m reeling
From the memory in my brain
You always said " life’s what you make it"
Tell me what have you made?
Love’s all around so brightly still you run for shade

I wanna squeeze out the pain
Won’t make the same sad mistakes again
I wanna squeeze out the pain
In this life... or if we go around again
First they turn you upside down
And shake out your pockets... of blame

So here we are father to father
I still don’t understand
You couldn’t say how much that I mattered
So you chose to fold your hand

Legacy of withholding is ending
I’m more than your name
Soul’s golden fabric needs mending
I miss you you’re not to blame

I wanna squeeze out the pain
Won’t make the same sad mistakes again
I want to squeeze out the pain
In this life... or if we go around again

Shake out your pockets
Shake out your pockets
Shake out your pockets
Shake out
‘Cuz I wanna squeeze out the pain
Won’t make the same sad mistakes again
I wanna squeeze out the pain
In this life... Or if we go around again
First they turn you upside down
And shake out your pockets...

After The Meltdown

Written By: Chris Amodeo

Welcome to the meltdown party
Given to you by the high and mighty
Have yourself a ball and stick with the plan
‘Till you forget you have a soul man
Can you hear it?
Talkin' heads with their endless chatter
Pop culture don't tell us what matters
Gotta wake up fast
This illusion can't last
Everybody gets to see
The greed and gluttony
That made the Meltdown

The stage was set and the band was playin’
A song called "God's got one way"
But Jesus wouldn't bomb anybody
You know Mohammed’s rollin’ over in his grave
We gotta move
Gotta move beyond the concretization
Of all religious ideation
To a truth that's lighter than air
Wrapped around us to share

Everybody gets to see
The greed and gluttony
That made the Meltdown
Everybody wants to be
In the revolution...in the transformation
After the meltdown

A civilization in discontent
Stuck on a treadmill of "sucess"
An endless sea of stripmalls comin' into view
Little free-market pet is a hungry beast
With a hidden agenda that's bred to eat
He'll pin you down and swallow you up
All that he can get is not enough
To monopolize, globalize, terrorize, supersize Whoa whoa whoa...

It's high time for the meltdown recap
Fold up the file of spiritual mishap
We can design a brand new plan
We must remember that a soul can begin again
Good bye
Goodbye to the "New World Order" boys
With all their military thugs and ploys
They lied in the name of peace
It's time to bless and release

Foolish Notions

Written By: Chris Amodeo

I’ve been contemplating
How my little world has changed.
Since you made your appearance
Love’s transforming power’s been engaged
It takes a special woman
To open up the heart of man
Now the life that we’re creating
Slowly liberates me from

Foolish notions in my head
Take me places better left unsaid
They’re just simply ghosts from my past
Tell me nothing good will ever last
Foolish notions in my head
Take me places better left unsaid
It’s time for me to shed
All these dead and foolish notions in my head

I’ve been celebrating
How our little world has grown
Since you made your appearance
Now we have children of our own
Something there reminds me
In your eyes it’s plain to see
All I ever wanted
Is standing right in front of me

Foolish notions in my head
Take me places better left unsaid
They’re just simply ghosts from my past
Tell me nothing good will ever last
Foolish notions in my head
Take me places better left unsaid
It’s time for me to shed
All these dead and foolish notions

You give only good things
Only good things to me
I said that you give only good things
Only good things oh yeah
I said you give only good things
Only good things

Foolish notions in my head
Take me places better left unsaid
They’re just simply ghosts from my past
Tell me nothing good will ever last
Foolish notions in my head
Take me places better left unsaid
It’s time for me to shed
All these dead and foolish notions in my head

Discography

Homo Luminous LP Released July, 2010