David Harris

David Harris

BandJazzAdult Contemporary

A unique blend of jazz, pop, and world influences. Melodic, accessible, yet with complex harmonies and forms. Meant to move you physically, mentally, and, most important, emotionally. This is music that was always there, just waiting to be channeled by someone who is listening.

Biography

I started out w/ classical lessons at 6, discovered rock w/ the Doors when I was 11, and discovered jazz through my father's recordings of Thelonius Monk, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Gerry Mulligan as an early teen.

My influences are broad, ranging from the Beatles to Peter Gabriel; from Guillaume de Machaud to Erik Satie to Maurice Ravel to Lou Harrison; from Duke Ellington to Ornette Coleman to Wayne Shorter to Keith Jarrett; from early Celtic folk music to Emmylou Harris; from Turkish folk music to Antonio Carlos Jobim to Milton Nascimento.

Lyrics

Ready to Fly

Written By: David Harris

READY TO FLY

Does it hurt, you ask;
Only when I laugh,
Or when I turn around
To look back at the past,

And I can’t help wond’ring what went wrong;
Was it me or just the foul wind of misfortune?
Was it time that left us high and dry,
Or were you just ready to fly?

Time can heal the pain,
But it still leaves a stain,
And when I think too hard,
I give back all I’ve gained.

And I can’t stop thinking what I’ve done;
Did I do it to myself or just to you?
Was it I who drove you from my side,
Or were you just ready to fly?

Solos

Does it hurt, you ask;
Only when I laugh,
Or when I turn around
To look back at the past.

And I can’t help wond’ring what went wrong;
Was it me or just the foul winds of misfortune?
Was it time that left us high and dry,
Or were you just ready to fly?
Or were you just ready to fly?
Or were you just ready to fly?

David Harris 2006

My Pinocchio Friend

Written By: David Harris

My Pinocchio Friend

I watch your nose grow every day,
Lengthening to your dismay,
You think I fall for what you say,
But your nose gives it away.

Now you can say just what you please.
But soon it won’t be so easy to sneeze
When your nose hangs down to your knees
And dances with every breeze.

(Chorus)
Well ain’t this the livin’ end,
I got me a Pinocchio friend,
Every time he tells a lie
His nose shoots toward the sky.

Stop tryin’ to feed me all your lies
And start checkin’ out your schnoz for size,
Excuse me baby if I yawn *
While watchin’ your nose grow long.

*(last time)
While watchin’ your nose grow,
Just watchin’ your nose grow,
While watchin’ your nose grow long.

Take Care of Me

Written By: David Harris

TAKE CARE OF ME

When we were still young,
Feeling our way,
Songs not all yet sung,
Dues not yet paid,
Dues not yet paid.

We’d laugh much too loud,
Talk far too fast,
Heads up in the clouds,
Thought it would last,
Sure it would last.

You always were there,
Someone who felt,
Someone who cared,
And when I’d act so tough,
You’d always say all the right stuff,
You’d see right through,
You’d call my bluff.

You knew I was down,
Then you’d come ‘round,
With such empathy,
And I’d let you
Take care of me.

SOLOS

TAKE CARE OF ME (pg. 2)

You always were there,
Someone to feel,
Someone to care,
But when I’d act so tough,
You finally said you’d had enough;
You walked away,
You called my bluff.

Sometimes I may seem
Callous and mean;
It’s not that I’m hard,
Just easily scarred.
Take care of me.

All that we’ve been through,
Sure that I knew
You’d still be there to
Take care of me,
Take care of me,
Please take care of me.

David Harris 2006

Discography

As leader: The View from Morning - All original compositions, many w/ Latin influence. Features Kirk Whalum on sax and Tony Campise on flute.

As sideman: Several, ranging from R&B to pop to jazz.

Have performed w/ Trumpeter Don Cherry, saxophonist Arnett Cobb, percussionist Okay Temiz.

Set List

FIRST SET (Approx. 50 minutes)

This Summer (Fast Latin)
Enter Dancing (Calypso)
Don't Look Back (Hard Bop)
Split Decision (Fast Latin)
The View From Morning (Med. Bossa)
Sha Sha (Jazz Waltz)
If I Were You (Jazz/Funk)
Fun on a Bun (Fast Bop)

SECOND SET (Approx. 50 minutes)

Killer Hill ('50's Funk)
Swing Shift (Fast Latin/Fast Swing)
Lovely (Slow Bossa)
Hill Country Run (Fast Latin)
Flow (Fast Latin))
Somewhere I've Been (Med Bossa w/ Turkish influence)
Distant Shores (Afro-Latin)
Long Story Short (Fast Bop)

THIRD SET (Approx. 50 minutes)

El Viento (Samba)
Song From the Air (Fast Latin/Vocal)
Ready to Fly (Med. Bossa/Vocal)
Take Care of Me (Ballad/Vocal)
Friends of Mine (Med. Bossa/Vocal)
A Little Early (Gospel-Pop/Vocal)
Lost (Ballad/Vocal)
Your Name (Afro-Latin/Vocal)
You're Always Right (Fast Swing/ Vocal)

FOURTH SET (Approx. 50 minutes)

Paradiso (Fast Latin)
Outside Looking In (Slow Funk)
Homecoming (Samba)
Old Friends (Ballad)
Teshuva