Deena

Deena

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Deena's songwriting has been called direct and artful, by the New York Times. Her voice has been described as incredible: kidstuff and wisdom merged, by the Village Voice. Deena's songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne, Valerie Carter, Dar Williams and Jonatha Brooke and featured in many films.

Biography

Longtime lead singer/guitar player and songwriter for the alternative pop band the Cucumbers, Deena has ventured out on her own as a solo artist. “Somewhere in Blue” her most recent CD received airplay around the world and rave reviews.

The sounds on “Somewhere in Blue,” are a unique blend of new wave rockabilly, country and folk rock, filtered through Deena’s long-time indie pop sensibilities.

Recorded in Nashville, with producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Josh Rouse) and New Jersey, with The Laughing Boys, the recordings bridge the distance between Deena’s roots in New Jersey music (from Hoboken indie pop to the Jersey shore) and alt country Americana.

In addition to writing, producing and recording for her many musical projects including RockDownBaby (dance pop), The Cucumbers (alternative/indie rock) and Over the Moon (rock and roll for children), Deena’s songs have been commissioned for tv, film, radio and live theater.

Her songs have been recorded by Jackson Browne, Valerie Carter, Dar Williams, Jonatha Brooke, and praised in the NY Times, the Village Voice and Rolling Stone Magazine. Her recordings have been included in several feature film soundtracks and on NBC, HBO, MTV and DSC.

Lyrics

Mr. Midnight

Written By: Deena Shoshkes

Sweet Mr. Midnight doesn’t get very much sleep
He’s got places to go, appointments to keep
He keeps himself busy, but I caught his eye
He says I’d never get any sleep, if you were around
If you were around, if you were around
Mr. Midnight, Mr. Midnight…Midnight

Sweet Mr. Midnight won’t you come around tonight
And fill me up with your sparkling light
Kissing, hugging, loving, loving, loving..
We won’t get too much sleep, if you come around,
If you come around, if you come around
Mr. Midnight, Mr. Midnight….Midnight

Sweet Mr. Midnight, hope you visit tonight
When the clock strikes twelve come on by
I’ll be waiting and you know why,
You know why, you know why…
We won’t get too much sleep if you come around
If you come around, if you come around
Mr. Midnight, Mr. Midnight….Midnight.

Mr. Midnight…you know why…
Mr. Midnight…you know why…
Mr. Midnight…’cause you’re my midnight guy

I Wish I Could Be Enough

Written By: Deena Shoshkes

Oh baby, I love you endlessly
And I don’t want to be all full of jealousy
You keep running you keep hunting
You keep on searching for something
I wish I could be enough
I wish I could be enough

Once upon a time I was your new discovery
And you said you couldn’t get enough of me
Didn’t we have it, what was it we shared
You said I sent you to the stars, what was wrong with it up there
I wish I could be enough
I wish I could be enough

I gave you all I’ve got
My sweetest every drop
Now you’ve got me wondering
What’s wrong with me
What’s wrong with me?

Oh baby, move on to your next dream
And don’t come back around, you’d better leave me be
Because you tease me when you smile just a little
And it hurts so bad to remember what was beautiful
I wish I could be enough
I wish I could be enough

Everything you want, everything you need
Everything you ever dreamt or believed
I wish I could be enough
I wish I could be enough

Gemini Guy

Written By: Deena Shoshkes

Gemini guy, Gemini
Mr. Mr. Mr. Gemini
Gemini guy, Gemini
Mr. Mr. Mr. Gemini
You know all the sweetest love songs
But I’m not the only one you try them on
I wish we were playing house
But you love cat and mouse
Gemini

Gemini guy, Gemini
Mr. Mr. Mr. Gemini
Gemini guy, Gemini
Mr. Mr. Mr. Gemini
I give you everything and then you’re gone
One minute we’re so together, then I’m all alone
You know you take me up to the sky
And then you leave me, baby, but I can’t fly without my
Gemini


I know you are my twin
Come on baby let me in, in, in
Let springtime give way to the summer…summer…
Gemini

Gemini guy, Gemini
Mr. Mr. Mr. Gemini
Gemini guy, Gemini
Mr. Mr. Mr. Gemini

Best Kind of Something

Written By: Deena Shoshkes/David Graham


I got the best intentions and the best love I could find
We might make it to Mars on a moonbeam if you got the time
Something like love is roaring down the track
Something like love says come along and don’t look back..oh yeah…

And it's yeah.yeah..yeah..
And it's oh.oh.oh
It's the best kind of something
That I've ever known
You can jump on a cloud and ride for a sweet while
You can ride that cloud for plenty of miles
Oh..yeah..
Best kind of something
Best kind of something
Best kind of something

Bring your inspiration and take my invitation if you will
We can dance on tomorrow we’ll kiss and hug and tango and thrill
Cause something like reason's just up and gone
And something like love is coming on strong...oh yeah...

And it's yeah.yeah..yeah..
And it's oh.oh.oh
It's the best kind of something
That I've ever known
You can jump on a cloud and ride for a sweet while
You can ride that cloud for plenty of miles
Oh..yeah..
Best kind of something
Best kind of something
Best kind of something

I heard the word..somewhere a long time ago
I got lost in a daydream, and I’m still somewhere in it, don’t you know
Oh baby..BING..BING you ring my bell
I'd fall head over heels if I hadn't already fell..
oh yeah...

And it's yeah.yeah..yeah..
And it's oh.oh.oh
It's the best kind of something
That I've ever known
You can jump on a cloud and ride for a sweet while
You can ride that cloud for plenty of miles
Oh..yeah..
Best kind of something
Best kind of something
Best kind of something

That Moon's Got It Made

Written By: Deena Shoshkes/David Graham

There’s a big moon shining
With stars in his eyes
Right on me
And moonlight is all I can see
It’s like he’s saying fly on up to the sky
Don’t wait for the sun to go down
And maybe I could show you around....

That Moon’s Got It Made
He’s sunning himself in the cosmic rays
That moon’s got it made
The moon’s got it made

He’s supposed to rest in the shade
In the daytime
he told me he knows
But he just can’t hold back that glow
There he is right at the window
Flashing me one of those grins
I think I’m gonna let him come in...

That Moon’s Got It Made
Magnetic attraction works in mysterious ways
That moon’s got it made
The moon’s got it made..

Ain’t got no competition
Sure stars are there for the wishing
But when it comes to gazing
And lazing around….I’ll take the moon..
Hands down..

That Moon’s got it made
Everywhere he goes he’s always making waves
That moon’s got it made
That moon’s got it made
That moon’s got it made
Circling my world with a psychic haze
That moons got it made
That moon’s got it made
That moon’s got it made
That moon’s got it made

Discography

"Somewhere in Blue" (CD) Life Force Records 2009, solo album

"Songs of the Spectrum" (CD) 2010 (included on compilation album which features Jackson Browne, Marshall Crenshaw, Dar Williams and many others.

Included on several Main Man Records Compilation CDs including:
"Remember the Coop" 2010
"Horsefeathers and Animal Crackers" 2009
"Are We Not Devo" 2010
"Just What We Needed" 2010
"A Few Uneven Rhymes" 2009

To be released this spring 2011: collaborations with Jack Bragg & 1000 Pities

"Love & Sex & Rock & Roll" (CD) 2007 Life Force Record, by RockDownBaby (all songs by Deena)

AND with The Cucumbers:

"All Things to You" (CD)
2004 Fictitious Records (Nashville, TN)

"Total Vegetility" (CD)
1999 Home Office Records (New York, NY)

"Where We Sleep Tonight" (LP)
1994 Zero Hour Records (New York, NY)

"The Cucumbers" (LP)
1987 Profile Records (New York, NY)

"All Shook Up" (12” Single)
1986 Fake Doom Records (New York, NY)

"Who Betrays Me and Other Happier Songs" (LP)
1985 Fake Doom Records (New York, NY)

"Fresh Cucumbers" (EP)
1983 Fake Doom Records (New York, NY)

Compilations and other releases with The Cucumbers:

200 Cadillacs (Blue Cadillac, All Shook Up)
2004 Image Entertainment
Soundtrack to DVD about the things Elvis gave away

Ho Ho Ho Spice (Auld Lange Syne)
2002 Volunteer Records
Album to benefit for St. Barnabas Hospice

Science Fiction (4-song CD)
2002 just for fun, just because, why not, say yes records
Llimited edition release

A Christmas Present for You (Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of a Rum)
1995 Zero Hour Records
Zero Hour Christmas compilation

Flies/It’s a Shame (green vinyl 7”)
1994 Zero Hour Records

My Boyfriend (7” single)
1987 Profile Records

Ferro-Bottanica Magazine Insert (four-song 7” with four bands)
1982 D Musica Productions
First version of My Boyfriend