desdemona finch

desdemona finch

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desdemona finch is a brooklyn, ny-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist with swooping singular vocals and unorthodox guitar style that transcends the boundaries folk, country and rock. imagine hazel dickens meets tom waits

Biography

desdemona finch is a brooklyn, ny-based singer-songwriter by way of london, washington, d.c. and nashville, tenn. with swooping vocals that turn from a weary growl to soaring falsetto in one bound and unorthodox guitar style, she weaves a musical tapestry that transcends the boundaries folk, country and rock.

every day in the early-to-mid-1990s after a hard day's work as an ink-stained underpaid and overworked scribe in the nation's capital, finch would seek the refuge of her closet to write songs she never ever expected to perform live.

not until she landed in england in 1998 as a grad student at mick jagger's almost alma mater did she start to take her musings somewhat seriously. london's creative vibe prompted the release of ep 128 southgate road in 1999.

later that year, finch landed in nyc and has since graced the stages of some of the city's most interesting stages -- the living room, c-note, baby jupiter, cb's gallery and the sidewalk cafe, among others. in addition to showcasing at the philadelphia music conference in 2000, she has played london's famous 12-bar club and kashmir club as well as washington, d.c.'s metro cafe.

9/11 and a wretched economic climate in new york city helped to level finch financially but not without some benefits -- those of the unemployed kind. between looking for elusive employment in a crap economy and pulling her hair out with worry over not having gainful work, finch took out her credit card and bought a korg d-8. the result is flotsam of empire's decline, which is scheduled to arrive one of these days on poisoned chalice music.

in 2005, she won honorable mention in Hankfest's Ghostwriter in the Sky songwriter contest with her song -- tainted love and wilted roses.

one word of warning to fans of newt gingrich, pat buchanan (not the guitarist), marie antoinette, ralph reed, charlton heston, napoleon or mussolini: you might not like the lyrics.

contact: desdemona finch at desdemonafinch@hotmail.com or dezfinch.tripod.com

Lyrics

Hardware Store

Written By: desdemona finch

Hardware Store

Verse 1:

He took a job in the hardware store
So he wouldn’t think about her anymore
She was heaven-sent
God’s gift to man

Verse 2:
He would toil among the nuts and bolts
So he could drive her memory from his soul
He was lost in thought
With no hope to recover

Chorus:
He says, "Take your best shot and dash my hopes and rip my heart out
And I’ll be your sucker for now and forever
Again and again"

Verse 3:
When she set off for her worldly pursuits
He stayed behind to nurse his wounds
It was destiny
A fate not to be

Verse 4:
Well, he crossed her name off his rolodex
So he couldn’t call her and take her back
Love that felt so right
Yet so unrequited

Chorus:
He says, "Take your best shot and dash my hopes and rip my heart out
And I’ll be your sucker from now and forever
Again and again"

Instrumental Break:

Chorus:

Take your best shot and dash my hopes and rip my heart out
And I’ll be your sucker from now and forever
Again and again

Verse 5:
When she got back with her latest recruit
He felt compelled to follow suit
A bitter aftertaste of hopes raised in haste

Verse 6:
His latest flame he thought quite mundane
And she knew he never would want her the same
Just a compromise
Someone to hold on tight

Chorus:
She says,"Take your best shot and dash my hopes and rip my heart out
And I’ll be your sucker from now and forever
Again and again"

Verse I Reprise:

He took a job in the hardware store so he wouldn’t think about her anymore
He doesn’t think about her anymore
He won’t think about her anymore
He doesn't think about her anymore
He won't think about her anymore

© Copyright 2007 by desdemona finch -- poisoned chalice music (bmi)

Discography

ep -- 128 southgate road, released 7/99 on poisoned chalice music
promo homemade ep -- strung-out on lonely hard-up on faith, released 12/2003 on poisoned chalice music

prospect of spectacular disaster, released 03/2004 on poisoned chalice music

forthcoming lp - flotsam of empire's decline, arriving later in 2004

for more online samples:

other misc. demos
desdemonafinch.iuma.com

from southgate road (very old ep)
www.cdbaby.com/desdemonafinch

Set List

my typical set list runs the gamut. i'm prolific in songs but not in dollars. set lists consist mainly of originals with one obscure cover -- written by my idols or by obscure songwriter friends whose work i admire. if i have more than one gig in one city (like london) in one month, i prefer playing nearly completely different sets.