Doug Kolmar

Doug Kolmar

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"It takes a little close listening to appreciate what Kolmar has done here, but it is well worth the extra effort." --Indie-Music.com

Biography

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Bio

Former garage-band guitarist and classically-trained composer, Doug Kolmar moved to Maine from the New York City Area in 2002. After landing in Portland, he was soon playing showcases with Just Plain Folks and Maine Songwriters Association, becoming a regular part of the fertile Portland acoustic music scene and performing at venues such as Acoustic Coffee, 128 Free Street, and festivals, including the Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival. He has released 3 CDs: 2001's The Whole Story is Long and Complicated (under the band name Dogs Gone Fishing) and Homebody/Somebody in 2005. As If I Was Almost Here, July 2006

Recent Awards:
April 2006, Peacedriven Song Contest, Honorable Mention for "Dream Darkly"
July 2005, N. Atlantic Arts Alliance Songwriting Contest, Finalist for "Better Part of Me"

Lyrics

Bookstore

Written By: Doug Kolmar

I was playing in a bookstore in the cafe in a bookstore
It has a cafe like everybookstore does.
With the readers sipping quietly it's kind of like a library but with a different sort of caffinated buzz.

I wonder as I'm playing if the words that I am saying disturbed the readers as they read. Or if my words set the stage for the words down on the page creating a brand new kind of story in their heads.

CH:
I sing O-h my life is passing like a train
she hears O-h her pulse was racing like a train
as he slipped the tattered fabric from her shoulders.

O-h a brand new message in the brain that was unlike one that anyone ever told her.

Then I met the bookstore owner he said I really like that song in which you said your life was melting - splashing like the rain. As I considered by rebuttal, he said "y'know like Oz and the witch and the puddle" and felt the use of arguing trickle down the drain.

CH:
I sing O-h my life is passing like a train
he hears O-h her life was splashing like the rain as he left without a word over his shoulder.

O-h a brand new message in the brain that was unlike one that anyone ever told her.

Bridge:
I hope you like this song, cause we're making it up as we go along...

At the pornographic bookstore heard a song about a book whore at the concert read a novel in sonata form. All these messages to my brain the words are pulsing through my veins I'm addicted and I got to get some more.

CH:
O-h my life is passing like a train
O-h the words are pulsing through my veins I'm addicted and I got to get some more.

(©2003, Doug Kolmar, BMI)

These Four Things

Written By: Doug Kolmar


These 4 Things:

These four walls
give me protection
my shelter, my prison, my home.

These four winds
and the four directions
borne on the compass rose give me hope

Always said I wanted more
but I never made the effort
wouldn't step outside of my zone of comfort

These four things
I know are true
one house, two kids, and lovin you

These forward moving verbs
are like a blessing and a curse
They stick like medicine in the back of my throat

You can bet your last four dollars
and be guaranteed your purse
I'll be standing here on the dock when I miss my boat

Never was a George Bailey type
wanting stickers for my trunk
I hang around town in a Burt and Ernie funk

These four things
I know are good
One hammer, two nails, and a plank of wood

Sideways is the slacker's course
and I get an A for effort
Wouldn't step outside of my Zone of comfort.

These four things
I know are good
Big sea, Earth and Sky, the deep dark woods

These four things
I know are true
one house, two kids, and lovin you

(c) 2006, Doug Kolmar

Indiana (A Blue Song for a Red State)

Written By: Doug Kolmar

Indiana
(a blue song for a red state)

Morning comes a little late to Indiana
Out on the edge of the Eastern Standard line
7:30 and it’s dark out on the highway
Heading east on seventy with the factories on fire

CH:
Indiana, wipe the sleep out of your eyes
Peel back another sheet of rustbelt grime
Hoosier mama, who’s your daddy now
I think I know

He came from south of Gary and grew up with the corn
Rode a John Deere and was good for a beer back before the kids were born
Took a job in the steel mill, then they moved up to Detroit
Put in twenty years on the Chrysler line and died there late one night

CH:

She lost herself, poor Indy, now they’re polishing up her charms
But a giant mall and a stadium won’t bring back the family farm

CH:

© 2006, Doug Kolmar

Discography

As If I Was Almost Here, July 2006 (now at www.cdbaby.com)

Homebody/Somebody - 2005
(available at www.cdbaby.com)

The Whole Story is Long and Complicated (under the band name Dogs Gone Fishing) - 2000

Set List

Have about 2 hours of original material. Also mix in some familiar and unusual cover material