Duane Dolieslager

Duane Dolieslager

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Duane Dolieslager writes catchy, indie pop songs that will play repeatedly in your head long after you are dead and buried. Memorable melodies meet smart, cleverly constructed lyrics.

Biography

Imagine that Ben Folds, Michael Penn, Matthew Sweet, Aimee Mann, Rhett Miller, and the Shins are involved in a horrible bus accident. They'd all be dead. Then you would probably find yourself listening to the music of Duane Dolieslager.

Dolieslager describes his debut album "The Opposite of Optimist" as "twelve tracks of melodic, indie pop for you to savor as you stumble through life." When questioned as to why the album wasn't simply titled "Pessimist," the singer/songwriter explains that being the opposite of optimist is the optimistic way of looking at being a pessimist. So goes the album.

Often teetering on the brink of despair, Dolieslager manages to capture constant glimpses of shimmering, silver linings throughout the record. One such silver lining is found in the song "Shuttle," the tale of an overly eager romantic who spontaneously embarks on an excursion to outer space in order to profess his feelings for his love interest by "skywriting words up in space that I just can't say to your face," only to realize that he can't bear to be without her long enough to complete the mission.

Dolieslager maintains a vibrant spirit amidst unlucky situations with his persistent "oh well" attitude as evidenced in the song "Fireflies," when love fizzles out almost before even beginning: "there's no doubt, the fireflies no sooner came than burned out . . . let 'em go." On "I Won't Let You Go," his down-to-earth, pragmatic sensibility comes full force with the line "here's to hoping we can make it safe and sound, the merriest of all go-rounds, though I know sometimes I'm gonna let you down, I won't let you go."

This up-and-coming, Los Angeles-based, pop/rock performer has no reason to be pessimistic about his future in the music business. Having already made his full band debut at the House of Blues on Hollywood's Sunset Strip, Dolieslager recently celebrated his CD release, opening for major label artist Tyrone Wells in front of a sold out crowd at the Roxy Theatre.

Lyrics

LIKE DAY AND NIGHT

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

I wasn’t waiting for a sign
Having you sign the dotted line
It wasn’t like I was going off the deep end
I didn’t need complete control
I didn’t wanna own your soul
I just wanted to see you on the weekend

But you decide we’re like day and night

I wasn’t asking for your hand
Knocking your door down with demands
I was content just being in the previews
I didn’t intend to fall this hard,
bet this high or play these cards
I don’t know why I drove all night to see you

But you decide we’re like day and night
You decide this is do and die

A lot or a little bit
I’m not in love or I am full of it
I’m counting down the days
Till I’ll accept that you’ve gone away

But you decide we’re like day and night
You decide this is do and die
You decide we’re like day and night

ANCHOR

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

The road ahead is paved with doubt
I just can’t figure out what is and isn’t real
But with my head so full of thoughts in which you’ve starred
It shouldn’t be this hard to ask you how you feel

‘cause I’m still trying
But you’re supplying
The weight of some new anchor to hold me down

This part’s the part we can’t get past
A foe we can’t unmask that flees without a trace
But with every single stone still left unturned
To me it occurred we may never see its face

‘cause I’m still trying
But you’re supplying
The weight of some new anchor to hold me down
I’m still trying
But you’re supplying the weight
I know

With my head so full of thoughts in which you’ve starred
It shouldn’t be this hard

‘cause I’m still trying
But you’re supplying
The weight of some new anchor to hold me down
I’m still trying
But you’re supplying
The walls of some new fortress to keep me here
I know
Yeah, I know
‘cause I’m still trying
‘cause I’m still trying

NOWHERE IN RECORD SETTING TIME

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

We’re on a flight
The fog’s rolling in and we’re losing sight
And both of us know that we have got no choice but to make a crash landing tonight
‘cause we’re getting nowhere in record setting time

We’re taking a drive
You’d best fold your hands and close both of your eyes
And say a short prayer that we will finally be able to reach our destination alive
‘cause we’re getting nowhere in record setting time

Somehow we’ve managed to survive
Paying no attention to warning signs
But if someday we heed them
At least we’ll know we tried

We’re waving good bye
The ship’s setting sail and we’re along for the ride
Oh no it just can’t be
We’re lost at sea
But it shouldn’t come as any surprise
‘cause we’re getting nowhere in record setting time

I WON'T LET YOU GO

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

You can't find all the answers by connecting dots
There's rarely x's marking spots
My first inclinations are all second thoughts
But I won't let you go

I don't really wanna have another fight
Who cares who's wrong who cares who's right
We're going round in circles like a satellite
But I won't let you go

It's clear that we'll need more than luck
When every four leaf clover
Ends up being one more new leaf
We're unwilling to turn over

Here's to hoping we can make it safe and sound
The merriest of all go-rounds
And though I know sometimes I'm gonna let you down
I won't let you go

It's clear that we'll need more than luck
As every four leaf clover
Ends up being one more new leaf
That you're unwilling to turn over

I don't really wanna have another fight
Who cares you're wrong who cares I'm right
We're closer to exploding than lit dynamite
But I thought you should know
I won't let you go
I won't let you go

A LONG TRAIL OF ENEMIES

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

Not sure exactly what the two of us were thinking
Waiting here to drown
Somebody had to know this boat was sinking
Long before it went down

I was much better off tied to the dock
Wondering what was ahead of me
But I'm like a fool firing off shots
Leaving a long trail of enemies
When I just thought that we could be one

Two worlds collide each time and end up in a battle
Knowing full well what's in store
Even if you quit you'll end up right back in the saddle
Waging another war

I was much better off tied to the dock
Wondering what was ahead of me
But I'm like a fool firing off shots
Leaving a long trail of enemies
When I just thought that we could be one

And I'm supposed to play the bad guy every time
And openly confess to uncommitted crimes
When I think you should be trying all of them on for size

I was much better off tied to the dock
Wondering what was ahead of me
But I'm like a fool firing off shots
Leaving a long long trail of enemies
And I'm supposed to say that I'm sorry but I'm not
And I'm supposed to say that I'm sorry but I'm not
And I'm supposed to say that I'm sorry but I'm not
And I'm supposed to say that I'm sorry but I'm not

Not sure exactly what the two of us were thinking

SHUTTLE

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

The plans are made
I’m boarding a shuttle and shooting myself
into space to say I love you
Don’t turn away
Or you’ll miss me skywriting words
up in space that I just can’t say
to your face

Like I don’t want to ever be without you anymore
I don’t want to be without you
I don’t want to ever be without you anymore
I don’t want to be without you

On the way
I’m slowly discovering the huge mistake I’ve made that time’s uncovering
I’m finding out staring out windows at clouds is a big letdown when done without you

And I don’t want to ever be without you anymore
I don’t want to be without you
I don’t want to ever be
without you anymore
I don’t want to be without you

My whole plan unravels
‘cause the farther I travel is the
farther you fade from my view
So I made a correction
One change in direction
I’m heading straight back to you

And I don’t want to ever be without you anymore
I don’t want to be without you
I don’t want to ever be without you anymore
I don’t want to be without you

BETWEEN THE PAGES

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

The timing was right
And I should have quit
And would have if I'd thought of it
Now this can only get worse before any of it gets better

I plot my moves and map the stages
But it all gets lost on you between the pages
And I'm afraid I lack the things I need

We were set to debate
But I couldn't speak up
So I lost another campaign to win your love
As the trail winds on and keeps
dragging me farther from yesterday

I took my time with perfect planning
But my words don't mean a thing if
you're not understanding
And I'm afraid I lack the things I need to know
Like why you're letting go

I plot my moves and map the stages
But it all gets lost on you between the pages
And I'm afraid I lack the things I need

MAD DASH FOR THE DOOR

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

There's no way I would have suspected this
Hand in hand is so misleading
Everything's perfect till disaster hits
Then it's clear love's fleeting

It's plain to see you don't love me
As you make your mad dash for the door

It's just beginning but that's all she wrote
Who'd have thought she'd be so reckless?
A trail of footprints etched across my throat
Leaves me breathless

It's plain to see you don't love me
As you make your mad dash for the door
I'm hoping help arrives
As we all just run for our lives

My love was elected then quickly recalled
'cause I'm a cross between what you really want
And what you don't want at all

I can't believe you don't love me
As you make your mad dash for the door
I'm hoping help arrives
But what for?

It's plain to see you don't love me
In your panicked mad dash for the door
I'm hoping help arrives
As we all just run for our lives

FIREFLIES

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

I always let the games begin
If I'm for you and you're for me
Shouldn't we win?
If we start over again
It's like we let shooting
stars burn clear
through our skin
then let 'em go

Let 'em go

You never promise me you will
Staring down the barrel but
you never shoot to kill
Yeah you just do it
for the thrill
Like catching
fireflies at night up
on the hill just to let 'em go

Let 'em go
Let 'em go
Let 'em go

Just like the sand
in an hourglass
drains till it runs out
I know this moment is
doing the same
And there's no doubt
The fireflies no sooner came
than burned out

Let 'em go
Let 'em go
Let 'em go
Let 'em go

CAROUSEL

Written By: Duane Dolieslager

Her wake is pulling me in
As the light grows tragically dim
And my words like air wearing thin

'cause I don't have what you're needing
My heart is barely beating now

In circles evading my breath
I'm unwound in usual text
As the opposite of optimist

When my words all slip right through you
When I wish they'd sink into you
And never let you go
No never let you go

To ask what purpose is for
As my foot slips out of the door
Well at least it's been there before

'cause I don't know what you're needing
I'm live but barely breathing

Instead of climbed I fell off your carousel
So good-bye, good luck, oh well
I'm off your carousel

Discography

The Opposite of Optimist (2007)

Set List

Mad Dash for the Door
Nothing's New
Anchor
A Long Trail of Enemies
Nowhere in Record Setting Time
Fireflies
I Won't Let You Go
Shuttle
Like Day and Night

Sets also include covers of songs by Michael Penn, Elliot Smith, The Cure, R.E.M., The Posies and more!

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