Ed Fingerling

Ed Fingerling

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Ed Fingerling brings back the reckless fire and primal, raw energy that made rock the igniting force that changed generations and cultures.

Biography

Ed Fingerling has rock and roll in his blood. Born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Middle Village, Queens, he developed his musical sensibilities and passions in the same landscape that cultivated bands like the Ramones and Run DMC. In the past 8 years, he has released 5 albums, four of them as a key member and songwriter of celebrated New York bands Oral Groove and Ultrafine. He’s played New York City venues Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza (three times), and regularly performs at Mercury Lounge. He’s toured England four times.

Ed has grown into a deft songwriter and musician, with a confident, edgy style and gift for melody. His is a distinct sound that fuses his classic and punk rock roots with modern rock, creating a heart-racing caliber of intensity.

"If I weren't born a songwriter, maybe I'd be a high school teacher," says Ed. "It comes naturally to encourage people to question the status quo, to try and to change things, to be someone great. To go for it, really."

With a powerful and diverse array of influences, Ed combines the lyrical philosophies of the Beatles and
the Clash, the riffs of Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, the fiery passion of Paul Weller, the poetry of Shane MacGowan and Pablo Neruda, and the musical joie de vivre of the Ramones and Rolling Stones, forging a remarkable sound, colliding past and present. His songs soar with aggressive guitar riffs, pounding rhythms, and meaningful, introspective lyrics of love, loss, truth, possibility and hope.

“”I’m paraphrasing,” says Ed, “but Picasso said ‘you copy and copy, then you break through and create an original.’ Maybe one day I’ll create an original, too.”

His electrifying music embodies his entire philosophy of life: everything is possible. With songs like “For My People” that speak of unity and equality, or “Rise” which calls on the listener to live up to his or her potential, Ed seeks to translate his relentless energy, musical aptitude and vision into music that inspires and touches every soul.

“Ed Fingerling is one of the most inspiring songwriters I have ever worked with,” says producer Rich Pagano (Patti Smith Group, Ian Hunter). “He captures the essence of his influences without sounding contrived.”
"Ed Fingerling is, in the best sense of the word, a throwback to a time when music was a passion, not a product," says vocal instructor Greg Drew (Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne). "He cares deeply about the world and rock & roll, and those concerns shine through in his music."

Ed Fingerling is not a passing trend—he is the real thing. With boundless creative energy, unforgettable melodies, and meaningful lyrics, Ed Fingerling is someone you won’t soon forget. In a music scene littered with fragmented attempts of watered-down rock and roll, Ed brings back the reckless fire and primal, raw energy that made rock the igniting force that changed generations and cultures. Put the album in your stereo, turn it up, and discover for yourself

Lyrics

Like Dragonflies

Written By: Ed Fingerling

Like Dragonflies

Well this life’s so short, And between two tides we’re caught
Into the future we stumble blind, too scared of something we might find
Well we trip and slip and stumble lest we fall

We move so fast, too soon the moment’s passed
We’re rushing quick to get somewhere, we never stop and lay while there
Well we just can’t see the wonder of it all

Is it true, the way I feel for you?
Or is it a lie, ‘cause it feels so real inside
As we skim across the surface of our lives
Like dragonflies, into the light

I recall, like footsteps down the hall
Friendships that have come and gone and lovers that I’ve since moved on
So let’s drift upon this moment ‘fore it’s gone

Is it true, the way I feel for you?
Or is it a lie, ‘cause it feels so real inside
As we skim across the surface of our lives
Like dragonflies, into the light

Well my dearest dreams escaping me
The wall seems too steep to climb
But I’ve only got tomorrow left to find a way
And if all the doors swing open baby
And we finally rush on through
Then we’ve only got tomorrow left
To find out what it means, and how it feels
And what it brings my darling girl

If we let go, and we let our feelings show
Don’t be afraid to show me your love
We’ll ride that sweet breeze so high above
Well we just cant see the wonder of it all
We trip and slip and stumble lest we fall
We just cant see the wonder of it all

Na na na na na, na na na na na

God's Eyes

Written By: Ed Fingerling

Are those God’s eyes
That opened up the sky for us to see?

And are those God’s eyes
That soothe the soul
And body torn and bruised?

They must be God’s eyes!

And I say
Your smile is too big for this earth
Your heart is too big for this earth
You’ve got God’s eyes

And we hurt so bad inside, see the sadness in their eyes
And you know the reason why
Now you know that we can’t wait Only one way to conquer hate
And you know the way is love

And the only way is love

Are those God’s eyes?
They must be God’s eyes!

And I say
Your smile is too big for this earth
Your heart is too big for this earth
You’ve got God’s eyes

And we hurt so bad inside
See the sadness in their eyes
And you know the reason why
Now you know that we can’t wait Only one way to conquer hate
And you know the way is love

And the only way is love
And the only way is love
It's love love love
The only way is love

Grass

Written By: Ed Fingerling

If you feel you’re drifting
Something is missing
The truth is concealed
If your heart has hardened
You wish you could be starting
To conquer what you fear

When we lie down in the grass along the way

If the mountains crumble, and the skies rumble
What would the waiting yield?
If we should stumble
It’s just a tumble

As we cross the fields

If you think you’re no one
You can’t see you’re someone
When you close the door behind you now
If you think you’re nowhere
You just can’t see we’re somewhere
You never thought we’d find

When we lie down in the grass along the way
When we lie down in the grass along the way
This don’t mean to be a big thing, it’s just to say
When we lie down in the grass along the way

Discography

with ORAL GROOVE:

• "June" - 1994
• "You'll Get Yours Yet" - 1995
• "Collisionville" - 1997

with ULTRAFINE:

• "Ultrafine" 1999

solo:

• "Ed Fingerling Group" - 2003

• Forthcoming 2006 full-length CD to be released under a band name this summer.

TV/Film Placements:

• "Men Lie" by Lexington Pictures
• "The Deli" by Lexington Pictures (starring Frank Vincent of The Sopranos). Ed had 3 of his songs used in this movie.
- "The Pig Farm" by Stranger Than Pictures (a Sundance Film Festival Finalst and winner of 6 film festival awards). Ed has 2 songs in this movie, one of which, “Going Somewhere,” was the theme song of the movie, plays over the opening credits, and appears 3 times in the movie.

• In 2001 Ed was commissioned to set three William Shakespeare sonnets to music for the production of The Merry Wives of Windsor by Moose Hall Theater Company in the City of New York’s “Shakespeare in the Park” Festival at Inwood Park.

Set List

Typical set list is 10 original songs, 40 minutes.

Recent covers:

"Train in Vain" by The Clash
"Badge" by Cream
"No Reply" by The Beatles
"(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" by Elvis Presley
"Every Night" by Paul McCartney
"Rockaway Beach" by The Ramones
"Feel to Believe" by Beth Orton
"Wind Cries Mary" by Jimi Hendrix