Eric Chung

Eric Chung

 Portland, Oregon, USA
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Eric Chung is an award-winning veteran of the collegiate and professional a cappella scene. He has made his mark as a singer, director, songwriter, arranger, vocal percussionist, and live looper.

Biography

A classically-trained violinist, he started his singing career with the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, for whom he sang tenor and vocal percussion and wrote nearly fifty arrangements. He has since founded, directed, and/or sung with several semi-professional a cappella groups, Most significantly, he founded, directed, arranged music for, and wrote original songs for the acclaimed Boston-based pop/rock vocal band Downtown Crossing (DTX). In 2008, Eric was recognized as the winner of the A Cappella Originals songwriting contest for his song "Memory Is a Minefield," written while a member of DTX. In early 2009, his current vocal band Strangers in Harmony (www.strangersinharmony.com) won second place in the Pacific Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes; the Strangers recently opened for the Bobs and are enjoying being a key part of the music scene in Portland.

Eric recently received a nomination in the 2010 A Cappella Community Awards for Best Solo A Cappella Project. He is honored to have been nominated alongside an elite set of legendary artists that includes Bobby McFerrin and Scott Leonard (lead singer of Rockapella).

Eric also is a lead instructor for PDX Vox, Portland's innovative 60+ person community a cappella workshop program (www.pdxvox.com), and he annually serves as a judge for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella competition. Other past projects include directing the New York-based pop/jazz a cappella group Stay Tuned (a runner-up in the New York Regional Harmony Sweepstakes under his leadership) and directing the Gross Prophets at the University of Chicago.

Lyrics

Memory Is a Minefield

Written By: Eric Chung

Coffee shop on Main
Was our favorite place
Reminds me of your face
Street where we first kissed
You looked into my eyes
And took me by surprise

The smell in the air tonight
Reminds me about that time
When you told me that story
In all its silly glory
I still recall the words you said
It seems like it was only yesterday

Everything I do
Makes me remember you
Just when I think it’s safe
My memory’s a minefield
Thought I’d left you there
Still see you everywhere
Wish had known just how much
Memory’s a minefield

We’re out on the town last night
They dumbly asked about you
Forgot I live without you
Heard that song you hate
I was driving on I-95
I can’t believe it made me cry

Saw this girl in the aisle
Swear that she had your smile
I was wandering in the park that night
I’m gazing at the starry light
Who was it who taught me all about the stars
I think that it was you

Chorus

Most of the time I feel completely fine
Guess that I’m happier without you in my life
Strange how we long for things that we don’t want
Some days I find
I can’t control my mind
All of these emotions, thoughts, and images
Explode inside my head

Chorus

Left you far behind
But you’re still on my mind
Just when I think it’s safe
My memory’s a minefield
Every place I been
You find your way back in
Wish had known just how much
Memory’s a minefield
Wish had known just how much
Memory’s a minefield
Wish had known just how much
Memory’s a minefield

Lonely with You

Written By: Eric Chung

Home alone at a quarter past two
The feeling is old but these tears are new
Lighting a candle that burnded out a long time ago

Every night is the same as the last
The future ahead is the same as the past
We got tomorrow together but nowhere to go

You’re by my side but I’m all by myself
Dare I try to find someone else?
Are you really out there?
I can’t see you at all

This is not who I wanted to be
I knew you but now you’re a stranger to me
Long for the time when you knew so much more than my name

Now I dream an unfeasible dream
Pray for a hero to come rescue me
Wait for the man in the black cape to take me away

And all my life I’ve been lonely with you
And scared of a life with somebody new
Just say anything
I can’t hear you at all

Every night is the same as the last
The future ahead is the same as the past
We got tomorrow together but nowhere to go

Dare I try to find someone else?
You’re by my side but I’m all by myself
Scared to try to find someone new
All my life I been lonely with you
Are you really out there?
I can’t see you

And all my life I’ve been lonely with you
And scared of life with somebody new
Are you really out there?
I can’t see you
Just say anything
I can’t hear you
Come on baby touch me
I can’t feel you at all

All This Time

Written By: Eric Chung

Life has got us down
We’re out of luck and times are tough
Somehow we’re still around
You keep us going though the road is rough

I haven’t always been the best of men
And I wouldn’t still be standing if you hadn’t picked me up again

All this time you’ve been the one
To be the light when there’s no sun
All this time you’ve raised the dawn
And found the strength to carry on
In this twisted life
I’m so glad you’ve been my wife
My love
All this time

You and I we had high hopes
Now they’re gone or so it seems
Bruised and battered and on the ropes
Broken glass and shattered dreams

Wish that I could be much better to you
We’re living in a crazy world that no one else could get me through

All this time you’ve held your head high
And been the rock that never dies
All this time you’ve stayed so strong
And held together for so long
You are a miracle
I can’t believe you’ve been my girl
My love
All this time

Want to run and hide
It’s so hard to enjoy the ride
Tell me that it’s not too late
And good things come to those who wait

All this time you’ve been the one
To be the light when there’s no sun
All this time you’ve raised the dawn
And found the strength to carry on
All this time you’ve held your head high
And been the rock that never dies
All this time you’ve stayed so strong
And held together for so long
In this twisted life
I’m so glad you’ve been my wife
My love, all this time
You are a miracle
I can’t believe you’ve been my girl
My love
All this time
All this time
All this time
All this time

Enjoy the Ride

Written By: Eric Chung

How did we get here?
We’re standing all alone again
Thinking the same new thing
That we should be much more than friends

I’m ready to let you love me
Tonight it don’t seem so hard
And I know that I can love you
Amazing how we’ve come so far

CHORUS:
So sit back, enjoy the ride
Life is better with me by your side
Take my hand, hold me tight
I’ll dream you into morning light
Who knew that love could take so long
It took forever but we’re here somehow
Our time is now

I know we’re both scared to jump
So deep into love’s ocean blue
But the smile in your eyes tonight
Says you can’t wait to kiss me too

I’m ready to let you love me
Was I ready from the start?
Are you ready to let me love you?
I’ll give you my world, if you’ll open your heart

CHORUS:
So sit back, enjoy the ride
Life is better with me by your side
Take my hand, hold me tight
I’ll dream you into morning light
Who knew that love could take so long
It took forever but we’re here somehow
Our time is now

BRIDGE:
How I’ve longed to hold you
If you believe we were meant for each other
Open your heart, and I’ll give you my world

CHORUS (2X)

Why Not Tomorrow

Written By: Eric Chung

Secret passion
For you my best of friends
I have longed for
Your touch since God knows when

Can I find the inner courage?
To be someone beyond today?

Tomorrow I’ll tell you
About my love for you
Why not?
Tomorrow we’ll be
Together or forever be apart
Tomorrow you’ll see the
Burning that I’m smothering inside
Tomorrow night you’ll run away
Or I will hold you all my life

Safely hiding
From you, the one I’m looking for
Fighting the furthest
Feelings that I can’t ignore

What you don’t know can’t hurt me
And it can’t be mine ‘cause I hide behind today

Tomorrow I’ll tell you
About my love for you
Why not?
Tomorrow we’ll be
Together or forever be apart
Tomorrow you’ll see the
Burning that I’m smothering inside
Tomorrow night you’ll run away
Or I will hold you all my life

Should I risk the "what we have" for a love that’s better?
Why not? Why not?
Why not? Why not?

Tomorrow I’ll tell you…

Tomorrow I’ll tell you
About my love for you
Why not?
Tomorrow we’ll be
Together or forever be apart
Tomorrow you’ll see the
Burning that I’m smothering inside
Tomorrow night you’ll run away
Or I will hold you all my life

Tomorrow I’ll tell you
About my love for you
Why not?
Tomorrow we’ll be
Together or forever be apart
Tomorrow you’ll see the
Burning that I’m smothering inside
Tomorrow night you’ll run away
Or I will hold you
Or I will hold you
Or I will hold you all my life

Discography

Eric's current singles can be found at www.myspace.com/ericchung:

Memory Is a Minefield
Enjoy the Ride
All This Time
Lonely With You
Voices
In My Head
Why Not Tomorrow
Perfect for You

Set List

Eric's live shows consist of an exciting mix among his a cappella originals, selected covers, and improvised live looping.