eric mire

eric mire

BandFolkHip Hop

Folk Hip Hop. Organic acoustic grooves played by real musicians with socially and politically conscious lyrics. Recommended listening for anyone interested in a more mature take on hip hop.

Biography

Milwaukee recording artist, Eric Mire mixes hip-hop with folk music in his latest self-titled album, eric mire (released Summer 2007). A classically trained pianist and composer, self taught acoustic guitarist, electric bass player and seasoned hip hop producer, Eric draws upon his broad musical talents to create a unique and refreshing musical blend.

With songs titled “Don’t be Fooled,” “Gased Up,” and “Get Free,” Eric Mire explores some of today’s most challenging political topics, touching on the Iraq war, the cost of gas prices in America, and mass media’s failure to serve it’s people.

On track six, “Get Free,” Eric Mire asks himself, “How can it be we call this democracy, and people eat it up without choking from hypocrisy…” This type of raw lyrical fire is spit throughout most of eric mire without hesitation.

However, not all of Eric Mire’s songs are so serious. He jokingly sings “I got your lady now, and you’re living at your momma’s house,” in a song that narrates a woman having left a no good relationship. On “Footsteps,” Eric winds down the album with soulful Stevie Wonder like keys played by Maurice Cotton, of Cotton Gin Music Productions, in a song that reminisces, “about way back when.”

Eric is the Student Services Manager and Recording Instructor/Engineer at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He has played in a variety of bands and composed music for piano, chamber ensembles, orchestra and electronics. He recently collaborated with Danceworks, a local dance company, and had a composition entitled Wardances choreographed as part of their Art-to-Art performance series. He was the producer of the a Milwaukee based hip hop trio the Nowhere Mine, and has previously released two cd’s, the Nowhere Mine’s Now Hear Mine, and Sir Erk @ 37, a prior solo project.

eric mire is available locally at Atomic Records, Fasten Co-op Clothing, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and Woodland Pattern Book Center. eric mire can also be purchased online through CDBaby.com or iTunes. For a sampling of the eclectic blend visit www.myspace.com/ericmire.

Selected reviews on Garageband.com label eric mire as a, “Unique” artist with a subject matter that “a lot of people will relate to,” and “a message that needs to be heard.”

Lyrics

music in my bones

Written By: eric mire & malissa zarnik

i got music in my bones and a jones for them lyrics
i've grown into my own my zones known to raise spirits
so go moan and groan alone i ain't trying to hear it
this ain't balcony beach and you ain't latyrx
i hold my cards close bluff before i fold
don't know what you expected go check what you were told
i've come to represent them cats left out in the cold
no use for metaphors it's time to be bold
stop waiting for the world to change because you can't cope
it's time to be proactive or your views are just a joke
we gotta teach out children to believe in hope
see it's up to us to show them the ropes
if you got something to say don't waste your voice
your feet look cold even though your acting poised
or could it be that you really have no choice
too many string attached to all you fancy toys

all day i'm in the lab fine tuning this music
now where else i'd rather be it's all i need to get through this

ask me what i want and i'll tell you everything
truth be told i'm lying i got everything i need
except for maybe time and a little extra steam
but that's just the way it goes can't let that bother me
life is what you make it make sure you shake it up
if your less than satisfied it's time to break up
break out move on look out for number one
life's too short to live it up on the run
so i strive to catch some sun as it eases through the morning
even if i'm kept awake by them spring thunder storms
when it rains it pours and it comes without warning
so you best be prepared to protect you vital organs
ripples in the mind will manifest in the body
so i'll probably need to find a way to fix my head
instead i'm busy pushing things to the back of my mind
cause i can't find the time to pick up all the pieves

all day i'm in the lab fine tuning this music
now where else i'd rather be it's all i need to get through this

i work for the people cause i got that disease
the one that makes you listen to the cries of the streets
i write to release and relinquish fears
been opening my heart to the world for years
i've been through strife but hey who hasn't
it's this thing called life and it ain't always pleasant
that's why struggle bring the brighter side of joy
that's why bold brings the other side of coy
working together fitting piece by piece
it's a tightly fitted puzzle looking like community
without the hustle bustle and the sound of wheels screeching
drive by waves instead of drive by shootings
if you feel you ain't got a purpose you just nervous
afraid to give a superfluous amount
cause all you can give is driven by greed and
you can fill your pockets but you'll never be free

all day i'm in the lab fine tuning this music
now where else i'd rather be it's all i need to get through this

my heart goes out

Written By: eric mire

who was in charge when that storm approached
i think they should be charged for abandoning post
it takes more than missiles to protect our coast
but it's too late we missed that boat
where was George Bush when the levees broke
on vacation don't it go to show
didn't think to come to work too busy taking it slow
plotting damage control...
people dying in the streets trying to stay afloat
we're lying to the needy talking wait one day more
all we need is food and water and these people will survive
biggest baddest richest government didn't even try

my heart goes out to all them people
so sorry it had to go down that way
if only we'd get our priorities straight
it's so hard to find peace in the world today

when it all falls apart who will pick up the pieces
we're on a crash course in too deep
gotta war on terror it's an oxymoron
but nobody cares nerve endings are long gone
welcome to mesopotamia
rivers run deep the streets are dangerous
landed in the cradle of civilization
the code is complex passed down by the ancients
stakes is high nobodies playing
so keep your head up and stay dedicated
take care of yourself and together we'll pull through
and when you get home we'll be waiting for you

my heart goes out to all them people
so sorry it had to go down that way
if only we'd get our priorities straight
it's so hard to find peace in the world today

i got yo lady

Written By: eric mire

i got yo lady now and you're living at your mama's house

i don't think he understands
she ain't got time for no trifling mens
she went to school to get out of his life
cause she ain't trying to be nobody's wife

i got yo lady now and you're living at your mama's house

round two he's still a loser
hope he don't grow up to be an abuser
drinking bad beer just watching the game
i hope they don't lose
or she's to blame

i got yo lady now and you're living at your mama's house

now she's all grown up independent
and he's at home just full of resentment
she never once looked over her shoulder
never no more will someone control her

hey mister

Written By: eric mire

dear mr president
hey mister hey mister
see what had happened was

dear mr president
hey mister hey mister
i had heard he had some dynamite

dear mr president
hey mister hey mister
i know you got the tapes

dear mr president
hey mister hey mister
i heard he was on the beach kicking it getting a tan

don't believe the hype
you are being lied to
exercise them rights if they mean much to you

dear mr president
number seven number seven
just fell down

dear mr president
did they collapse
i keep hearing

dear mr president
i know you got the tapes
show me

dear mr president

dear mr president
where in the world is osama bin laden?

don't believe the hype
you are being lied to
exercise them rights if they mean much to you

Discography

eric mire - eric mire productions, 2007
Sir Erk @ 37 - Fratney Street Productions, 2004
Nowhere Mine, Now Hear Mine - God's Left Hand, 2002

Set List

typical set list:

take heed
constellation
don't be fooled
music in my bones
cosmopolitan
get free
i got yo lady
gased up
rfk on mlk
my heart goes out
footsteps
hey mister

Sets are usually 7-20 songs, 30 minutes to 2 hours, occasionally include covers-john lennon, citizen cope, paul simmon...