Eric Olson

Eric Olson

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A singer/songwriter/guitarist creating a mix of contemporary folk sounds mixed in with strong classic rock influences like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Tom Petty.

Biography

I am both a student and teacher of music and I believe in the power of music to touch lives. I have been studying guitar for fifteen years, with emphasis on classical guitar. I am also currently pursuing a degree in music composition at Columbia College, Chicago. I am a songwriter and I perform my originals around the Chicago area. As a songwriter, I've drawn inspiration from an eclectic array of artists, including Bob Dylan, Bach, and Pearl Jam. I also teach guitar, both private lessons and free, public lessons available on YouTube. As the son of two teachers and the father of a beautiful daughter, music education is something very close to my heart; I think everyone should be given the opportunity to learn music.

Lyrics

Grow

Written By: Eric Olson

Going through the changes it’s not fair
growing through the phases we’ve all been there
try to understand try to see what lies ahead
there’s more than enough time
to heal again
Same old advice different face Im sure
perspective is lost when you’ve become insecure
soon a light will shine upon your hair
don’t fight no don’t rush into that despair

hey hey hey oh oh oh
you got to know when its time to grow
hey hey hey oh oh oh
you’ve got to believe in what you dream

you need love for your brother
love for your mother
love for the ganja
and love for each other
love for your sister
and love with your friends
you’ve got to pass that love on
and smoke it to the end

hey hey hey oh oh oh
you got to know when its time to roll
hey hey hey oh oh oh
you’ve got to know when its time to grow

I’m with you to the end she said
and i thought about the stars and the sky lying in her bed
that night all the dreams of the world said come this way
but by then I was far too old to run away

hey hey hey oh oh oh
you got to know when its time to grow
hey hey hey oh oh oh
you’ve got to believe in what you dream

you need love for your brother
love for your mother
love for the ganja
and love for each other
love for your sister
and love with your friends
you’ve got to pass that love on
and smoke it to the end

hey hey hey oh oh oh
you got to know when its time to grow
hey hey hey oh oh oh
you got to know when its time to grow

Box Of Clementines

Written By: Eric Olson

I sit with you as I watch the time
As I watch the years slowly pass us by
So I settle down and I stay close
As I walk with you and I watch you grow

You mix your words up yeah just like me
You write your own songs you lead the way into
Tomorrow we sing and tonight we keep
Yesterdays gone but I'm still hanging on to

You and your light that will open up my eyes
To see this life that you breathe and I confide

Drizzling words I try to hide but even god cannot stop this rain
Under my arm I will keep you dry until the day I am washed away
So let's forgive and forget the past memories and the future dreams
Let's live and lift the pain and agony and walk in between the now of history

In a box of Clementines I thought I'd never find this love
In a box of Clementines I thought I'd never find the truth
In a box of Clementines I thought I'd never find this love
In a box of Clementines I thought I'd never find you
Well I found you

Obsession

Written By: Eric Olson

I think of you when I'm asleep
I dream of you when I'm awake
I see you in every face
What an obsession you can be
What an obsession you can be

I've been loved I've been cheated
I've been used many times before
but this time baby just feels so right
Haven't felt this way in a long long time

You and me feel so good together
We used to be always together

Manic feelings out of control
find myself doing things I normally don't
Find myself falling hard and fast
Sometimes my thoughts don't make any sense

You and me feel so good together
We used to be always together

What an obsession you can be
What an obsession you can be
What an obsession you are to me

Discography

Released two LPs:

The Alchemist (2008)

Father Lover Son Friend (2009)

Acoustic Remedies (2010)

Set List

My typical set is anywhere from 30min if I am opening for a band and 2 hours if I am the featured performer. During my sets I play mostly originals with a lot of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Beatles covers. The covers I play are the popular ones everyone knows. So I usually get the audience to sing along at my shows.