Erona

Erona

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandAlternativeR&B

Some seriously soulful, funky, alternative, blues, jazz!

Biography

Music has never been a stranger to Erona. This Bay Area native began singing before she could even speak and continued in front of family and friends until she was finally challenged to sing in front of a live audience. It began as a choir solo with 300 back up singers at the age of ten and she has not stopped performing since. Saxophone solos and musical theater shows were the primary focus in her early years, but as soon as she entered high school jazz music invaded her ears and the need to sing it would not go away. After performing countless jazz standards and infinite covers of popular songs, something seemed to be missing. Jessica had been writing her own lyrics and songs since middle school but it was not until later in life that she discovered the missing link. Music was no longer a hobby; it was a need that constantly begged to be fed. Though influenced by artists like Billie Holiday, Janis Ian, Jeff Buckley, and Paula Cole, music, to her, was no longer about telling someone else's story, but rather living her own. With the desire to be surrounded by more musically driven folks, Jessica packed her short-lived life into one tiny U-haul and head south to Los Angeles. Charted songs in hand, she tip toed into the open mic scene and began living her musical journey weekly. Monthly gigs followed and soon the lifeless pursuit of a musical career was alive and filling her breath with its air. A soulful song or a deep blues groove allow her to share her stories this far. This quiet observer thrives on personal experience and good old people watching for endless inspiration. She grapples musically with love lost and found, family members passed, and the state of these so-called United States that she inhabits.

Lyrics

Scars & Stripes

Written By: Jessica Santaferraro

Had a bad case of the wandering eye
Soft lips smooth hands the only things on my mind
I’m waiting in the wings for a cue, searching for you to give my eye to
But these tinted glasses always taint my view

My daddy warned me about your kind
He said you’d never change your ways
You’re just that tiger he spoke of
With the same stripes on a different day

Set my gaze down upon your sweet skin
Then torture myself with the thought of your secret grin
It’s your face that first took me by surprise
But I know I’ll see the truth when I look into your eyes
Let them show me something new, not just the same bullshit I’m used to

Cause my daddy warned me about your kind
He said you’d never change your ways
You’re just that tiger he spoke of
With the same stripes on a different day

Don’t be just the one I’m eyeing, in my rearview mirror
Come here, even closer, than you appear
And I’ll wave my flag of scars and stripes
It’s black, not white, I’m not the surrender type
I won’t leave you here without a fight
What you see is what you get my stripes will never change
But the scars will show forever, and I know, you too, the same.

Cause my daddy warned me about your kind
He said you’d never change your ways
You’re just that tiger he spoke of
With the same stripes on a different day

My daddy warned me about your kind
He said you’d never change your ways
You’re just that tiger he spoke of
With the same stripes on a different day

2 Red Lights (Second Place)

Written By: Jessica Santaferraro

Second place in this stupid race that I know I’ll never win
I will soon be defeated and beaten retreat to the starting blocks again
It’s always a struggle for survival, rival after rival, my chances always slim
Maybe she’s got a prettier dress than me, but I am still not wise enough to see
That this is all for not, not him.

Oh I am, stuck in a crosswalk, between two red lights
Waiting for the neon man to tell me when I can
Cross safely back into the real world again
Tell me mister man, would you take a willing afterthought’s hand

My silence is deafening, it’s far too threatening, to let these words begin
Oh I won’t say a word, but I speak, its absurd, then you misinterpret my grin
It’s this vicious cycle, I’m the hypnotized disciple, hold me down before I sin
I’d nearly kneel down before you, oh beg you, implore you
To sink into my skin

Cause I am stuck in a crosswalk, between two red lights
Waiting for the neon man to tell me when I can
Cross safely back into the real world again
Tell me mister man, would you take a willing afterthought’s hand

Ah ah baby, ooh eh ah, ah ah, ah ah baby
Ooh eh ah, ooh eh ah, stop, stare, linger, turn left, lean right
Ooh eh ah, ooh eh ah, the sunshine burns and the moonlight’s too bright
Ooh eh ah, ooh eh ah, I’m feeling green but this monster I must fight
Second place, second place, second place, I am in, second place
I’m in second place, second place

And I am, stuck in a crosswalk, between two red lights
Waiting for the neon man to tell me when I can
Cross safely back into the real world again
Tell me mister man, would you take a willing afterthought’s hand

Had I Stayed Near

Written By: Jessica Santaferraro

If it were easy to forget you I’d have done it long ago
But it’s just something that I can’t do, for once I’ve lost control
Of the stupid petty things that silence never cleans
And the phone it never rings with your calls
So I sent a letter to the door you walked back in years before
But now I’m not so sure, you’d open, it all again for me

Hello will never be the same, and good -bye’s the one to blame
I meant every thing I said on the corner of your bed
I wonder what we could have been had I stayed near
The one, that got away

Too much time gone and I had to see you, 300 miles I’d travel for
Just to tell you that I loved you, I know you’ve heard it all before
But I was only seventeen, didn’t know you’d always be
The kind of heart I’d always search for
So then at 23 I shared my open heart with you
If I could go back there I’d show you, what you meant to me

Hello will never be the same, and good -bye’s the one to blame
I meant every thing I said on the corner of your bed
I wonder what we could have been had I stayed near
The one, that got away

Would you let me in or would it be a waste
Of long past treasured time, some far off happy place
That a decade of should have and would have and could have
Just cannot replace

Hello will never be the same, and good -bye’s the one to blame
I meant every thing I said on the corner of your bed
I wonder what we could have been had I stayed near
The one, that got away

The Dreamers State

Written By: Jessica Santaferraro

I’ll leave you to your Brooklyn bedroom
Singing sweet songs of a childhood lost
And find you close in a dreamers state
Knock, knock, look up, keys drop

If the ceiling had eyes I could see to the skies
Through the only up that’s looking down
My voice to your ears, your words to my eyes
Thousands of miles through this rooftop crown

Running through old thorns and roses
Skipping simple like the chords once played
We’re keeping time by stepping up steep stairs
3 flights, 3 hours, don’t let me wake

If the ceiling had eyes I could see to the skies
Through the only up that’s looking down
My voice to your ears, your words to my eyes
Thousands of miles through this rooftop crown

I’ll beg the moonlight as she peeks her way in
Lull me to sleep, take me way down deep
Where I am she and you are us, it, and him

If the ceiling had eyes I could see to the skies
Through the only up that’s looking down
My voice to your ears, your words to my eyes
Thousands of miles through this rooftop crown

I’ll leave you to your Brooklyn bedroom
And I’ll dream you……tonight

Discography

EPs- Sweet Insanity
Love Gone Write
Live at Molly Malone's

Set List

Typical Set List-
1. Satisfied Mind
2. Back to Me
3. 2 Red Lights
4. Watch Me
5. Had I Stayed Near
6. Phone's Ringin
7. Another Night
8. Scars & Stripes

Sets range from 35-50 minutes.

Covers are usually Satisfied Mind-Jeff Buckley, Be Be Your Love-Rachael Yamagata, I Am So Ordinary-Paula Cole, No Ordinary Love-Sade