Gilbe

Gilbe

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
SoloPopCountry

Substance meets accessibility: an artist full of upbeat, piano driven tunes.

Biography

Michael Gilbertson, better known by his nickname, Gilbe, moved to Chicago from his hometown of West Des Moines, Iowa in 2009 to attend the music program at Columbia College, but he started to assemble his impressive resume long before he moved to the city. 

While still in high school, Gilbe released his first album, titled 8 Track. The album is full of catchy hooks, danceable grooves, and endearing lyrics that drew on influences such as Ben Folds, The Beatles, and Queen. Leah Maines, an agent and best-selling author, said in an Amazon review of 8 Track, Gilbe has an energetic and youthful vibe fronted by bright piano lines with a pop hook that you cant help but tap your toes to.

The Artist was the first single to come off of 8 Track, winning Gilbe an Artist of the Month award on Song Joust, and receiving airplay on radio stations around the United States. Soon after recording 8 Track, Gilbe started playing local shows around the Midwest, including the Iowa State Fair, the Nebraska Pop Festival, and River Fest, an Iowa City music festival that was headlined by Motion City Soundtrack.

Gilbe put out a second EP, Take 2, in 2012 after finishing music school.  The first two tracks built off the piano driven pop sound established with 8 Track, and ends with the piano/vocal ballad "Almost," influenced by his days as a dueling piano player in downtown Chicago.  

He most recently moved to Nashville in 2013 to pursue a career in songwriting, while still continuing to perform both solo and full band shows. Solo shows allow Gilbe to show off a softer sound, while full band shows consistently provide a high energy level and a sound that creates a good vibe among the players and the fans.

Lyrics

The Artist

Written By: Michael Gilbertson

I finished your drawing, left it on that bookshelf in the hallway hoping you'd find my room
It seems so unlikely for you to care
I wait in the bed we shared and I fall asleep
I start to dream of how love used to be
Simple and free baby life was easy

If i hide this away
Will it keep the pain from coming back inside me?
Inside me 'cause I'm on my way

I wake up to sounds of silence and it fits my mood
I find your answer spread around my room
It's torn into pieces just like my heart
It's a feeling that's new
So I draw another drawing to depict the scene on a canvas covered and rosebuds that bleed
Surrounding a boy holding his heart

If i hide this away
Will it keep the pain from coming back inside me?
Inside me 'cause I'm on my way

Are the moments lost?
I was forgotten about
I fell in, I fell out
Of a love driven plot
It's so easy to overlook
But everyone has a story
This is mine

If i hide this away
Will it keep the pain from coming back inside me?
Inside me 'cause I'm on my way

Leaving

Written By: Michael Gilbertson

Gotta get up, the past is leaving
Took your soul and the midnight train
If the sun didn't have to come up then the dreamers wouldn't have to wake up to learn
It's no midnight scare

They can say "it's not worth it
Why challenge such an easy life? Just take your time.
Dreams only complicate staying inside the lines."
I don't want that easy life

Maybe if the stars didn't burn out
And forever was an afternoon
Would you wake up in time to find the feelings you fight, get them out of your life
You're a lullaby away from tears
The sweetest whisper and you're always near
A pretty face but you're so much more
But if nothing changed then there'd be nothing to learn

They can say "it's not worth it
Why challenge such an easy life? Just take the time.
Dreams only complicate staying inside the lines."
I don't want that easy life

You're fearing falling down
To the darkness that surrounds you
And the train in the distance tries to tell you that you missed it
Don't you listen, you'll never be alone

I'll be the song in your head, you'll be the ghost of my bed

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Song For A Friend

Written By: Michael Gilbertson

Turn down the lights this could take awhile
Today's worries can wait 'till tomorrow
When you're down, there's no where else I'd rather be
I'll come over, take a drive with me

We could figure out this life we lead
Isn't it possible it's the simple things we need?

Turns out you know everything about me
Did you know the simple sight of you creates symphonies?
They go on and on
There's not a spotlight in the sky tonight
Not a spotlight in the sky for us to chase

We could figure out this life we lead
Isn't it possible it's the simple things we need?

She's the only one who understands when I sing out to the world
It's a song for a friend
Just a song for a friend
A song for a friend

Can you love someone without being lovers?
Can you tell her you love her without creating an end?

Pockets

Written By: Michael Gilbertson/Jason Gilbertson

From an empty balcony she sings
Everyone gathers around
Drop your thoughts and disregard the fog
No one make a sound
I will sing

Take your books away the guessing game has begun
Never explain and the argument is won

I got my pockets full of keys and my eyes are full of doors leading nowhere
So I'm going down
Breaking through it all can't count on yesterday to get me through
But I'm leaving my happiness with you

Don't care about all the clouds or the rain
Don't care about the gals that give me pain
Don't give me lemons when I ask for limes
Always make sure that sun is shining down and I'll sing

Take your books away the guessing game has begun
Never explain and the argument is won

I got my pockets full of keys and my eyes are full of doors leading nowhere
So I'm going down
Breaking through it all can't count on yesterday to get me through
But I'm leaving my happiness with

You shook me from the start
Got me thinking I'm wrong
Did I feel too good for too long?
Could you see me any other way?
If not, I'm taking my ball and I'm going home

Take your books away the guessing game has begun
Never explain and the argument is won

I got my pockets full of keys and my eyes are full of doors leading nowhere
So I'm going down
Breaking through it all can't count on yesterday to get me through
But I'm leaving my happiness with you

Jenny's Talking

Written By: Michael Gilbertson

Jenny talks like there's no one around
But news travels fast it travels all over town
It seems last night became too much to take
All the guys know how Jenny can break

Once the party gets going the smooth talk gets a little bit smoother
And Jenny gets a little bit looser

Now everywhere I go I hear their stories
People talking about Jenny and all her noise
Driving fast just to avoid the wrecks she makes
They all say that she is such a fake
No no, that ain't my Jenny when we're shooting the breeze
Although when we're together she is such a tease
I thought that I loved her
Just like every other guy in the room

Once the party gets going the smooth talk gets a little bit smoother
And Jenny gets a little bit looser

Another night, another chance to show off what she's got
'Cause she's flawless and she knows
Confidence has never seen such a girl
But she's giving up what she's got
The effort is crazy, she's trying too hard to please
Oh Jenny you've made it clear
There's no room for me in your life

Once the party gets going the smooth talk gets a little bit smoother
And Jenny gets a little bit looser
It seems as though I've finally lost Jenny

Thinking About You

Written By: Michael Gilbertson

Everyday I see your face
It gets a little bit closer to reach
It seems your unwillingly heart is getting
Easier to breach

I've wasted my time before
But its come out alright
And you've been hurt so many times before
You're getting nervous about trusting me thinking about you

For years you've been the one i wanted
The one I can't stop looking at
How does it feel to be the one who's
looking from the other side?

I've wasted my time before
But its come out alright
And you've been hurt so many times before
You're getting nervous about trusting me thinking about you

Almost

Written By: Michael Gilbertson

The bar is closed but I'm still here.
It ain't a glamorous life but the money's real.
Some people, they'll drink and they'll tell me it's to get by.
I see the love come and go from their drunken eyes.

And I think of you. I think of you.
I think of you almost every night.

I take another drink just because I can.
I'd rather drown in here than suffocate out there.
Cheers to the lover who left me with this thirst.
You took the long way out of my life and it hurt.

I still think of you. I still think of you.
I think of you almost every night.
I think of you almost every night.

This whiskey will warm my heart up.
Before long it'll go back to cold.
They'll be no one to nurse my headache
when I wake up all alone.

So I'll think of you. I'll think of you.
You know I think of you almost all the time.

You could have gave me good love.

Discography

CD: 8 Track (2009)
"The Artist"
Radio Airplay on Capital 106.3 (Iowa)
Radio Airplay on Unsigned Sundays (California)

"Pockets"

Radio Airplay on Underground (Chicago)

EP: Take 2 (2012)