Heather Lev

Heather Lev

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Heather Lev is an award-winning Seattle-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her energetic performances feature her political, personal, and inspirational rallying cries and reflections on the quirkier parts of life. She plays guitar with lightning-fast fingerpicking.

Biography

Award-winning singer/ songwriter/ guitarist/ multi-instrumentalist Heather Lev writes original, whimsical, philosophical, inspiring, and political songs, in styles ranging from folk-rock sing-a-longs, to traditional-sounding bluegrass tunes, to acapella rounds. Her two releases, "On the Train to Babylon" (2004) and "Reason of Rain" (2000) have received strong reviews and radio play worldwide.

Heather has received many accolades from other performers, critics, and venues. She won an Honorable Mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for "Harlan County" and a Puffin Foundation Award for her Songwriting. Raves include:

"Heather Lev has found the heart of the political folk music of the sixties and brought it up to date, with engaging singing and catchy arrangements, and lyrics perhaps even more forceful and direct than her forbearers would have even considered. This is very evident in "What Have You Done," from her new album. I loved the song immediately." - JD Doyle, Producer of Queer Music Heritage, on KPFT FM, Houston, and Co-Producer of Audiofile, the CD review segment on This Way Out, heard on 150 stations around the world.

"Heather's positive presence and engaging songs were a joy to feature."--Cathedral Arts Festival, Jersey City, NJ;

"These songs are very, very good and need to be heard in the world."--NY Pinewoods Folk Music Club Newsletter CD review.

"Bravo!"--Odetta

Heather's songs have been published and quoted in the New York Times, several compilation albums, various publications, and as a soundtrack on a documentary film. Originally from Michigan, Heather Lev just moved to Seattle after living in New York City for 13 years. Heather sings, and plays guitar, flute, lap dulcimer, ukulele, mandolin, pennywhistle, and many other odd instruments.

Lyrics

Never Stand Alone

Written By: Heather Lev

For there's battles to be won, songs to be sung
And a hundred thousand seeds to be sown
And you never have to stand, never have to stand
No you never have to stand alone

You can sigh with grief, cry for relief
Nobody may hear your moan
You can complain, or dance out in the rain
But you never have to stand alone

The powers that be, never set you free
And it seems that they have a heart of stone
But a rock can be moved, laws disproved
And you never have to stand alone

So give me your hand, share with me your plans
'Till the seed we have planted is full grown
It will flower, it will spring, it can change anything
And you never have to stand alone

Harlan County

Written By: Heather Lev

Take me back to Harlan County

take me back to Harlan County

take me back to Harlan County

I am going home/I am going home

If I knew the way to Harlan

If I knew, my little darlin'

If I knew the way to Harlan

I would take you home/I would take you home

Just a mile past the canyon

turn left at the sycamore tree

walk in the rising moonlight

that's how you get to Harlan County

once it was so rich in timber

now it's rich in the blackened cinder

once it was so rich in timber

I am going home/I am going home

just a mile past heaven

turn left at your forgotten dreams

that's where my home will linger

that's how you get to Harlan County

once the rivers were so clean

now there's no life to be seen

acid rain from the coal machine

I am going home

I am going home

just a mile past heaven...take me back to Harlan County

take me back to nature's bounty...I am going home

On the train to Babylon

Written By: Heather Lev

On the train to Babylon, on the train to Babylon

On the train to Babylon

All things past are ghosts and gone

I am a stranger in strange land… am a stranger in strange land

Am a stranger in strange land / swirling dust and blowing sand, / take this soul out of my hand

On the train to Babylon…

Let me hear strange songs no more, let me hear strange songs no more,

Let me hear strange songs no more,

Of battle hymns and praise of war

On the train to Babylon…

Let me sing of goddess fair, Let me sing of goddess fair,

Let me sing of goddess fair,

In Babylon beyond compare

…All aboard

Discography

On the Train to Babylon (2004) is a 14-track CD and Reason for Rain (2000) is also a 14-track CD. Tracks can be previewed at CDBabay.com/heatherlev. Heather's songs have been aired and radio stations internationally, from New York City to Belgium, Atlanta to Australia.

Set List

Typical set list includes mainly originals, though it could include covers of Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and many old traditional ballads.