Indigo Soul

Indigo Soul

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Indigo Soul is an original band combining fresh sounds with catchy and soulful classic rock styles. Eclectic, intelligent rock with a conscience.

Biography

Indigo Soul is the alter-ego of Seattle-based singer/songwriter Mark Protus. As an ambitious youth in the late 70’s, Mark dreamed of fame and fortune while developing his songwriting skills in the bands Upstanding Members and Soup, Rope, Gun.

By the mid-eighties, Mark abandoned his quest for fame (along with his instruments and principles) and picked up a computer to seek his fortune in the land of Hi-Tech. It took Mark several years to realize that the constant burning in his belly was not acid reflux, but an intense and unfulfilled passion to create music.

After a couple of solo CD releases, Mark formed the band Warriors Path and released a CD with a stellar line-up that included former members of the Doobie Brothers and Chicago.

One constant on all of Mark’s CDs was his collaboration with engineer and keyboard wiz Mark Bader, who he met at a songwriters gathering in Seattle. Mark Bader joined the band in 2002 and they performed several shows with various line-ups, eventually recruiting the talents of lead guitarist Dean Richardson and vocalist Lisa Dawson.

In 2004, Warriors Path morphed into Indigo Soul, released the CD Wake UP! and enlisted the remainder of the group, bassist David Salwitz and drummer Pete Harris.

Music critics descibe the Indigo Soul sound as "very melodic song-based rock that’s in no way enslaved to any current trends." The band combines smart and thoughtful lyrics with "fresh sounds and catchy and soulful classic-rock styles."

The band gets its name from a psychic reading Mark once had in which he was told he had an indigo aura and soul. It is rumored that on full-moon nights, you can see Indigo colors flickering like fireflies in his hair.

Lyrics

I Can’t Have You

Written By: Mark Protus ©2005; Warriors Path Publishing

An act of fate in a world that’s sometimes unkind
A twisted joke with more punch than punchline
We found a new love that was way overdue
But, obligations prevail and I can’t have you

A karmic circle encloses round me like a noose
You wear a chastity belt and I can’t be seduced
By a lust that is strictly taboo
And like a hunger unfed I can’t have you…

…in the calm of the night, as the earth stands still and our flesh is on fire,
And I can’t have you as the morning shines a light upon our spent desire
And your eyes are lost in a sea of blue where you can’t see me and I know
I can’t have you

Whether we call it discreet or deceit
A rendezvous without pride is still incomplete
If it’s just one time or one heart beat or two
Our honor is lost and I still can’t have you

In a world where fantasies rarely collide
With the all-too-real requirements of life
I'm forced to dream to pursue
A vision of us cause I know I can’t have you

…or hold you tight, or feel your breath as we talk through the night
And I can’t have you in a way that I might, or steal a kiss or see your delight
And as I drive home alone from you, I know you’re dreaming of me too
But you can’t have me and still, I can’t have you

But, maybe our obstacles aren’t that large
And worlds can move with the power of one thought
And costs that seemed too high can be paid
And desire quenched as love prevails

And like the first footprint in fresh fallen snow
We plot a new path from the old status quo
And hope starts to grow as I know

I can have you…

A Long Time

Written By: Mark Protus

When I felt your hands on me this morning, I didn’t realize
just how much I missed your gentleness
When I looked into your eyes
I looked past the frightened child
And Into the woman I have missed

Dreamy visions, cloudy morning
Waiting for the sun to rise,
will it appear today?
Past complacency and through the drudgery of Another silent wishful day

It’s been a long time
Since I’ve seen you smile
It’s been a long time...when are you coming home?

Where everything is bathed in white light and marigolds
And colors bleed through your lonely gray
There’s a twilight
where stars rarely shined

Maybe things can really change
Maybe things can really change

After we made love this morning,
I felt you were alive
Like before your pleasure turned to pain
and I took the blame
For your emptiness and I could hardly miss the
Not so subtle signs of self-regret

It’s been a long time
Since I’ve seen you play
It’s been a long time...
when are you coming home?

Where everything is bathed in white light
and marigolds
And colors bleed through your lonely gray
There’s a twilight
where the stars rarely shined
Maybe things can really change
Maybe things can really change

Velvet Hammer

Written By: Mark Protus ©2002; Warriors Path Publishing

You baited me with false honesty
And I fell for it hook, line and sucker
Stupid me, I couldn’t see
The crumbling foundation behind the facade

Awestruck, and out of luck
I hung on your words, like a picture on the wall
But, you took me down
And the picture was a clown
Painted on velvet and crying

You hit me, with your velvet hammer
Why’d you have to be so cruel
You hit me with a velvet hammer
Fragile male egos break to pieces
Then shatter away

A buck eighty-two
Was all that was due
On your last IOU
For my broken heart strings

But it was much more than that
I was blind as a bat
Not to notice a rat
Wearing arsenic in black lace

I felt the wind, before the blow
I felt the wind, I didn’t know
I felt the wind, where could I go?
I felt the wind, before the blow

You hit me, with your velvet hammer
Why’d you have to be so cruel
You hit me with a velvet hammer
And I realized I was a fool
When You hit me with a velvet hammer
Why’d you have to be so cruel
You hit me with a velvet hammer
Fragile male egos break to pieces
Then shatter away

Discography

2002: Warriors Path - CD
2005: Wake Up! - CD
2005: A Long Time - video
2005: Whiskey, Sexy, USA - video
2006: Lost on the B Side - indie movie

Indigo Soul are true performers and put on a terrific live show. They have played at numerous venues and festivals throughout the northwest.

The song “Velvet Hammer” (from the Warriors Path CD) received national radio airplay and was in regular rotation on several internet radio stations.

Indigo Soul is featured in the upcoming indie film “Lost on the B Side.” Directors Ltd. chose the band for both musical and speaking roles and feature our song and video “A Long Time” in the film and the soundtrack.

Indigo Soul can perform as a solo act, filling an evening with unique sets of original music and some selected covers. They also work well with other bands to round out an evening of entertainment in many styles of rock.

Indigo Soul often performs live with a sign language interpreter/dancer and attracts deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences to their shows.

Set List

Typical sets are an hour or so in length. We can play a full night (4 sets) of primarily original music. We mix up the dynamics and tempos within a set and play full-on rockers to soulful ballads and everything in between.

We do throw in a few covers to mix it up -- doing our own spin on songs like: Middle of the Road - Pretenders; Burning Down the House - Talking Heads; Because the Night - Patti Smith; and Oh Darlin - Beatles

Here's a typical set list:

Set 1:
Wake Up
Blow You a Kiss
Velvet Hammer
Life's Too Short
Blissfully Unaware
Waiting For You
AngerTown
You Burned My Hands
Because the Night
Balinese Mask
Whiskey, Sexy USA

Set 2:
Heroes Now
The Real You
Middle of the Road
Only a Mistake
Why Then?
Trust Me
Everything I Need
Homeless Person
Can’t Go Back Again
Ginger & Mary Ann
Still Crazy

Set 3:
I’m On The Air
Like Gasoline
Burning Down the House
All in My Mind
Oh! Darling
A Long Time
Your Face of Love
World Is Melting
I Feel
World Goes