Janna Marit

Janna Marit

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Janna Marit's songs are eclectic contemporary cousins of German and French theatre music. Sweeter less derelict cousins of Tom Waits (less whiskey and smoke, more red wine), woven of threads dropped off a gypsy caravan, dyed with the love of old jazz and baroque. Whimsical without being frivolous.

Biography

Janna Marit's music creates an atmosphere for the imagination to fill. Her songs feel like a vacation from the serious– even as the lyrics get around to serious stuff – sometimes sweetly hopeful, sometimes pointedly indicting the obtuse habits of humanity.

Janna traveled down many creative roads on her way to making music. Prior to embarking on song writing in 2003, Janna performed as a puppeteer, and as an actor in film and live sketch comedy. She is also a visual artist who draws, paints and makes jewelry. She wrote her first poem at the age of 6, and first musical composition at the age of 10. "It was a short classical avant-garde piano piece with some nice juicy dark parts and light happy moments that I was very proud of. I came across the only existing recording of it a few years ago but it was destroyed in a fire the following week. So, sadly I have no record of my first song. I still have that poem somewhere though."

As a songwriter she is inclined to look beyond the surface, picking up rocks to see what lies beneath– at the same time remaining joyfully buoyant.
"I think the darkness is very interesting, the things we're afraid to look at. We might benefit to travel down those murky alleys more often. I also celebrate the sun, the trees, the great potential of the human being. We are really more powerful than we generally know. We create our world, our reality all the time. Far too often we create and re-create what we say we don't want. It's much easier to do that than to clear a space in your mind for the mystery and the pure possibility of life to unfold within."

Lyrics

Devil's Door

Written By: Janna Marit


You and I are suckers for a lie
The King’s got no clothes, but you better not trust your eye
They’ll dress it up in fear, and paint it with dignity
Take you to the basement and tell you a story ‘bout the..

Glory of God
And just whose side he’s on
You can knock on the devil’s door
If you think that we are wrong

The billboards tell you what your life could be if you would buy
Just a couple pieces of that Pie up in the Sky
The words they weave just to deceive, and no one seems to see
I’ll innocently follow you if you just talk to me about the..

Glory of God
And just who’s side he’s on
You can knock on the devil’s door
If you think that we are wrong

We’re right, they’re wrong, who could disagree?
No matter that they would say the same of us,
that’s just their insanity

You and I we love to love a lie
The king’s got no clothes, but you better not trust your eye...

Sailorman

Written By: Janna Marit/Simon Lynge

Did you ever want to be a Sailorman
Moonlight in your salty hand and the Wind will carry you away to far off lands
Of silky roads and Gypsy bands

Well in your imagination everything is possible
You are the captain, so just set sail

You wake into a dream and find you cannot breathe
The world is gone beneath your feet
'Cause you're running to a future that you just can't meet
The path is always incomplete

But in your imagination everything is possible
You are the captain, so just set sail

Look at the the stars can't you see there's a magic castle and over there
can't you see that's a knight in armor fighting a big green dragon...

Did you ever want to be a Sailorman, moonlight in your salty hand and the Wind will carry you away to far off lands of silky roads and Gypsy bands

Well in your imagination everything is possible
You are the captain, so just set sail...

Discography

Janna Marit is currently in the studio recording her debut album

Set List

I will usually do a 45 minute set of original songs including:
All Rivers
Devil's Door
Turn Blue
Out Of The Cave
Sailorman
Always June
Fanfare For A Fern Waking From A Dark Night (instrumental)
Love Is The Sea
Human, Kind Of
Fish In A Tree
Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Covers include:
A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Tom Waits)
Ring Of Fire (Merle Kilgore/June Carter)
Night Life (Willie Nelson)
La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf)