Jared Barkan

Jared Barkan

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Delicious, jazz-infused indie rock with magnetically charged vocals and gorgeous guitar work. A "modern Cat Stevens" fusing the "melancholic beauty of Elliott Smith with the laid-back tunefulness of Simon and Garfunkel".

Biography

Born and raised in NYC, Jared Barkan started playing gigs in NY clubs at age 15. When he wasn't playing sessions with jazz legend Ornette Coleman, or acting as a sideman for artists such as La India (Sony Latin), Connie Petruk (David Bowie), Joe Gallant (Grateful Dead) and Andrew Williams (Wynton Marsalis), Jared was studying classical guitar with Brazilian guitar virtuoso Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and jazz theory with pianist Gary Dial. From the unique style and mastery of the guitar that he developed coupled with influences from his rock favorites like Steely Dan and The Beatles, he emerged a beautiful and sophisticated songwriter. And in 2004, Jared recorded and released his debut EP View is Fine to rave reviews.

Since moving to Southern California in late 2004, Jared has become a stand-out performer on the singer/songwriter scene. He recently mesmerized crowds at the San Diego Indie Music Fest, was chosen as a finalist in Performer.com's "The Best Entertainment" competition in the Rock/Alternative Performance category, and has performed live on KPFK radio and at intimate venues in featured spots in and around Los Angeles.
His songs entertain and enchant. His voice invites and provokes. His guitar playing enthralls and inspires. His music is not to be missed.

In December of 2005, Jared released his sophomore effort Darkblue, which has already received very high praise, with reviewers comparing him to people like Cat Stevens, Elliott Smith, Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles.
He is currently touring the west coast, from San Diego to Seattle, and working on tunes, and plotting new musical directions for his local (LA) shows and his as-yet-untitled next EP.

Lyrics

Darkblue

Written By: Jared Barkan

tripping, yeah i guess i was..
got hooked on the velvet buzz
put your hand on my chest
so you could feel the beating
of the heart you would steal.. for real

sorry but it's true
when i think of you i see
darkblue

coloring you i mistake
you for someone who could
open her heart fall apart let it break
i shake
all the crayons out of the box
and try them one by one
on you

sorry but it's true
when i think of you i see
darkblue

the songs i sing, i try
everything i can find in my
bag of tricks but
nothing brings me closer
nothing brings me closer to
being loved by you

i was scared and so were you
tho we tried so hard
to find each other
we seemed to pass each other
in the dark

sorry but it's true
sorry but it's true
sorry but it's true
when i think of you i see
darkblue

All i know

Written By: Jared Barkan

Well, what if i sing your favrit song
what happens when i get it wrong
and what if i give you everything
will that leave any notes to sing

will you look at me the same way
tomorrow as you do today and
if i change baby, so will you but
maybe we'll change like
dawn to blue

all i know
is no kiss
ever moved me like this
all i know
is no touch
ever gave me a rush
quite like this

so what if i tune you to open G
will you still play the same for me &
what if i play you very well
will you still crawl back inside your shell and
what if i break into your heart
will what i find break me apart

all i know
is i feel
you when you're nowhere near
all i know
is you melt
into me like you're built into me

so what if we do
so what if we don't
maybe we'll be happy
maybe we won't
so what if we try
so maybe we'll fail
yeah maybe we'll sink but
maybe we'll sail

all i know
is your smile
is a gift not a trial
all i know
is we kiss
and it's warm, yeh it's bliss
all i know
is we blend
and i don't want it to end

Phone to Ring

Written By: Jared Barkan

how did it go, we were
good for each other but we were bad for each other so we stopped

didn’t want things to get
out of hand or to
hurt nobody so we stopped

i was waiting for the phone to ring i was
waiting for the phone to ring
i was waiting for the phone to ring i was
hoping it would bring me to you

day goes by maybe
maybe two and there are
shadows in everything i do

lost my feelings for
anything that don’t have
anything to do with you

i was waiting for the phone to ring i was
waiting for the phone to ring
i was waiting for the phone to ring i was
hoping it would bring me to you

we’ve got everything in the world to lose but we’ve got everything to gain

and all that pleasure wouldn’t mean nothing if it didn’t bring so much pain

i’m still waiting for the phone to ring i’m
waiting for the phone to ring
yeah i’m still waiting for the phone to ring i’m
hoping it’ll bring me to you

hoping it’ll bring me to you

hoping it’ll bring me to you…

Discography

View Is Fine (2004)
Darkblue (2005)

Set List

Jared's set list is usually about 40-50 minutes long, and includes songs from his 2 EPs 'view is fine' and 'Darkblue' as well as a few songs he has written the night before or a few years before, depending on what he thinks will be appropriate for the venue, audience, or phase of the moon.

Sample Set List:

View Is Fine
I Look Up
Dark Star
Really Feel It
Dark Blue
I Know You Love Me
All I know
Figure It Out
Don't Say You Will