Jason Maynard

Jason Maynard

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Jason Maynard is an Australian artist who, following commercial radio success in previous Canberra band Griffin, is going solo with a unique blend of hooky, melodic pop-rock tunes and singer-songwriter feel. Jason is signed as a writer to Pacific International Music Publishing.

Biography

JASON MAYNARD (BIO SUMMARY)

Jason is a surprising performer. His serious pop smarts were crafted at the altar of all things Finn, but are taken to an unexpected and interesting place with a little bit of country soul - reflective, sometimes gloomy, sometimes anthemic and joyous.

He's supported Pete Murray, Evermore, The Androids, and Dave Graney, and has received high rotation commercial airplay for his past band Griffin's 2 independent singles, THIS WORLD and PERFECT NIGHTMARE (the videos to both tracks being aired on ABCTV's RAGE and Channel 31 in Melbourne).

Jason also took Griffin to perform at the NEMO Music Festival in Boston USA in 2001, and the FUSE Festival in Adelaide, Australia in 2003.

Jason has been signed as a writer to new Publishing Company Pacific International Music, based in Nashville, and driven by Michael Flanders and Rob MacKay, where he's receiving interest in several tracks for feature film soundtracks and for use by major acts.

Jason had several tracks make the semi-finals and finals in the International Song Writing Competition and the Q Music Song Awards

Lyrics

All You Leave Behind

Written By: Jason Maynard

ALL YOU LEAVE BEHIND – Jason Maynard
© Jason Maynard 2001-2008
0414-369 286
jasace71@bigpond.com

Verse 1
Hear her calling, temperature is falling
I melt away
Watch me bleeding, on your touch I’m feeding
She walks away
See them and their simple minds they don’t care
They turn away
But I know there’re so many more to go
So I run away

Chorus
Now it’s colder than the ice forming on your face
Rearrange the world just to suit your taste
Taking every chance just to re-erase
All you leave behind

Verse 2
Tempt me, taunt me with your darkest sin
I won’t look away
But somehow, somewhere treading if you dare
I’m here to stay

Chorus

Middle 8
But you’re taking such a long time in making up
Your mind’s anywhere but here
There’s nothing left of me but what your naked eye can see
I’m anywhere but here

Chorus

BEGIN AGAIN

Written By: Jason Maynard/Alex Malota

V1
Caught my eye, took my breath
Now I stranded here with nothing left
Morning sun is blinding me
But you're setting sail on a different sea

B1
I see the tide is turning
But the fire's still burning

C
It's cold without your pretty face
Lighting up this empty place
That's nothing more than crumbling walls
Broken glass and dirty floors
It seems to me You've gone for good
I'd turn it 'round if I could
I'd do anything
To undo everything

V2
Storm has passed, blown away
Now I close my eyes to the light of day
And everywhere dreams are sinking
Tell me baby, what were you thinking

B2
Too much time to wonder
Turning time into thunder

C
It's cold without your pretty face
Lighting up this empty place
That's nothing more than crumbling walls
Broken glass and dirty floors
It seems to me You've gone for good
I'd turn it 'round if I could
I'd do anything
To undo everything

M8
And I'd do anything
To undo everything

C
It's cold without your pretty face
Lighting up this empty place
That's nothing more than crumbling walls
Broken glass and dirty floors
It seems to me You've gone for good
I'd turn it 'round if I could
I'd do anything
To undo everything
And end it and begin again
I'd end it and begin again
I'd end it and begin again
I'd end it and begin again

HEREAFTER

Written By: Jason Maynard

HEREAFTER – Jason Maynard
© Jason Maynard 1999-2008
0414-369 286
jasace71@bigpond.com

Verse 1
I hear your elegant whispers
They’re always on my mind
I feel your delicate whiskers
They could thrill me, they could kill me
Tried to run with the bulls in Spain
You got trampled underneath
Tried to dance in a hurricane
You were shaking like a leaf

Bridge
You don’t believe in hereafter
You don’t believe in hereafter

Chorus
But you’ve got what you want, what you need
I’m falling on my knees
Now you’ve got what you want, what you need
I love the way you tease

Verse 2
A Golden book or a fairy tale
But you chose the Craven style
A drop of blood and you’re turning pale
Through my window, I could see you
A double dare with a lemon twist
Now you’re naked by the road
Chained to the bottle in a dirty mist
It’s a dream that left you cold

Bridge

Chorus x 2

Outro

Now you’ve got what you want
But is it what you need

THIS IS REAL

Written By: Jason Maynard

THIS IS REAL – Jason Maynard
© Jason Maynard 1999-2008
0414-369 286
jasace71@bigpond.com

Verse 1
I heard the sound of closing doors
Of tearing paper from my walls
I saw a face I thought I knew
I watched it slowly turn into
An evil grin, a deadly sin
Of something darker than the night
So do you feel what I feel
‘Coz I know that

Chorus
This is real, this is real
This is real enough now I can taste it’s true
This is real, this is real
Is it real enough for you

Verse 2
I dreamt of you in shades of blue
But your eyes were burning red
I felt your stare across the room
It left me frozen
It’s not for me, it’s not for you
It’s not for me to hold onto
It’s not a game or a song to sing
But it’s something

Chorus

Middle 8
There’s something left unspoken
Or is it just a token gesture you could throw away
And burn the words I heard you say
Never meant to see you cry, never meant to wave goodbye
Never meant to do you wrong
So long, so long, so long, so long
This is real

Chorus

THIS WORLD

Written By: Jason Maynard

THIS WORLD – Jason Maynard
© Jason Maynard 1999-2008
0414-369 286
jasace71@bigpond.com

Verse 1
Here I am again sitting by myself
Sitting all alone with no one else
I like it like that, I like it that way
Never really cared for what you say
Walking up a hill with Jack and Jill
Got a seven dollar bill to pay their way
Never took the time to look back down
Never took the time to stop and play

Chorus
This world is taking me over, it’s taking me over
This world is taking me over, it’s taking me over

Verse 2
Money to the poor, money to the rich
Isn’t life strange, isn’t life a bitch
Bitter and twisted, evil and cold
Feeling kind of different, now you’re looking kind of old
Led by the blind, uranium mines
Bullets and bombs and protest songs
Headline, frontline, cable and war
Feeling kind of sick from the blood you saw

Chorus

Middle 8
Here I am again sitting by myself
Sitting all alone with no one else
I like it like that, I like it that way
Never really cared for what you say
Walking up a hill with Jack and Jill
Got a seven dollar bill it never paid their way
Never took the time to look back down
Never took the time to stop and play

Chorus x 2

DUST

Written By: Jason Maynard

DUST – Jason Maynard
© Jason Maynard/Michael Flanders 2005-2008
0414-369 286
jasace71@bigpond.com

Verse 1
It seems the question still remains
‘Cause I never heard you answer
I’m getting tired of these games
Running ‘round in circles
A little softer now and then
Melts the ice so quickly
A situation on the mend
And I’m running ‘round in circles again

Chorus
But if I stand and walk away
Only dust will follow
But I’ll be looking back for you my dear
I think it’s time for me to say
Words I’d rather swallow whole

Verse 2
Those words were like a knife
Ttearing up the atmosphere
But in a funny kind of way
Tthey’re what I need to hear

Chorus

Middle 8
Sooth the sound
Turn it ‘round

Chorus

Outro
Time and time again
Waiting for the day to end
Safety in the dead of night
Time and time before
Beating down a closing door
Safety in the dead of night

MAKING YOU SMILE

Written By: Jason Maynard

MAKING YOU SMILE – Jason Maynard
© Jason Maynard 2005-2008
0414-369 286
jasace71@bigpond.com

Verse 1
I recall the echoes down the hall
But time has settled now on our faces
And I won’t wait for the memory to fade
Guess I’ll take it to the grave sometime tomorrow

Bridge 1
But somewhere deep inside
We know that someone out there lied to the world

Chorus
Over and over it seems
I’ve been here before
I don’t know what it means
But I’m asking for more
Of whatever it is
‘Coz it’s making you smile
Again

Verse 2
I see myself, a reflection of someone else
Looking back at me waving goodbye
And I don’t recognise
This aginbg man behind these eyes
And who are you to say it’s time to let go

Bridge 2
But I’m counting down the days
And I’m counting all the ways of the world

Chorus

Outro
Over and over and over it seems
That I’m always pretending I know what it means
I said over and over and over it seems I don’t know

TREADING WATER

Written By: Jason Maynard

TREADING WATER – JASON MAYNARD

© Jason Maynard JUNE 2008

LYRICS

Verse 1
I’d like to take today and change it for tomorrow
And maybe I could stay sinking in my sorrow

Verse 2
Nothing much to do than sit around here for hours
You could find me here, you can always find me here

Bridge 1
And so I seem to waste away
So I seem to waste away

Chorus
Hold on, hold on
Can you throw yourself a lifeline
Hold on, hold on
We’re treading water in time

Verse 3
I know every cloud changing shape above me
Whispers falling down, it’s raining rumours all around me

Bridge 2
And now I seem to fade away
Further into every day

Chorus

Middle 8
Something’s gone astray this time
It isn’t meant to be this way
Thought I saw a different view
I thought that I’d be seeing you

Chorus

Discography

THIS WORLD - Griffin (EP)
PERFECT NIGHTMARE - Griffin (Single)
ALL YOU LEAVE BEHIND - Jason Maynard (EP)

Set List

Jason's set lists vary greatly depending on the gig.

Recently, Jason has been heavilly involved in a fantastic solo singer-songwriter movement in Brisbane (QLD, Australia) called FRETFEST (www.myspace.com/fretfest), where several acts play 5 songs each - at this gig, Jason plays any 5 of his own songs in his extensive repertoire. Some of them are: This World, All You Leave Behind, Driving, Begin Again, Dust, Spider, This Is Real, Turn The Pages, Systematic, Take Me Away, You Are Home, Thank You.

When playing covers, Jason plays quite a wide variety, with a focus on Australian music. Songs in these sets will feature many Crowded House tracks, Beatles, Hunters & Collectors, Matchbox20, Live, Pearl Jam, and even some Duran Duran and Tears For Fears.