Jeremy Manjorin

Jeremy Manjorin

 Montclair, New Jersey, USA
BandRockAcoustic

Jeremy Manjorin - the culmination of a variety of guitar styles merged with powerful, intense, emotional vocals and brilliant and evocative lyrics creates a performer with the ability and stage presence to lead the listener on a musical journey.

Biography

- Beginnings -

Jeremy began singing early on, doing chorus work and glee clubs throughout his primary school years. In eighth grade he received a gift from his father that is still affecting him today…a Cort Effector electric guitar. Playing through his stereo, and blowing the speakers in the first week, Jeremy's relationship with the six string began with such tunes as Limelight, by Rush, When the Levy Breaks by Led Zeppelin, and other such classic rock anthems. Later that year he began singing and playing in a Pseudo Brit Punk trio with band mates from school.

High School gave Jeremy an acoustic guitar to add to his two electric guitars and an appreciation for folk rock and the blending of voice and string alone. While singing in a Jersey Shore hard rock cover band his junior and senior year, he began honing his acoustic skills on such performers as: Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkle, Neil Young, and thanks to his mother's influence, John Denver.

- Progression -

College found Jeremy continuing to sing in various cover bands, playing shows for the St. Peter's College student community. But it's also where Jeremy discovered a love for English Literature. And while taking a break from his music, he began learning the power of the spoken/written word. After college, Jeremy went on to receive his Master's in English Literature from Rutgers University, publishing short stories in small market press magazines and getting a few poems anthologized. It was only a short time until Jeremy would marry a love of music with the written word.

- From here to… -

Another cover band after Rutgers, playing shows on the Jersey shore while teaching English Comp at Rutgers and working a day job left Jeremy wanting more. So the writing began, taking pieces of his poetry and combining it with music derived from a multitude of influences. Two year later his first cd was ready for recording. The cd, rightfully titled "jigsaw," (released in March of 2003) mixes a variety of guitar styles and musical influences with a myriad of topics. Ready to tackle bass, piano, and synthesizers, as well as all the vocals and guitars, Jeremy wrote, recorded, and played all the parts on the cd (except the percussions, supplied by a studio drummer).
He's once again in the studio working on his second cd "Ozymandias" to be released later on in the 2003.

Lyrics

Aphelion

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Aphelion

Verse 1:
She turns to her side and I see…
What little age has to do with beauty
but weighed down with mortal sin
She looks uncomfortable in her own skin

Tumbling and tossing, she sighs
Barrenness brought by, deceit and lies
And deep inside where worlds still collide
a mother's heart did once reside

Chorus:

Aphelion
Hiding your face from the sun
Aphelion
We're all waiting to be undone
Aphelion
Watching the shadows play,
Loathing the break of the day.

Verse 2:
She cries to the ramparts of the sky,
and listens as they wink in reply.
A child in the garden as old as a dream
Effortless in movement, and silent in scream

Bridge:
A mother martyred and sentenced passed
A son who has the torch held high
A mother waiting for final calling
A son feeding as the mother dies.

Chorus x 2

Holds Me Down

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Holds Me Down

Verse 1:
It's like a train wreck
When I look into your eyes
And I see my discontent spit back at me

And I cant ask you for faith
When I have none myself,
Lets just count the night away in cigarettes

Chorus:
So let me write some pretty words out on the page
And all that was once so clear is now so vague
And what I held so dear, now just holds me down,
Now it holds me down

Verse 2:
Its like a freak show
When I stumble into the room
And you just put your book down and stare at me

And you act like you want to run
But there's too much comfort here,
Let the days pass away in infamy

Chorus

Varick St.

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Varick Street

Verse 1:
My hope is evaporating
Like the frost across my windshield
The traffic crawls around me
And everyone refuses to yield
A woman pulls alongside me
But she don't dare to meet my eyes

Chorus 1:
And the horns they verbalize
All the captured frustration
And we fail to realize
that this is our civilization
Here on varick street….

Verse 2:
I watch the people on the street
They have eyes that always look down
With a sidewalk for a future
And the streets just pass us around
And were all runnin through the maze
And were all punching out our days

Chorus 2:
And the buildings…oh the buildings
Set in steel and stone
And these buildings like solid prisons
Chill me to the bone
Here on Varick Street

Verse 3:
And when I look forward
I just forget where I came from
And when I check my mirror
I lose focus on what's to come...

Verse 4:
And there's a man who looks like Jesus
In the Lexus next to me
Seems like there's no salvation
Left on varick street
No no no salvation
Left on varick street

Chorus 1:
And the horns they verbalize
All the captured frustration
And we fail to realize
Is this is our made up civilization
Here on varick street….

Ozymandias

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Verse 1:
Waking up I, smell the brink of spring on the wind
As if life were only, cyclic seasons, torn apart by, its own reasons.
And every passion has, its own treasons
in the end…
In the end.

Chorus 1
And I'm Trying, to force my words into lines(but they wont go)
Trying, to make sense of all this time (cause its fleeting)
Holding, my own reflection in my hands (cup the water)
Watching, my face evaporate in the sand.

Verse 2
Holding on to, autumnal colors fading in the wind.
And I feel like, Ozymandias,
a slave to greed like, old king Midas.
And every passion, has its own bias, in the end…
In the end.

Chorus 2
Trying, to force water into wine (feed this hunger)
Trying, to make sense of all my crimes (against my will)
Holding, my own reflection in my hands (cup the water)
Watching, my face evaporate in the sand

Bridge
In a dream like, when we danced across
Checkered marble floors
The scent of violets on your neck...
In an Unreal, City setting I,
start to fade to gray, lost in a grain of sand…

Verse 3
I am holy; I am profane, staring at the water, with complete disdain.
This dream has ended, the race is finally run.
Time is close now, it looks like time has won,
And every passion, sets with the winter sun,
in the end…
In the end.

Beyond Blue Skies

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Beyond Blue Skies

Verse 1
You say that looks they don't matter,
But it looks like they do.
And my faith in two begins to shatter
From all the words that we use

Chorus
And when you look at me, look at me, look at me,
I can see the storm beyond the blue skies.
Look at me, look at me, look at me,
And strike me down with lightening blue eyes

Verse 2
A dancing flame centered in a scented candle
But you offer no heat
And the cold is more than I can handle
So I handle defeat

Chorus
And when you look at me, look at me, look at me,
I can see the storm beyond the blue skies.
Look at me, look at me, look at me,
And strike me down with lightening blue eyes

Verse 3
So come feast upon my famine,
I've got plenty to spare
And maybe I really want you too,
I just act like I don't care….

I don't care…. I don't care…

Fly to a Spider

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Fly to a Spider

Verse 1:
I killed her with Kindness, I called her your highness,
She only called me a friend.
I light my last votive, I question my motives,
She said my faith was misguided

Chorus
Like a fly to a spider, my dreams die beside her
And I feed off the remains of the day
I'm empty and aching, my sanity's breaking,
And I laugh myself to sleep
At night.

Verse 2:
See me, you see me, all sepia toned, I'm
A withered picture of a king dethroned
I'm stumbling and stalling, my friends have stopped calling
But who needs friends with all these memories anyway.

Chorus

Simple Song

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Simple Song

Verse 1
Hey you, in my minds eye I see you smile
Which hides a tempest of tears, welled up within our years
And this, simple song a truth to the way you inspire
And memory of a touch lets me linger all the while

Chorus 1
Oh You - like the waves the rush the shore
Will You - Help me whether through the storm
Will you - be always comin, back for more

Verse 2:
So forward I, into a fog of what's to come, and lose a sense of the past
And yet you sail companionship across my seas, and it breaks my memories
And the calm turns into chop, and I beg for it to stop
But I hear the words run from your tongue and suddenly

Chorus 2
Will you - Promise me the world that's in your eyes
Will you - Taste of freedom like sugar on my lips
Oh you - a voice that runs, liquid gold in my ears

Bridge
Chorus 2

Outro:
Taste the freedom like, you taste the freedom like (sugar on my lips)…

Solitaire

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Solitaire

Verse 1:
There's stains on my wall, and on my pillow too
There's stains on my soul and I can't seem to wash
them away.
And sometimes I am just like original thought,
But most of the time I am all cliché.
And sometimes I am anchored to the ground,
But mostly I'm just…
blown away.

Chorus
Its times like these when I come to miss you the most
And I sit here waiting for you, playing cards with your ghost.

Verse 2:
And somewhere there's a lonely man inside a crowded room
And somewhere there's a rich man sitting amongst all his ruin
And sometimes I think I understood in between you and me
And sometimes even the sun and the moon agree

Chorus x 2

Understanding

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Understanding

Verse 1
I could drive into a calm gray ocean
let the waves run at my feet,
let the sand sift through my fingers,
slip a smile to my better days.

Chorus 1:
Cause this simple feeling
Of quiet content
When I shake hands with understanding

Well, I could walk on water, if it be your will
And I could live inside your eyes,
And I can carry my cross
I can drown within your voice
And I can choke in the silk of your smile

Chorus 2:
And sea-spray it sends me reeling
I feel like I'm spent
When I shake hands with understanding

Chorus 1

Stale

Written By: Jeremy Manjorin

Stale

Verse 1:
Hey I feel like I've been cheated
Cause repetition is so unkind
When you're caught between desire and reality
And there's nothing to ease a tortured mind

Chorus:
Smoke and Mirrors, checks and balances
In a system of wasted talents and…
Its hard to keep the child like faith
When the air is getting stale.

Verse 2:
My friends say this is good for me, (is it good for me?)
Go look around and see what's out there
Cause the smoke of simplicity is killin me
And I need to breathe some freer air

Chorus

Discography

- JIGSAW - (all mp3's available at: www.JeremyManjorin.com)

Stale
Understanding
Fly To A Spider
Aphelion
Intro in F / Solitaire
Holds Me Down
Pulse
Simple Song
Beyond Blue Skies
Varick St.

Set List

A typical set for me is 45 minutes to an hour. I can boil the set down to 30, or extend it to 2 hours, playing new songs off the next CD due out in the Fall of 2003 (as well as a few choice covers). Basic set list is as follows:
Intro Blues Jam in E
Fly to a Spider
Holds Me Down
Understanding
Aphelion
Simple Song
Unfallen
Ozymandias
Intro in F / Solitaire
Beyond Blue Skies
Stale
Varick St.