Joe Reese

Joe Reese

 Columbus, Ohio, USA
SoloAlternativeAcoustic

Timeless artistry, flowering amid a throw-away culture. I earned my BA in Music from OSU and I have penned over 300 songs. I hope to tour the world, encouraging people to examine their lives and live more purposefully.

Biography

The new album "Fashioned Too Fragile" consists of 11 of Joe's best songs, skimmed from a catalogue of over 300 works! The title phrase is a philosophical nod to the condition of mortality and there is a dedicatory track to Joe's late grandmother, Ruby; titled "Weathered Hands."

Cerebral, insightful, and full of faith, Joe's lyrics invite us explore and befriend the uncertainties of life, while sophisticated and inventive songwriting is sure to keep us returning for repeat therapy!

To record the album, Joe recruited the services of veteran engineer Eric Uglum (Allison Krauss, Nickle Creek) at New Wine Studios, in Apple Valley, CA. Producer/Engineer Warren Haurt (Aerosmith, The Fray) has mixed the album and Shelly Yakus (U2, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks) is mastering engineer.

In the studio, bassist John Spiker (Tenacious D, Filter), guitarist John Konesky (Tenacious D, Trainwreck), and keyboardist Hal Ratliff (Righteous Brothers) have assisted in bringing this sonic vision to life.

Joe is currently residing in Columbus Ohio, marketing his music at live venues throughout town. For the latest information about live events and other news, please visit www.joereesemusic.com.

Lyrics

Chemistry

Written By: Joe Reese

And just how is it you're always in my dreams?
I can't escape you.
Every time I close my eyes you're all I see.
My love can't be more true.

'Cause I lost control back when you stole my heart.
And you know the feeling when someone is stealing your heart...

I see the way you look across the room to me.
Oo girl you make me sweat.
But you turn your head afraid that I might see.
You playing so hard to get.

But girl you know it's not just me. Do you feel the chemistry?
Let it flow.
Don't run away. I'd never do anything to hurt you.
'Cause you know...

I lost control back when you stole my heart.
And you know the feeling when someone is stealing your heart...

(repeat Chorus)

Summer Street

Written By: Joe Reese

Walking down this summer street, her hand in my hand.
Knowing this is the best it will be, to live without a plan.
As two babies in love's crib. No memories to forgive after summer street.

The smell of cookouts on the air, the glow of a smile that melts your cares.
And when she's with me she feels safe. I guess I have a way of sticking to the tried and true. If I could only follow through after summer street.

Don't I want to be one of the happy? But one time in two, doesn't seem that foolproof.
I've given everything I've got to show you all the things I'm not, but if you wanna be there in the end...

Then walk with me down summer street.

And when the darkness gathers 'round, and the leaves are falling to the ground, there's no reason you should fear. Just grab the wheel and steer back to the destiny we chose.
The only life we'll ever know; to travel down this road.

'Cause promise is providence or an estimation of the summation of all that we could become. So I would be remiss to take for granted this or any day that you'd ever give to me.
'Cause darlin' you were born to be free. So don't vow your life to me or anybody else.

'Cause I want you to be so happy. But to marry you doesn't seem that foolproof.
I've given everything I've got to show you all the things I'm not but if you want to be there in the end then walk with me.

Walk with me down summer street.

Wait... Patient...

Written By: Joe Reese

Wait...Patient... I'll be there soon.
I'll get there. Be there some day.

And all I ask is you hold my hand through the rain.
And all I ask is you say be still to my waves...

Drip... Dripping inside my soul.
Lo... Listen. I hear your voice.

And all I ask is you hold my hand through the rain.
And all I ask is you say be still to my waves...

I am

Written By: Joe Reese

I'm the tree in the forest that fell without a sound, 'cause no one was around.
I'm the letters lovers write in the middle of the night and never send.

I'm the prayers, spoken and unspoken unto false Gods, who don't exist.
I'm every time you pass me by and don't say hi.

I'm the wish that never came true. I was wished upon a star as it fell
From the sleepless nights filled with worry, that only made you tired through the day.

I'm what you never knew that never hurt you when really I did, hurt you.
I'm every time that you say never. And I'm always and forever with you.

I am I AM. I am I AM.

The giver. The giver. And I take away.

I am the beginning. The beginning and the end.

Fashioned Too Fragile

Written By: Joe Reese

Where inertia rests and waves greet the shore, I lay my head upon the drawing board.
Force weaved this nest of pieces come undone. My custom prison built on square one.

And I open my eyes and only wonder why. The violence I see is aging me. It's aging me inside.
Open your eyes! You'll only wonder why the violence you'll see is killing us.

And I'm keeping up the pace. Just holding my place while the dust does it's dancing and leaves without a trace.
But this native poverty where we took up our swords. 'Cause we're fashioned all too fragile to ever win this war.

And I open my eyes and only wonder why. The violence I see is aging me. It's aging me inside.
Open your eyes! You'll only wonder why the violence you'll see is killing us.

Your kindness will not go unpunished. You're fashioned too fragile.

Suspicious Love

Written By: Joe Reese

And if you ever suspected I would leave, I would not.
And if you ever suspected I would leave, I would not. I would not.

Champagne tastes on beer money. I can hardly afford to call you my honey-dew. Honey don't break the bank.

Cause this nine to five's more like twenty to life but when I get home to you your lovin's so nice.
I can't hardly wait to see your face.

And if you ever suspected I would leave, I would not.
And if you ever suspected I would leave, I would not. I would not.

And I know it's going fast. And it makes me wonder if it's going to last. Will we give it a fighting chance?

'Cause I can't keep up this pace if I can't stop all this constant looking back over my shoulder into my past.

Discography

Fashioned Too Fragile (2013)
Ghostwalk; The Fruition of Intuition (2005)
The Second Birth (2002)
Dukes Mixture (2000)

Set List

Set list is derivative of album versions, but more spontaneous and improvisatory....