Joe Vigil

Joe Vigil

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The future of music is the song. More than emotion, more than a phrase, more than a hook. Each word, each progression, each rise and fall in melody needs to be carefully crafted, flowing seemlessly in and out of the imagination of the listener. I craft emotion and stories in song.

Biography

"Joe Vigil crafts accessible, soaring tunes that stride a middle ground between foreign bands such as U2 and Coldplay and American ones like Matchbox 20 and Creed. Vigil's desperate vocals and the group's strong sense of dynamics give the tunes a palpable dramatic and emotional urgency."

---Dave Richards, SHOWCASE Mag. May 2007

Throughout his career, Joe Vigil has worked with many different musicians from different arenas of music. From progressive, to crossover, to rock, it has been a journey of self development. Vigil incorporates these experiences in the crafting of his music.

In San Francisco, "Revelation" - a progressive metal act - was Joe's first professional venture. Rehearsing in an auto body shop in South San Francisco, Vigil and the band eventually earned opening slots in the Bay Area for Bruce Dickinson and Geezer Butler. With fond memories of oil stained mics and the smell of paint fumes from drying cars, the band eventually disbanded. Joe departed for NYC where he focused more closely on his own writing.

While in NY, he studied vocal training with Melissa Cross (melissacross.com). Besides singing, Melissa was able to help Vigil focus on the "craft" of songwriting; Joe would spend the next 4 years honing his skills in the NYC Songwriter circuit, playing solo acoustic shows throughout the city. Vigil differentiated himself from traditional songwriters because his music was inherently catchy with straightforward lyrics and soaring choruses. During that time, some of Vigil's demos landed on the desk of a Capitol Records exec in Nashville, TN. Joe soon followed.

The days on West End Ave were buzzing with excitement. New songs, new sessions, new musicians, it was a busy time. Recording at The Sound Emporium was a constant thrill with legendary Opry players such as Dug Grieves and Wayne Killius. It seemed a career might be blossoming but in fact, life was about to take Joe away from all he loved. Estranged from his family, Joe learned his father was sick and after a difficult phone call with a relative, he realized he had to go home.

The lesson was hard but necessary. The father he once knew was no longer. The family, a mere shell for the life Joe once lived. Still, Vigil would not be deterred from continuing on his path. Through constant auditioning, Vigil was eventually introduced by seasoned producer Michael Barile (myspace.com/purplelightstudios) to Steve Schalk, a hard working hard rocking guitar player from Rockaway, NY. Steve and Joe decided to start "SecondDay" - an edgy modern rock band rivaling the likes of Audioslave and The Foo Fighters. The band eventually got independent distribution for their EP and a digital release on itunes (itunes - SecondDay). In 2005 the band travelled to the SXSW music conference. The tour was a success but the band continued to struggle. After several line up changes, the band eventually dissolved. In 2006, Vigil moved to Jacksonville, FL for an opportunity in a new, burgeoning music scene.

To Joe, it is still all about the song. Joe revisits Nashville and attends songwriting seminars at the BMI offices where he is a member. Due to his tremendous versatilitity, Joe is also pursuing opportunities as a songwriter for artists on the rock, pop, adult contemporary and country charts. The consummate professional, Vigil remains a student of the craft and business, writing and performing while searching for opportunities. Until then, Vigil will continue his journey to better feel, to better illustrate, to better imagine... song.

"A man dies daily, only to be reborn in the morning, bigger, better and wiser."
--Emmett Fox

Lyrics

Like A Drug

Written By: Joe Vigil

Like A Drug
Words and Music by Joe Vigil © 2004

Take my medicine again
I don't know if I can live
Take a step outside my mind
Get this sickness to subside
How much longer can I go
Before I have to have you

It's not so easy
Say you're gonna leave me
Wake up in the morning
And I just can't control it
Gotta stop this shaking
Obvious addiction
Guess you're too much
Of a good thing

Like A Drug
I'm not gonna quit
Shoot you in my veins
Make you kill me slowly

Think I want to
Cloak my shame
I don't
And I don't need your pity
I could say I hate it
That I don't really need it
But I'd just be
Lying to myself

Like A Drug
I'm not gonna quit
Shoot you in my veins
Make you kill me slowly

Everybody says
You're no good for me
Look like something else
The perfect disease
I don't think they now
Just how much I need
To feel you in my blood
Just Like A Drug

Give Me Up

Written By: Joe Vigil

GIVE ME UP
Words and music by Joe Vigil © 2004

Maybe the pictures that I have
Just aren’t real
Maybe the memories that we made
Were no big deal
Maybe the people that we know
Won’t find out
Maybe if I forget you
Be nothing to care about
I’m not saying everything has to make sense

Why’d you
Give Me Up
Cause I can’t take it

Maybe I’ll think about us two
But it hurts too much
Maybe that’s just my excuse
For setting myself up
I’m not saying everything has to make sense
But to say I’m the one
Lead me on
Was that your intent

Why’d you
Give Me up
Cause I can’t take it

Now I know ya
Lesson over.

Why’d you
Give Me Up

Misunderstood

Written By: Joe Vigil

Misunderstood
Words and music by Joe Vigil © 2004

I’m not mad
I’m not that jaded
Might be sick
But I’m not complaining
Break these blisters on my heart
Brand new hole to hoard my scars
Don’t need to show you where I’ve been

I’m not here to make amends
I’m not even sure I care
You don’t need to know my reasons
Your demons
Take it back I don’t care
It’s in the past
Let’s leave it there
I don’t need to know your reasons
For feeling misunderstood

Like to dwell
I just hate it
Take these pictures off the wall
Empty space
Endless potential
You starting to see just what I meant?

I’m not here to make amends
I’m not even sure I care
You don’t need to know my reasons
Your demons
Take it back I don’t care
It’s in the past
Let’s leave it there
I don’t need to know your reasons
For feeling misunderstood

Love… Don’t blame it on myself
Love… Don’t you need it

I’m not here to make amends
I’m not even sure I care
You don’t need to know my reasons
Your demons
Take it back I don’t care
It’s in the past
Let’s leave it there
You don’t need to know my reasons
For feeling misunderstood

Discography

SecondDay self titled EP, available on itunes
myspace.com/josephvigil