Josh Aran

Josh Aran

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Smart, sincere singer/songwriter rock, Josh Aran's music ruminates in layers and hooks. Think Wilco, Zepp, Radiohead, Counting Crows, Beck, and that'll get you there.

Biography

With a rare combination of tenderness and outrage, singer/songwriter Josh Aran awakens the complacent while rejuvenating the weary. His new album Water to Wash Water Away draws deep from the wells of inspiration, from the pop sensibility of the Beatles to the lyrical subtlety of Bob Dylan, from the feel-good arena rock of Led Zeppelin to the disillusioned art rock of Radiohead. For Josh, songs are like small streams flowing into a mighty river, always moving and ever changing.

A native of the Twin Cities, Josh grew up singing and playing guitar. He attended a small liberal arts university where he earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Art History, and returned to Minneapolis in 1999. In 2000, Josh recorded his debut album, Sun Up, a warm and loose acoustic album with Tom Herbers at Third Ear Studios. In 2002, Josh met and teamed up with producer and drummer Justin Korhonen. Together they recorded with a handful of musicians, engineers, and producers (including Alex Oana, Tom Herbers, and Erik Appelwick) to create the critically acclaimed 2003 release Between Us There Arose Happiness. In 2005 and 2006 Josh produced and recorded Water to Wash Water Away with friends from the previous album and a new arsenal of talent, including Zach Miller and Sam Keenan.

With a litany of gigs behind him, Josh is a standout live performer, both as a solo artist and with his band. He has that rare ability to command complete attention from a room full of people - and the lyrics and melodies, the sheer songcraft, demand it. He has played clubs, colleges, and festivals from coast to coast in a variety of contexts: including the launch party for internet radio station Misplaced Music, benefit concerts for AIDS and Tsunami relief, and a bluegrass Beatles tribute night.

Josh is hard at work playing shows in support of Water to Wash Water Away and working with his new live band. Check out www.josharan.com for all the latest information and find out what Josh and his band are up to next.

Lyrics

First of May

Written By: Josh Aran

bought a one way ticket to your heart
and i’m never coming back
i love you it’s the first of may
and all the winter months have past

out on the road and you’ll be coming home soon
it’s gonna be your birthday
i’m making matches out of my beautiful ghosts
i’ll light the candles on the cake

i burn like a fire for your love my dear
i burn like a fire burning down these tracks
i burn like a fire surrounding me
i am madly in love with you

i made promises to learn from my mistakes
and make responsibility into a shrine
without waiting i lived my life
now i am yours and you are mine

out in the dandelion sun
i learned to leave what i had left undone

i burn like a fire for your love my dear
i burn like a fire it’s become so clear
i burn like a fire surrounding me
i am madly in love with you

i’m an idiot as i fall asleep
love’s made a beautiful fool of me
smash all the clocks and leave the dishes in the sink
you’re the one for me

i burn like a fire for your love my dear
i burn like a fire it’s become so clear
i burn like a fire surrounding me
i am madly in love with you

Blossom

Written By: Josh Aran

i first met you after falling snow
you played for me all the songs you know
i listened like a mockingbird
in the wake of all these sad songs
and i slowly learned to fly
yes i slowly learned to fly

you’re wonderful i’ve fallen for you
i’ve come in from the cold
you’re beautiful a blossom to be
here inside my soul

i landed and we were snow covered
boughs and black feathers strewn about
pinecones and clothes
salt skin and toes
sunrise and robes

you’re wonderful i’ve fallen for you
i know you are the one
you’re beautiful a blossom to be
here under the sun

i didn’t know how the sun shone
i didn’t know it could shine like this for us

you’re wonderful i’ve fallen for you
i know you are the one
you’re beautiful a blossom to be
here under the sun

Goodnight California

Written By: Josh Aran

i don’t believe
we have anything to do with us
you come back and make me think
of all the things i can’t give up
i let you go
if you belong with me
i won’t turn the past into what could be
i know you know you can make anything
out of anyone you keep

goodnight california
the stars above you fill this room
goodnight california
the light is shining just for you

if i fly into the sunset
land on the edge of the sea
where cliff walls meet the ocean
and the sun grows tired for you and me
in the gathering light of the darkness
as we stand before ourselves
do you see all you ever wanted
do you see the places you could never be

goodnight california
the stars above you fill this room
goodnight california
the light is shining just for you

goodnight california
there is no calm after your storm
goodnight california
there is no place to wash up on shore
goodnight california
there is no letter that i could send
goodnight california
there is no means to an end

Discography

Water to Wash Water Away (2006)
Track List:
- Suspended Under Glass
- Blossom
- April
- First of May
- Veni Vidi Vici
- Heartstrings
- Goodnight California
- Moving Pictures
- Unexpecting
- Fade to Blue
- Water to Wash Water Away
- Veni Vidi Vici (reprise)
- Hysteria (available on-line only)

Between Us There Arose Happiness (2003)
Track List:
- Driving Nowhere
- I Await You
- High Like Atmosphere
- Upon Returning To This Country
- One Of These Days
- Beyond The Sun
- Spilling
- Stupid Boy
- You Be The Girl
- Untitled
- Say Goodbye
- Never Enough

Sun Up (2001)
Track List:
- Down To The River
- Friend
- It Will Be
- Your Love
- All I Needed
- September
- Red
- Because (a beautiful life)
- Waltz For Emily
- I Want You
- Down To The River (reprise)

Set List

Original Songs:

Suspended Under Glass
Blossom
First of May
Veni Vidi Vici
Heartstrings
Moving Pictures
Unexpecting
Fade to Blue
Water to Wash Water Away
Hysteria
Driving Nowhere
One Of These Days
Upon Returning To This Country
Stupid Boy
September
Goodnight California
Beyond The Sun
It Will Be
First Of May
Down To The River
Untitled
Because
Say Goodbye
High Like Atmosphere
Spilling
Blossom
I Await You
You Be The Girl
Friend

Cover Songs:

Trenchtown Rock - by Bob Marley
In Spite Of All The Damage - by The Be Good Tanyas
Candy - by Martin Sexton
How Can You Be Sure - by Radiohead
True Love Waits - by Radiohead