Joshua Bosniak

Joshua Bosniak

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Singer/songwriter J.B. blends poetic yet accessible lyrics with rock n roll and folk melodies. The voice is trained yet soulful, sometimes subtle, sometimes powerful, and quite moving. The musical genre and sound is similar to the late Jeff Buckley.

Biography

Cutting his first ever EP, "That Road" due out in late June 2007, Joshua Bosniak is calling all venues to book gigs. "Have van-will travel," J.B. says, eager to showcase his work from now until then.

Born in Philly, raised in Southwest Virginia - Floyd County and home of Floyd Fest, that is, this eclectic young man is a mix of North meets South/East meets West musician. This progressive rock meets strum and pick player sings like a bird and writes the songs, too: "My parents listened to absolutely everything when I was a kid. Mom had a cabinet that was filled with tapes, and I would peel through Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Revolver, Peabo Bryson, Bach's Greatest, all the old hits..."

Moving from the hustle and bustle of "the friendly city" in PA, Josh's parents chose an 'alternative' approach to living: "My parents were hippies, man, you know...we lived in a 16x32 foot one room board and batton house, with no electricity, no indoor bathroom, no hot running water of any kind (we heated water by a propane Coleman camp stove), and a wood fire place, which of course for my father meant a heap of work in an environment that was foreign and exhausting...at first...but we had 23 three acres...and it became paradise."

Weilding an acoustic/electric guitar, Joshua Bosniak is a singer and songwriter that draws on a variety of influences and experiences that shape him as a musician: "I was maybe eight or nine, and one day I was in the outhouse singing away (at that time I had this Sesame Street sponsored mix tape with James Taylor on it, which I loved). I guess my Mom was listening in, because when I came back in the house I was informed that I was the newest member of the Radford Children's Chorus. After the initial shock and embarrassment of it all, I halfway enjoyed it...only later, when I was again harangued into school chorus by the greatest of the great, Sandra Smith, (Floyd County High School's longtime chorus teacher) did I really come understand the joy and value of artistry in music."

In 1998, J.B. participated in the Virginia All-State Chorus in the 1rst Tenor category: "I really learned something's there, and in the training leading to that experience. It was a lesson as well in the capabilities of vocal production: our conductor's name was Dr. Charles Robinson, a man of immense knowledge and devotion to music..and this guy would first show the bass how it should sound in a smooth legato, relaxed and full, then the tenors in whatever mood the music called for, then the altos with hardly a falsetto break if you heard one at all...then the sapranos...and I mean to say that this man had the right to critique their tone. His ability, and his joy in sharing this unique gift he had plucked from the miracle bin, became my inspiration and goal. I decided to devote my life to music - to become a versatile and dynamic sound that no one had ever heard before."

Embarking for college in New York City, Joshua turned his thoughts towards acting: "I went to school at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) on 71st and 3rd Ave., and I did four maintstage shows, but I could never get the same feeling from the stage as an actor that I got from connecting to the audience through music. I found myself going down to the subway with a hand drum (he's a percussionist, too) and rocking 42nd St. Times Square...There's a guy in Santa outfit every year that plays this huge Pearl set out on the New York City street, and I used to go and sit in with him...I'd even stand at the 59th N and R stop and sing a cappella."

An important experience at MMC changed Josh's course as a musician: "I was in an abstract adaptation of a story by Franz Kafka called "A Country Doctor" (Len Jenkins), and the distinguished director David Lee, genious, insisted that I learn to play "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (who comes and plays in Floyd County, VA) the everlasting version recorded by the late, great, Jeff Buckley. I had never played a guitar in my life until that show; I have been playing ever since."

Adding to his ever-growing body of work has been a changing process throughout his career as a singer/songwriter: "My dad is a longtime writer, professor of engish, poet, so I had it coming. I use to just write. Words to a rhyme scheme, crank em'out, plan a melody line, and go from there. When the guitar came into play as a tool, I became riff and counter riff oriented - finding the melody line and simple 1, 4, and 5/5-7 chords to dance through, and then writing the lyrics to that. Now I feel my playing has become a little more complex and layered, and the writing and the playing are becoming symbiotic and more coincidental. I am pouring my heart out a little easier these days..."

That could be one way to phrase J.B.'s sound; this kid fills a 30 to 45 minute set easily with a host of original music that is soulful and intelligent. Get ready folks, because this professed "John Smith" makes magic in the ballroom.

J

Lyrics

On Down The Road

Written By: Joshua Bosniak

Dedicated to my all my brothers, but in specifics, to Adam and Barry...

Time moves,
Times moving on,
So get on down the road...

Time moves,
and it won't be long,
so get on down the road...

On Down the Road...
(that road, that road...)

Love comes,
and you can't hide,
uh oh...

Love comes,
and you survive,
you will survive...

and you'll live on...
(you will live on)
You will live on, my friend
(and on and on)

Love comes and you can't hide-
Realize:
You can be loved;
you'd be surprised.
Don't cry:
no baby, don't cry.

Love her;
you can leave out the lies,
or get on down the road.

Love, or,
you will surmise
to get on down the road...

On Down the Road...
(that road, that road...)***

Doves, dawn,
she calls through the calm,
"Get on down the road, Daddy, get on down the road!"

I know
It's time to move on,
On on and on,

on and on...

Love comes and you can't hide-
Realize:
You can be loved;
you'd be surprised.
Don't cry:

Love leaves, and you survive-
Realize:
You can be loved;
you'd be surprised.
Don't cry:
Just say goodbye.

Forever and Always

Written By: Joshua Bosniak

Dedicated to my Father:

Deep inside my heart
can't you see that you are the one?
Know we'll never part
'cause I told ya: you're in my heart.
We're gonna stay
forever and always that way.

Sometimes I'm afraid
of myself 'till I am with you.
Then I am a man,
and I know just how to be true.
I'm gonna stay
forever and always that way.

And love,
love could last a long long time, my friend.
And oh,
know that you'll always be on my mind,
and I hear,
everything you said
coming back to me
in my head
what you said,
you said about peace:

How peace is wise
when you're hurt when you are held down,
how you're still a man
if you're burnt but you're still around.
"You can't be ashamed,
and forever and always that way."
No.

This world is not a wash
if you lose; if you cannot rise
you can't be adrift
in the cold ethereal skies.
I won't let you go.
No.

Know:
I will always be by your side, Old Man;
and you, you can't live all alone
in a heart of stone -
and everything you said
is now coming back to me
in my head
what you said,
you said about peace.

So if what you want is peace,
come on back to me in my dreams.
What I need,
is a little peace.
Peace from the memory,
of everything in pieces.

Deep inside my heart
can't you see that you are the one?
Know we'll never part
'cause I told ya: you're in my heart.
We're gonna stay
forever and always that way.

John Smith

Written By: Joshua Bosniak

Dedicated to the brave souls that no one knew until they carved the world before them...

John Smith -
the man behind the myth...
you never knew it 'till he took a breath.
Down in the place of no regret,
the place of love and death
he sought his action.

And oh,
thank God for Rock N Roll,
'cause deep within his soul
it caught a flame.
A flame,
a flame without a name,
that's burning out the shame in halls of
(no more)

Silence...
will be no more,
will be no more
No Silence...
will be no more...

John Smith,
a man if nothing less, hey...
you never knew it 'till he walked away.
So pray,
'cause laying in his wake
are all those souls who sought a stake in silence.

And oh,
thank God for Rock N Roll,
a salve to soothe the soul
that's steeped in violence,
like coal,
a flame to burn them all,
that's cooling 'till its call
that's heard in halls of

Silence...
will be no more,
will be no more
No Silence...
will be no more...

John Smith -
the man behind the myth...
You never knew it 'till he took control.
Down in the place of no regret,
the place of love and death
he sought his action.

And oh,
thank God for Rock N Roll,
'cause deep within his soul
it caught a fire.
A fire,
a fire of deep desire,
a fire to burn the liars-

To burn them to the ground...
to burn them down...
To burn them to the ground...
to burn them down...

John Smith,
he rode upon a riff,
you never knew it 'till he shared his gift.
A lift,
a lilt upon a cliff,
that's holding 'till the wind comes in and blows away...

And hey...
thank God for Rock N Roll,
thank God for Rock N Roll,
a salve to soothe the soul
that's steeped in violence,
like coal,
a flame to burn them all,
that's cooling 'till its call -

To call out:

NO MORE SILENCE...
will be no more,
will be no more
No Silence...
will be no more...

Wingspan of Peace

Written By: Joshua Bosniak

Dedicated to the lonely,

Long is the wingspan of peace.
She swoops down, she holds close,
she love, then release.

Lord knows what I feel is grief;
these simple needs
reveal that I love you.

Wars have begun over less.
Lord knows that I know
I don't want this test.

Learning my lessons of death,
and save all the rest,
'cause oh, how I love you.

I earned up that one mounting fear,
by praying you'd be here
through each passing year.

Now that you're gone all I fear
is staying right here-
'cause oh, how I love you.

But down in the breadth before time,
down in the breath so you know I can't lie,
I'm lying in wait by your side.

That's where I'll abide,
'cause oh, how I love you.
Oh, how I loved you.

In Another Life

Written By: Joshua Bosniak

Dedicated to those who have passed or are in passing...

Look now my friend,
we're at the end.
I will ascend,
and you will continue.

The sinew of my bones
is calling me back home tonight.

I don't want to go,
but I have to don't you know?
I just don't want to leave you here.

It's not this death I fear,
nor the passing of the years,
I fear: that you will forget me.

I'll see you in another life -
meet you in another life -
my love.

Look now my friend,
I'm at my end,
and I will ascend,
and you will continue.

The sinew of my bones
is calling me back home tonight.

I will swim the sea.
I will take my knee.
I will give into my soul,

and leaving I will know
that you will come to grow
so strong: that you can forget me.

I'll see you in another life -
meet you in another life -
my love.

Look now my friend:
we all ascend,
but love's 'round that bend,
and then it continues...

Discography

Upcoming EP for release in June 2007:
"That Road" original music by Joshua Bosniak

Visit www.myspace.com/joshuabosniak for original works in progress which Joshua rotates for listener response weekly.

Now Featuring:

"John Smith"
"On Down The Road"
"Wingspan of Peace"
"Who is Who?"


Set List

30 minute set:

"In Another Life" original
"On Down The Road" original
"Forever and Always" original
"Love's Misery" original
"Wingspan of Peace" original
"Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen

1 Hour Set:

"The Riverside" original
"Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen
"Again and Again" original
"Master/Teacher/Lover/Dreamer" original
"Wingspan of Peace" original
"Who is Who?" original
"Lover, You Should've Come Over" Jeff Buckley
"Forgiven" original
"In Another Life" original
"On Down The Road" original
"Forever and Always" original
"Love's Misery" original

1 Hour 30 Min. to 2 Hour Set:

"Down In The Valley" original
"The Riverside" original
"Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen
"Romeo and Juliet" original
"Again and Again" original
"Master/Teacher/Lover/Dreamer" original
"Corpus Christi Carol" Benjamin Britten
"Wingspan of Peace" origina