Larry Shrek

Larry Shrek

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

A rich baritone voice, impeccable acoustic guitar picking, and prime songwriting describe this seasoned performer with a long history of regional performing in a variety of venues. His music has been compared to Greg Brown, James Taylor, and Gordon Lightfoot.

Biography

Larry Shrek (actually spelled Schroeck) lives in Kittery, Maine and has been a professional singer/songwriter since 1991. He scored his first singing gig at 10 years old, making $1.50 a week as a choir boy in southwest Florida. After trumpet and baritone in secondary school, he started playing guitar in college and what began as a hobby soon became a necessity. He has since developed a contemporary folk style all his own, influenced by the myriad of sounds he grew up with, but clearly unique and straight from his soul. As fellow musician Tom Dean said, “His songs and the voice that sings them are honest, heartfelt and captivating. A true talent.” His sound has been compared to Greg Brown, James Taylor, and Gordon Lightfoot.

Performing began at a coffee house in the New York City area, which quickly led to full time gigging and a musical migration from Florida to New England playing parks, festivals, taverns, tiki bars, restaurants, town centers, community fairs, parties, weddings, charity events, churches, and other venues along the way. His shows feature his original material peppered with personally arranged cover and traditional tunes sung in a rich baritone voice and accompanied by standard as well as baritone acoustic guitar.

Lyrics

What Matters

Written By: Larry Schroeck

You never see me coming, you turn then I’m there
Sitting right beside you in that empty chair
My words are never spoken, but you hear them just the same
And that’s what matters

I’m the one that wakes you up with music in your head
You know I’m not alive, but neither am I dead
The past is not forgotten, it always lives within
And that’s what matters

I am not alone and I am not afraid
And I’ll tell you one damn thing, I have promises I made
They don’t mean that much to you but they mean a lot to me
And that’s what matters

Take a tip from mom and take a tip from dad
Don’t be so unhappy with the things you never had
One man’s fame and fortune is another man’s demise
And that’s what matters

It’s a sticky situation and everyone’s to blame
An angel whispers secrets while the devil calls your name

Bodhi Safa he once told me “you can make a brand new start
The sunlight is your savior, there are demons after dark”
But who’s to know what’s best, for me or all the rest
And that’s what matters

The Good Life

Written By: Larry Schroeck

Living the good life seems so bizarre
It’s up in the morning to warm up the car
A kiss to your sweetheart, leave her the day
A pat on the dog’s head and you’re on your way

You’re home in the evening to write down some notes
Crack open a beer and grab the remote
Dream of a day with dust in your throat
When you grow peas and carrots and milk cows and goats

But now it’s coffee in the morning, coffee at three
There’re so many places you’d rather be
Checkin’ your watch, ten times an hour
Maybe the boss will bring you some flowers

Now you’ve composed a letter resigning your place
It always brings a smile to your face
But get with the program, get on the ball
The bills will keep coming though you have nothing at all

It’s coffee in the morning, coffee at three
There’re so many places you’d rather be
Checkin your watch, ten times an hour
Maybe the boss will bring you some flowers

Living the good life seems so bizarre
It’s up in the morning to warm up the car
A kiss to your sweetheart, leave her the day
A pat on the dog’s head and you’re on your way

Hobo

Written By: Larry Schroeck

Living the good life was not there for me
You can call me a Hobo, but these eyes can see
What I lack in jewels, what I lack in gold
I have gained in my freedom and filled up my soul

Chorus:
So roll up a doobie and pass it around
We’ll laugh in the sunshine and sleep on the ground
When leaves begin turning, we’ll take it on down

I don’t read the papers and I don’t recall school
But I know what I need to and I’m nobody’s fool
I make me some money when the work comes along
Then I drink me some whiskey and sing me some songs

Chorus

I pray for my coffee and I beg for my bones
Yea you savor a smoke that wasn’t your own
And it’s a hard life I’m livin, but it was harder before
When I stared out of windows and hid behind doors

Chorus

Discography

Larry’s most recent recording, The Good Life (2008), is an acoustic blend and features Rushad Eggleston (Crooked Still) on cello, Lincoln Meyers on flat-picked lead guitar, and Bob Halprin on lead guitar. Other recordings by Larry include the acclaimed Listen (2004) and Big Surprise (2000). Larry’s also been featured on several CD compilations including the 2003 Seacoast Songwriters Vol. II, Wire_Radio Vol. 1 (2004), and the Oasis Acoustic Vol. 47 (2004).

Set List

Sets are typically one hour with mostly original tunes and two or three uniquely arranged covers. Here’s a recent set:

1. What Matters (opening song off the new CD because it moves along)
2. Walden Song (an older tune about Thoreau and Walden Pond)
3. The Good Life (a fun tune about a crappy day job)
4. Hobo (a song about being free and homeless after you leave your day job)
5. Cover tune, maybe Goodbye Girl (Squeeze), Wayfaring Stranger, Wichita Lineman, You Don’t Know Me, Year of the Cat, So Lonesome I Could Cry, Summer Time, Spider John, Dream A Little Dream, or one of 60 or so other covers.
6. Wine (jazzy sweet song)
7. I Know What You Wanted (upbeat song about divorce)
8. Silent Bells (poetic)
9. Cover tune
10. Rum & Butter (fun)