Likeness to Lily

Likeness to Lily

BandAlternativeAdult Contemporary

Smart and soulful Brooklyn post-pop story songs.

Biography

If 'pretty' and 'singer-songwriter' are going to survive in Brooklyn, they better be packing 'edgy' and 'street-smart' in an inner jacket pocket. Not that Likeness to Lily has anything against beauty for beauty's sake. We're just saying that if you can't help being a poet while the banks are burning, you better know how to keep it real for your audience. Do you like happy endings, but don't necessarily trust them? Same with us. That’s why Likeness to Lily’s music is made from 100% natural blood, sweat, and tears, discipline, training, faith, hope, heart and soul. Now that is hard-core. And we bring it every time! Because we know it's not easy to believe in a dream with New York City breathing down your neck. Whether it's a dream about romance, success or just plain escape from reality, Likeness to Lily feels your pain and turns it into music that hits you where you live. So why aren't you listening, already? You got a problem with us? Yeah, we thought not.

Likeness to Lily is a Brooklyn-based indie post-pop band featuring vocalist/founder Susan Oetgen, pianist Tony Melone, drummer Evan Pazner and bassist Ian M. Riggs. Since forming in 2003, Likeness to Lily has performed regularly in the downtown music clubs of New York City, and on concert series along the East Coast, notably on the Vermont Arts Exchange's Basement Music Series in N. Bennington, VT, and the Hump Day Groovz Series at Washington, DC's Busboys & Poets.

Likeness to Lily independently recorded and released their debut record, Solitude's Dollhouse, which features the song 'Jewelia', as heard on A&E Television's prime-time reality show, Random 1, in 2005. In March 2008, Likeness to Lily premiered an original multimedia song-cycle entitled Bazm-o-Razm on the Brooklyn Philharmonic's Music off the Walls series at the Brooklyn Museum. A meditation on the romance of war and the conflict of love, woven into a series of six original Likeness to Lily songs, Bazm-o-Razm is framed by artist Justin Waldstein's dreamscape visual storytelling, Iraq War photos by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Alan Chin, and choreography by Sahar Javedani. Bazm-o-Razm was reprised at The Performance Project @ University Settlement in May 2008, and performed again on December 5, 2008 at Galapagos Art Space, for the occasion of Likeness to Lily's Farewell, Recruit record release.

Lyrics

Farewell, Recruit

Written By: Susan Oetgen

Height of July, all quiet in Brooklyn
There was a moon well worth the view
Saturday night, a neighborhood rooftop
There was nothing else to do
A friend of a friend of a friend
I should have expected it when
He shook my hand and all hell broke loose
Regular guy
Not too much to look at
I had my doubts about the use
Suddenly shy
Suddenly stupid
He had his target; I had no clue
Eleven September is when
He recruited himself to defend
As one of the proud, one of the few
I don’t know why
His war stories of boot camp
Should make me tremble, make me swoon
What was it like?
Was it really so brutal?
And was it worth the life he might lose?
Again and again and again
I surrender myself to these men
Who forge their weapons out of their wounds
He said goodbye
He said I was beautiful
He said we’d meet again real soon
It’s no surprise
I guess I’ll wait for the funeral
As long as I’m waiting for the truce
Farewell, recruit.
I got the letter you sent me.

Training Cadence

Written By: Susan Oetgen

Remember, forget, remember, forget

I’m a soldier, I’m a sailor, I’m a United States Marine
You are for me, you’re against me, you’re not sure which way you lean
I’m a lover, I’m a fighter, I’m the rifle that I clean
I’m a time-bomb, I’m a patriot, a man at seventeen
I’m a martyr, I’m a turncoat, I’m the action that I’ve seen
I’m a dead man, I’m a savior, I’m the bullet in between
I’m a story, I’m a picture, I’m a big star on the screen
I’m familiar, I’m a number, I’m a threat you quarantine
I’m the future, I am finite, I’m the price of gasoline
I’m a hero, I’m a target, I’m a cog in the war machine
I’m a soldier, I’m a sailor, I’m a United States Marine
You are for me, you’re against me, you’re not sure which way you lean

If I die in a combat zone, box me up and ship me home
Put me in a set of dress blues, comb my hair and shine my shoes
Pin my medals upon my chest, tell my mama I did my best

From the halls of Montezuma, to the shore of Tripoli
We fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean
We are proud to bear the title of United States Marine

Mama, Mama, don’t you cry, Marine Corps motto is do or die

Helen the Blessed

Written By: Therese Clemens and Susan Oetgen

Helen’s hands
Shelled peas on the porch
Moved fifty beads
An offertory for her sons
There was her hat
Her proud double chin
Her quivering lip
Her tissue and her prim kid gloves
Glenn flew away
John flew away
Bill faded away with the autumn
Tony remains
The altar is home
He raises the Host
A benediction for her love
Glenn flew away
John flew away
Bill faded away with the autumn
Faded away with the autumn
Faded away with the autumn leaves
There is mirth and sadness
And work and prayer
On Helen’s doorstep
In Helen’s rocking chair
Helen’s hands
Shelled peas on the porch
Moved fifty beads
An offertory for her sons
Glenn flew away
John flew away
Bill faded away with the autumn
Faded away with the autumn
Faded away with the autumn leaves, etc.

Discography

Farewell, Recruit (12 track CD) 2008
Solitude's Dollhouse (12 track CD) 2006
Don't You Know Me? (4 track EP) 2004

Set List

Sets are usually 1 hour. We play 9-11 songs. Usually we cover a Brazilian tune, a jazz standard and/or a song from friends' bands as an ENCORE. The set list below is typical; contains all original songs:

Almost Again
False Hopes
Parade of Haloes
Enigma in a Mystery
One More Lullabye
Helen the Blessed
Que Faire
Farewell, Recruit
More to the Story
Love is a Force of Nature
Benefit of the Doubt
Lily Does