Lisa Brigantino

Lisa Brigantino

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
SoloFolkAmericana

"Lisa Brigantino is what you'd call a complete musician - a superb multi-instrumentalist (and) singer-songwriter. Brigantino brings to her songwriting that real sense of melody that so many putative writers lack." - Blog Critics

Biography

“Lisa Brigantino is what you’d call a complete musician-a superb multi-instumentalist, singer/songwriter, and not least, rocker.  Brigantino brings to her songwriting that real sense of melody that so many putative writers
lack…”

– Jon Sobel, Blog Critics


Award-winning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Lisa Brigantino is an engaging performer whose eclectic approach to songwriting spans groove, genre and topic.  A trained composer with a Master of Music in music composition and music theory from SUNY Fredonia, Lisa also composes music for TV, film, theatre, dance and more.

Lisa’s latest solo CD “Wonder Wheel”, containing a mix of Folk, Rock, Blues, Americana, Old-Time and more, continues to receive international airplay and fantastic reviews, including a 5 star rating and “Pick Of The Week” from Indie Music Critic and Muzikreviews.com as well as numerous other publications, blogs and ezines. Muzikreviews.com says “Brigantino has been put on all kinds of “artist to watch” lists.  You should do more than watch. You should listen and then re-listen and re-listen again. Wonder Wheel will touch you, entertain you, and refresh you.“ Women of Substance Radio says “Lisa is one of the most versatile songwriters we’ve heard. She is a true artist who has mastered countless styles of writing, singing and performing. This New Yorker moves effortlessly from a sensitive acoustic ballad to an in-your-face bluesy romp without skipping a beat.” Among other accolades, Lisa appeared on Indie-Music.com’s Top 25 and was a finalist in the Best Female Artist Category of The 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards for her song “Used To Be A House” from Wonder Wheel.  Lisa released two singles in 2014 and is currently recording her next full-length album with an anticipated release by the end of 2016.

Lisa performs regularly at a variety of venues - often joined by her sister, Lori on vocals and various instruments -  and has appeared at a number of music festivals including The New Jersey Folk Festival (Singer/Songwriter showcase winner) The Florida Music Festival, Maplewoodstock, The Rockland-Bergen Music Festival, The Pleasantville Music Festival, The Black Potatoe Festival, The East End GreenFest. In addition to her own performances, Lisa performs with her sister Lori in “The Vickie & Nickie Show a wacky, self-contained theatrical musical/comedy act where the real life sisters  portray Vickie & Nickie – the multi-instrumental, singing housewife sister duo straight from the hills of Northern Minnesota.  Infused with snappy dialogue and audience participation, the sisters entertain with wacky original tunes, hilarious pop song interpretations and improv all while accompanying themselves on many different instruments including acoustic guitar and electric guitar, piano, keyboards, accordion, saxophone, clarinet, ukulele, percussion and more…

Lisa was an original member of Lez Zeppelin, the all girl, all Led Zeppelin tribute band and toured internationally with the band playing bass, bass pedals, keys, mandolin and doing backup vocals. During Lisa’s years with the band, they received rave reviews in many publications and news sources including Rolling Stone (US, Germany and Japan ), Time Out New York & Chicago, Entertainment Weekly, The London Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, VH1, MTV News, CNN News, CBS Sunday Morning and many more. Performance highlights include appearances at The Bonnaroo Music Festival and Voodoo Fest (USA), Download Festival (UK) Rock am Ring/Rock am Park (Germany). The band’s self-titled debut CD was released in 2007, recorded and produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer. Lisa co-wrote two of the original songs on the album. Lisa left the band in 2009 to focus on her own original music.

Lisa Brigantino is proud to be a Kurzweil Endorsed Artist.She is a member of SESAC, The Songwriters Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television, a voting member of NARAS (Grammys) and serves on the Advisory Board of Women In Music, Inc.

*** PLEASE NOTE: Tour dates can be found at http://www.lisabrigantino.com/tour



Lyrics

Used To Be A House

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

There upon the corner where the ragged people meet
There she’ll be
Sitting by the curbside with her puppies at her feet
There she’ll be
With eyes so blue they must have been once in the sun
In days that were finer you know she was once in the sun

CH:
There used to be a house, there used to be a home
There used to be a place to call her own
There used to be a house, there used to be a home
There used to be a place to call her own

She’ll ask you for a quarter then bless you on your way
Everyday
If you cannot spare one she’ll thank you just the same
Everyday
And if you stop for a moment she’ll smile and she’ll speak
And tell you summers too hot and the winter’s too cold for the street

CH:
There used to be a house, there used to be a home
There used to be a place to call her own
There used to be a house, there used to be a home
There used to be a place to call her own

And when the evening falls
I’m sure her mind wanders back to a brighter day
And just for a moment she can drift away
She’s just like you and me

I stop to pet her doggies ask her how she was today
She said I’m okay
You know I’m only trying to live from day to day
I guess I’m okay
I’d drive myself nuts if I took this too seriously
It just doesn’t seem right but for now this is how it must be

CH:
There used to be a house, there used to be a home
There used to be a place to call her own
There used to be a house, there used to be a home
There used to be a place to call her own
There used to be a house, there used to be a home
There used to be a place to call her own
To call her own

This Town

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

This town used to rumble, this town used to scream
I heard the cries as I shuffled my feet along the
Streets full of people, all different kinds
Who made up the ‘hood under the sweet sunshine

Now it’s trying my patience
Now it’s testing me
Now when I open my eyes I can’t believe what I see

CH:
This town used to rumble, this town used to scream
This town’s gonna crumble, this town’s losing me

In comes the money, in comes the man
He gives you a shake after he spits in his hand and he says
It’ll be better, it’ll be grand
But you’ve seen the results all over the land

They’re tearing down the buildings
Shutting down the doors
Pushing out the generations who’ve come before

CH:
This town used to rumble, this town used to scream
This town’s gonna crumble, this town’s losing me

Instrumental

Where are the ones who came before
Where are the voices who begged for more
They’re circling slowly, gathering steam
Carrying the banner of a broken dream

Now it’s time to rise up
Time to take the floor
Time to say, we’re tired as hell
And we’re not gonna take any more

CH:
This town used to rumble, this town used to scream
This town’s gonna crumble, this town’s losing me
This town used to rumble, this town used to scream
This town’s gonna crumble, this town’s losing me
This town’s losing me, this town’s losing me

Those Days

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

Do you remember those days when we could laugh our troubles away, yeah
Not long ago, but oh so far away, yeah
Running on the beach, playing with our friends
The smiles of our childhood seemed like they never would end
Those days

As we got older, the toys got put away
And other things slowly took their place
All grown up with minds of our own
But sometimes I long for the safety of home
And those days

Through it all, we shared more than the rest
Sticking together put us to the test
But in you I know I can always find the glow
Of those days

Do you remember those days when we could laugh our troubles away, yeah
Not long ago, but oh so far away, yeah

Blue Jeans

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

There are those that are never satisfied
Always wanting more and the green on the other side
You’re dressed in blue jeans baby
Your lust will never subside

You would sell your soul for a block of gold
You would sell your nights just to reach the heights
Hey baby, what are you trying to prove
You’re dressed in blue jeans baby
What are you trying to do

All that wishing, wanting and hoping for all those glittery things
Can’t compare with the satisfaction and joy that love can bring

Bring me some loving today, bring me some tomorrow
But you don’t care ‘bout the simple things ‘cept
What to beg and what to borrow
You’re dressed in blue jeans baby
Your heart’s as cold as stone

Inst:

All that wishing, wanting and hoping for all those glittery things
Can’t compare with the satisfaction and joy that love can bring

Bring me some loving today, bring me some tomorrow
But you don’t care ‘bout the simple things ‘cept
What to beg and what to borrow
You’re dressed in blue jeans baby
Your heart’s as cold as stone
You’re dressed in blue jeans baby
Your heart’s as cold as stone
You’re dressed in blue jeans baby
Your heart’s as cold as stone

I'll See You In My Dreams

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

The hours are long, the days drag by
The weeks aren't what they seem
But even though I'm far away
I'll see you in my dreams

Your gentle eyes and warm embrace
The way your smile just beams
And even though I'm far away
I'll see you in my dreams

These days break our hearts
They take us and tear us apart
But late at night when I close my eyes
You’re here with me once more

It won't be long until I'm there
I'll cross the land and sea
And even though I'm far away
I'll see you in my dreams
And even though I'm far away
I'll see you ßin my dreams

Go And Find It

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

GO AND FIND IT worlds and music © Lisa Brigantino

You say you don’t love me baby
You say you no longer care
You say you want something better
You know it’s out there somewhere

Go and find it now
Go and find it now

You say you feel trapped and cornered
You need to come up for air
But I know why you’re leaving
I know that cheating stare

Go and find it now
Go and find it now

There are no better answers
There are no better words
And just remember from my lips
They’re the last words that you heard

Don’t let me stop you baby
Don’t let me hold you back
If you want something better
God knows I deserve more than that

Go and find it now
Go and find it now
Go and find it now
Go and find it now

I Gotta Find Me Somthin'

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

I Gotta Find Me Something © words and music Lisa Brigantino

I gotta find me something to keep me running
Keep me on my toes ‘til the break of dawn
Something to fill my heart and keep it pumpin’
Keep me reaching and never close the door

Well you can sit and wait ‘til you’re eighty-eight
But that don’t do you no good
I want to get up on my feet
I know my life won’t be complete

Until I find me something to keep me hummin’
Keep me singing and strummin’ forever more

Well you can sit and wait ‘til you’re eighty-eight
But that don’t do you no good
I want to get up on my feet
I know my life won’t be complete

Until I find me something to keep me hummin’
Keep me singing and strummin’ forever
Keep me singing and strummin’ forever
Keep me singing and strummin’ forever more

The Wandering

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

THE WANDERING words and music (c) by Lisa Brigantino

There were times when a childhood smile
Was answer enough, answer enough
There were moments in my misty past
Where the world was the street where I lived

But these days now, they’re unprotected days
And I know I’m no longer in the haze
Of arms opened wide, inviting me to stay

CH: Although they often warned us
They never could prepare us for
The wandering, the wandering

Then I think I have found the place
I won’t have to go, won’t have to go
I think certainly this can be home
I can hang up my coat and my hat

Then the hunger comes beating at the door
And I know I’m not welcome anymore
It pulls at me so, with a tug I can’t ignore

CH: Although they often warned us
They never could prepare us for
The wandering, the wandering

BR: Nights lose they’re darkness now
I can see
The fear they no longer hide
Rolls over me

And I know in the years to come
I’ll look back on these days, back on these days
With a smile and tear and wishful thought
To be back on the road once again

It’s the yearning that keeps us oh so young
And wondering if the answers ever come
But deep down I know the journey’s never done

CH: Although they often warned us
They never could prepare us for
The wandering, the wandering
The wandering, the wandering

Motel Room In The Dangerous Part Of Town

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

Motel Room In The Dangerous Part Of Town © words and music Lisa Brigantino

Well I just pulled into Music City after two whole days on the road
Off Trinity Lane onto Brick Church Pike and the motel sign is aglow
But the pool is empty, the room is musty and the key’s getting jammed in the door
The interstate’s fifty yards away how can you ask for more

CH:
I’m staying in a motel room in the dangerous part of town
I’ve never been here before I didn’t know any better
And look what I’ve found
I should have read the Mobil Guide should have searched low and high
For a rating by Triple A
Instead I’m in a motel room in the dangerous part of town

My friends Rebecca and Ozzy and their dog Jesse arrived the day before me
Reading the paper at the Waffle House, my God what did they see
Seems this neck of the woods was voted the most likely place to get yourself killed
I left the streets of Brooklyn for violence in the Tennessee Hills

CH:

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Well the truckers come and the truckers go, sometimes they stay over night
Drinking their beer singing cowboy songs from dusk ‘til the morning light
And the guy up above in 239 likes to watch TV until three
When the maid comes by at 8am I still haven’t slept a wink

CH:

Wonder Wheel

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

WONDER WHEEL © 2009 Lisa Brigantino

I’m on the Midway of the Coney Island in my mind
A cyclone of madness in the night
The barkers and the sellers try to make me look their way
Distract me from getting on the ride

CH: Hey I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
Yeah, I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
It picks me up it takes me down
It keeps on spinning round and round
Yeah, I’m on the Wonder Wheel again

Even at the sideshow they just try to sell a lie
Look you won’t believe what you’ll see
But I know the truth, buried way deep down inside (they try desperately to hide)
The freaks are the same as you and me

CH: Hey I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
Yeah, I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
It picks me up it takes me down
It keeps on spinning round and round
Yeah, I’m on the Wonder Wheel again

I’ve got the ticket, it’s time I know
And even though I’m scared I hope it never let’s me go

Then 4 bars instrumental of Ch.

CH: Hey I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
Yeah, I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
It picks me up it takes me down
It keeps on spinning round and round
Yeah, I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
Yeah, I’m on the Wonder Wheel again
It picks me up it takes me down
It keeps on spinning round and round
Round and round, round and round, round and round

It's Christmastime

Written By: Lisa Brigantino

IT’S CHRISTMASTIME (And I’m going home) © words and music by Lisa Brigantino

My bags are packed, and the work is done
I’m finally on my way
I can put down my pen, I can breathe again
‘Cause it’s Christmas Time and I’m going home

I can picture my town, lights all around
And a gold star on the tallest tree
It just snowed last night, and I’m feeling all right
‘Cause it’s Christmas Time and I’m going home

So light the candles on the table and we’ll sit by the fire
I’ve been waiting so long can’t you see
We’ll sing some carols, and put up the tree
Oh won’t you please say you’ll wait for me

I’ve said goodbye to my friends, I’ll see them again
God knows we’ll be back here soon enough
But there’s a chill in the air, and my family will be there
‘Cause it’s Christmas Time and I’m going home
It’s Christmas Time and I’m going home

Discography

- A Brooklyn Night - Lisa Brigantino (2000)
- Female Musician - Compilation album (2001) Lisa's song "Blue Jeans" appears on album.
- Lez Zeppelin - Lez Zeppelin (2007)
- Wonder Wheel - Lisa Brigantino (2010)
- Black Potatoe Music Festival - Compilation album (2010) Lisa's song "This Town" appears on the album.
- Every Day's A Journey - Lisa Brigantino (2014) single release
- It's Christmastime - Lisa Brigantino (2014) single release
- Spirit of December, Vol 5 - Compilation album (2015) Lisa's song "It's Christmastime appears on the album.

Set List

Lisa Brigantino's set list can be any combination of original songs spanning Folk, American, Blues, Old-Time, Rock, Pop and more as well as a large repertoire of cover songs spanning many genres and decades that can be tailored to each performance and venue.