Liza Lee

Liza Lee

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

Liza Lee is a breakout talent rapidly making her mark on today’s jazz scene. Her personal and haunting musical interpretations exhibit an emotional vulnerability laced with a confident understanding of life’s realities.

Biography

Recording artist, performer and composer Liza Lee is a breakout talent rapidly making her mark on today’s jazz scene. Her personal and haunting musical interpretations exhibit an emotional vulnerability laced with a confident understanding of life’s realities.

Liza’s (pronounced the same way as the famous Minnelli) highly praised first CD, Scarlet Mark, was released on the Jazz Doll label. Her latest project, Anima, was released on January 27, 2009. As on her previous album, the material she has chosen for Anima is fresh, unpredictable and innovative. It also includes some of her highly praised yet controversial original compositions.

Anima is an extremely personal CD. In 2006, shortly after the release of Scarlet Mark, Liza suffered a stroke. Having made a full comeback, Liza Lee has decided to donate the proceeds from Anima to The Society For Women's Health Research (SWHR), a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy (www.womenshealthresearch.org). This life altering experience inspired the title of the CD, Anima, which comes from the concept of the Anima and Animus by Carl Jung.

“Anima represents the feminine whisper inside of a patriarchal society,” Liza explains. “This is especially significant to me because this CD will benefit SWHR.”

“The doctors did not know if I would ever be able to sing or perform again,” explains Liza. “Now that I am better, I feel that it is my job to help increase awareness about the dire need for funds to research how illness, disease and medications uniquely affect women’s bodies.”

Most of the songs on Anima were composed or co-composed by women including Joni Mitchell’s “Blue,” “A Thousand Kisses Deep” by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, and Kate Bush’s “Wow.” Liza Lee is particularly haunting on “Silver Dagger” and “Revolving Mattress,” a song about confounding expectations and “Sorry Child” an original about the cyclical nature of drug and psychological abuse. She also presents a unique and memorable interpretation of the Peggy Lee hit “Is That All There Is.” Her supporting cast includes such notables as pianists Bruce Barth, Michael Kanan, David Cook and Art Hirahara, bassist Pat O’Leary, drummers Michael Petrosino and Eric Halvorson, the reeds of Scott Robinson, Jim Clouse and Adam Kolker, and guitarist Kelsey Warren. Singer Shayna Steele duets with Liza on ”Calling You.”

When the time to record her first album arrived, the result was Scarlet Mark. As with all of Liza Lee’s music, the songs dealt with aspects of her life. She drew from such diverse writers as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael, in addition to her own title cut.

For the future, Liza has been busy writing songs and lyrics for other artists and she is currently composing her first operetta. She is also involved in recording her first all-original music project, Houses Of Detention, with producer, guitarist and composer Joe Davi, whose credits include work with Mya (Interscope), Akon (Universal), Foxy Brown (Universal), Noreaga (Penalty), Big Punisher (Loud), Kelis (Jive Records), Remy Ma (Universal) as well as Neyo and Jennifer Hudson.

“I enjoy taking personally influential songs from all genres and reworking them into jazz standards. Additionally, I plan to concentrate more on creating and performing original compositions in the future,” says Liza. “I love standards but none of us sound like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. We need to work with today’s material and keep the music going and growing.”

Liza Lee is an important voice of the 21st Century. Her continual evolution and development, which are well displayed on Anima, are fascinating to watch and her thought-provoking music is always memorable. She has proven herself a consistently intriguing vocalist and a significant addition to the current jazz scene.

Lyrics

Revolving Mattress

Written By: Liza Lee

Revolving Mattress: Liza Lee

This is not what you think
It is going to be
It won’t complete you
No one’s kiss can
Not what you had imagined
They are only human after all
Imperfections, flaws
Open naked panting on your neck
Their sweat invading your own
This is no cure

Curled on my side
These springs are an ache
Digging in my ribs
I’m here again
Not what I had imagined
He is only human after all
No ovation, applause
For what we just did
A common occurrence
Now I want my other lover
Not sure which one

A Revolving mattress
Of insecurity
All lack of sense
All lack of love
And when I am in the trembling center
Of this tumultuous charade
I will pretend to forget
All lack in me

I was not what he thought
I was going to be
I did not complete him
No one’s cave can
Not what he had imagined
I am only human after all
So imperfect flawed
I seem to be
A lost little nymph
Sunk down in his quilt
No siren here

I shouldn’t do this anymore
I make so many paramours
Guest bedroom visits
Only bring slight pallid pleasures
I swiped my metro card
And leapt inside
My own tomb
Shaved, oiled, perfumed
This weary body
A premeditated train trip
An excursion that ends with torture

He was not what I thought
He was going to be
He did not complete me
No one’s cock can
Not what I had imagined
He is only human after all
He is not my savior
No sanctuary
Can’t keep me from my mind
Now in calm oblivion
I hate myself
I hate myself
I hate myself

We were not what we thought
We were going to be
We did not complete we
No one’s con can
Not what we had imagined
We are only human after all
We are not a couple
We are a nothing
I am kept by someone else
Not wearing a ring
Can’t change the truth

A Revolving mattress
Of insecurity
All lack of sense
All lack of love
And when I am in the trembling center
Of this tumultuous charade
I will pretend to forget
All lack in me

Sorry Child

Written By: Liza Lee

Is this what you think I wanted to be?
Living moment to momentum and only chasing one sweet sting
Is this how you think I wanted to live?
You want my attention but I have nothing left to give

I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child

I need to remember you didn’t ask to be born
I made that decision wanted someone to love me but let me say one thing
Your love is a plaster but I need not to think
And when I see me in your eyes I return to my needle and my drink

I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child

I would like to clean up but right now I can’t move
You sit alone being brought up by cable and I’m locked inside my room
I would love to come out and be the parent my parent’s couldn’t be
I need not to remember what that unit did to me

I’m so sorry child
Let’s go again
I’m so sorry child
Let go again
You scream please stop
As you cry on the floor
This scene is familiar
I’ve been here before
I’ve been here before
But I was the one on the floor

I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child
I’m so sorry child
Let go again
Let go
I'm
I’m so….

Your Stride (Alternative Pop)

Written By: Liza Lee

Standing outside gazing in
You needed this unstable stance
To become who you are
No matter how wrong it may have been
More right has come then could have been expected

Crafting the chaos, the storm
Sad as this makes you for their sake
Cruel using pawn
Maybe they will look inside and see
More right has come then could have been expected

We are not significant
I know this is hard to absorb
But how freeing not to try to be
Perfection found in flaws
Perfection found in flaws
Gifts unburied in the fall
Gifts unburied in the fall
We are all just one blow away
From being dandelion dust

Standing still by the wood
Feel that you need just one more taste
So you can recall
What you feel like in the spark
More you may come out than could have been expected

There won’t always be a new door
This is your entryway
You have failed so specifically before
Come in and clean up the stains
Come in and clean up the stains
Come on and learn from the rain
Come on and grow with the pain
We are all just one-step away
It is your stride to take

Sister Mary Sexual (Alternative Pop)

Written By: Liza Lee

Are you?
Are you sweetie?
Are you just a little more pious than me?
In the uptight fingering of ebony and ivory
Does she know that you do the same thing to me?

Are you?
Are you baby?
Are you just a little less crazy than me?
Will she suffer your tantrums for her daily bread?
Does she know that it’s my body she’s being fed?

Sister, Sister Mary
Sister Mary Sexual
Sister, Sister Mary
Sister Mary Sexual

Are you?
Are you cutie?
Are you just a little more learned than me?
You’ve had an extra lifetime without limitations
Does she know that you drain wine from childlike me?

Are you?
Are you honey?
Are you just a little less hung up than me?
I’m still bleeding from these holes in my heart
Does she know that you’re my Judas? Oh frame me.

Sister, Sister Mary
Sister Mary Sexual
Sister, Sister Mary
Sister Mary Sexual

Oh Sister, Sister Mary
He told me I was “beautiful”
Oh Sister, Sister Mary
Did he tell you you’re…
Oh Sister, Sister Mary
Did he tell you you’re beautiful?

Doesn't Take Much (Alternative Pop)

Written By: Liza Lee

It doesn’t take much to make me go off of the deep end
Knock-knock
That is my home
The rabbit hole has come to call
I peer into your disarray and down I fall
It doesn’t take much to make me dive
Not when I am chasing you…

It doesn’t take much to make me think that God is pretend
Knock-knock
Is anybody listening?
This religion is a ploy
My Lord is one cruel delinquent boy
It doesn’t take much to make me pray
I like to cover all my bets

Something there is, doesn’t love a wall
And I’m not saying I don’t have my own lines to cross
I’m not saying that this ticket wasn’t worth the cost
But somewhere in this garbled text my shine got lost
And that’s a heavy price to pay
To sit by you
That’s a hard price to pay
To be with you

It doesn’t take much to make me ask from whom we defend?
Knock-knock
Is anybody out there?
I don’t trust our left or right
Who are the real terrorists in this plight?
It doesn’t take much to make me cry
These lands are raped for you and me

It doesn’t take much
Oh no, it doesn’t take too much to make me wail
It doesn’t take much
Oh no, it doesn’t take too much to make me wonder is this hell?
Shuffling quietly behind this death machine
Pretending that my liberal sanitized hands are clean
These stupid distractions have desensitized me
Can somebody, can I, lead me back to me?

Something there is, doesn’t love a wall
And I’m not saying I don’t have my own lines to cross
But I am saying that this ticket wasn’t worth the cost
Somewhere in that cloud of smoke another persons lost
That’s a heavy price to pay
To sit by you
That’s a hard price to pay
To stand by you

It doesn’t take much to make me run away from you
I like to do things I’m not supposed to do
It doesn’t take much to make me come right back to you
It doesn’t take much, oh yes, oh yes
It doesn’t take much, oh no, oh no
It doesn’t take much, mm hm, mm hm
It doesn’t take much

Check Out (Alternative Pop)

Written By: Liza Lee

Breathing today
In-take today
Seems much too painful
I fade away

Fighting today
Straining to say
Don’t want to be here
Don’t think I should stay

Waking today
Walking today
Seems like a burden
I float away

I just want to check out
To check out, to check out
To check out, to check out
To check out, to check out
To check

Loving today (This is a choice)
Wanting to say (Use your own voice)
I’m too strong to sit here
A fool not to escape

But this strange thread (Mom are you here?)
Yes this strange line (You are not them)
Shrouded in self pity
This is my crime

I just want to check out
To check out, to check out
To check out, to check out
To check out, to check out
To check

The blood in these fists
This curdle of lies
I’ve put my socks on
Sweet demon good-bye

Not allowed to check out
To check out, to check out

Discography

Scarlet Mark - Released 2004
Anima - Released 1/27/09
Houses of Detention - 09

Set List

Typically one to three sets.
8 - 12 Songs, 45 minutes to an hour each set.