Liz Price

Liz Price

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Soft but interesting. Be lulled but not put to sleep. A bit Sade a bit Joni Mitchell. Jazzy, bluesy, funky with touches of unexpected influences of African music , big band, and classical music.

Biography

I always wanted to write songs. I had a band in Poland called Dancing Dragon that was a bit Polish, a bit South African and a bit... whatever. My initial influences were undoubtely the music I'd been steeped in.. the "art music" of the twentieth century perhaps - or some of it, and Jazz - so when I came to try to write down what was in my head I had a hard time as I conjured up rhythms and harmonies beyond my own abilities.

We recorded a song called "I know people..." (featuring the voice of Kasia Silverman, with Piotr Czarnecki and Jarek Cieslak) an innocent-sounding song which definitely shows two main influences - minimalism and African music.

I added more Jazz in later songs - finding the chords on the piano rather than out of my head.
This is how I play piano - it's a kind of tactile relationship. I keep it fairly simple, focussing on playing chords like a guitarist which underpin the melody and keep the rhythm together. I also use a left hand style from time to time creating a kind of slap effect with my left hand thumb.

I'm only just starting to perform myself - previously I wrote for other singers, but this set has been written for my voice and my style of playing. I can perform alone or with a band. I also play trumpet (when with a band) and plan to start experimenting using loops onstage.

As well as writing songs like these I have other musical activities too. I play trumpet in kids theatre/processions/ceremonies (with Majical Youth) at festivals such as Sunrise festival, Buddhafield, Beautiful Days, and the Tribe of Doris. I started an ongoing project 2006t involving creating music (on the computer) in random locations with random people: a kind of "composer in residence" idea named The Myfanwy Project.

I've started putting my completed tracks on the website amazingtunes.com so a google of lizprice should turn up a lot of the recent stuff.

To contact: Lizprice@yahoo.com/lizeuphonium@mac.com, lizeuphonium (skype), 00447986799205.

Lyrics

Why Don't You Leave that Boy Alone

Written By: Liz Price

Tell you 'bout a story
Someone said to me
'Bout how his heart was broken
The girl who made it bleed.

Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?
Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?

Sitting in his bedroom
And he turns to me
Didn't like to tell him
What he does to me.

Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?
Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?

'cause though my heart's sympathetic
I find I'm clear, I'm happy here
And though my heart's sympathetic
I find I'm in bliss when I think of his kiss.....

Baby hope you never
Hear these words and hurt
I never meant to harm you
Not even disconcert.

Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?
Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?

Don't know what to think now
Could it have been true?
I'm waiting for the link now
Still in love with you

Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?
Why don't you leave that boy, leave that boy alone?

'cause though my heart's sympathetic
I find I'm clear, I'm happy here
And though my heart's sympathetic
I find I'm in bliss when I think of his kiss.....

Just a Little Bit

Written By: Liz Price

And as the afternoon draws closer to the evening
And we find that our words become a little more clear
And maybe once we've had that final conversation
We will be convinced that at last we've left
Just a little bit
Just a little bit of ourselves here.

It's not the end it's really not the beginning of
another life, though I recognise that the seeds have been sown.
We're going on with this song that we've been singing
In another key, another melody
There's just a little bit
Just a little bit left of our own.

Habibi

Written By: Liz Price

Meeting you was watching the sun go down and the moon rise
Habibi, habibi.
When's it gonna happen?
Habibi

'cause every single night and every single day
I'm alone in my soul
And I just pray
Habibi
Come on back to me

Habibi, come on back to me.

(NB "habibi" means "darling" in Arabic!)

everything's coming or going.

Written By: Liz Price

Everything's coming or going
2007

Song inspired by the following poem:

We are the music makers
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
 And sitting by desolate streams;
World losers and world forsakers
On whom the pale moon gleams,
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever it seems.

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the worlds great cities
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an Empire’s glory.
One man with a dream at leisure
Can go forth and conquer a crown
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample a kingdom down.

We in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth
Built Ninevah with our sighing
And Babel itself of our mirth.
And oe’rthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world’s worth.
For each age is a dream that is dying
Or one that is coming to birth.

O 'Shaughnessy

C6
Open up your eyes
F 9
Be real to the surprise
A m
'cause everything's coming or going
Em
Yes everything's coming or going (x2)

Eb9 Abmaj7
You and me we've got a lot to learn (x2)

C Em
You and me and humanity
Am7 G6
Welcome to the story 'cause that's what's going on
C Em
I've never seen much sanity
Am7
But if we're not falling apart we must be
Am7 G
falling together.

Follow me...

Written By: Liz Price

Follow me (you are the one that I want)

Liz Price July 2007

Eb9 Savouring the thought of you
Ab Sweetly rings in my mind's view
Fm Offering a promise new
Db My love

Eb9 Seems like only yesterday
Ab All the cliché's come and play
Fm Feel delighted - hip hooray
Db I sigh;

Cm What am I going to do with
G My elation?
Cm What am I going to do with
G My revelation?

Fm Feelings never had before
Eb Certainty that's very raw
Db Here I'm standing, I implore

Cm Bb Follow

Bb x2 Me.
Eb x2 Yipee. Follow
Bb x2 Me.
Eb x2 Yipee

Eb9 Dream you're coming
through the door
Ab I am waiting and what's more
Fm We are holding
one shared thought
Db Of love

Eb9 And I don't know what
took us here
Ab Made us wait so many years
Fm Forced us through
our deepest fears
Db For love

Cm What am I going to do with
G My elation?
Cm What am I going to do with
G My revelation?

Fm Feelings never had before
Eb Certainty that's very raw
Db Here I'm standing I implore.

C Bb Follow

Bb x2 Me.
Eb x2 Yipee Follow
Bb x2 Me.
Eb x2 Yipee
'cause
Dm A Gm
( You are the one that I want)

Eb9 Yes you are
Ab Yes you are
Fm Yes you are
Db I know

Eb9 And I'm asking you
Ab I'm telling you
Fm What will you do
Db ?

'cause
Dm A Gm
You are the one that I want for
Bbm Me
Cm Me
Db Me
Eb Me
Dm A Gm
You are the one that I want
Bb Me (with rhythm)
Eb Me

=

Eb9 And I'm not egoistic
Ab And I'm not jingoistic
Fm And I'm utterly realistic
Db My love

Eb9 And I'm waiting for your answer
Ab And I'm feeling apprehensive
Fm Somebody somewhere
Db Knows the truth

spur of the moment

Written By: Liz Price

you took me out of the future
And you put me into your past
These are the words you used
"It's just too bad that this can't last"
Wishing on a spur of the moment
We could be together
Wishing on a spur of the moment
We could be forever
Healed
Walking along the path where the violet daisies grow
Come feel the grass it's not important what or who you know
Waiting for a man or a woman
Who could be together
Waiting for a man or a woman
Who could be together

Sometimes I remember
These things are far from real
Under the branches are the twigs on which I kneel
It's more than a memory
With more than this I get to bliss
With much more than this

Sometimes it's easy and sometimes it's sad
You think you've got it but you find that it's bad
Life is in rhythm but it sure makes me mad
Another change of pace
Doesn't guarantee I'm glad

Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it's all wrong
You think you've found it but it's someone else's song
Life is in rhythm but you have to sing along
It keeps on changing till it's finally gone

In at the Deep End

Written By: Liz Price

you gotta go out tonight you gotta get out you gotta get on the bus you gotta flaunt it about and at the end of the evening you gotta get up and do your thing you gotta get up on the stage and you gotta sing you gotta sing you gotta sing

you got the reasons and I got the fear you got us here safely so I'll get up here said you got to acknowledge haven't got to at all but heaven is waiting while you slip and you stall you stall you stall

it's easy to say that while you're drinking your beer complacently impatiently I'm not really here I said I needed an answer but I didn't get one then I think I'm falling apart but you say I'm on the mend I'm on the mend I'm on the mend

Waiting by the side of the pool and the water's so clean so inviting x4

Let's just say you were right and I got it completely wrong but it's amenable to changes it's only a song but one that goes a little bit well a little bit like this it's saying this is not a circle it's a spiral towards bliss towards bliss towards bliss and I'd like to thank you so hear this.

Discography

Finished tracks:
Why don't you leave that boy alone.
Life goes on without you
Both available via amazingtunes.com and ilike
Album "Maybe Maybe" due out in March 2008
Album "Snappy Day" (poetry with my music) available via Poetry Scotland
Album: " An Invitation to the Dance" with poet Julian (Daizan) Skinner due to be released May 2008
Airplay on Radio Sheffield in near future.
Track "I know people" played on Polish World Service.
Track "Inchcailleach" with Tracy Patrick (voice and poetry) played on Sheffield Live 27.9.07

Set List

Possible to play two hours of continuous original music.

Typical 40 min SET:

In at the deep end (bouncy S African ish)
Why don't you leave that boy alone (reflective)
Habibi (arabic influenced, cross between blues and ?)
Asking Questions (Why leave it there)
Waves (soft, redolent of Omar)
Life goes on without you (Jazz waltz sort of )
Spur of the moment (Jazzy)
Reasons (slow rock)
Strange (swing)
I can feel it coming (funky, dancy)
Everything's coming or going