Marianne Kesler

Marianne Kesler

BandFolkAcoustic

"A lyricist with the heart of a poet"... Music that's art for your ears!

Biography

Marianne is a touring singer-songwriter traveling the coffeehouse and house concert circuit where her laid-back & introspective style is a perfect soundtrack for the thoughtful listener. A lyricist with the heart of a poet, her writing style embraces allegory and lush imagery set to post modern art alt folk/pop/rock.

Marianne has been mostly off-road for a season of writing, and two of the songs on this EPK feature other artists singing songs that Marianne has written or co-written, showcasing her diversity of writing styles/genres.

*"Misfire" was recently voted #2 out of 581 songs on October's R&B/Soul channel on Ourstage.com!
*"What Do I Know" recently got a new demo treatment by producer Ben Kesler, and was recorded by artist Brant Christopher for a new CD!
*Marianne finished up song 13 co-written with Leah Thompson in prep for Leah's recording session in London!

Pear In The Pink Thing (2007) is the 6th release from an artist who grows closer to “who she really wants to be” with each new project. In *Pear In The Pink Thing (* a metaphor for a mystery) Marianne explores her art in this free & eclectic expression of 10 self-penned songs plus acoustic renderings of 2 of Neil Young’s legendary songs.
Reviewer Frank Rasenberger of Australia says...
'I would describe her current music as intelligent pop rock
with experimental qualities & folk sensibilities.'

What if Joni Mitchell got together with Leonard Cohen for a writing session at the coffeehouse where Counting Crows and Neil Young were playing, Jan Krist was singing, Tori & Fionna were pouting, Over The Rhine & Aimee Mann opened, and Santana stopped by to play some smokin' guitar... yeah, it sounds something like that...

Pear in the Pink Thing ~
Music that's art for your ears!!!

Be a friend ~ www.myspace.com/mariannekesler

Lyrics

Mystery

Written By: Marianne Kesler

Mystery

I may defy your explanations
But I may exceed your expectations
I may escape your destinations
While I may enjoy your speculations

Feeling fuzzy, out of sync
Like a soul within her shell
A girl inside a silk cocoon
With a story yet to tell

And I think it’s time for me to fly
And I guess you need not wonder why
I am me and so content to be…a mystery.

I may deny your allegations
And I may ignore your invitations
I may elude your nominations
Yet I may inspire your fascinations

Feeling quirky, left of right
Like a fall between the crack
A question mark misunderstood
With a monkey on my back

You will know me when you hear it
I’m a free and gentle spirit
Making sweet music from the inside out…

c 2007 Cool Spirit Publishing (ASCAP)

Still Small Sadness

Written By: Marianne Kesler

Performed by Marianne Kesler

Never clear what brings you here,
Or what you want to say;
Why you linger at my door
When I don’t want to play.

Here you come & there you go.
(Though I’m sure some would call it madness.)
There you go & here you come…
A certain still small sadness.

Never found what brings you ‘round,
Or why you want to stay;
Why you loiter on my step
When I just walk away.

Here you come & there you go
(Though I’m sure some would call it madness.)
There you go & here you come…
A certain still small sadness.

Be you friend or be you foe,
Somehow you act as if I know,
But I don’t talk to strangers.

c 2007 Cool Spirit Publishing (ASCAP)

2 O'clock

Written By: Marianne Kesler

Performed by Marianne Kesler

2 o’clock in the morning and I…
Think of you my friend.
2 o’clock in the morning and I…
Wonder how you’ve been?
Did she go or did she stay?
Did someone kiss the clouds away?
The hardest part of holding on
is letting go.

2 o’clock in the morning and I…
Think of you again.
2 o’clock in the morning and I…
Wonder how this ends?
Will she go or will she stay?
Will someone kiss the clouds away?

Cause you tried turning water into wine.
And reached for something more divine.
And if you read between the lines you’ll know…
You have to let it go.

2 o’clock in the morning and I…
Wish upon a star.
2 o’clock in the morning and I…
Wonder how you are?
Hearts & backs against the wall,
No matter how the rains may fall,
Hug the dirt, or have to crawl,
Remember someone loves you after all…after all.

2 o’clock in the morning and I…

c 2006 Cool Spirit Publishing (ASCAP)

Poet's Dream

Written By: Marianne Kesler

Poets Dream

Tires screech and tempers tumble.
Motors race and spirits rumble.
Voices flare with violent thunder,
Driven by the spell we’re under.

Tell me when
did it ever get so crazy?
Tell me when
did the perfect sky go hazy?

Let the poets dream And the dreamers lie awake at night
To listen to the sound of the stars in their heads.
Let the poets dream And the dreamers stay awake all night
To listen to the sound of all we should have said.

Minutes fly and hours wander
Moments hang & lovers squander
Daylight wanes with chances wasted
Senseless after all we’ve tasted

Tell me when
did it ever get so crazy?
Tell me when
did the perfect sky go hazy?

Chorus

Your young men shall see visions.
Your old men shall dream dreams.

Chorus x 2
So many things that we should have said,
Funny how they told you it was all in your head.
Dream on. Dream on. Dream on. Dream on.

C 2007 Cool Spirit Publishing (ASCAP)

With You

Written By: Marianne Kesler & J. Benjamin Kesler

With You

Rainy mornings, cloudy nights
Staring out on starry city lights
Wish I may and wish I might
Spend this (still &) quiet time
With you.

Springtime sighs & summer scenes
Something in the shades of blue or green
Sometimes wonder what it means (to)
Spend this (still &) quiet time
With you.

And we never know
the things that slipped away…
And we never know
the time they call today…
And we never know
the things that might have been…
And we never know (if) the time will come again…come again…

Autumn distance, winter’s haze
All wrapped up in gold & silver gray
Makes me want to change
my ways (and)
Spend this (still &) quiet time
With you.

ã 2004 Cool Spirit Publishing

What Do I Know?

Written By: Marianne Kesler

Performed by Ben Kesler

V1
If you just count a little slower
If you can wait a little longer
Keep your voice a little lower
Until you feel a little stronger

Chorus
But hey, what do I know?
I’m just looking for a way to keep her off my mind.
Hey, yeah what do I know?
I’m still trying to convince myself that I’ll be fine.

V2
If you just drive a little faster
If you pretend that she’s a stranger
If you cruise and walk on past her
Until your heart is out of danger

Chorus
But hey, what do I know?
I’m just looking for a way to keep her off my mind.
Hey, yeah what do I know?
I’m still trying to convince myself that I’ll be fine.

Bridge
Cause every time I think I’m ready
And every part of me is steady…
I see her and the sky comes tumbling down.

Final Choruses

But hey, what do I know?
I keep losing touch & wasting so much precious time
Hey, yeah what do I know?
I’m still wondering why I cannot leave it all behind
But hey, what do I know?
I’m just looking for a way to keep her off my mind.
Hey, yeah what do I know?
I’m still trying to convince myself that I’ll be fine.

c 2006 Cool Spirit Publishing (ASCAP)

Your Eyes

Written By: Marianne Kesler & J. Benjamin Kesler

Your Eyes
v1
Sinking deeper,
while the waves crest steeper
You know…I might be drowning.
Going under
with my heart asunder
This time…it could be love.
CHORUS
And a girl could drown
beneath your eyes,
Where amber waves
come by surprise,
Are they green or are they grey?
Blue when I’m away…too long?
v2
Ebb tide flowing
through the under towing
You know…I might be drowning.
Sinking slowly,
but not feigning holy
This time…it could be love.
BRIDGE
Lost at sea & searching
for a way to sink or swim
Ride this tidal wave
until the twilight starts to dim
While friends all say…
chances are so very slim.
v3
Lightening flashing
with the thunder crashing
You know…I might be drowning.
Waters rushing
like a flash flood crushing
This time…it could be love.

Misfire

Written By: Marianne Kesler & *Leah A. Doan *wrote verse melody

Performed by Leah Thompson

V1
Now you’re standing there shell-shocked
Like you can’t believe your ears
While I’m sitting here tongue-tied
Choking back these toxic tears

CHORUS I
Must have been a misfire
Thinking maybe I’m to blame
Left stomping out the brush fire
From this foolish flame

V2
Now I’m bracing for the fall out
Close my eyes and count to ten
While you’re stepping on a land mine
Run for cover, here we go again.

CHORUS II
Must have been a misfire
Thinking maybe I’m to blame
Left standing in the crossfire
Of this foolish flame
Repeat w/CHORUS I
Must have been a misfire
Thinking maybe I’m to blame
Left stomping out the brush fire
From this foolish flame

BRIDGE
Yeah I could call it friendly fire
But baby I would be a liar
Cause we both know those words were aimed to kill

CHORUS III
Guess it must have been a misfire
Doesn’t matter who’s to blame
Here’s calling for a ceasefire
From this foolish game

c 2008 Marianne Kesler & Leah A. Doan

Again

Written By: Marianne Kesler & *J. Benjamin Kesler *verse melody

Performed by Marianne Kesler

v1
staring at ceilings
gazing at floors
clearing out closets
emptying drawers

v2
waiting by windows
driving by doors
hanging in hallways
most of all yours

chorus
again i find you’re on my mind…
again i find you’re on my mind…
again i find you’re on my mind…again.

v3
running with scissors
playing with fire
striking the matches
of deepest desire

chorus
again i find you’re on my mind…
again i find you’re on my mind…
again i find you’re on my mind…again.

bridge
do you ever leave?
don’t you ever go?
lather, rinse, repeat;
it’s all the same you know…

chorus
again i find you’re on my mind…
again i find you’re on my mind…
again i find you’re on my mind…again.

Wallpaper

Written By: Marianne Kesler & Leah A. Doan

Vox Demo sung by Leah Thompson

You never pay attention,
You ignore that I am there.
Despite my ever-presence,
You’re completely unaware.

You act like I am nothing
But a poster by the bed,
A non-essential backdrop
To the static in your head.

Chorus:
So I’m stuck on the wall
Like a clock in the hall,
But you never seem to take the time to notice me at all…
Just like wallpaper.

You’re taking me for granted,
At least that is how it feels.
I am stretched and now I’m fading,
As the edges start to peel.

I blend into the background
Of your ordinary day.
I can’t hang around forever,
When I could just roll away.

Chorus:
And I’m stuck on the wall
Like a clock in the hall,
But you never seem to take the time to notice me at all…
Just like wallpaper.

Bridge:
Since looks can kill and words can crush,
Just grab some paint and take your brush.
It won’t undo me all that much,
If you paint me out of the picture...

Chorus:
“Cause I’m stuck on the wall
Like a clock in the hall,
But you never seem to take the time to notice me at all…
Just like wallpaper.

ã Marianne Kesler & Leah A. Doan (ASCAP)

Discography

1994 From the Heart
Recording artist & co-producer
Recorded at Derek Studios in Dalton, MA
Produced by Barry Grauman

1997 All the Days of My Life
Recording artist & co-producer
Recorded at Derek Studios in Dalton, MA and
Penguin Studios in Syracuse, NY
Produced by Barry Grauman

2000 Canopy of Blue
Recording artist & executive producer
Recorded at Hit Music, Inc. in Spencer, NC
Produced by Jimm Mosher & Alan Grossman

2002 Long Road Home
Recording artist & executive producer
Recorded at Hit Music, Inc. in Spencer, NC
Produced by Jimm Mosher & Alan Grossman

2004 Green Room
Recording artist & executive producer
Recorded at Soulthink Studios in St. Louis,MO
Produced by J. Benjamin Kesler

2007 Pear in the Pink Thing
Recording artist & executive producer
Recorded at Soulthink Studios in St. Louis,MO
Produced by J. Benjamin Kesler

Set List

Marianne will be showcasing the new music from the Pear in the PinkThing CD in solo appearances...
Mystery
Once More
Every Time
Still Small Sadness
Poets Dream
Neon Moon
Catch Me If You Can
Erosion
2 O'clock
Big Love
Ohio
The Needle And The Damage Done

Sets may include songs from Marianne's earlier CDs & also covers from artists as diverse as Switchfoot, Counting Crows, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Over the Rhine, Sheryl Crow, and Kasey Chambers.