Michael Bly

Michael Bly

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The fun funky style of Dave Matthews or Jason Mraz with all the heart of U2 or Bruce Sprinsteen and a hip-hop influenced lyrical style that we call hip-pop rock.

Biography

MICHAEL BLY – BIOGRAPHY

Have you ever had a bad day at work - so bad that you were ready to quit? Tell your boss to “take this job and shove it”? Did you consider all it would require - pay cut, back to school, learning a new trade or the chance that, after all that hard work and effort, things wouldn’t even be any better off than they were before? Like most of us, you probably said “screw it”, stayed where you were and just “sucked it up”, right? Not Michael Bly.

Michael was born in Buffalo, N.Y. where he completed College and Law School, passed the New York State Bar exam and took a job at a huge law firm in Manhattan. He was making more money than he had ever dreamed and had everything most of us think we want when we start out in a career. But something was missing. As he says with his usual explanation of so much feeling in just one word; “I was unfulfilled.”

So, after countless hours of study, over a hundred thousand dollars of investment, and more than three (3) years practicing law, Michael told his boss to shove it. As he recalls; “I had the worst Monday of my life, with a lot of competition for that title, and decided there wasn’t going to be another”. Now, many people would love to do this but are faced with the problem of what to do next. This was never a problem for Michael.

From years of guitar lessons and performing live in various contexts since he was nine (9) years old, Michael always knew where he really belonged – on stage. He explains; “you always know the right thing to do, the tough part is doing it.” It’s been a strange route to take toward becoming a pop-rock recording artist but, at 29, Michael feels that in many ways it might have been the best one; “my experience in some areas of life where few musicians walk leads to different conceptualizations in songwriting. Bringing something novel to an art is what art is all about”

Indeed, the title track to his debut CD, produced by Berklee guys Dave Devonshire, Craig Clemons and Kevin Myers (U2, Dave Matthews) and engineered by Pat Woodward (Matchbox 20, Maroon 5) at New York City’s world famous studio “The Hit Factory”, is called Cliché because the inspiration for the writing and the energy in the amazing live performance comes from the idea that each of us should find something unique that we can share with each other and never let our lives become “just another Cliché”.

Michael is a literary wordsmith in carefully crafting his lyrics, “the only meaningful thing I took from law school” he jokes. He cites diverse inspirations from Bruce Springsteen to Run DMC, and Dave Matthews to U2. The CD tracks are just as diverse. Songs like “Drunk Dial” – the hilarious ode to that 4am phone call we’ve all made will leave you rolling, while songs like “War No More” - a unique and timely consideration of the difficulties in considering the last resort of war – will provoke the thought it deserves.

Cliché has plenty of the love songs we expect from a pop artist including the energetic expose of life with the one you really want - “With You” - and the gorgeous ballad to honor a woman who can never be honored enough – “Angel”. But what really moves Michael in living and writing is also what makes him so unique among today’s pop artists – life experience. He feels like he’s been “born again….given a second chance to do what I was meant to do with my life.” He’s also kept a solid perspective on it all, not losing sight of the fact that many people still haven’t truly shared this enthusiasm. He remembers what that was like and, more than anything else, wants to inspire people to “find themselves” and live only the lives in which they really believe.

In addition to the title track “Cliché”, songs like “Hope” – a “perspective song” that can only be written by someone who’s lived enough to get it, “Why” – a calling out to those who dream what they want but haven’t really gone after it, and “The Music in Me” – the longest track on the CD and worth every minute. As Michael explains; “[I]t’s the story of how I changed my life and it’s meant to change yours.” And it will. If you don’t reflect on where and who you are after hearing this song, you didn’t listen.

Asked about the varied themes in his work, Michael explained; “I write only what I really feel. But I’m honestly every bit as passionate about having fun as I am about love or the poetry of life. More than anything, I believe in moving people with my music. Whether it’s moving them to love, see the world and their own possibilities in it differently or just to party. If I’ve truly moved them, I’ve done my job and I’ve lived my dream.

Like the newer artists he cites as everyday inspiration, Eminem, John Mayer, Jay-Z and Jason Mraz - Michael’s words and performances can be just as party fun as they can be socially conscious, inspirational and deeply connecting. But what’s never lost in any of it is that all of it is just plain good and abov

Lyrics

If You Only Knew

Written By: Michael Bly

You used ta burn so bright till you got burnt one night by your desire
You got a scar for life and now you can't ignite another fire
You only thought you knew what love could do he pulled the rug from under you
got shot in the back, yeah, no time ta react. You wander through this maze in such a daze this craze is more than just a phase and don't turn your back cuz there ain't no turnin' back

But if you only knew how I could change your whole world, fascinate you make you act just like a little girl, captivate you when you see just how good
I could be for you, if you only knew

But you just walk on by without so much as an eye in my direction
I'm just another guy who's sure ta make you cry if you every let him
But baby don't give up just yet, don't quit so quick, blame me for someone else's shit
You're better than that, come on be better than that
You say that love's a game that you don't play cuz all the guys are all the same but that ain't a fact, you know you're better than that

An if you only knew how I could change your whole world, fascinate you make you act just like a little girl, captivate you when you see just how good
I could be for you, if you only knew

Thought ya had ta do what he wanted to if you only knew
An now you're down for da count but I ain't countin' you out
cuz deep down inside those runway eyes I can see a little girl once bitten twice shy an just dyin' for da right guy ta blow her mind and you could have the love you only thought you knew if you only knew what I could do for you

An if you only knew how I could change your whole world, fascinate you make you act just like a little girl, captivate you when you see just how good
I could be for you, if you only knew

Cliche

Written By: Michael Bly

If I saw what you see, inside you, inside me
If I did what you do an left you nothing new
If I say what you say today is just another cliché
Yeah today is just another cliché
Don't you runaway, don't you runaway, don't you runaway

If I heard what you hear an ran from what you fear
If I fought like you fight like you know who's right
If I say what you say today is just another cliché
Don't you runaway, don't you runaway, don't you runaway, don't you runaway
If I stay an you stay but if we runaway it's just another cliché

If you saw what I see, inside you, inside me
If you did what I do an left me nothing knew
If you heard what I hear an ran from what I fear
If you fought like I fight like I know who's right
If you say what I say today is just another cliché
Yeah today is just another cliché

Don't you runaway, don't you runaway, don't you runaway, don't you runaway
Don't let today be another cliché

Why

Written By: Michael Bly

She could be anything anyone ever said she'd never be, you could see it in her eyes
She's got a passion-invigorating vibe inside it's a drive that keeps her alive
She could take you away for a while

But the chances it takes and the hearts that it breaks along the way
Make the pain it creates seem like a fate no one told her she could take, and she stays

Why can't we finally see what it's all all about, why?
Why can't we figure out a way ta figure it out, why?

He could be anything anyone ever said he'd never be, you could see it in his eyes
He's got a passion-invigorating vibe inside it's a drive that keeps him alive
He could take you away for a while

But the chances it takes and the hearts that it breaks along the way
Make the pain it creates seem like a fate no one told him he could take, and he stays

Why can't we finally see what it's all all about, why?
Why can't we figure out a way ta figure it out, why? Oh why?

I got all stuck up inside a lie just a gettin' it up just ta just get by
left with nothin' left but nothin' left ta hide it away for some other day
oh but hey that ain't no way ta play this game of life alive I'll show you why

I'm gonna be everything anyone ever said I'd never be, you can see it in my eyes
I got a passion-invigorating vibe inside it's a drive that keeps me alive
I'm gonna take you away for a while

Cuz there's chances it takes and there's hearts that it breaks along the way
But it's worth any price I could pay for the way I feel today an I can't stay

Why can't we finally see what it's all all about, why?
Why can't we figure out a way ta figure it out, why?

Discography

LP - Cliche (2004)

Set List

Original Set List (1 - 1/2 hours)

Faith in Love
If You Only Knew
Why
Cliche
Radio Ready
Drunk Dial
With You
I Do
Chiara
Love Songs
War No More
Hope
The Music In Me

Cover Set (3-4 Hours +)

Bruce Springsteen, Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews, U2, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Blues Traveler, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, counting Crows, Billy Joel and many, many more.....