mike morello

mike morello

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

morello's smooth, easy voice and guitar playing skills lay the foundation for an extremely unique sound, mixing jazz, rock and pop. mike has made a quick name for himself and his upcoming album, "up to something" will show off mike's versatility. mike is a high energy performer. be sure to catch him

Biography

visit me at www.mikemorello.net
or at www.myspace.com/mikemorello

mike morello is a connecticut born singer/songwriter on the cafe scene. his fresh blend of jazz, soul and acoustic pop, is rooted in many influences, however he has come up with a sound that is packing area bars and coffee houses.

-anonymous (‘The Connecticut Post’)

mike is in the studio recording his new album, "up to something" and will begin his summer tour on august 3rd in new york city (dates coming soon).
mike's "wound up" is playing on over 450 radio stations nation-wide.

mike on playing live (from www.mikemorello.net)

a few people have asked me lately what it's like to get on stage and perform. i remember that when i first began to get up in front of people, i was scared to death. here i was, all of a sudden, a foot higher than everyone else in the room (and i'm not too tall, so this was strange enough by itself), everyone's eyes on that stage and on me and here i was with my little love songs and my feelings totally open and truthful to an audience full of people i didn't know and i felt like i was always ready to do something totally idiodic. i felt like everyone was just waiting for me to mess something up so that they could point and laugh. it wasn't until much later that i realized that people are gazing up at the stage because they want to be entertained and/or because they wish they were up there, too. they want to be transported from their everyday lives to where you are; from something you have within you and within your music. at first, to combat anxiety, i would put myself down and so, that way, if i really did mess anything up, i had already covered my ass. there was a problem with this, though. i realized that people want to see confidence on stage. off stage i was confident. i needed to take it with me when i went up there to play. what i needed to understand was that, at the end of the day, some people are just gonna' plain hate your stuff (just look at a couple of my amazon reviews) and there isn't a damn thing we can do to change that. (as a matter of fact, the second we try to change to please someone, we piss off someone else and basterdize our own true music). at the same time, though, someone out there really digs what you're doing and they deserve to get the best performance you can give them. as a matter of fact, anyone who takes the time to come to see me play, spends their valuable time listening to me, maybe pays a cover to get in and buys a drink (even if they're the guy who hates my shit) deserves for me to play the best i can play every time. the audience wants to see that i feel my music, that i love my music. that's the other step to being comfortable on stage... you have to feel your own music. this comes in the writing of it. it sounds really cheesy, but when i write, i pour my feelings on the paper and in the words and through the strings. it isn't about thinking, "i need to be writing a hit pop song that the masses will adore (although that would be nice)" but it is about getting yourself in that feeling and using whatever comes out when you're in that place. that will make it authentic and you can really know that you're telling the truth. then, when i perform, before i play any song, i try to get myself back into that feeling i had so that it will be as real as the day i wrote it. with that, you will be confident enough to love it and your audience will really sink their teeth into it. if i do this, i forget about that guy who hates it because i'm focused on some beautiful girl that i loved or that thing i did or that place i saw or that feeling i had. at the end of the day, only you need to like what you're doing on stage. if you're just starting out and / or you're frightened of performing (and i'm no expert... i'm always learning), please know that it gets easier over time. for me, now, it's a real trip. one more thing. you can't look for the spotlight. people are smart enough to see right through that. you have to be willing to play just as hard for one single person at a cafe sipping on their coffee as you would for entire arena full of screaming fans. the music is the music and that, for me, is the most important thing to remember. i have to enjoy what i do on that stage, otherwise it becomes like a job and i don't want playing music to feel like that. i hope that answers the question. see you all soon... thanks for listening. - mike (from my online journal at www.mikemorello.net)

with a new album hitting retail and online stores, mike says, "i write what i feel and hope people dig it. i hope they can connect to it in some way. i won't write it if i haven't been through it. if i did, it wouldn't be real and i wouldn't feel it and neither would my audience."

"there are some great things going on in music right now. some great musicians are being recog

Lyrics

spontaneous

Written By: mike morello

spontaneous
c. 2007 new view music / mike morello
written by mike morello

you're a big girl, now
you don't need anyone's permission
just follow your intuition
do you need me to spell it out?
do you need an invitation?
to make an educated decision?

you can try to hide behind
the little girl disguise
but i see it say "right now" in your eyes
be in this moment
don't ruin the surprise

right now
you won't be sorry if we do
right now
since you've been meaning to
just go with it
and do what you want to
right now
it'll be beautiful
i promise you

it's been everyone else's rules
all your life
do you really need their voice inside your head?
when you're crawlin' into bed
tellin' you the company to keep
when it's me, all alone,
singin' you to sleep?

we're not gettin' any younger
you've listened to the rumors
but we both know
it's gettin' way to late
we don't have nearly long enough
to sit and hesitate

right now
you won't be sorry if we do
right now
since you've been meaning to
just go with it
and do what you want to
right now
it'll be beautiful
i promise you

it'll be beautiful
if we do... if we do, right now
don't wait too long
don't say too much
don't think too much
just be spontaneous
don't wait too long
don't say too much
it don't take too much
to be spontaneous

we're not gettin' any younger
you've listened to the rumors
but we both know
it's gettin' way to late
we don't have nearly long enough
to sit here and debate

right now
you won't be sorry if we do
right now
since you've been meaning to
just go with it
and do what you want to
right now
it'll be beautiful
i promise you

on from here

Written By: mike morello

on from here
c.2007 new view music / mike morello
written by mike morello

we're on our way, today
tappin' out together
rhythm of the same song
feet up on the dashboard
right where they belong
hand out the window
makin' waves in the breeze
it's the reason why
i loved you all along

no matter where we come from
and no matter where
we're goin' to
sometimes you drive
and sometimes i steer
either way, baby
let's go on from here

just a bit of open road
with no place to go
save for me and you
and everything that we want to do
you were my most beautiful view
so i'll try to capture every one

no matter where we come from
and no matter where
we're goin' to
sometimes you drive
and sometimes i steer
either way, baby
let's go on from here

no matter where we come from
and no matter where
we're goin' to
sometimes you drive
and sometimes i steer
either way, baby
let's go on from here

that's that

Written By: mike morello

that's that
c.2007 new view music / mike morello
written by mike morello

there's a place
on my rooftop
where i learn to stop
countin' myself out
there's a place
on a passenger seat
where i find out right
where i'm goin'
there's a place
in front of a window
where i can see
what i've not seen
there's a place
under a streetlight
where i can see my slate's still clean

feels like that
it looks like that
i guess that's that, oh
looks like that
it seems like that
i guess that's that
looks like that
it feels like that
i guess that's that, oh
seems like that
it looks like that
i guess that's that

there's a place
up on somebody's shoulders
where i can be
over the top
there's a place
in my heart
that's beggin' me not to stop
there's a place
in the middle of nowhere
where i find that i'm
givin' myself a hand
there's a place
out on the horizon
i don't need to understand

feels like that
it looks like that
i guess that's that, oh
looks like that
it seems like that
i guess that's that
looks like that
it feels like that
i guess that's that, oh
seems like that
it looks like that
i guess that's that

seems like you're lost
and you can't find your way
right where you are
is where your at
and that's that
feels like your lost
and you can't find your way
maybe you've found a new place
maybe you've found a new place
to start

feels like that
it looks like that
i guess that's that, oh
looks like that
it seems like that
i guess that's that
looks like that
it feels like that
i guess that's that, oh
seems like that
it looks like that
i guess that's that

feels like
looks like
seems like
that's that
there's a place in my mind
there's a place in my heart
there's a place in my soul
there's a place in the world
that's that
that's that
that's that, ya
that's that
that's that
that's... that

Discography

"up to something" - full-length, full-production LP (coming soon - summer 2007)

“leisure” – full length, full- production LP (2005)

“next to you” – single EP (2005)

"new view" - full-length LP (2004)

"a word or two" - EP (2004)

Radio Tracks – “wound up,” "on from here"

Streaming tracks are available on CDbaby.com, amazon.com, iTunes.com, napster.com, rhapsody.com, musicnet.com and over 40 others.

Set List

my set can range between 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the venue. i play all original tunes. in addition to playing the 14 tracks on my full-length LP, i also play new, unrecorded songs, older crowd favorites of mine and often put in an improv section. occasionally, i play a cover by george benson, james taylor, stevie wonder, or jack johnson.

recent venues played:

cbgb's gallery - NYC
cafe vivaldi - NYC
art 4 life tsunami benefit - NYC
acoustic cafe - fairfield, CT
huntington street cafe - huntington, CT
ray kelly's - bridgeport, CT
stratford day festival - stratford, CT
antonio's - fairfield, CT
liquid lunch - shelton, CT
center stage - shelton, CT
the red door - watertown, CT
cafe atlantique - milford, CT
las vetas lounge - fairfield, CT
SoNo caffeine - norwalk, CT
southern CT state university - new Haven, CT

soon to play...

the bitter end - new york, NY
central CT state university - hartford, CT
hart @ university of hartford - hartford, CT
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