My Name is August

My Name is August

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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My Name is August is an energetic, soulful and infectious brand of singer/songwriter pop-rock fronted by Philadelphia songwriter, Michael August. Heart touching melodies, powerful lead vocals and soaring instrumentals make these songs and performances easy to fall in love with.

Biography

Remember that kid that you hear about, the one that grew up in a music school, racing from room to room, banging on instruments, making the conservatory his playground?

I am that kid. My name is August and music is, and has always been , my life. The creation, the performing…it is all that I have ever known.

My grandpop first started to teach me violin when I was three and I began formally playing the piano at five. First song written? That would have been fifth grade. All of this was great until I hit high school and rebelled. You know how most kids pick up the guitar in high school to rebel? I put mine down and picked up a soccer ball.

This lasted for four years until my friends and I, all jocks, were recruited by the choral director to populate the chorus and the school play, in the hopes of raising their cool factor. That was all it took and I found my way back to my heart, my essence, my self. Singing. Performing. Writing.

So, that’s me. But there is more to My Name is August than just me and I know enough to recognize that. Way back in 2004, I met Eric Schwank, another songwriter who shared the same compulsion, no, need to write. Constantly. Incessantly. Continually. Instantly, we recognized our shared musical vision and this began our journey. Adding to the magic that makes up a strong working band’s success, I met Bill Grillo in 2005. Not only is Bill an outstanding drummer and overall musician, but he has been a huge contributor and an inspirational spirit. After six years, a couple of different bands and thousands (and thousands!) of cups of coffee, I think we have finally gotten it right.

After the release of our debut album ‘8’ and our latest EP,
‘A Higher Place’, we have been fortunate enough to sell 10,000+ CD’s and Mp3’s and build a substantial indie following. The friends and fans we’ve met along the way have helped us to sell-out venues like World Café Live and Grape Street in Philadelphia, The Bitter End in NYC and countless college campuses all along the East Coast and Midwest, while also creating a buzz with labels, publishers, mass media and you. ;)

What inspires me? What music do I like to listen to? I have a strong affinity for the classic and intelligent pop music of Billy Joel and the Beatles. I freely admit that I’m a bit jealous of John Mayer and Dave Matthews for screwing with the “formula” and getting it perfect every time. Listening to my first Counting Crows album is what inspired me to begin writing. (In fact, I’m listening to the Crows latest album at this very moment) Eric, well, Eric is infatuated with the lyrics of Nick Cave and Tom Waits, the beautifully raw songwriting of Francis Dunnery. And did you know that Eric picked up the guitar for the first time after hearing the Edge play for U2? If you have yet to hear our music, people compare us to the likes of The Fray, Matt Nathanson, Augustana, Train and Ben Folds. In the end, I can’t say that we sound exactly like any one of these great artists specifically, but at least you’ll understand our foundation.

I have lent my talents to many charitable endeavors, most notably Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties where I have performed for the last few years at their largest fundraiser, BowlForKidsSake and for whom I have currently finished a song for their agency’s mission video and new ad campaign.

Without further ado, I would like to present,
“My Name is August”, an energetic, soulful and infectious blend of singer/songwriter pop-rock. We are prolific songwriters and recording artists, determined on creating music and performances that are simply unforgettable. I hope you enjoy your time with us.

Cheers,
August

Lyrics

Brick by Brick

Written By: Michael Walton and Eric Schwank

Verse 1:
Well I know it’s been awhile
since I have seen a smile
I can believe in.

She counts her days in cigarettes
and lives her life with no regrets
as long as she’s breathin’.

I’m staring down the stars tonight
as she’s burning like satellite
falling from the sky.

When her lips begin to curl
she tight rope walks across my world
and I’m left, hanging on the line.

Chorus:
And I wont waste my time
with all these worries that would break my mind.
And I’m walking tall,
brick by brick taking down my wall.
And I try to speak, but I can’t find the words.
You build me up and brick by brick I fall.

Verse 2:
As the day turns into night
she’ll steel a kiss and hold on tight
she never likes to say goodbye.

When unspoken words are seen behind
these smiling eyes we slip inside
a world, with nothing left to hide.

Chorus: Same

Bridge:
I fall, I fall. She’s got my head spinning around.
I fall, I fall. She’s got my world crumbling down.
When unlocks all the doors that hide me
And climbs into the world inside me.

Na na na na na na….

Chorus:

Dragonfly

Written By: e.schwank

Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the burn
Of a scarlet sky
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling
Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the black
Of a starlit night
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling

All afternoon
sticks become swords
It's paces three
And then face me
As we duel
On the body of a fallen tree
The sun's going down
There ain't no one around
But something's caught my eye
Coming up from the ground

Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the burn
Of a scarlet sky
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling
Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the black
Of a starlit night
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling

Here comes the moon
Turning everything blue
So I take it in
Catch fortune on the wind
'Til I got no recollection
Of where I've been
We're taking our time
Watching our watches unwind
I want to stay right here with you
'Til time out of mind

Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the burn
Of a scarlet sky
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling
Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the black
Of a starlit night
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling

Sometimes I believe
That you can breathe fire, yeah
Your tongue's like a burning sword
Could I push past the flames
If I had the desire
Won't you let me back
Into your garden?
Dragonfly

Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the burn
Of a scarlet sky
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling
Follow the dragonfly
Up through the sky
Past the blue into the black
Of a starlit night
Everytime that you are near
You know I'm not here
I'm lost in the wonderful feeling

Astronaut Song

Written By: Eric Schwank

Astronaut Song

Verse One:
I use to think that I could be an Astronaut
If I just gave it all I got
I can do anything I want
But I’m older now and so I recognize a lie
Doesn’t matter how hard I try
You know I’ll never reach the stars

My hopes my best laid plans and all my dreams you see
Are too big for my ability
You know I try with all my might
To spread my wings making this Earth a memory
Make everyone remember me
As I’m flying out of sight

Whoa oh oh oh

Chorus:
Don’t tell me its ok when it’s not
Don’t tell me I can buy what can’t be bought
Some people have a little
Some people have a lot
You never get anymore then you already…

Verse Two:
I use to give everything I had and more
Can’t remember what I did it for
Everybody lets me slide
Isn’t it great every time we celebrate mediocrity
And learn lessons in hypocrisy
So everybody makes the grade

I took my time to find that I could coast along
And everybody still sings my song
And still you play it like you care
Every time you lie you know you take a little bit of my liberty
Back again in mental slavery
When you worship what is fair

Whoa oh oh oh

Chorus

Guitar Solo

Chorus:
Don’t tell me its ok when it’s not
Don’t tell me I can buy what can’t be bought
Some people have a little
Some people have a lot
You never get anymore
You never get anymore
You never get anymore then you already got

Caroline

Written By: Michael August

Caroline
Verse One:
I read the letters that you send
You’ve got me broken up again
‘Cause I can read between the lines
You won’t show me what’s inside

But I know the secrets that you keep
They show when you’re talking in your sleep
As for me I tell you everything
I wear it on my sleeve

Pre-Chorus:
I still love you Caroline
I’ll tell you a thousand times
I can read between the lines
But I could not see the warning signs
Well I guess my love was blind
‘Cause now you’ve gone away
And I’d like to say…

Chorus:
Caroline, Caroline
What are you running from this time
Caroline can you hear me now
‘Cause I’m calling out so loud
Caroline, Caroline
You know I’m never gonna say goodbye
I know I’ll see you again
And I will wait for you till then

Verse Two:
I know I’ve been here for too long
And I’m still singing the same old song
A broken record in my head
A million things I should have said

But this time I’ve learned to play the fool
In this game I’ve broken on the rules
And I have nothing left inside
I can’t laugh and I can’t cry

Pre-Chorus:
I still miss you Caroline
We’ve been here a thousand times
Living in the backseat of my mind
Those were the best days of my life
But now you’ve gone away
And I’d like to say…

Chorus

Bridge:
Caroline, Caroline…

Guitar Solo

Chorus:
Caroline, Caroline
What are you running from this time
Caroline can you hear me now
‘Cause I’m calling out so loud
Caroline, Caroline
You know I’m never gonna say good-
No I’m never gonna say good-
No I’m never gonna say goodbye
I will wait for Caroline

Miss Tennessee

Written By: Michael August

Miss Tennessee
Verse one:
I said your love gonna make a man of me
And your touch gonna bring me to my knees
Gonna take time, time, time to make me believe
‘Cause I thought that love was a dream
‘Til I saw my world through the eyes of a girl… she was…

Chorus:
Miss Tennessee
You've got the best, the best of me yeah
Miss Tennessee
You’re just like a queen and it feels like a dream
When you're lovin' me… yeah lovin’ me
Verse two:
Can you feel my walls crumbling down
When you steal my breath without making a sound
A southern smile to light up this town
Like an angel in disguise; a sight for sore eyes
Shining bright as the sun when the morning comes…she was…
Chorus:
Solo:

Verse three:
I will lay my pride down on the line
So don’t slip away. Don’t let it fade
‘Cause you’re bright as the sun oh you’re the only one
Chorus/Tag
Outro

Late Night Girls

Written By: Michael August

Late Night Girls
Verse One:
Hey Girl what’s your name
And have we met you look so familiar
This time this could be right
Or are you looking for someone to take you home tonight

Pre-Chorus:
I know I’ve been there before
And this could be simple if the world was black and white
I know I’m fooling myself
To think this could be something
But it sure feels good tonight

Chorus:
Late night girls are always taking me home
Late night girls you know you can’t be alone
You never never gonna give me what I need
Late night girls they ain’t got no love for me

Verse Two:
Hey you what’s your game
And what’s your story ‘cause you seem to be looking my way
With a quick a smile and eager eyes
You must be looking for someone to keep you warm tonight

Pre-Chorus:
I know I’ve been there before
And this could be something if the mood was right
I know I’m fooling myself to think this could be something
But you look so damn good tonight

Chorus
Late night girls you get your drinks for free
Late night girls say “hey are you looking at me”
You never never gonna give me what I need
Late night girls ain’t gonna get no love from me, yeah

Bridge:
Things happen so fast these days
I’m running ‘round in circles
And you spin me out of control
Why don’t we test the waters baby
Why don’t we take it slow

Guitar Solo

VerseThree:
Hey Girl what’s your name
And have we met you look so familiar

Chorus:
Late night girls
Late night girls
Never, never gonna give me what I need
Late night girls they ain’t got no love for me
Late night girls ain’t gonna get no love from me

Home

Written By: Michael August

Home

Verse one:
Take it slow don’t move so fast
Here we go let’s make this one last
The clock on the wall is staring me down
One more dance one more chance to let myself go

Chorus:
And you take me home again
The fire in your eyes leads me home again
Our two worlds collide as I’m finding my way
The light in your eyes leads me home
Leads me Home

Verse Two:
I see your face across the room
A crowded place but my eyes are on you
I can help but hope that things might be the same
The love we know still run through my veins

Chorus:

Bridge:
Stay close to me and I’ll hold so tight
Take a step back now but it feels so right
We were here so many years ago
Home…

Ending
Take me home
Take me home
Take me home
I wanna go home
Wanna go home

Hey California!

Written By: Eric Schwank - My name is August

Verse 1:
Hey California I still consider you my friend
Even if we never talk or even write again
I will always recall to my mind all the good times that we found
What we have is like the mafia; once you're in you ain't never gettin' out
Now I'm standing at the gates to the graveyard of rock star dreams and so it seems
That I never pegged you for somebody who would settle down
Its an uphill climb keeping your dreams alive
Don't worry 'bout you and I ...It'll be alright
Verse 2:
Hey California as long as I have you on the line
Even if our fates do not erase the separation of space and time
You can always picture me livin' in some back room of your mind
Even though we're both as good as ghosts our memories will never die
Chorus:
Hey.... California
I see the kind of state that you've been livin' in
Hey....California babe
Whatever you need you're gonna have it all in the end
Bridge:
Your blue sky turns to gray when you pin your hopes on just one dream
When you only think about your life in black white you're bound to miss all the beautiful colors in between
Verse 3:
Hey California guess we'll never really say goodbye
'Cause this is not the end its just a separation of space and time, a separation of space and time, a separation of space and time.
Close

Half the Girl

Written By: Michael August

Half the Girl

Verse 1:
Winter finds you
A world left behind you
Street lights remind you
of the shadow that walked beside you
So Long... For so long

Verse 2:
Her outstretched arms his empty eyes
She'll reach for him but he's numb inside
She gave herself she gave her life
But the hand she held could not hold her tight
Let Go...Let Go

Chorus:
She said,
"It feels like we belong together
and it feels like we'd go on forever"
But the tears will drip from her fingertips
As she wipes her eyes and bites her lip
She said,
"Who will take what's left of me,
Half the girl I used to be
Without you love all I've got left is me"

Verse 3:
She's wanting more she's waiting for
The one she loves to walk through the door
She gave herself oh she gave her life
But the hand she held could not hold her tight
Let Go... Let Go

Chorus 2:
She said,
"It feels like we belong together
and it feels like we'd go on forever"
But the tears will drip from her fingertips
As she wipes her eyes and bites her lip
The waking up is the hardest part
Oh she built her world around his heart
She said,
"Who will take what's left of me,
Half the girl I used to be
Without you love all I've got left is me
All I've got left is me
All I've got left is me"

Easy to Love

Written By: Michael August

Easy to Love

Verse 1:
These city lights shine down on me
Like stars they appear to guide me
Into the eyes of a girl walk blindly
You’ve been searching and there you find me
Easy to Love

Verse 2:
I’m taking my time go slowly
Still remember how I felt so lonely
You take me into your arms and hold me
Make me feel like I’m the only one
So Easy to Love

Chorus:
I got a little more faith this time
I can’t keep you off my mind no
I’m laughing just because
The feeling doesn’t leave me baby oh you’re just so Easy to Love

Verse 3:
Sounds funny but its like you knew me
Try to hide it but you see right through me
Now I’m leaving these fears behind me
I’ll make you feel like you’re the only one
So Easy to Love

Chorus: Same

Bridge: Love….. So Easy to Love

Chorus: Same

Out: So easy baby….

Discography

'A Higher Place - EP' (2010)
-A Higher Place (track 1) is played regionally on Delaware's 93.7WSTW, Philadelphia's Top Rock Station 93.3 WMMR as well as internationally in Hamburg Germany.

'8' (2008)
- Astronaut Song (track 1) was #1 requested song on Delaware's 93.7 WSTW
- Caroline (Track2) is receiving airplay on 93.7 WSTW and many college stations around the country.
"Astronaut Song" & "Caroline" are also receiving airplay on Germany's top Rock stations.

'Time Out of Mind' (2007)
-'Moonlight Serenade' 93.7 wstw, 88.5 wxpn, college radio
-'Brick by Brick' most requested on 93.7 WSTW,
-'Dragonfly' 93.7 wstw, Q104.1NYC, Hamburg Nights, Popular German rock station in Hamburg
-'Borrowed & Blue' 93.3wmmr

Set List

MNIA Original Music:

Victims of the Game
Falling Back to You
Moonlight Serenade
Another Masquerade
FBN
Borrowed & Blue
Brick by Brick
i am not for me
Gravity
Bittersweet Sunset
Dragonfly
Need to Know
Coming Clean
The Astronaut Song
Caroline
Staring Down the Sun
Home
Burn
Pages
Story of My Life
White Horse on the Hill
Memento
Late Night Girls
Hey California!
Miss Tennessee

MNIA also has a repertoire of covers by bands such as:

Beck, Dispatch, Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, Stevie Wonder, U2 and more!