Nicolette Aubourg

Nicolette Aubourg

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

South African musician with a unique sound comprised of an unusual ethereal voice, skilled acoustic guitar playing and powerful lyrics ranging from introspective to social commentary. Nicolette OWNS ALL MASTERS, COPYRIGHT & PUBLISHING.

Biography

Recent Awards:
Received Semi-Finalist award for Song of the Year 2013 for "Madiba"; Placed in top 5 in international Song of the Year contest lyric category, December 2009; Honourable Mention in 16th annual Billboard World Song Contest for "Make it up to you" (co-write); Honourable Mention for 2009 Songwars/Mike Pinder contest; "Suggested Artist" in the December 2007 round of the Song of the Year song and lyric competition; Featured Artist in the Indie Artists Alliance 2007 Songwriters and Storytellers Compilation Contest; Honourable Mention winner for 2006 Peacedriven Songwriting Award; Honourable Mention for 2006 Singer/Songwriter Awards “We are Listening” Round 2; Honourable Mention Billboard Songwriting contest for "Dust on Dust"; Honourable Mention Billboard Songwriting contest for "Make it up to you".

“I am a musician and an artist. I try to present an autonomous package of who I am and how I interpret the world - lyrically, musically and artistically. My goal is to make a positive contribution to the world - whether it be through social commentary or by merely presenting music/art that someone can identify with. I write songs that just come to me rather than being planned. Some of my songs were inspired by life in Laurel Canyon. Other songs include “Garden of Remembrance”, which is a tribute to the victims of September 11th; “Craig’s List” (“a tongue-in-cheek song about online dating”); “Ode to a dog” (“dedicated to all dogs”), and two sonnets (Yeats and Shelley) put to music. “I never meant to change you” is inspired in part by Kahlil Gibran's book "The Prophet"; “Lay down your arms” is a plea for peace (and reached #110 on Neil Young’s Living With War” website); “Gratefully” is a song about loss; “When I was old” has lyrics written by my Mom. I am South African and I live in Los Angeles. I play anywhere from small coffee shops to festivals of 10,000 or more.”
Nicolette Aubourg

Lyrics

Wild One

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

Wild One Words & Music by Nicolette Aubourg ©2007

Wild One,
caught in the streetlight,
safe in my arms,
you don’t know where you’re going,
you won’t say where you’re from.

Am I supposed to tame you
or are you here to save me?
Are our lives intertwined just to
hold a mirror to each other’s eyes, -
with the same lessons in life?

We could heal each other’s pain -
hold on till the sun comes up again.
You see I think we’re both confused
who to trust and what we’ll lose,
Wild One.

Am I supposed to tame you
or are you here to save me?
Are our lives intertwined just to
hold a mirror to each other’s eyes, -
with the same lessons in life?

I see ghosts and premonitions
walking hand in hand.
How can there be such contradictions
in my life and in my head,
Wild One?

Am I supposed to tame you
or are you here to save me?
Are our lives intertwined just to
hold a mirror to each other’s eyes?

Or was I right from the start -
that you would take and break my heart,
leave me lonely, leave me alone
in this empty, empty home?
Or was I right from the start -
that you would take and break my heart,
leave me lonely, leave me alone
in this empty, empty home?

Craig's List

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

Craig’s List

Dear Craig,
Thank you for the list. I must admit at first I thought of everyone I’d kiss!
There was the artist, and frugal Martin, and everyone that I dissed -
so many emails, so exciting - a whole new world, so inviting!

Dear Craig,
Thank you for the list.
You gave me hope
when I had none -
I thought I was dismissed.

Lots of photos, lots of typos - why can’t we even spell?
And why does it take so long to make the transition to the phone?
Behind the profile we can be the person of their dreams;
post a photo ten years old and maybe we will fit their mould!

Dear Craig,
Thank you for the list.
You gave me hope
when I had none -
I thought I was dismissed.

And now and then there is the one who makes it seem worthwhile.
We even talk and meet, and swap the details of our lives!
But then he emails less and less - did I misread something he said?
I check the saved ones to be sure, but I’m no wiser than before.

Dear Craig,
Thank you for the list.
You gave me hope
when I had none -
I thought I was dismissed.
Dear Craig,
PS. Who are you?
Are you single?
Do you get my gist?

Words & Music by Nicolette Aubourg ©2005
Nicolette Aubourg: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Jorgen Carlsson: Bass & Electric Guitar
Erik Eldenius: Drums & Percussion
Jeff Young: Hammond B3 Organ

Garden of Remembrance (9/11)

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

Garden of Remembrance/Nine-Eleven
(Like many, I was very affected by the 9/11 terrorist attack
on the USA and the subsequent events. To kill in the name
of God strikes me as being absurd, senseless and a waste
of God-given lives. The images of the huge, broken towers
stayed with me, and I pictured a beautiful garden of
remembrance one day taking their place.)

In the garden of remembrance
we sat down and thought about
those final hours and what it is
that we all share:
the same God,
or the same fear.

In the garden of remembrance
those left behind cling to their grief,
or feel the guilt of being alive,
bathed in sunlight -
as it is now,
as it was before.

There’s nothing sacred, nothing holy in the aftermath -
the twisting of the truth, twisting of steel, beauty and youth:
no holy war, no sacrifice.

In the garden of remembrance
we sang songs into the night
in candlelight, sorrow and pride.
And we all shared
the same God,
the same fear.

There’s nothing sacred, nothing holy in the aftermath -
the twisting of the truth, twisting of steel, beauty and youth:
no holy war, no sacrifice;
no holy war, no sacrifice …

Words & Music by Nicolette Aubourg ©2005
Nicolette Aubourg: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Jorgen Carlsson: Bass, Percussion, & Tibetan Finger Cymbals
Stefanie Fife: Cello

City of Angels

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

City of Angels

The ghosts of the hills hang their misty breath
on trees that wait for rain.
Red-tailed hawks bear the cry of idols
long since gone, -
now immortalized
in digital.

Desolate, spectacular,
ominous, promising:
land of plenty,
plenty of pain.

A place called the City of Angels;
a place called the City of Angels, -
waiting, waiting for rain.

The mystery of the hills as they wind within
the secrets of the minds of that dwell therein,
will deepen still, deepen still.
And the trees that brace the desert sun
forget their roots that began in different lands,
and call this their home.

A place called the City of Angels;
a place called the City of Angels, -
waiting, waiting for rain.

Some are forsaken, forgotten, forgiven here.
Some are the lost souls watching through a coyote’s eyes -
waiting, waiting for rain;
waiting, waiting for rain.

Words & Music by Nicolette Aubourg ©2005
Nicolette Aubourg: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Jorgen Carlsson: Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar
Jeff Young: Hammond B3 Organ

I should have saved myself

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

I should have saved myself
(Featuring Jorgen's lovely bass motif and Kenyon's ad lib dog-collar part at the end.)

The first time that I saw you
your eyes told a story.
Your smile was full of pain
and I wanted you to stay.

I tried to be near you.
After all these years
I thought that you would hear me.
But the candle you burn in my heart
is wax that keeps falling,
and I hold on to the pain
just to be near you.

Slip away, before I give it all again -
slip away.
Slip away, before I give it all again -
slip away.
I hold on to the pain just to be near you.

Is there a reason
you came into my life?
That you should have taught me
humility, there is no doubt.
But I was slow to learn,
slow to learn,
and my heart still burns for you tonight.

Slip away, before I give it all again -
slip away.
Slip away, before I give it all again -
slip away.
I hold on to the pain just to be near you.

I should have saved myself -
saved myself,
before I tried to rescue you
into my life;
saved myself, saved myself -
before I tried to rescue you
into my life.

Words & Music by Nicolette Aubourg ©1992
Nicolette Aubourg: Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Jorgen Carlsson: Bass, Electric Guitar & Percussion
Kenyon Frazer the dog: Dog Collar

Gratefully

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

I’m changed forever,
I’m helpless:
I saw the sweet surrender
in your final breath.

Take away my weakness
with your newfound strength.
Take away my sadness
with your peacefulness.

And in time, if I let go,
forgive me if I stop to grieve.
You know that there will always be
a part of you inside me.
I’m changed forever -
I’m changed forever,
gratefully.

I need a sign from you -
something that I can feel.
I need a hundred reasons
this was meant to be.

And in time, if I let go,
forgive me if I stop to grieve.
You know that there will always be
a part of you inside me.
I’m changed forever -
I’m changed forever,
gratefully, gratefully, gratefully.

To the moon

Written By: Music by Nicolette Aubourg; Words by Percy B. Shelley

To the Moon
Words by Percy Bysshe Shelley (public domain), music by Nicolette Aubourg © 2006

“Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth,
Wandering companionless
Among the stars
That have a different birth, -
And ever changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?” * Percy Bysshe Shelley

…Wandering companionless
Among the stars
That have a different birth,
companionless
Among the stars
That have a different birth …

* Quotation from “To the Moon” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822)

Be the one

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

Speak slowly now, - make the moment, make the moment last.
Golden the sun, lingering longer for us.

Say you’ll be the one, you’ll be the one for me;
you’ll be the one, you’ll be the one for me.

Fragrant the night, silver the moonlight, for us.
In the old garden where the petals fall, we are one.

The way you look at me, you look at me,
I know you’ll be the one, you’ll be the one for me.

Where the sun goes down, near the water’s edge, be mine.
I have left your name in a secret place, so small.

Be the one, be the one for me.
Be the one, be the one for me…

Make It Up To You (co-write)

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg & Jorgen Carlsson

Make It Up To You
(Lyrics & Music by Nicolette Aubourg & Jorgen Carlsson © 2008)

Forgive me for leaving you to chase this dream -
Believe me there was no other way to be.
I missed you while I was here so far away -
I wished you could be with me every day.
I remember you always said I’d find my way
And what I’ve found is beautiful and more than I could ever say.

Chorus:
How can I make it up to you?
You gave me strength to see me through.
Now when you see my face in the brightest lights, so happy -
Remember you made this dream come true.

The photographs and memories I have of home
Are with me every time I sing a song.
Forever I’m thankful for your trust in me -
You had the strength to set me free, the courage to stand up for me.

Chorus:
How can I make it up to you?
You gave me strength to see me through.
Now when you see my face in the brightest lights, so happy -
Remember you made this dream come true.

Bridge:
I took a chance with what I’d learned,
I prayed that it would be returned
And everyone would still be there
When I returned with so much to share.

Chorus:
How can I make it up to you?
You gave me strength to see me through.
Now when you see my face in the brightest lights, so happy -
Remember you made this dream come true.
Remember you made this dream come true.

The Invitation

Written By: music by Nicolette Aubourg; words by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (c)

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are squaring your moon -
I want to know
if you’ve touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you’ve been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Madiba, dedication to Nelson Mandela

Written By: Nicolette Aubourg

Madiba, dedication to Nelson Mandela

A wise man plants a garden where there is bloodshed.
He plants Understanding where there is hatred.
He waters it with the tears of the ones who are oppressed;
he warms it with the memories of the fallen ones,
and it bears Hope:
a garden to be equally shared; a garden to be equally shared.

Madiba, Madiba, your long walk brought Freedom!
Hear the people sing!
Madiba, Madiba, you carried Redemption home!
One man can change the world; one man can change the world.

A great man is willing to die that Justice be done.
Imprisoned far from his loved ones for twenty-seven years
in a nation torn apart by the laws of apartheid
where people were persecuted for the colour of their skin -
but he forgives.
He sees the good in all mankind; he sees a way to reconcile.

Madiba, Madiba, your long walk brought Freedom!
Hear the people sing!
Madiba, Madiba, you carried Redemption home!
One man can change the world; one man can change the world.

A strong man gives a voice to those who had no choice,
and the petals of Equality blossom with Dignity.
He reaches far and wide to hear the words of all humanity,
and the ones who worked to right the wrong are in his heart and in his soul;
he carries on.
He’s the tree of strength sprung from their well; he’s the tree of strength sprung from their well.

Madiba, Madiba, your long walk brought Freedom!
Hear the people sing!
Madiba, Madiba, you carried Redemption home!
One man can change the world; one man can change the world;
change the world.

words and music by Nicolette Aubourg © 2012
guitar & vocals by Nicolette Aubourg
bass & drums by Jorgen Carlsson
piano by T-Bone Andersson
recorded by Steve Holroyd
produced & mixed by Jorgen Carlsson

Discography

“GRAND VIEW DRIVE” (2002) widely acclaimed for its enduring songs and deeply personal content including original paintings and ancestral family photographs. The track “Be the One” was heard on NBC’s “Passions”. “Lay down your arms” reached #110 on Neil Young’s “Living with War” website, and received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Peacedriven.com Songwriting Award. It was also part of TuneTank@NXNE2006 compilation CD. The track “Dust on Dust” received an Honorable Mention by Billboard Songwriting contest.
“Grand View Drive” was co-produced and engineered by Steve Holroyd (Counting Crows, Kara’s Flowers (Maroon 5), Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams, B.B. King, AC/DC, Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke, Linda Ronstadt, Stray Cats, David Lee Roth, etc.)

“SONGS FROM WILLOW GLEN” (released August 2007) Produced by Jorgen Carlsson.
Features the popular song “Craig’s List” which is can be heard on Indie Artists Alliance http://www.imuzic.com/artists/indieartistsalliance, “Songwriters and Storytellers Vol. 3” compilation CD, as well as New Music Here/Sky Music CD 1. “Craig’s List” received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Singer/Songwriter Awards “We are Listening”. The track “Wild One” was added to rotation on Indie104-iRadio LA (http://www.iradiola.com) “Songs from Willow Glen” was recorded deep in the Hollywood Hills and features several songs inspired by living in the hills, as well as a song called “Garden of Remembrance” which is a tribute to the victims of September 11th.

Set List

Up to 12 original acoustic songs (guitar & vocals)