Oterra

Oterra

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With catchy melodies and heartfelt messages, Oterra’s music appeals to a wide audience. The carefully crafted hooks blend wonderfully with the tight rhythms and thought provoking, inspiring lyrics.

Biography

Oterra delivers focused, honest, uplifting performances, encouraging their audiences to lay their guard down and get lost in the music.

Playing saxophone as a child, Ben was also drawn to piano and guitar. Self taught, he learned songs from favorite artists, but soon began to write his own. Using songwriting and music to journal thoughts and express emotions, he found music a natural response to many of life’s circumstances, including his ongoing recovery from addiction.

Music has been an integral part of Jer’s life, having been exposed to jazz, classical and rock growing up. Fascinated by music, he’s had many years of private piano, drum, and guitar instruction. He’s been developing studio skills for ten years, nourishing his love for recording. He interned at Studio X (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, etc.) in Seattle. Between 2002 and 2006 he was also active in the Seattle music scene with various bands.

Ben and Jer joined forces during the summer of 2010 and discovered they had a shared vision for developing heart-felt, meaningful songs that communicate hope and healing. In January, 2011, they recorded their debut, self-titled album, “Oterra,” and began booking shows to promote it. Their creative endeavors expanded in late 2011 when they began crafting new songs for their next album. They act as a songwriting team, working together to develop songs from an initial concept to a full arrangement, and are presently handling all of Oterra's music production and promotion as well.

Lyrics

Believe

Written By: Oterra

I led a good life. And I was good to my wife.
I did all the things that I thought that I should.
Yet I’m down here with the clansmen and killers.
A few things I would take back if I could:

I didn’t believe in you,
And I never held your word to be true.
I didn’t believe in you,
‘Cause I never thought that I would need to
Oh, but I was wrong.

And I always thought that even if you exist,
You’d never allow me to suffer like this.
But what could it have hurt,
To believe something I couldn’t prove.
Instead I’m trapped in hell and I’m paying my dues.

‘Cause I didn’t believe in you,
And I never held your word to be true.
I didn’t believe in you,
‘Cause I never thought that I would need to
Oh, but I was wrong, so wrong.

Taboo

Written By: Oterra

Lord is it taboo, for me to even question You?
Is it ludicrous to ask why You did this?

Are we just mold; the earth a petrie dish?
Some experiment You did because You're vain?
Sometimes I'd like to say You don't exist.
But I guess I just don't have enough faith,
I guess I just don't enough faith to believe in nothing.

Well there's just no evidence of vanilla utopia.
You must choose one side of this fence, you know it's built into ya/you.
Nothing else, to me, makes sense. Or fills the void I have inside.
And it only leaves me yearning for more truth, love, faith and light.

(But) are we just mold; the earth a petrie dish?
Some experiment You did because You're vain?
Sometimes I'd like to say You don't exist.
But I guess I just don't have enough faith,
I guess I just don't enough faith to believe in nothing.

I cannot see You - I see what You’ve done.
And all of creation sings of the Glorious One.

And I feel Your presence, Your spirit inside.
My mind and heart open, and my eyes open wide.

(But) are we just mold; the earth a petrie dish?
Some experiment You did because You're vain?
Sometimes I'd like to say You don't exist.
But I guess I just don't have enough faith,
I guess I just don't enough faith to believe in nothing.

Whatever I Do

Written By: Ben Eddy

Life's my cup, and I'm drinking it up.
More than my fill, I'm afraid.
And it's taking its toll on my well being.
I cannot feel a thing.

When I feel happy I want to laugh.
And when I'm sad I want to cry.
When I'm fearful I want to trust in You,
Whatever I do, whatever I do.

And at the same time, life's intense.
I'm afraid of unfortunate happenstance.
I cower from inevitable tragedy.
I've got to beat this thing before it beats me.

When I feel happy I want to laugh.
And when I'm sad I want to cry.
When I'm fearful I want to trust in You,
Whatever I do, whatever I do.

Oh, to feel the way that most people do...
but on second thought, maybe I'm the same as you.
If you’re in this with me,
Ask and you shall receive:
“Lord do Your will with me”

When I feel happy I want to laugh.
And when I'm sad I want to cry.
When I'm fearful I want to trust in You,
Whatever I do, oh whatever I do.

Escape

Written By: Ben Eddy

Everything I hear, it shapes me.
Everything I see, it rapes me.
It makes me into what I am.
I'd shut it out, but I don't think I can.

‘Cause I cannot escape myself,
And I was hoping you could help
Make some sense of all these thoughts inside my mind,
Give me the peace I'm trying to find.

Sometimes I think I'm going crazy,
Anger has gotten me into
Some place I don't want to be.
And I need your help to break free.

‘Cause I cannot escape myself,
And I was hoping you could help
Make some sense of all these thoughts inside my mind,
Give me the peace I'm trying to find

So long, so far, so afraid
Of letting this person out that I have made.
‘Cause I cannot escape myself,
And I was hoping you could help
Make some sense of all these thoughts inside my mind,
Give me the peace I'm trying to find

Luna

Written By: Ben Eddy

Is it all in my mind
The weight you have on me
A romantic fantasy of what my life should be
You're pulling me down though I try to resist - you're intoxicating
But it's time for me to move on - I'm done waiting

Luna, why do you have to pull me so?
Why can't everything just stay the same
Day after day,
Day after day

I’m sure of myself, I’m sure of my fears, and my shortcomings
Has it really been all these years, that I’ve been running?

CHORUS
INTERLUDE

It’s just you and me tonight, and I can feel you
Tryin to get me to give in, but I don’t want to, no I don’t want you

CHORUS

Discography

Oterra (April 2011)

Set List

Taboo

Escape

Your Love For Me

Luna (New Song)

Whatever I Do

His Great Gift

Reflection

Believe (Encore if applicable)