Pauline Pisano

Pauline Pisano

 New York City, New York, USA
SoloPopSinger/Songwriter

A strong passion for singing + songwriting + keyboards + bass synths + acoustic guitars = 4 albums over 10 years including the new album, INSIDE THE WHEEL

Biography

For the last 4 years Pauline has been involved with multiple band projects as a front-man, keyboardist, and writing collaborator. She is a founding member of Decima, The Crushes, and I, Revere, and also worked as an auxiliary player for Walking For Pennies, The New Hotness, The Black Atlas, and BETS. She is also the house keyboardist in a bi-annual Tori Amos tribute concert in Brooklyn and an occasional singer for musical theater composer, Will Van Dyke. The impact of Pauline's latest collaborations in varied musical genres including post-rock, blue grass, musical theater, and funk, can be found within the song structures and sonic expressions on her new album, Inside The Wheel. 

The creation of "Inside The Wheel" began in 2016 when a summer tour was cancelled last minute. Earlier that year she had lost a long term relationship and having no plans or work scheduled Pisano grabbed all her musical equipment and drove to the one place things always made sense to her, a small secluded cottage that had been in her family for years. For 10 days all she did was write, mediate, and explore nature. If she was bored, she wrote about how she was bored. If she was lonely, she wrote about how she was lonely. If she was mad, she wrote about how she was mad. What emerged in those writing sessions is the story of "Inside The Wheel," one of forgiveness and self awareness, a dialogue between three characters: herself, her wise youngest/oldest self, and the "furies." 

"Inside The Wheel" is Pauline's first solo conceptual album. It features three main characters: the self, the youngest/oldest self, and the furies. Using a harmonizer, each character is assigned a vocal timber: The self is Pauline's voice unaffected, the wise youngest/oldest self is a voice heard an octave below, and the furies are heard in hard-tuned 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths. These characters flow in and out of each song and often speak to each other. The album is meant to be heard from start to finish as song order of the album was embedded in its initial stages of contruction. To capture the dark/hopeful vibe of this record Pauline's producer, Dan Weiner, utilized bass synths, soft acoustic guitars, a vibraphone, a piano, rhodes, spacey electric guitars, marimba, cello, percussion and electric/acoustic drums. For Pisano this is a new sound, however there are certain songs that pay homage to her earlier works.

 Joe's Pub, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, Ars Nova, and Rockwood Music Hall, are all venues and spaces that have heard Pisano's voice during her singer/songwriter career. She has worked and recorded in New York City for over 10 years, is a graduate from NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts, and has received numerous awards for songwriting and performing. "Inside The Wheel" is Pauline at her most matured state and sound in the music industry. 

Lyrics

In Bloom

Written By: Pauline Pisano

Maybe I’ve been caught up in my dreams
Thinking I could be the one to make a scene
And if I had another conscious life
My love would not be over priced
My heart would,
Jump start
Ready,
And begin

I know the downward slope that ensues
I know how hard its been
And I move onward,
My head starts to bloom.
By tomorrow night I swear I’ll do…

One more step
One more before I break
Everything we thought that I could never make
And if I had another conscious life
My love would not be over priced
My heart would,
Jump start
Ready,
And begin

I know the downward slope that ensues
I know how hard its been
And I move onward,
My head starts to bloom.
By tomorrow night I swear I’ll do…

May this be the day we all stand
Say, “We can not take another violent man!”
And if we had another conscious life
Our earth would not be over priced
My heart would,
Jump start
Ready,
And begin

I know the downward slope that ensues
I know how hard its been
And I move onward,
My head starts to bloom.
By tomorrow night I swear I’ll do…

One more step
One more before we break
Everything we thought that we could never make
And if we had another conscious life
Our earth would not be over priced
Our hearts would,
Jump start
Ready,
And begin

I know the downward slope that ensues
I know how hard its been
And I move onward,
My head starts to bloom.
By tomorrow night I swear I’ll
Move onward!
Move onward my head starts to bloom
By tomorrow night I swear I’ll do
Oh, by tomorrow night I!
I’ll do!

My Bluff

Written By: Pauline Pisano


I have come to a landing
I have seen a million stars
Come away and swallow my heart

In a car on 89
Thought I heard the Old Man cry
"Throw 'em down!
I know you're betting lies."
"Throw 'em down!
Your hand is made of lies."

He called my bluff
He said I would
Give in to you and your freedom
So lost 'n loaded
Feeling high
Can I play it right this time?

So...
Are you in need of laughter?
Are you in need of pain?
Come away and let me pour my rain
Come away and answer to my reign

He called my bluff
He said I would
Give in to you and your freedom
So lost 'n loaded
Feeling high
Can I play it right this time?

He said,
"Everybody needs to dance before they can fly.
So think about it when you wake
Play your Queen, and not the Ace,
And change!"

He called my bluff
He said I would
Give in to you and your freedom
He called my bluff
He said I would
Give in to you and your freedom
So lost 'n loaded
Feeling high
Can I play it right this time?

So take me home
Where I belong
Where the free have ground
Oh Love!
You can't get it back, honey
So you have an attack
And you see me fold.

He called my bluff
He said I would
Give in to you and your freedom
So lost 'n loaded
Feeling high
Can I play it right this time?

Knowing Gray

Written By: Pauline Pisano

A ticking clock makes him nervous
A bomb could drop by his side
I think his thoughts are contagious
In my mind
And you can chalk it up to all of his anger
Chalk it up to all of his pride
But sooner or later its over
In his eyes

Every time he runs away I know that there will be hell to pay
Oh I wish he may say what he’s gotta say
Journey down and journey in
this vein
this heart
this mess in him
Oh I wish he may
I wish he might be brave
I think we’re about to know Grey

So one more day in vain and in yearning
One more night at peace
One love
He thinks that he’s not deserving
Of what is up above
And you can chalk it up to all of his anger
Chalk it up to all of his pride
But sooner or later its over
In his eyes

Every time he runs away I know that there will be hell to pay
Oh I wish he may say what he’s gotta say
Journey down and journey in
this vein
this heart
this mess in him
Oh I wish he may
I wish he might be brave

He is picking up his clothes
He is walking out the door
He is leaving for the very last night
No, I don’t think he’ll miss your friends
I don’t think he’ll miss your plans
I am thinking that he’s gonna be fine

So gather all your toys
And all your foolish ploys
And say you’re sorry one last time
Cause he is done giving in
He is done giving up
He is done falling for your crime

Every time he runs away I know that there will be hell to pay
Oh I wish he may say what he’s gotta say
Journey down and journey in
this vein
this heart
this mess in him
Oh I wish he may
I wish he might be brave
I think we’re about to know Grey

A ticking clock makes him nervous

Ghost

Written By: Pauline Pisano

Have you gotten very close to seeing, God?
Have you been in silence,
O wounded heart?
Have you figured your way out of this cage?
Have you channeled too much doubt in your brain?
I've been seeing all these things
O I am haunted by this dream

The one with the ghost in the window
I think she looks like me she seems real tired
The light in the distance is asking me to go beyond
I need some assistance
A greater love
A greater peace
I need some resistance help me

Wrap me up in context
Im not that strange
Not that hard
Simply taking this out of your range
Playin Ani's card
Ive been seeing all these things
"O think Im missing everything,"

Says the ghost in the window
I think she looks like me she seems real tired
Says light in the distance asking me to go beyond
I think I need some assistance
A greater love
A greater peace
I need some resistance

Will someone come and fix me
patch me up and make me wise
Make a badder version of me
Help me read between their lies
O Mother Earth craddle me
Patch me up
Make me whole
Make a badder version
And help the good things grow

For the ghost in the window
The one that looks like me that seems real tired
For the light in the distance asking me to go beyond
I think I need some assistance
A greater love
A greater peace
I need some resistance help me

If theres a in your window
The one that looks like you that seems real tired
And the light in the distance asking you to go beyond
I think you need some assistance
A greater love
A greater peace
I need some resistance help please

Calling All Angels

Written By: Pauline Pisano

Girl who lives here says move on and say goodbye to all that went wrong for you.

I believe theres too many things to see
Too many things to be
To be stuck here
It's not safe to be sitting on your path
Never looking back
And never moving

Have you ever loved someone so much
You lose your will
You lose your touch Im calling on angels across the world

Girl believe you'll never be as free
As you want to be
Sad as that may seem
Cause we're all here
Together in this space
Just some of us can't face our reflections

Have you ever loved something so much
You lose your will
You lose your touch Im calling on angels across the world
Have you ever loved someone so much
You lose your will
You lose your touch Im calling on angels across the world

A bomb could drop in a second aren't you scared?
I have a deep confession I am getting a little weird
The powers that be that will mold me weild my fear
Till then, may the sun and the moon and the earth give rise to the waters inside
Till then, may this science embrace me here
Here.

Girl who lives here says move on and say goodbye to all that went wrong for you.
Have you ever loved someone so much
You lose your will
You lose your touch Im calling on angels across the world

Discography

INSIDE THE WHEEL (2017) To be released this Fall

All songs written by Pauline Pisano*
*"Carry On" and "A-Maze" written by Dan Weiner and Pauline Pisano

 Album features performances by Pauline Pisano (Vocals, piano, rhodes, acoustic guitar, synths, and bass synths), Dan Weiner (Drums, electric drums, percussion, marimba, synths), Thad DeBrock (Bass, electric guitars, acoustic guitars), Jessie Reagen Mann (Cello), Alan Pisano(Electric guitar), Shelby Blezinger-McCay (Vibraphone), and Billy Brancato (Electric guitar)

All songs produced by Dan Weiner**
**"Inside The Wheel" produced by Pauline Pisano and Dan Weiner

All songs mastered by A.J. Tissian at The Wave Lab NYC

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Lure Of A New Harbor (2015) with post-rock band: I, Revere

Project: Light Show (2011)

Ghost (2011)

Chasing The Day (2010) - songs by Will Van Dyke. featuring Broadway stars Stephanie J. Block, Matt Doyle, Carrie Manalokas, and more.

In The Middle (2008)

Behind Dream's Door (2002)