Rod Kinny

Rod Kinny

 Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Music with a deeper meaning is more than a slogan for Rod Kinny. It serves equally as a virtue and mantra. Rod Kinny redefines Singer/Songwriter to include eclectic and innovative songwriting with a passion for excellent studio production. After years of playing bass for rock bands in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and a seven year exile, he was reborn in 2000 as a Singer/Songwriter.

With many years of musical experience Rod adopted a Brian Wilson type of approach to his music. Great atte

Biography

A longtime musician, Rod Kinny has always had a passion for his craft. Beginning in elementary school with band and choir to playing bass in local rock bands. After graduating high school in a desperate attempt to escape his hometown of Austin, MN. Rod enlisted in the US Air Force. In the mid 1980's he found himself stationed in England. Not particularly fond of his G.I. duties, while off duty he would escape base. Most often to the lure of the bright lights of London for music, art, pubs, & nightclubs. Initially hesitant of some of the British pop charts, he soon came to appreciate the music of Level 42, Peter Gabriel, Scritti Pollitti, and many others. After leaving the Air Force and taking up digs in Minneapolis, he was playing in bands and doing catering. With frustration mounting, playing bass in local rock bands wasn't perking his creativity. And so, he quit music...... Only to be reborn as a solo artist. In early 2002 he released his lifelong dream of a solo record.

"Seven Dials" was independently produced on a modest budget and found it's way to internet radio stations around the world. Rod was the winner of a silver artist's award from Radio Gets Wild, an internet radio station in England. Feeling the positive impact he began to write for a second release. In 2005 Rod released The Rod Kinny EP. Recorded at Starvu Studios, owned by Dr. Fink, formerly with Prince & The Revolution. A more polished release from his first cd, he did his first ever tour of Australia in early 2006.

In early 2007 he began his most ambitious recording project to date with Producer Joe Puerta of Ambrosia, and Bruce Hornsby & The Range. The result is the CD “Higher Self” released in May of 2010. “Higher Self” has sold copies in 11 countries and the title track went to #1 on Indie-Music.com’s Adult Contemporary chart. Please visit www.RodKinny.com for the latest happenings.

Lyrics

Beyond the Impossible

Written By: Rod Kinny

Sunlight beams across a page, and a dream is about to begin
In the blossoming daylight
I used to doubt and second guess, so lost in a heart blinded world
Until you opened my heart light

Round and round and going up, like a lift that will never stop
From a long rocky shoreline, to a bird in the sky
Your enigma cuts the mystery, to a love sprinkling over me
Beyond the impossible, on the winds of what’s probable

A side so wild and fancy free, to what’s closed off and rarely seen
You have your ways of revealing
From timeless pools of miracles, your rainwater soothes my soul
I’m filling up so completely

Round and round and going up, like a lift that will never stop
From a long rocky shoreline, to a bird in the sky
Your enigma cuts the mystery, to a love sprinkling over me
Beyond the impossible, on the winds of what’s probable

Ooooh, it’s something you always knew I could do
Without an arrow to guide me
More than surviving what fate might brew
My destination runs to me (repeat chorus)

Round and round and going up, like a lift that will never stop
From being shackled like prisoners, to being free as the air
In your heart there lies a mystery, and the key that will set you free
Where the great find their courage, and the meek fill their needs

Round and round and going up, like a lift that will never stop
From a long rocky shoreline, to a bird in the sky
Your enigma cuts the mystery, to a love sprinkling over me
Beyond the impossible, on the winds of what’s probable

Higher Self

Written By: Rod Kinny

Like pollen in the wind
It carries a seed
To nourish a need
By bringing some hope to everyone
And telling the truth of what’s been done

In motion it goes
Through time and space
Exceeding the pace
While dialing in signals from your heart
Connecting dimensions far apart

Pretend leaders primed with fear permeate from TV screens
Tell how to act and feel
And wave false flags as real

On a hillside in open air I sing the world my song
Being my higher self, as barley seeds blow on

The stillness of thought
The quiet breath of life
Through meaningless strife
Revealing the magic from within
Providing a point which to begin

A writer will write
A poet will inspire
This fading empire
Remembering we are all as one
And the work of the soul is never done

Prescribe them different pills as the nervous system spills
Rewire the DNA for a love to sweep their way

On a hillside in open air I sing the world my song
Being my higher self as barley seeds blow on
By the seaside in Avalon I play the world my song
Being my higher self as seagulls dive along

In each of our lives we remember a time it all went wrong
And feared we wouldn’t belong
Then I discovered love from you
All the while you pulled me through

Old into New

Written By: Rod Kinny

I’ve gone off my old oxford shirts my shoes collecting dust
For you I wear a Monet T-shirt preferably untucked
You’re a young one, you’re so lovely,
I’m old fashioned through and through
You sip you’re americano, for me a cup of tea will do

So suddenly and so subtly, the magic you do
You’ve molded all my old into new

All of my old girlfriends had their ways to put me down
My darling dear in that respect I’m smiling from a frown
You pinch me, you prod me, you nudge me with your shoe
You show how much you love me, with all the girlie things you do

So suddenly and so subtly, the magic you do
You’ve molded all my old into new

Don’t turn away my love
It’s with you whom I belong
In the beauty of a song
Don’t turn away my love

Someday when I’m old and gray a beard down to my knees
Will you be there look after me, tend to all my needs
You’re a live one and you know it, and you play it to the core
And when you roll your eyes my way I’m fumbling to the floor

So suddenly and so subtly, the magic you do
You’ve molded all my old into new, oh yeah
You’ve molded all my old into new

Water to Wine

Written By: Rod Kinny

Real life in a northern town
An inner city gray
Rain falls splashing all around
I wanna get up and go away

In these walls I’m on my own it’s like a prison without bars
And outside about a million more in bikes & buses & moving cars

I wanna be simple and free
And true to myself I will be
From water to wine I feel my spirit refine
Into a love shining over me

Wake up off to work
Same as the day before
Zombies with mobile phones
Pass through revolving doors

With soul dead conformity they make their way through the working day
Like in the matrix Mr. Anderson inside he’s looking to break away

I wanna be simple and free
And true to myself I will be
From water to wine I feel my spirit refine
Into a love shining over me

It’s a world of mystery and sometimes feelings are never shown
In a world of mystery we can discover what makes us know
(chorus)

Discography

Seven Dials (2002)

The Rod Kinny EP (2005)

Higher Self (2010)

Set List

Beyond the Impossible
Corporation Mindwash
Wonderland
London Town
Water to Wine
Voice in the Desert
Old into New
Strife
Part of the Scenery
Robins & Blackbirds
Mood Glow
Competition
Infinite Love
Between Two Worlds
Higher Self
Topple Every Stone