Sage Gentle-Wing

Sage Gentle-Wing

BandAmericanaAdult Contemporary

Timeless, Masterful Songcraft! AAA /Americana/A/C Rock/ 60's tinged Pop.Lennonesque vocals , Winner! Producers Choice - Best of 2008 CD - Phoenix Music Awards. New CD " ROADSIDE REVELATIONS " NOW at:http://cdbaby.com/cd/sagegentlewing
" Litany Of Saints" -38,506 plays on www.live365.com -2010

Biography


A True Child of the 60's , Sage grew up opening for such artists as Janis Joplin { with Big Brother and the Holding Co}. , Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the original Buffalo Springfield , as a drummer in a local San Francisco rock band in 1966 at the famed Avalon Ballroom.
40 years later he's still gigging non stop- as a guitarist / Singer/ Songwriter with something to say, opening for such acts as Jason Mraz, Janiva Magness,Tristan Prettyman, Shooter Jennings / Stargunn , Gypsy Soul, Mark Spoelstra ,Reckless Kelly,Quiet Riot, Mark Erelli Kris Delmhorst , and Paula Nelson,to name a few, and having the dubious honor to be beaten by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks several years ago in the Alice Coopers' Christmas Puddding Finals, which he has made finalist 4 out of 5 years up to 2008.
Recently nominated " Best Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year" in the 2008 Phoenix Music awards,he also WON the producers choice award for the same event and his song " Thanksgiving Day" was placed on the awards sponsored compilation CD " Best of 2008" alongside 17 other artists from Phoenix and L.A. beating out 10,000 submissions.
Narada Michael Walden { producer- Aretha Franklin , Mariah Carey , Whitney Houston , Stevie Wonder...} offered to re-cut one of Sage's song's and that is pending right now.
He also was a winner in the sonicbids sponsored song contest " We call this Music Fab" in 2007 and Placed two out of three submissions.
His journey can be found described at length on his personal website at www.sagegentle-wing.com .
Currently he lives with friends in Tempe Az and gigs solo at night throughout the valley at venues such as the famed Yucca Tap Room in Tempe, Electric EEL, Dragonfly Cafe, Ground Control and other local hotspots in The Phoenix valley area.
He can be found sitting in on electric guitar with local musician Al Ortiz, { Stevie Nicks, Johnny Rivers, Bernard Fowler } has backed up Luther Jackson { Michaels' uncle } { Playing guitar with} the Arizona Alligators on New Years Eve 2009 . Luther ,who used to have a band with his brother Joe { Michaels father} in turn backed up Muddy Waters and many other iconic blues stars in Chicago in the 50's.
Sage has written hundreds of songs and none of them are filler.
His new CD " Roadside Revelations" was released in 2007 on www.CDBABY.com www.itunes.com and www.indiependencemusic.net and boasts a "Full band " arrangement of his songs.It has been fully recorded by local icon Terry Garvin, and has been mastered and packaged through OASIS.
Sales on this CD have been brisk and reviews glowing.
Recently _ {July -Sept 2010 } ASCAP listed his Song from this CD { Litany Of Saints", as having recieved 38,506 plays on www.live365.com internet radio , within a two month span along with a nice little royalty check!
The sound of Sage's acoustic and electric guitars ring true to his live solo performances as do the vocals.
This album will take you back to a time when songwriting was about CRAFT and not just "sounds in a machine". It will also remind you of the early Beatles if you are old enough to remember the 60's as they really were.
Sage's LIVE acoustic shows however expand to include many , many styles and sounds that have been described as "brilliant" , "transcendant"and "inventive".
Sage 's former guitar teacher from the 70's is the world class jazz guitarist,Tuck Andress. {Tuck and Patti}.
Sage seeks to bring a measure of Tucks' finesse to his own playing, thus setting him apart from the average " singer/ Songwriter tag.

In 2008 Sage was invited to contribute an original track to an upcoming compilation CD : Lovin Haight Guitars" produced by Billy Cioffi and Olivier Zahm of Electric Lotus Studios in Phoenix Az.

Sage sometimes performs with his band " Sage Gentle-Wing and Runaway Train," drawing from forty years of playing in a vast array of musical circumstances. Recently, They hosted Tom Politzer, Tenor Sax for the Oakland Funk icons TOWER OF POWER at a local concert in Scottsdale Az, who sat in for a whole set.
in 2007 a 'LIVE" version of his song ' Song For Beatrice" was included on a locally produced CD compilation " Live at Rula Bula Open Mic" - the premiere showcase for valley talent in Tempe Az.
Also two live cuts " Simplicity" and When We Choose Love" made it onto a benefit concert CD for local performance venue " Fiddlers" Dream coffeehouse.
Sage was a brief member of " THE TRAVELLING WILDBERRY'S - a Travelling Wilbury's tribute band with a twist- it's fronted by Ukelele Ray- a fender endorsed recording artist who once sold several ukelele's to George Harrison.
Sage contributed backing vocals on several Harrison/ Wilbury's covers featuring the ukelele which was released under the fender label called " If not for Uke" before Ray moved to Las Vegas to perform regular showroom gigs.
Sage was invited to play the Ear Candy Stage at the 2008 McDow

Lyrics

Gamay Beaujolais

Written By: Sage Gentle-Wing

1st vs
Kind of sweet / Kind of tart /
Kind of smooth / even when you aren't /
She shimmers in the dark /
Yeah that's how she'll win your heart /
Chorus _{ repeat 2xs}
Gamay Beaujolais /
Gamay Beaujolais /
She's a Gamay Beaujolais
She's a Gamay Beaujolais
2nd vs

Yeah , and when she starts to sway/
You can smell the sweet bouquet/
Flower essence in the air/
Petals falling from her hair

Gamay Beaujolais/ Gamay Beaujolais/
She's a Gamay Beaujolais /
She's a Gamay Beaujolais

Bridge

She's dark red/ Creole bred
Jambalaya corn bread fed /
Louisiana bayou/ Shotgun wed

break
Sha la la la la la lo /
Sha la la la la la li /
Sha la la la la la lo /
Sha la la la la la li /

She's dark red/ Creole bred
Jambalaya corn bread fed /
Louisiana bayou

2nd break

Ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhhh
Shotgun wed

Repeat 2nd verse
repeat chorus 2xs

3rd break

She's dark red / Creole bred
Just don't try hoppin into her bed
You might wake up dead

Chorus 2xs
3rd break
chorus 2xs
Ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhh
chorus

end

These Eyes

Written By: Sage Gentle-Wing

These Eyes / Have seen the darkest of times /
But they can't look away
From these eyes / starin' back at me /
They got something to say /
These eyes / Tell the story/
Of what no one here is willing to say

2nd vs
These arms / have always embraced the truth
Now it all seems so real /
'Cause these arms / that reach out to me /
In desperation / for the love of a good meal /
They pull back / empty handed /
'Cause I've given my last dime today /

and it's all too much / The way things are goin today /
Throughout the land /
It's all too much / I'm tryin' / I said I'm tryin' to understand...

Instrumental break Hey ... oohh..
refrain
These eyes/ tell the story/
Of what no one here is willing to say/

3rd vs
This heart/ Is getting torn apart /
It's getting harder to feel /
These hearts/ That belong to everyone/
Slowly turning to steel /
Where everyday / Everyday/
Just to stay alive is such an ordeal/
And it's all/ all around us / We just can't deny/
Like we did yesterday/
It's all around us/
It's we who decide /
What we choose to see or ignore/

Vocal break
It's just a sign of the times/
And I'm just one step behind them/
Everywhere I go / I seem to see it more and more
There's people fallin/ Through the cracks of life/
It's getting harder to find / A Little hope in these eyes
In these eyes

Tag

That's why we've got to try a little harder /
Shine a little brighter / Share a deeper love/
A little love and understanding/ with our fellow man
With these eyes

end

Layin' Your Heart on the line

Written By: Sage Gentle-Wing

words and music by:
Sage Gentle-Wing
copyright 2006
Published / ascap 2006
all rights reserved

"LAYIN' YOUR HEART ON THE LINE"

1st vs

Some People / They got something to say /
Other People / Don't ya know they just wanna take it all away /
Yeah but don't you let them / Don't you know you just gotta stand tall /
Cause in the game of life / Don't you know winner takes all /

2nd vs
Yeah but sometimes life / Can seem like a mountain /
You can never climb /
Almost to the top / Then you slide to the bottom /
Time after time
3rd vs
Well you gotta get yourself up / Dust yourself off /
Get back into line /
Yeah,but sooner or later / It's bound to be your time
Just let your light shine /
chorus
Cause it's alright / It's just a matter of time /
When you're layin' / your heart out on the line /
It's alright / It's just a matter of time /
When you're layin' your heart out on the line /
When you're layin' / your heart out on the line

Now some people / Some people claim to be your friend
Then they'll stab you in the back / Come to find out /
It was all pretend /
Well you gotta let it all go / Don't you know /
Can't pay that any mind /
You just gotta do what you do / brother, sister /
Walk on down the line / Just let your light shine /

chorus
Cause it's alright / It's just a matter of time /
When you're layin' / your heart out on the line /
It's alright / It's just a matter of time /
When you're layin' your heart out on the line /
When you're layin' / your heart out on the line /
It's alright / It's just a matter of time /
When you're layin' your heart out on the line...

end

Faerie Magick

Written By: Sage gentle-Wing

words and music by:
Sage Gentle-Wing
copyright 2006 Published
Mask Dance Music / ascap 2006
all rights reserved

" FAERIE MAGICK "

Intro
Faerie Magick / Faerie Magick...

1st vs

Some people claim / magick powers /
But Killian is the real thing /
She cut her hair off / at the magic hour
On spring equinox / she cut off her locks..,/
Killian is her name /

2nd vs

Some people say / Killian's a special child /
'Cause Killian is only six /
She cut her hair off / at the magic hour
On Spring Equinox / she cut off her locks /
Faerie Magick...

1st bridge
On Spring Equinox / She cut off her locks / to the neck
When her momma asked why / She gave this reply
But it wasn't what momma expected /
Killian said / It's Faerie Magick / and it's all that she said ...
Faerie Magick

3rd vs

Killian dances / to special music /
That only she can hear /
And all her spirit friends / are dancing with her /
Singing the chorus / in her head
Faerie Magick /

2nd bridge

In her gothic dresses / her long flowing tresses / now gone
She raises her young hands / and silently commands
Her own private symphonic song
Killian said it's / Faerie Magick /
And it's all that she said / It's all that she said
Alright / It's all that she said {all that she said }
All that she said / She said it's true
It's a gift / for me and for you / Alright /

chorus

Ahhhright
Faerie Magick / Killian said it's /
AAHHHH /Faerie Magick / Killian said it's ... /
Aaahhh / Faerie Magick / Killian said it's /
Aaaahhh / She said it's true /
It's a gift / for me and for you
Killian said....

end

Sweepin' My Life Away

Written By: Sage Gentle-Wing

words and music by:
Sage Gentle-Wing
copyright 2006
Published / ascap 2006
all rights reserved

'' SWEEPIN' MY LIFE AWAY '"

1st vs

I had a bed in my pick-up truck /
That's where I was sleepin' /
I had to move it to the parking lot /
When the city sweepers started / sweepin' /
Oohh-oh Sweepin' / sweepin' my life away /

2nd vs

I had a girl and she loved me well /
Shared my bed in the pick-up truck /
But then she left me / it went all to hell /
That was the day / I ran out of luck /
ooh- oh / Sweepin' /
Sweepin' my life away /
Sweepin' / Sweepin my life away...

instrumental break

3rd vs

I had a dream / it was kinda strange /
Left me with a funny feelin' /
Next thing I know / I was on a plane /
Headed for New Zealand
Oh -ohh Sweepin' /
Sweepin ' my life away /
Sweepin' / Sweepin' my life away...

1st bridge
Sweepin' my life away , yeah
Sweepin / sweepin' my life away
Sweepin' / sweepin' my life away /
Sweepin' / Sweepin' my life away /
Yeah , Yeah Yeah

2nd bridge

Now I been thinkin' ever since I landed here /
What's left for me back in the USA? /
Broken dreams / expensive beer /
Sweepin' / sweepin/
Sweepin / Sweepin' my life away
Sweepin'...
Sweepin' my life away /

tag

Sweepin' my life away / Sweepin' my life away
Sweepin' my Life away /
Sweepin' my life away ... Yeah yeah yeah ...
end

Litany Of Saints

Written By: Sage Gentle-Wing

"LITANY OF SAINTS" words and music by:
Sage Gentle-Wing
copyright 2006
published / ASCAP 2006
all rights reserved

1st vs

Chanting the Litany of Saints /
Might make you feel stronger /
But telling me the things you ain't /
Just makes my life seem longer /

2nd vs
Reciting every prayer you know /
Will not make your spirit grow /
Until you've learned to live the song you sing

3rd vs

Mirror Mirror on the wall /
Reflecting truth in empty halls /
Only you , and you alone can see /

refrain
Only you can see /
Only you / Can see

Chorus
Call the healing from above /
Send your prayers to those you love /
Don't forget to recieve what's been offered you /

bridge
Ahh ahhh ahhh...

chorus
ahhh ahhh ...

3rd vs

Do not worry / It's alright /
Walk in Beauty / Shine your light
You'll feel so much better by tonight /
Better by tonight / Better by tonite
So much better /
You'll feel so much better by tonite.

end

Discography

" March of the Drum Spirits" 1989 CD -Out of print

" Portrait of the Artist as a Complete Unknown" 1996 { cassette-out of print}

" 12 Degrees of the Heart- CD released 2000 { out of print]

" Roadside Revelations - CD released APRIL 15th 2007

"Lovin' Those Haight Guitars Compilation , various artists 2008

"Best of Phoenix" 2008- a compilation fo 18 artists from L.A and Phoenix Az put out by the Phoenix Music Awards - promo only - not for sale

Many alternate version cuts from the Cd + rarities and b sides can be streamed at: www.sagegentle-wing.com }
and www.myspace.com/sagegentlewing
or buy the Cd sold at www.cdbaby.com
or digitally downloaded on itunes ,

" Best of 2008" _ not for sale- includes Sage's track ' Thanksgiving Day"

Best of Phoenix 2009 Cd Compilation- features " "Layin' Your Heart on the Line"

Set List

I have 150 Original songs in rotation on my live gig.
My sets are Typically 3 hours long and often are played without a break, unless appropriate to the venue.
My covers rare are as they are consist of completely re-worked versions of songs as far ranging as Beatles to Nina Simone!
They can include torch songs, funk and jazz standards, played with true jazz chops if need be, but my forte' is rock / folk rock ala Beatles/ Dylan / Band/Byrds vibe