Shagg

Shagg

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Shagg combines classic R&B and soul with modern pop/rock songwriting. Our music has caught the attention of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, CMJ, and Dick Clark's American Music Award.

Biography

Originally formed in Brooklyn in 1997, Shagg combines classic R&B and soul with modern pop/rock songwriting.

Shagg started humbly with apartment jams and coffeehouse performances. As our lineup grew, our writing evolved from folksy, roots-based songs to full-blown compositions borrowing liberally from jazz, funk, soul, and world music. Our sound has been compared to Curtis Mayfield, the Neville Brothers, Los Lobos, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder.

We recorded our first demo in early 2000 with producer Stephen Shirk (Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos, Michael Maxwell), whose apartment studio was the perfect setting for our homegrown sound. Those sessions resulted in the Peach EP, featuring the songs "Shade of Melancholy" and "Just Ain't Enough," both finalists in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest that year.

We returned to the studio in 2002 with producer Joe DeVico (Joe Elefante, Dave Murphy), best known for his work with jazz ensembles. The goal was to make a record that captured our live sound, with a minimum of overdubbing. The record took three days to record and three years to mix, but it worked out in the end! The result is Buh Ba Ba Ba, a set of 12 songs ranging from the exuberant funk of the title track to the aching "Shade of Melancholy."

Based on rough mixes from the Buh Ba Ba Ba sessions, we were selected by the editors of CMJ to compete for the Coca-Cola New Music Award, which is the unsigned artist category of Dick Clark's American Music Awards. We didn't win, but we're doing all right.

Lyrics

Just Ain't Enough

Written By: Aaron Mitchell

Tell me that you understand
Takes more than a smile to be a friend
Love and honor and protect the soul
Keep it safe for years untold
Strength in the end is all you need

Catastrophic thoughts will mesmerize
Hate and rage will hypnotize
Everybody can groove at the same time
So open up your heart and free your mind
Shake off the chains, you know you can

Hugs ain't enough
Words ain't enough
Love ain't enough
Just ain't enough

Sometimes I feel that nothing is real when
Crying ain't enough and lying ain't enough but
Check all that stuff when nothing I say is
Just enough 'cause it just ain't enough

Simple solutions will save the day
Rip and tear those cobwebs away
The heart is a muscle with a mind
So don't think you're wasting time
Wishing upon a star
No matter how near or far
Faith in yourself is all you need
I said, faith in yourself is all you need

Hugs ain't enough
Words ain't enough
Love ain't enough
Just ain't enough

Shade of Melancholy

Written By: Aaron Mitchell

There's a deep blue melancholy
Hiding inside my head
The weight of the world's upon me
But I just smile instead

What am I doing?
Crying in the night
Can I tell the world
How I feel inside?

Sing a song
Write a word
Everything is gonna be alright

We laugh at all the folly
'Cause folly disguises pain
I don't want to tell the story
But it's screaming inside my brain

The doctor gives me pills to keep me happy
But I still cry in the night
Can I tell the world
How I feel inside?

Sing a song
Write a word
Everything is gonna be alright

Walk Through Me

Written By: Aaron Mitchell

Take me down to your rivers on the weekend
Drop in the waters, 'til I'm swimming in your love
Without a sound, I slipped into your evening
Breathe me in, I'm the coolness in your air

You only call my name when you feel your body weaken
My mind tells me, you got much more to spare

Deciding
To keep hiding
And I don't mind it
If you walk through me

I taste the air in the temple of our familiar
Where once we possessed the secret of joy
Bastard emotions are pearls that dropped into the sea
Embraced by the gifts of the past, leaves me wanting more

Out of sight, I slipped into your daylight
Tease me with your sense of optimism

Denying
You'll be relying
And I don't mind it
If you walk through me

Dare to tread the path to an unknown tomorrow
Bravery seeks a place among our sorrows
Stand up and be counted with the wreckage of the night that follows
A requiem of words are hard to swallow

Deciding
To keep hiding
And I don't mind it
If you walk through me

Denying
You'll be relying
And I don't mind it
If you walk through me

Discography

Buh Ba Ba Ba (2005)
Peach EP (2000)