Sly Joe & the Smooth Operators

Sly Joe & the Smooth Operators

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Earthy Soul with a Funky Stroll. THE MUSIC has all the freshest ingredients. Hot Beats to stir your dancing feet, Tasty Melodies to simmer along with, Robust Lyrics to take home with you. Enjoy the sensations! LIVE - experience an elated love-buzz from the reciprocal positive energy!

Biography

Confucius said, “A craftsman, if he wishes to do good work, must first sharpen his tools.” That being said, SLY JOE’s music is honed like an acupuncture needle. It gets in deep under your skin, demands your attention, then leaves you feeling good all over.

Since his musical debut in first grade, Sly Joe’s been sharpening his skills on the international stage for over 20 years, sharing audiences with the likes of TRAIN, T.S. MONK, JACKSON BROWNE, GILLIAN WELCH, EMMYLOU HARRIS, & JOHN PRINE in venues such as HARD ROCK CAFÉ-(Beijing), THE LOTUS-(Koh Tao), LAMBEAU FIELD-(Green Bay), WAMI AWARDS SHOW-(Milwaukee), LEACH AMPITHEATER-(Oshkosh), and numerous festivals, halls, and coffeeshops from coast to coast.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, he discovered a love for music early. He quickly developed into an accomplished performer, and won the highest award for a classical pianist from the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association at age 11. By 17, he was chosen to play guitar for the Wisconsin State Honors Jazz Ensemble.

As a songwriter, childhood influences are still the roots he draws creativity from. The imaginative harmonies of the Beatles, the soulful rhythms of Motown, the way Mozart could write hundreds of clever hooks and always sound fresh. Sly Joe’s songs have earned him musical residencies in Thailand, San Francisco, and throughout the Fox Valley. Hundreds of college and mainstream radio stations, independent films, and Podcasts across the globe have also found his songs to be a perfect fit.

Currently, Sly Joe is promoting his latest album, “Your Lively Love”. Mastered by Michael Hateley (Eric Clapton, Green Day, Aretha Franklin, Spongebob Squarepants) at Warner Bros. Records, “Your Lively Love” features songs about love that can transcend long distances, past failures, and even death. “All around the world I’ve found proof positive…LOVE is still the universal language. MUSIC is the translator. I try to communicate that idea in my songs.”

Lyrics

Only Love

Written By: Joe Slyzelia

School was winding down
Soon we’d be out on our own
We knew all there was to know
Except where we were going
When the bell rang you said,”Farewell my friend”
But that night your road came to an end
And heaven welcomed you home

One thing always keeps up together
In a world where nothing’s forever
Only Love survives all our lives
Only Love

We gathered at your church today
All wondering what it meant
When life’s cut short the real important things
Can be hard to comprehend
When the bell rang we gave our last goodbyes
Looked around and realized
God blessed us with good friends

One thing always keeps up together
In a world where nothing’s forever
Only Love survives all our lives
Only Love

Today I found some words to follow
To live like there is no tomorrow
And I’ll be ready when angels come along
To carry me, to carry me,
To carry me home

One thing always keeps up together
In a world where nothing’s forever
Only Love survives all our lives
Only Love

One thing always keeps up together
In a little world like this
where nothing’s gonna last forever
Only Love survives all our lives
Only Love
Only Love survives all our lives
Only Love

Your Lively Love

Written By: Joe Slyzelia

There was a time
When I never needed someone like you
When all I needed
Was somebody to be there when the fireworks flew
I just needed an easy fix
For a broken-hearted fool
But then you found me out
Made quiet all my doubts

Your Lively Love
Gives me something to believe
Your Lively Love
Is all I need

When we first met it was amazing
The way you picked me up from the floor
A brand new dawn began
And love had never hurt my feelings before
Were you a fantasy or a dream
Only real for a moment then gone
But then you reappeared
And now it’s all so clear

Your Lively Love
Gives me something to believe
Your Lively Love
Is all I need

You're Coming Home

Written By: Joe Slyzelia, Julie Slyzelia

Sifting through the mail today
One letter made me stop
Studied the return address
With your autograph on top
And on the back sealed with a kiss
Reminded me of that night
I said I would wait for you
You said you would write

Through the envelope the few words I could see
Were short and sweet but incomplete
Why wasn’t it addressed to me
You’re coming home

Your letter must have lost it’s way
Inside the postman’s bag
It was meant for Danny Brown
And that boy lives three doors down
It stirred the fire inside his heart
When it finally arrived
I know just how he felt
Because I delivered it myself

Through the envelope the few words I could see
Were short and sweet but incomplete
Why wasn’t it addressed to me
You’re coming home

It wasn’t that long ago we were having fun in the sun
With summer coming soon
And I was falling for you

Through the envelope the few words I could see
Were short and sweet but incomplete
Why wasn’t it addressed to me
While I waited so faithfully
And now it seems you’ve found yourself some other guy
But if he’s fool enough to leave you high and dry
Come find me like you did back then
When you’re coming home

Melody

Written By: Joe Slyzelia

VERSE
Melody, hum another one for me
When the words escape your memory
I'll still be sweet on you
Melody, walking away once was to much for me
Now I wanna come back and never leave
Give you nothing but the truth

CHORUS
But they found me guilty of loving you
I had nowhere to hide
If I could turn back time
I'd do it all over again
That is why I have no alibi
Now don't you think it's time
That we give this thing another try

VERSE 2
Melody, you've always been there for me
Yet you still remain a mystery
Keep me searching for another clue
Melody, all along you've always been right on time
And all night long you've been on my mind
What else could I do

CHORUS
When they found me guilty of loving you
I had nowhere to hide
If I could turn back time
I'd do it all over again
That is why I have no alibi
Now don't you think it's time
That we give this thing another try

BRIDGE
I tried to pretend with all of my friends
That nothing was wrong
That I wasn't missing you
But that just wasn't true
They knew it all along

CHORUS
They found me guilty of loving you
I had nowhere to hide
If I could turn back time
I'd do it all over again
That is why I have no alibi
Now don¡¦t you think it's time
That we give this thing another try
Oh Melody, Melody don't you think it's time

2007 Something Organic (ASCAP)
Joe "Sly Joe" Slyzelia
(920)966.0247
homeslyze@yahoo.com
www.myspace.com/slyjoemusic

Discography

Several Songs have been featured on:

RADIO:

KFAI (Minneapolis, MN)
KTUH (Honolulu, HI)
WGTV (Washington, DC)
WHCS (New York, NY)
WPUB (New York, NY)
WSVA (New York, NY)
WRBB (Boston, MA)
WIIT (Chicago, IL)
WXAV (Chicago, IL)
KAMP (Tucson, AZ)
KVDU (Denver, CO)
WLOY (Baltimore, MD)
WPTS (Pittsburgh, PA)
KYMC (St. Louis, MO)
KRUA (Anchorage, AK)
WSND (Notre Dame, IN)
WSUM (Madison, WI)
KZMU (Moab, UT)
WWWX (Oshkosh, WI)
WRST (Oshkosh, WI)
WOCT (Oshkosh, WI)
WAPL (Appleton, WI)
WZOR (Appleton, WI)
KAOS (Olympia, WA)
KAUR (Sioux Falls, SD)
KBHU (Spearfish, SD)
KBVR (Corvallis, OR)
KCCR (Tacoma, WA)
KDWG (Dillon, MT)
KEOL (La Grande, OR)
KGRG (Auburn, WA)
KHNS (Haines, AK)
KISL (Avalon, CA)
KKCR (Hanalei, HI)
KLPI (Ruston, LA)
KMSA (Grand Junction, CO)
KMSC (Sioux City, IA)
KMSU (Mankato, MN)
KNDS (Fargo, ND)
KNSU (Thibodaux, LA)
KOUG (Vancouver, WA)
KQAL (Winona, MN)
KRFP (Moscow, ID)
KRUX (Las Cruses, NM)
KSCL (Shreveport, LA)
KSLU (Hammond, LA)
KSMR (Winona, MN)
KTRM (Kirksville, MO)
KUCO (Edmond, OK)
KULT (Cedar Falls, IA)
KUMM (Morris, MN)
KURA (Ourey, CO)
KURE (Ames, IA)
KVNF (Paonia, CO)
KXUA (Fayetteville, AR)
M3 Radio (New York, NY)
SFR (Boston, MA)
WARG (Summit, IL)
WARY (Valhalla, NY)
WBKE (North Manchester, IN)
WBRS (Waltham, MA)
WBWC (Berea, OH)
WCCH (Holyoke, MA)
WCCM (Randolph, NJ)
WCCS (Norton, MA)
WCLH (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
WCMR (Dallas, PA)
WCWM (Williamsburg, VA)
WDBM (East Lansing, MI)
WDWN (Auburn, NY)
WEOS (Geneva, NY)
WGFR (Queensburg, NY)
WGMU (Fairfax, VA)
WGRE (Greencastle, IN)
WHSN (Bangor, ME)
WICB (Ithaca, NY)
WIDB (Carbondale, IL)
WIDR (Kalamazoo, MI)
106 VIC (Ithaca, NV)
BearCast (Cincinnati, OH)
WIPZ (Kenosha, WI)
WITR (Rochester, NY)
WKKL (West Barnstable, MA)
WLUR (Lexington, VA)
WMHB (Waterville, ME)
WMHD (Terre Haute, IN)
WMPG (Portland, ME)
WMUH (Allentown, PA)
WMUL (Hungtington, WV)
WNCW (Spindale, NC)
WNMC (Traverse City, MI)
WNSU (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
WNTI (Hackettstown, NY)
WOBN (Westerville, OH)
WOSP (Jacksonville, FL)
WOWL (Boca Raton, FL)
WPMD (Norwalk, CA)
WPNR (Utica, NY)
WQFS (Greensboro, NC)
WRFT (Ambler, PA)
WRIR (Richmond, VA)
WRUB (Amheast, NY)
WSIA (Staten Island, NY)
WSKB (Westfield, MA)
WTTU (Cookeville, TN)
WUDR (Dayton, OH)
WUSR (Scranton, PA)
WUTS (Sewanee, TN)
WVFS (Tallahassee, FL)
WVUA (Tuscaloosa, AL)
WVUD (Newark, DE)
WWHR (Bowling Green, KY)
WWSP (Stevens Point, WI)
WXLV (Schneckville, PA)
WYBF (Radnor, PA)
WZLY (Wellesley, MA)

PODSHOWS/STREAMING:

Clickklieak (South Africa)
Sheep Guarding Llama (NY)
Audio Attitude (MI)
The Red Light Zone (UK)
Phedippidations (Netherlands)
Taka No Iyasinbo (Japan)
Daily Breakfast (Netherlands)
RobKast Radio (Netherlands)
NORML Daily Audio Stash (NM)
Clarence Cast (Netherlands)
MvyRadio
Celebrate Radio
Moozikoo Radio
Desert Highway Radio
Radio Fly
Pancake Wednesday Longtown Sound 8
Mothpod
Daily Pod (Germany)
Ziggys Pop
Bernie's World
Binary Source Code
Radio Grafia (Italy)

ALBUMS:

Your Lively Love - (single)
Other Side of the Bridge - (Solo Full Length Album)
Ride On - (JOJA EP)
Organic - (Something Phonic Album)
Winds of Change - (Something Phonic EP)
Trouble no More - (Something Phonic EP)
Sopho King Groovy - (Something Phonic Live Album)
Tales from the Magic Shoppe - (Something Phonic EP)
Color by Numbers - (Something Phonic EP)
Something Phonic - (Something Phonic EP)
Ex Post Facto - (Ex Post Facto Cassette)
Mind Games for the Listener - (Spanky's Wagon Album)

FILM:

The Third Wheel
People Watching

Set List

Set list varies, but always grooves. The music inspires dancers of all ages, every time. There are subtle instrumentation changes to keep the show interesting and exciting (Guitar switches to Uke, Bass switches to tuba, a bicycle horn solo is followed by a kazoo melody, a piano accents a stripped down acoustic set, etc...)

Here is a recent set list:
(songs written by Sly Joe unless otherwise noted)

Late in the Evening (Paul Simon)
Mellow Mood (Bob Marley)
Sooner than Later
Someone who's looking out for you
Only Love
Your Lively Love
Reach Across the Light Years
You can make it if you try (Sly & the Family Stone)
Melody
Boogie on Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder)
Private I
When Doves Cry (Prince)
Voodoo Lady (Ween)
Get Ready (Smokey Robinson)
Winds of Change
Rapid Transit
Our Reality
Sweet
Bubble Toes (Jack Johnson)
Steal my Kisses (Ben Harper)
I'll do Anything (Jason Mraz)
Waste (Phish)
Angel (Jimi Hendrix)
Brand New Walking Shoes
Come by Me (Harry Conn