Steve Biegner

Steve Biegner

BandFolkAcoustic

With a Mozart mind for composition and arrangement and a Cummingsian/Whitman-like approach to lyrics, Steve Biegner's songs are simultaneously thrilling to listen to and brooding and introspective. He's got a voice like Jeff Buckley's fronting Bright Eyes or Sufjan Stevens like backing.

Biography

Steve Biegner is an American original. He has it all... great chops, visionary songwriting and a voice that can slay dragons.
- Nerissa Nields

By the time Steve Biegner was 15 he had played at the Iron Horse, played with Stephen Kellogg and the Nields, and was on his way to releasing a solo album which would be Manic Blue. He had started out playing tambourine and egg shaker in his older cousin's band Smokejumpers, and soon moved on to accompanying his cousin's piano playing with guitar, sometimes drums and lush harmonies. Steve started noticing that a lot of his songs were becoming the crowd favorites. So when he turned 17 he released Manic Blue, some wintersoft basement songs that showcased his mature composition style and his soaring voice.

Steve played with Stephen Kellogg for a few shows at various colleges picking up fans along the way. He also played with the Nields after winning the title of Pioneer Valley Idol after singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and ultimately sealing the deal with his own song "Circle Song" which showcased Steve's impressive range, starting very low eventually soaring into a high, strong falsetto that made some sopranos jealous.

Steve spent a while playing shows and garnering some attention, then turned to writing again. He met up with Adam Bach and Brian Sloan who became his upright bassist and drummer respectively. Steve jumped at the chance to arrange for more than just his voice and guitar and piano. After months of rehearsing and playing out as a trio, Steve decided it was time to make a nice record.

In September of 2005, he went into the studio with Dave Chalfant and recorded several songs, 14 of which came out almost a year later on "As the Orchestra Swells (the lights go out)," the just-ripe fruits of his recording endeavors. Some songs are hushed and quiet - just Steve, a guitar, and a couple of room mics. Others, like the grand "Prodigal Son" are big, lush works that feature string quartets, banjos, baroque style vocal harmonies, and a wall of guitars.

His music is reminiscent of Jeff Buckley; Jump, Little Children; Bright Eyes; Sufjan Stevens; and Nick Drake. Steve is inspired by all of these artists as well as Radiohead, Bjork, Tom Waits, Regina Spektor, Igor Stravinski, Steve Reich, Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, and many, many others.

Lyrics

February's Moon

Written By: Steve Biegner

February's moon rose.
Stars were like fireflies.
Renamed the constellations;
made angels in snow.

We fell backwards laughing.
The moon fell forward into day.
I stayed up for the sunrise,
that is just to say, I'm sorry.

I'm giving in.
We let the season win.
Next time I'm gonna live.
I'm gonna live.

The lake had been frozen
when we carved our names in the ice.
We knew it was over -
we saw a crocus. Spring came and melted it all.

We tried picking flowers,
but we withered away.
I waited for the sunset
that is just to say, that is just to say
I'm sorry.
So sorry.

I'm giving in.
We let the season win.
Next time I'm gonna live.
I'm gonna live.

Oooh.

February's moon rose.
Or that is just to say,
that is just to say,
it's over.

Cigarette

Written By: Steve Biegner

The night was on fire.
She lit her cigarette with it.
Yeah, she's so cool, 'cause she walks and she speaks and she breathes.
I watch the ashes fall to the pavement.
She said, "We've got sparks, you and me."
You and me!

Tonight we're burning down
this entire town.
Tomorrow morning,
we'll both wake up and leave
and I'll think about her all the way
back home.

She dressed like a rock and roll star.
Yeah, and she swears and she spits and she bleeds.
She hums Amazing Grace when she kisses.
I hope that's just when she's kissing me.
She's kissing me.

Tonight we're burning down
this entire town.
Tomorrow morning
we'll both wake up and leave
and we'll hold hands all the way
back home.

The night was on fire.
She lit her cigarette with it.

Tonight we're burning down
this entire town.
Oh, tonight we're burning down
this entire town.
Tomorrow morning
we'll both wake up and leave
and we'll sing Amazing Grace
all the way back home.
Yeah, we'll sing Amazing Grace

all the way back home.

Prodigal Son

Written By: Steve Biegner

I will find
something to hide behind.
I will go
somewhere far away from home.

And when I return,
the prodigal son,
I'll make peace
with everyone
I have loved.
If I have loved.

I must leave
this town and all these empty feelings.
I would cry
If my tears could be a song of saving.

And I'll baptise
myself in wine
and thus annointed
I'd look to find
who I have loved.
If I have loved.

I'd retrace all my steps;
try to find a way back.
Would my heart be home then
or would my heart stay broken?
After all my searches
fumbling for a purpose
my life was not perfect;
all of it was worth this.

(stay awake with me if I cannot sleep, I need your eyes, your grace, don't leave)

And I'll baptise
myself in wine.
And thus annointed
I'd look to find
who I have loved.
Who I have loved.
(After all my searches,
fumbling for a purpose
my life was not perfect;
all of it was worth this)
((stay awake with me...))
When I return
the prodigal son
I'll make peace
with everyone
who I have loved.
Who I have loved.

If I have loved.

Tonight (i take you home)

Written By: Steve Biegner

I think this rotten fruit connotes
all the things some serpent sold
and we are choking on it.
While I try to fall asleep
you yell, you shout, and you stomp your feet.
I need to get away.

I need to leave.
This city is choking me and I,
I just want to go home.
I never get there -
this strangling hold -
this city is strangling me.
It's strangling me.

This time I'm walking away
from your fireworks display,
and I'm not looking back.
Sometimes I wish this apple were poisoned -
the noise and the people in it would
go to sleep. Just go to sleep!

I need to leave.
This city is choking me and I,
I just want to go home.
I never get there -
this strangling hold -
this city is strangling me.
It's strangling me.

Tonight, we break for the border.
We'll see how far we'll make it together.
We'll leave the bridge on fire.
'Cause tonight, I take you home.
Tonight - I take you home.

(i take you home)

I Got a Girl

Written By: Steve Biegner

I got a girl who laughs when she cries.
The tears well up real big
deep inside her big brown eyes.
She tells me she's okay,
but something tells me she's lying.
And I don't know what to say,
but I'll keep on trying
to make it go away.

Oh, and I was blind, but now I see:
Someone could love a wretch like me.

You're the reason why
I haven't given up.
You're so beautiful
and tonight we're gonna leave it all
behind.

I got this habit of makin' mistakes -
I never get it right.
It seems like one of those things
It takes me a few tries.
But you were so right the first time.
You were so right the first time,
the first time.

And now I am on my mark
and ready to go.
I don't know, but I think,
we could be okay, 'cause

You're the reason why
I haven't given up.
And you're so beautiful
and tonight we're gonna leave it all behind.

Oh and everyone is falling down -
ashes, ashes.
And we will rise
above all this,
'cause you and me, baby,
we will be infinite.

You're the reason why
I haven't given up.
And you're so beautiful
and tonight we're gonna leave it all
(I got a girl who laughs when she cries)
(I got a girl who laughs when she cries)
behind.

Discography

"Manic Blue" (2003) LP Self-recorded, self-released
Quiet basement music that is harmony driven. From love songs to death songs.

"As the Orchestra Swells (the lights go out)"(2006)
Recorded by Dave Chalfant with a full band that included a drummer, upright bassist, special guest guitar work and piano-ing, and cello by Gideon Freudmann. From songs that whisper in your heart to songs that make it explode.

Set List

Typical Set List for Opening (1/2 hour to 45 min)
1. February's Moon
2. Open Parenthesis
3. I Got a Girl
4. Lenore
5. Cigarette
6. Tonight (i take you home)

Typical Set List for Feature/Split Bill
1. February's Moon
2. Open Parenthesis
3. Exit Wounds
4. Out My Window
5. Onward! to Purgatory!!
6. Beauty Was Truth
7. I Got a Girl
8. Cigarette
9. Prodigal Son
10. Keeping Out Winter
11. Lenore
12. Tonight (i take you home)

The sets vary depending on whether or not there is any new material which ocassionally gets added, or, depending on the crowd, Steve may add in some older songs too. Steve has played sets as long as 2 1/2 hours to as short as 5 minutes.

Ocassionally Steve will do cover songs which are either reworkings of great obscure songs to ridiculous songs, such as covers of Alkaline Trio on the banjo, to Sister Christian, or even an Enrique Iglesias song. Fun!