The Hillary Step

The Hillary Step

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandPopAcoustic

We are an acoustic rock band with eclectic songs. We focus on rich melodies augmented by great harmonies. Imagine Sting meets The Beatles and they have a baby who is a siamese twin of Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Biography

The Hillary Step may be most comfortably categorized as an acoustic pop band, but that label exists only as a point of departure for a duo that produces innovative, forward-thinking music for the intelligently–inclined masses. The band’s distinctive songs seamlessly integrate a rock ‘n roll soul with a lyrical essence. The Hillary Step consistently delivers accessible pop flavor, successfully blending stunning, straightforward melodies with clever and complex lyrics that are immediately relatable.

Both as recording artists and as a live act, The Hillary Step has built a loyal following throughout New England, the Midwest, and primarily around their home base of New York City. Their exciting live shows, featuring the duo and their band, have taken the stage at such popular venues as Central Park Summer Stage, The Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, Caffe Vivaldi, Kenny’s Castaways and The Lion’s Den.

The Hillary Step features Rob Schiffmann (guitar, vocals, songwriting, et al) and Jon Rothstein (bass, vocals, songwriting). Friends since childhood, the two reunited after college and began their musical collaboration as the duo Urban Badlands. After the addition of several band members, the group took on the impressive moniker of The Hillary Step (def.: the rock face considered the last true summit and challenge prior to reaching the top of Mount Everest). After recording their latest CD "Note 2 Self" (with all instruments played by Rob and all vocals performed by Rob, Jon and gust vocalist, Annie Schiffmann), Rob and Jon resumed their journey as a duo, playing live shows with the able assistance of Ale de Vries (drums), Rachel Dart (back-up vocals) and Eric March (keyboards).

The Hillary Step’s two CD’s “Knee Deep in Giants” and the brand new “Note 2 Self” are available on iTunes and on their website - www.thehillarystep.com

Lyrics

Meanwhile (2010)

Written By: Rob Schiffmann /Jon Rothstein

Meanwhile I sit here and I wait for you to call me.
Meanwhile I gnaw away my fingers to the bone.
Meanwhile the phone won’t ring, the hours pass me slowly.
Meanwhile I’m getting tired of sitting here alone.

Meanwhile the world collects its millions upon millions.
Meanwhile I’m losing track of what I mean to say.
And while I will myself to make myself more willing,
Meanwhile another night becomes another day.

And I’m tired of this waiting and I’m tired of this weight.
I am anticipating disappointment and debate.
You are procrastinating and I cannot create.
I am waiting in the spotlight of the meanwhile.

Meanwhile it blows my mind how yesses turn to maybes.
Meanwhile I sometimes wish a yes would turn to no.
And while it may bring disappointment to the table,
meanwhile I’d know if I should stay or I should go.

And I’m tired of this needing and I’m tired of this need.
There are times I want to pull away and let myself be freed
From this never-ending racing at this suicidal speed.
I am running to ruin in the meanwhile…

Oh, oh, oh, etc.

And I’m tired of believing the promises you make.
and I’m tired of falling for the confidence you fake.
I am barreling forward ‘cause I cannot find the brake.
I am crashing through the walls around the meanwhile…

Tell Me You Love Me

Written By: Rob Schiffmann/Jon Rothstein

First you would dare to only see me in the day
Then as the time went by you couldn’t look away
So then you said “Baby, maybe let’s give love a try”
But then when the clock struck ten again you had to fly

You’re fighting an undertow
Just let it go and…

Tell me you love me, tell me you need me
Tell me your done with your goodbyes
Tell me you love me, tell me you need me
Tell me there’s love in your eyes

So many ways you say you’re scared to let me in
So many days I nearly let you let that win
But then I’d find you lost and lonely, knockin’ on my door
I’ve waited this long I guess I’ll wait a little more

You’re taking me high and low
And I can’t let go…

So Tell me you love me, tell me you need me
Tell me your done with your goodbyes
Tell me you love me, tell me you need me
Tell me there’s love…
(Repeat 2X)

Tell me you love me, tell me you need me
Tell me your done with your goodbyes
Tell me you love me, tell me you need me
Tell me there’s love in your eyes

All I've Got

Written By: Rob Schiffmann/Jon Rothstein

Saturday I walked out in the morning
Saw the sky and the clouds that were forming
Then the storming came and I thought of you

Whirled around in the wind that was blowing
The sky was dark and the flags were all flowing
Felt at home in the rain and I thought of you

All I have is raining, All you want is blue
All I’ve got is rain to offer you

Someone said you could give me direction
Turn defenses into a connection
But my protection wont let me set me free

So I run like a man on fire
Far away from the heart of desire
Now I’m tired of running away from me

But All I have is Raining, All you want is blue
All I’ve got is rain to offer you
All I have is cloudy, All you want is clear
All I’ve got is rain to give you…

Here, perfectly safe again inside the rainfall
Here, perfectly safe again inside my mind
Why do I keep hiding in this perfect rainfall
Why, oh why…

All I have is raining, All you want is blue
All I’ve got is rain to offer you
All I have is rusted, All you want is new
All I’ve got is rain to offer you

Answers

Written By: Rob Schiffmann/Jon Rothstein

Who are you, who am I, what are we, can we try’
I got no answers at all
How could you, why can’t I, why did you, and still
I got no answers at all

I do not have time to fumble, I do not have time to fall
And I do not need to answers to the meaning of it all
I won’t take what I’m not given, I will love what I receive
I am only trying to live and I am asking…please don’t leave

Where did we, how could I, and should we don’t ask why
I got no answers at all
And if you, and then you, then will you, I tell you
I got no answers at all

And my back feels like it’s breaking and my bones are tired and sore
And the lines upon my face don’t lead to wisdom anymore
I won’t take what I’m not given, I will love what I receive
I am only trying to live and I am asking…please don’t leave

All I am is what I’m left with, nothing more than what you see
No new confession, no defense, no other truth but me

I do not have time to fumble, I do not have time to fall
And I do not need to answers to the meaning of it all
I won’t take what I’m not given, I will love what I receive
I am only trying to live and I am asking…please don’t leave

Who are you, who am I, what are we…please don’t leave
Who are you, who am I, what are we…please don’t leave
Who are you, who am I, what are we

I’ve got no answers, I’ve got no answers at all

What Are We Waiting For

Written By: Rob Schiffmann/Jon Rothstein

I’m not a young man and you are not old
Time keeps on moving as seasons unfold
As winters turn summer and summers turn cold

We are all moments that should have been spent
Clearing the meanings of all that we meant
And someday we’ll wonder where all the time went

Someday we’ll be gone, Someday we’ll wish we had said more
Someday we’ll be gone, so what are we waiting for?
What are we waiting for

Sometimes I see thru the eyes of a kid
Seeing you just as the bad things you did
Plotting my anger like points on a grid

Sometimes I see thru the eyes of a man
Knowing that you did the best that you can
And love doesn’t always go as you plan

CHORUS

Let’s scream and shout
We’ll yell and swear and curse and worse,
we’ll share and bare it all and let it out
And I'll remember wrong and you will say, “I see”
And we'll both be free to be

Till then we’ll watch as the seasons unfold
Stories of us will remain untold
You are the sword and the shield in my soul

Till then I’ll keep on keeping my scores
Winning by losing my childish wars
Knowing there’s no laugh that’s better than yours

CHORUS

Discography

CD's
Knee Deep in Giants (self-released AUG'00)
Note to Self (self-released JAN'11)

STREAMING MP3's
web-only demos and live tracks available at http://www.thehillarystep.com/audio.html

Set List

Typical Set -- 50 minutes

Set List:

Between You and Me (thehillarystep.com/video.html)

I'm All I Need

You Were Mine

All I've Got (EPK)

So Far (thehillarystep.com/video_hsteplivesofar.html)

What Are We Waiting For (EPK)

Four in the Morning (thehillarystep.com/musichsteplive.html)

Nothing Heart (thehillarystep.com/musichsteplive.html)

In This Nowhere (thehillarystep.com/audio_kdig.html)