the Michael Harris Band

the Michael Harris Band

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Eclectic acoustic rock with heartfelt lyrics creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere.

Biography

"So what kind of music do you play?" Has become the 64,000 dollar question for Michael Harris and the Michael Harris Band. For most artists it would be an easy question to answer - Blues, or Jazz, or Hard Rock, but for a band whose roots can be traced back to the rice fields of Japan - well all bets are off. With acoustic songs infused with traces of rock, pop and blues, singer/songwriter Michael R. Harris has touched audiences internationally with his warm and rich voice, heartfelt lyrics and themes that explore the human condition.

Born in Colorado, Harris – an Army Brat, spent his childhood in Germany, Kansas and Maryland where his family settled. The seeds for Harris’s lifelong connection to music were planted during his childhood
by singing in church choirs, playing in the youth orchestra and listening to classic performers like Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. His eclectic tastes grew to encompass artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Youssou N’dour.

Harris went to Emerson College in Boston and moved to Los Angeles to start a career in television. He became a successful producer working for various networks including E! Entertainment Television,ABC and NBC. But he was never too far from music, occasionally sitting in on trumpet with a friend’s band and writing lyrics on the side.

At the same time that Harris committed himself to fully pursuing his music an opportunity to live abroad
came into play. So Harris, a Black-belt martial artist, traveled to Japan for a year to master Kendo, or
Japanese fencing. That year turned into six with Harris following his musical passion. He sang in two Blues
bands and formed a band of his own. He cut his teeth performing in Tokyo and the surrounding area. He
wrote songs, played guitar and honed his craft, going on to perform in places as diverse as Indonesia,
Portugal and Prague.

Returning to LA in 2004 Harris quickly went to work in forming a new band. Through old contacts and after a
few changes the Michael Harris Band was formed. The band is made up of professional musicians who have
worked extensively in LA and abroad. The core members are Carl Byron on keyboards, Michael Barsimanto on drums, Roberto Montero on lead guitar, Austin Nicholson on bass, and Farzin Farhadi on saxophone . With this talented line-up Harris has been able to stretch his eclectic nature. The band can seamlessly shift gears moving from an upbeat Rock tune to a Basso beat groove, to a Jazz tinged ballad.

The Michael Harris Band’s cohesiveness and musicianship helped them in the creation of “OPEN LETTER” their very eclectic debut CD release in 2006.

Lyrics

Alice

Written By: Michael R. Harris

Alice, through the looking glass - I thought this time we'd last but now your gone. I am just a rabbit's run looking for some fun but you moved the party and everybody sing

Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in.

Alice, open up your eyes and then you'll realize how this all works. Life ain't through the looking glass - good things come bad things pass - this you will see and everybody sing

Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in. And everybody say Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in.

Don't give up hope, when bad things come just cope and you will be free
Easier said than done, easier said than done, we're on the run - and everybody sing

Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in. And everybody sing Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in.

Oh Alice where did you go, oh I want to know. Oh Alice you've done me wrong and now I'm singing my song to you. And everybody sing

Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in. And everybody sing Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in.

Alice, the Queen of Hearts is cruel but you can break her rules if you really try. Playing cards is tricky, the Mad Hatters sticky but why should we care. And everybody sing

Oh, oh, oh, why, my, my, my, I, I just want to get in. I just want to get in I just want to get through to you, to you, oh Alice, to you, to you, to you oh Alice to you, to you, oh Alice - to you.

If I Could

Written By: Michael R. Harris

If I knew it would be like this I'd have traded all my worries for a little bliss.
If I saw my wants as my needs, I'd have tended different gardens, planted different seeds - If I could

But I'm getting my philosophy from a paper cup, better drink it up, better drink it up

If I trust, I'd only be let down waiting for the other shoe to finally hit the ground.
If I knew all that I might miss, I'd take a different path made a different wish - If I could

But I'm getting my philosophy from a paper cup, better drink it up, better drink it up

Standing in the hall with so many doors that everyone's a gamble. Roll the dice with the hands of ice afraid that you might lose. And every road you take leads you to a crossroad of choices, and every choice you make you can hear your inner voices, inner voices, inner voices

If I thought a kiss could make it real, I'd have taken all of yours, borrowed, begged and stealed. If I knew the end at the start, I'd have changed the course of rivers so we would never part - If I could

But I'm getting my philosophy from a paper cup, better drink it up, better drink it up

If I saw, if I knew, if I trust, if I could -
But I'm getting my philosophy from a paper cup.

Discography

Open Letter - LP - 11 original tracks - Release July 14, 2006.
The following tracks are streamed at different sites:

Alice
If I Could
Open Letter
What Am I Suppose To Do
Fresh Water

Set List

A typical set is about 8 songs - all originals and a typical set runs about 40 - 45 minutes but can be expanded or shortened as the situation requires. Lately the set includes but not limited to these songs:

Good Girl
Alice
Paradise
Box of Dreams
Superman
Rain
Enough
Stay
Audience song (song created live based on words solicited from the audience - crowd favorite)