TONE BENT

TONE BENT

 Forestville, California, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Robin Eschner and Bill Horvitz double up on guitars and vocals, bringing gorgeous harmonies and inspired guitar playing to their original songs. Described as “a roaring ride through the heartland of human experience," they consider with intelligence and humor what it means to be human.

Biography

Robin Eschner and Bill Horvitz double up on guitars and vocals as they perform their original songs and give an occasional spin to a favorite cover. Both are accomplished musicians and composers, and together they deliver gorgeous harmonies and inspired guitar playing. Their songs consider the things we all share in common, where we differ, how our lives intersect and influence whatever happens next. Their first CD, “Say What You Will”, has been described as “…a roaring ride through the heartland of human experience. Built on earthy guitar parts that sometimes simmer with heat, these tracks are a collection of what is, what might have been, and what could be. Composed through lyrical compositions with a circular logic and a talent for storytelling, these tracks speak to the journey inside us all. Serious talent combines with musical passion and a knack for craftspersonship in the new release by Tone Bent.” (J. Edward Sumerau, The Metro Spirit, Augusta, GA)

Their latest CD, Angels In the Kitchen (April, 2011), includes "Bowen Street," a song written by Robin for the migrant laborers who gather every morning in Graton, CA and help out local residents with the many tasks that need doing around Sonoma County. "You Never Know" is a song of thanks written for friends and fans who return to gigs, time and time again. "It’s Good to be Alive" is an upbeat take on leaving some troubles behind by heading out for drive. The title track was written for Apollonia and Athena Poilane, daughters of the famous Parisian baker Lionel Poilane, who guided the family bakery for many years until 2002 when he and his wife were killed in a tragic helicopter crash off the coast of Brittany. Apollonia now runs the Poilane bakery.

From the title track of “Angels In the Kitchen”:

Angels in the Kitchen
©2008 Robin Eschner – for Apollonia and Athena Poilane

No bread today in the boulangerie
the shop is closed, the oven’s cold, the shelves are empty
Monsieur Poilane has gone flying again
Madam Iréna sitting right next to him.

Out along the northern shore all eyes are on the sea
waiting for a signal, waiting for morning
praying for mercy.

No bread today in the boulangerie
the shop is closed, the oven’s cold, the shelves are empty
bread crumbs on the floor, now what did you expect
from a bird kept a cage the baker made from bread?

While high above the northern shore, Monsieur Poilane and God
are sharing their secrets, sharing their troubles
they’re having a long talk
“The answer’s in the question” says Monsieur Poilane…
in taking your time, in one-of-a-kind, it’s in the leavening”
now God is smiling, nodding “Yes, yes, and don’t forget
angels in the kitchen, you gotta have angels in the kitchen
angels in the kitchen - yes, yes, yes.”

Flowers in the window of the boulangerie
the lights are on, it's early dawn, the dough is rising
Apollonia’s in the kitchen, saying “this is the life I know”
she wears her papa’s apron, her tears fall into the dough
while out along the northern shore all eyes are on the sea
waiting for a signal , waiting for morning
waiting for morning… and there are

Angels in the kitchen, ev'rybody needs angels in the kitchen
angels in the kitchen - yes, yes, yes, yes.

TONE BENT'S CD Say What You Will, covers a range of things that include a tribute to Susan Butcher, four-time winner of the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska, a nod to a daughter leaving home to go off on her own, a memory of floating down a river in the San Joaquin valley on a hot summer night, and a meditation on the discovery of a certain blue feather and the way it might change one's life.
From the title track of “Say What You Will”:
"Say what you will to have it all make sense
say what you will from your side of the fence
be you be you a swimmer or a crawler
walker, talker or a feathered
we’re all just rollin’ through the sky together
say what you will."

Robin Eschner
Infused with the familiar, the imagined and the unexpected, Robin’s songs are visual, contemplative, meaningful, playful, gently heartbreaking and raucously funny –- her compelling melodic lines hugging the lyrics and skipping across a rippled surface to catch the light while mining some deep waters with a rare integrity. “Well, here’s the deal. I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield. So, this means that, if you’re a teenager working your way up the radio dials on a quest for Iron Butterfly -- 4 times out of 5 you’re instead going to get Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and the like. Add to this that my dad had been in a barbershop quartet when he was in college and still sang and played some ukulele and was keen to teach me harmonies. So by the time I picked up a guitar I discovered that, lo-and-behold, these early entanglements with music were the ones stuck to my ribs. And now, having studied piano, guitar and composition through the years with truly amazing teachers such as composer/writer/recording artist

Lyrics

Catman

Written By: Robin Eschner/Bill Horvitz

Catman
Robin Eschner and Bill Horvitz © 2005
Capo 3

Am
Cat man wants fish for his supper
Dog woman wants Cat man stew
E
Dog woman she don't mind waitin'
Am
but Cat man do.

Am
Cat man he'll sing for his supper
Dog woman, she don't need to
E
Dog woman don't sing ----for her supper
Am
but Cat man do.

CHORUS:
Am
Cat man do (woo woo)
Dog woman don't sing for her supper
E
Catman do ____
Am
Dog woman don't sing
Dog woman go bow - wow - wow
Cat man sing now - now – now
E
Dog woman don't sing (for her supper)
Am
but Catman do.

Am
Cat man he lay down easy
Dog woman she lay - down - too
E
Dog woman she don't lay easy
Am
but Catman ... Catman do.

PLAY CHORUS HERE

Am
Cat man wants fish for his supper
Dog woman wants Cat man stew
E
Dog woman she don't mind waitin'
Am
but Cat man do.

Am
Cat man he'll sing for his supper
Dog woman, she don't need to
E
Dog woman don't sing for her supper
Am
but Cataaaaaaaaat ---Catman do.

Blue Feather

Written By: Robin Eschner

Blue Feather
robin eschner 2005

capo 3

G D G

G D G
When you find a single blue feather

C G
On the side of the road

C G
on the way to the beach

B5 C
you will hold it in your fist

Em G C
until your knuckles turn white.

G D
One perfect blue feather

G D
just within reach

C Em7
and you'll be looking for another

Am G
for the rest of your life.

Say What You Will

Written By: Robin Eschner

SAY WHAT YOU WILL
Robin Eschner © 2008

C7 - C7/G - C7 - C7/G

C7 C7/G C7 C7/G
Say what you will about the three-toed sloth
C7 C7/G C7 C7/G
Searching all night long for a gypsy moth
F7 G
Even upside down he’s got it figured out
C7 - C7/G - C7 - C7/G
Say what you will.

C7 C7/G C7 C7/G
Say what you will about Tyrannosaurus Rex
C7 C7/G C7 C7/G
Not much smarter than a bowl of Rice Chex
F7 G
But for a few million years he was the king around here
C7 - C7/G - C7 - C7/G
say what you will.

CHORUS:
F
Say what you will to have it all make sense
C
Say what you will from your side of the fence, be you a
G
swimmer or a crawler, walker, talker or a feathered
F G
we’re all just rollin’ through the sky together, say______
C7 - C7/G - C7 - C7/G
what you will.

Say what you will about Vincent Van Gogh, crazy
painter man standin’ in a row of corn
On a starry night you know he got it right
Say what you will.

Say what you will about the Banjo Man
Pickin’ Turkey in the Straw and Cluck Old Hen_______
When he plays his song you can’t help singin’ along
Say what you will.

F
Alligator, antelope, butterfly, blue gill
C
Sweet p’tater, buffalo, octopi, spoonbill
G
swimmer or a crawler, walker, talker or a feathered
F G
we’re all just rollin’ through the sky together, say______
C7 - C7/G - C7 - C7/G
what you will.

Say what you will about politics
Say what you will, say what you will, say what you will about this
Makes you sick-to-death, don’t hold your breath, _________
Say what you will.

F
Republican or Democrat or somewhere-in-between
Independent, Peace and Freedom, Libertarian, Green
C
Muslim, Christian, Pagan, Buddhist, Hindu, Nazarene
G
Wiccan, Shaker, Quaker, Rasta, Jew, Agnostic, Philistine
F ?G ?????
we’re all just rollin’ through the sky to-geth-er

F
Say what you will to have it all make sense
C
Say what you will from your side of the fence, be you a
G
swimmer or a crawler, walker, talker or a feathered
F G
we’re all just rollin’ through the sky together, say______
C7 - C7/G - C7 - C7/G
what you will.

C7 - C7/G - C7 - C7/G

Say what you will. If only to the daffodil, say what you will.
brick layer, bread baker, naysayer, undertaker, writer
dancer, butcher, teacher, singer, painter, hooker, preacher,
mediator, poultry plucker, mother, father, sister, brother, geologist,
oyster shucker

And So It Is

Written By: Robin Eschner

AND SO IT IS
Robin Eschner ©2008 • for Bill

It starts as something like a sound
inside your head that won’t calm down
until you’ve said the thing out loud and now you’ve done it.

And now they’re lookin’ at you funny
like they’ve known it all along
like there’s a prize for being dumb and you’ve just won it.

And so your world is split in two
and you’re not sure just what to do
this is the road you never knew and now you’re on it.

And so today is not the way that you had planned it.
and so today is not the way that you had planned it
and so today is not the way that you had planned it
and so tomorrow, and so tomorrow, and so it is.

You’d think with all you have been taught
you would have given this more thought
when all you know is who you’re not, now that you’ve quit it.

You won’t remember how it started
but one day you’ll know the dart was love
the target was your heart, and someone hit it.

Now here you are another child
the dandelions make you smile
were you pretending all the while you didn’t get it?

And so today is not the way that you had planned it.
and so today is not the way that you had planned it
and so today is not the way that you had planned it
and so tomorrow, and so tomorrow, and so it is.

Pra Prababicka

Written By: Robin Eschner

Pra Prababischka
©2006 Robin Eschner

Did you walk across the Charles Bridge
with the lovers and the beggars?
did you talk about America
and how to make your way there?

Soft rain, first train, Tabor to Salzburg
Pra Pra Babischka, it's time to say good-bye.

Could you hear the bells from Hradãa-ny
in the stillness of the winter?
did you stop to pray beside the graves in the forest
when you lived here?

Who will remember
what was written in stone
what has been left behind?

Did you sail away from Rotterdam
did you sail from Bremmentown?
were you safe in Philadelphia
when you wore your wedding gown?

Soft rain, first train - Tabor to Salzburg
Pra Prababischka, Pra Pra Babischka
Pra Prababischka ... it's time to say good-bye.

Bowen Street

Written By: Robin Eschner

BOWEN STREET
©2009 Robin Eschner
capo 3
G
Down on Bowen Street ev’ry day of the week
C D
before the sun comes up, all the workers meet
G
And they wait their turn • sitting all along the curb
C D
Or leaning hard against a car borrowed from a cousin
G D G
Gone away pickin’ peaches in the valley before they fall.

G
And the builders pull up in their pick-up trucks
C D
And the workers jump in but they don’t know • for what
G
And the single moms with their overgrown lawns
C D
need a hand around the place getting everything in shape
G D G
now that it’s fin’ly stopped raining and company’s comin’ for the weekend.

CHORUS:
C G
When I see you, cuando te veo; Juan Miguel y Sefarino
C G
veo Ernesto y Alejandro; When I see you, I see St. Ysidro o
D C G
Oh------ down on Bowen Street

Bowen Street p. 2

G
Down on Bowen Street ev’ry day of the week
C D
before the sun comes up, all the workers meet
G
And it’s a long hard day, till they pocket their pay
C D
and hitch a ride to Santa Rosa where they’re 4 to a room
G D G
and sending money ev’ry Friday to their families, living in Oaxaca.

PLAY CHORUS HERE

BRIDGE:
C Em
And it’s twenty-two hundred miles north from Jalisco
C D G
You pray the coyotes play it straight at the borderline
C Em
oh it’s a long way from home, here on Bowen Street
C Am D
and the crops are comin’ in -- and it’s good to see you here, again

C G
When I see you, cuando te veo; Juan Miguel y Sefarino
C G
veo Ernesto y Alejandro; Cuando te veo, veo de San.Ysidro o
D C G D C G
Oh------ down on Bowen Street; Oh------ down on Bowen Street
D C G
When I see you------ down on Bowen Street

Angels In the Kitchen

Written By: Robin Eschner


Angels in the Kitchen
©2008 Robin Eschner – for Apollonia and Athena Poilane

Bm G
No bread today in the • boulangerie
Bm G
• the shop is closed, the oven’s cold, the shelves are empty.

D A
• Monsieur Poilane has gone • flying again
Bm G D A
Madam Iréna sitting • right next to him.

D A
While • all along the northern shore all eyes are on the sea
Bm G
waiting for a signal, waiting for morning
D A A
praying for • mercy.

Bm G
No bread today in the • boulangerie
Bm G
• The shop is closed, the oven’s cold, the shelves are empty.

D A
Breadcrumbs on the floor, ah now what did you expect
Bm G D A
from a bird kept a cage the baker made from bread.

D A
While • high above the northern shore Monsieur Poilane and God
Bm G
are sharing their secrets, sharing their troubles
D A
they’re having a • long talk.

Angels in the Kitchen p. 2

Bm G
The answer’s in the question says • Monsieur Poilane
Bm G D A
in taking your time, in one-of-a-kind it’s in the • leavening

D F# Bm G
Now God is • smiling, • nodding “Yes, yes, and don’t forget -

D A Bm G
angels in the kitchen, angels in the kitchen
D A Bm G D A ----
angels in the kitchen, • yes, yes, yes.

SOLO
Bm G Bm G
D A Bm G D A


Bm G
Flowers in the window of the • boulangerie
Bm G
• the lights are on, it’s early dawn, the dough is rising.

D A
Apollonia’s in the kitchen, saying “this is the life I know”
Bm G D A
she wears her papa’s apron, her tears fall into the dough.

D A
And • out along the northern shore all eyes are on the sea
Bm G
waiting for a signal, waiting for morning
G
waiting for morning -------- and there are

D A Bm G
Angels in the kitchen, angels in the kitchen
D A Bm G
angels in the kitchen, • yes, yes, yes
D A Bm G
Angels in the kitchen, (you gotta have) angels in the kitchen
D A Bm G D A Bm
angels in the kitchen, • yes, yes, yes, yes.

Small Town Parade

Written By: Robin Eschner

Small Town Parade
©2008 Robin Eschner, for Teresa Cuseo
PIANO INTRO
THEN A Bm A/C# Dsus2 2x

A Bm A/C# Dsus2
Walking ‘round a corner to the main street of town
A Bm A/C# Dsus2
you run into a ragtag, red-nosed clown
E D
and a juggler nearby is throwing fire through the sky
E D
you step to the side as you watch it fly
A E D E
in this small town parade, in this small town parade.

A Bm A/C# Dsus2
There’s a politician waving from a Model A Ford
A Bm A/C# Dsus2
and the bikers cruise by in their black and orange
E D
and the mime with red lips is throwing peppermint sticks
E D
when he opens his hand, he blows you a kiss
A E D E
in this small town parade, in this small town parade.

F#m
And you’re the only one here • without a disguise
C#
the only one here, no one can recognize
D
• What are you? What are you?
A E
tell us who you’re supposed to be? They keep asking
D E D E
in this small town parade, in this small town parade.

SMALL TOWN PARADE P. 2

A Bm A/C# Dsus2
Now the cowboys ride by in their Stetson hats
A Bm A/C# Dsus2
while the marching band plays and the belly dancers dance
E D
and all the tiny ballerinas in their glitter and gold
E D
watch the beauty queen smile at the mirror she holds
A E D E
in this small town parade, in this small town parade.

INSTRUMENTAL ON a VERSE

F#m
And you’re the only one here • without a disguise
C#
the only one here, no one can recognize
D
• What are you? What are you?
A E
tell us who you’re supposed to be? They keep asking
D E D E
in this small town parade, in this small town parade.

D
What are you? What are you?
G
tell us who you’re supposed to be?
A E
as if you’re the masquerade, and they’re the serenade
D E D E
in this small town parade, in this small town parade,
D E A Dsus2 A/C# Dsus2 A
in this small town parade.

Another Drink

Written By: Robin Eschner

ANOTHER DRINK
(Enough’s Enough)
©2009 Robin Eschner

Em C Em
Of all the tricks that you have tried
C Em
the times you’ve left, the times you’ve lied
C G
the late-night threats of suicide
D C
it always circles ‘round to this
D C
another friend you can dismiss
D Em
another shrink you can out-think
D C
another way you can deny the do-or-die
Em D C
another drink, another drink, another drink.

Em D Am G D G
We can hide your pills, • take away your gun
Em D Am G D G
we can walk away until • they lock you up
Em C G
oh we can talk about it • till the sun comes up
Em D C
but only you can say enough’s enough, enough’s enough
Em D C C Em C Em C
of another drink, another drink, another drink.

Em C Em
• Before there’s nothing left to lose
C Em
no place to go, no friend to use
C G
before the Devil owns your shoes
D C
if you could only think of this
D C
the violin, the lover’s kiss

D Em
the sandhill crane, the step away
D C
from being just another drunk who can’t refuse
Em D C
another drink, another drink, another drink.

Em D Am G D G
We can hide your pills, • take away your gun
Em D Am G D G
we can walk away until • they lock you up
Em C G
oh we can talk about it • till the sun comes up
Em D C
but only you can say enough’s enough, enough’s enough
Em D C
of another drink, another drink, another drink.

C Em D C C
of all the tricks you’ve tried
another drink, another drink, another drink
C Em D C C
the times you’ve left, the times you’ve lied
another drink, another drink, another drink
C Em D C C
the late night threats of suicide
another drink, another drink, another drink
Em D C
of another drink, another drink, another drink . . .
drink b drink a drink g

Em D Am G D G
We can hide your pills, • take away your gun
Em D Am G D G
we can walk away until they lock you up
Em C G
oh we can talk about it • till the sun comes up
Em D C
but only you can say enough’s enough, enough’s enough
Em D C
of another drink, another drink, another drink
Em D C C C Em C Em
another drink, another drink, another drink… another drink.

Boatman

Written By: Robin Eschner

BOATMAN • ©2009 robin eschner
CHORUS:
C
Boatman, sittin’ by the river singin’ “Let it go, let it go.”

people come, lookin’ for a ride, askin’ “Where’d the river boat go?”
F C
Boatman turn a hand to the river sayin” • “Only the river know”
G F
Boatman stand with a rope in his hand singin’ • “Let it go.” ______
F C
“Let it go, let it go.”

F
River boat • been carryin’ folk to the other side, for so long now
G
tired of riding low in the water, low in the water
F C
now where the river boat’s gone only the river know
G F
hear the Boatman, sittin’ by the river singin’ • “let it go”
F C
“Let it go, let it go.”

PLAY CHORUS HERE

F
Now if you’re lookin’ for a way to the other side
Em F
no need waitin’ for the river boat ride_____________
G F
when you sing along - with the Boatman’s song, you can • let it go
F C
“Let it go, let it go.”

INSTRUMENTAL CHORUS -- followed by sung CHORUS - followed by this tag:

G F
boatman stand with a rope in his hand singin’ • “let it go”
F C
• “Let it go, let it go.”

Discography

Say What You Will--Big Door Prize Records (12-song CD)
Angels In the Kitchen--Big Door Prize REcords (12-song CD)
Yes, we have both streaming and radio airplay for both CDs.

Set List

We usually do between one and three sets about 40-45 minutes each. When we do three sets, we occasionally add a cover or two of songs we particularly like. Here are three typical sets.

SET ONE:
Say What You Will
It's Good to be Alive
Heading Home
Pra Pra Babicka
What Have You Done Professor Plum?
Little White Lie
Bowen Street
Angels in the Kitchen
Catman

SET TWO:
And So It Is
Boatman
Southern Sea Song
The San Joaquin
It's Rainin' Money
Small Town Parade
Another Drink
You Never Know
Blue Feather

SET THREE:
For the Mouse Gone Down
Where Did the Baptists Go?
Until the Painting Is Complete
Learning To Fly
This Little Apple
This Is Love
Belly of the Whale
Wing and the Wheel
Northern Cross