Vanilla Monk

Vanilla Monk

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Vanilla Monk brings a powerful vibe, with tunes crossing the boundaries of surf rock, jam, reggae, blues, and funk. "Their shows are defined by an organic, dance and melody driven curve that our crowds have responded to with continued patronage . . .

Biography

"Their shows are defined by an organic, dance and melody driven curve that our crowds have responded to with continued patronage." - Peter Marzilli/Cuillo Centre For The Arts

Vanilla Monk
Genre: Rock, Reggae, Funk
Official Site: www.vanillamonk.com
MySpace: myspace.com\vanillamonk
Facebook: .facebook.com/vanillamonk

Notables:

+ Selected to perform at SunFest, South Florida's Largest music festival in 2008
+ Selected for The 2008 Raue Center of the Arts New Music Series in Chicago, IL.
+ Featured in the 2008 Grammy Awards Gift bag.
+ In the Top 20 on American Idol Underground Radio multiple times.
+ National radio distribution for "Life of the Eternal Variety"
+ Featured in The Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel news publications.

Shared the Stage or/Supporting Act For:

Fergie
Ramsey Lewis
Peter Frampton
The Family Stone
Hilary McRae

Vanilla Monk formed in the Ft Lauderdale, FL area, in the Summer of 2006, when singer/songwriter Matt Farr paired up with longtime friend and fellow musician Craig Stevens to record an original album. Envisioning a dynamic, down-tempo, and versatile selection of music that would appeal to a broad audience, “Parallels” was released in the fall of 2007. The album featured all original music by Farr and Stevens as well as special guest Audrey Assad. September 21st, 2007 marked the official CD release party and first live performance of VM at Dada in Delray Beach, FL. The full, six piece band, performed to a packed house at one of the areas most popular live music spots and was a huge success.

The groups early accolades include being selected numerous times to perform at South Florida's largest music festival SunFest. In addition VM was invited to play numerous annual jazz festivals across the country. The debut album "Parallels" was also featured in the 2007 Grammy Awards gift bag.

Vanilla Monk is now playing around the South Florida area with various guest musicians covering music from great classic rock, reggae, and funk artists.

Looking toward the future we see another studio project as Farr and Stevens collaborate on new material.

Lyrics

Life Of The Eternal Variety

Written By: Vanilla Monk

Sometimes i get dry enough to crack
Spill my emotions on the ground
There's a bottomless pool nearby in this lifeless desert of mine
Do I want it badly enough to drag myself there

There is a springtime to be had
An explosion of new life ahead
Will we drink the water and raise our hands
Reach out for the awakening

I'm full of hot, bristling, crunchy sand
A sign of old things gone brown and dormant
I know I know I can breathe again
Bring myself up to swim

We would throw our heads under the sparkling surface
Open our eyes and see the dancing blue living things
We hurl ourselves into the river feel it tingling and shocking us into a better day
An awakening

Blue Days

Written By: Vanilla Monk

I sit around and let my mind sink with the sunset
Flowing wine, crushing mood
No satisfaction from being alone
No satisfaction being with anyone else

The weight of love sinks from my shoulders, to my feet
No sound can break my tone
Out there is someone purely for me
A match for my own complicated equation

Let the sun sink with my hopes
And the new day bring fresh eyes

It’s those blue days, keeping me strong
When the rest of the world, is stormy
Open my window, and breathe the air
Give myself to you

I don’t know of a perfect way
Or of a rugged path it may take
I’m not even sure this path exists
Or am I manifesting my own trip

Should I call, or should I fight
I’m so very tired of wondering
I almost want to make it real, I almost want to make it real

But on my own time, on my own time

Solitude

Written By: Vanilla Monk

A tree grows in the midst of chaos
No respect for god’s intentions, or earth’s reaction
The beach is only steps away, but the sound
Is miles in the distance

Where do we go from here
Where do we find solitude
The solitude, of our lives

The dune of sand that now is gone
Replaced with concrete and meters
I am longing for the beauty, that existed
When the moon controlled our eyes
And her absence, makes the night, even harder

Where do we go from here
Where do we find solitude
The solitude, of our lives

Daydream

Written By: Vanilla Monk

Life , moves by so briefly
From one moment , to the end of the glow
We fly, carelessly outside ourselves
No concept of the unseen
The darkness and the morning clock

On a cool morning, we awaken
From a daydream, one we can’t explain
Our eyes open, into the white room
And we can hardly speak, we can hardly speak, we can hardly speak

For the life we lead, we can’t come to realize
The insecurity of the future, of our lives
Now we’re floating here, floating here in nowhere
While the hearts of those who care, prepare for defeat

There is grace, and another chance we lead
Comprehended as our eyes open, into the room of white
The sky has cleared, and our minds have relaxed
Let it be my our new mortality
That guides us promptly

Walk It Alone

Written By: Vanilla Monk

I was thinking about the good times the other day
About how we used to have so much fun
So many reasons not to stay
To travel far away, and start this journey again
But something tugs at my coat tails
And keeps me close, even through those memories and pain
Life has those challenges and turns
When we lift up our faith, and ride the wave again

Let these feet move on,
Let this mind be free, of the path taken before
With or without those hearts, who have abandoned me
I can walk this, alone

Though these nights run together
I find a sense of peace, in the silence of my room
What should ignite a fire, has somehow built my strength
I can look inside for answers
To the only heart that will never flee
I find my strength, and make a mockery of what was with what will be
So let the world do it’s thing, and start looking at things
The only way he tells us to see

So let these feet move on,
Let this mind be free, of the paths taken before
With or without those hearts, who have abandoned me
I can walk this, alone

Though these nights run together

I find a sense of peace, in the silence of my room

Parallels

Written By: Vanilla Monk

From the time of being young
When all the world was so brand new I
Took a stroll along the road
Felt the rocks and stones beneath my shoes
The road that paves the future
Gravel turning to puzzle pieces and
Twists and turns beginning to form
On a parallel wave between fate and truth

We take this road together
Around the world and across this change
Though we did it a different way
We’ll end up in the same place

We take this road together
Around the world and across this change
Though we did it a different way
We’ll end up in the same place

Discography

Live at The Raue [LIVE] (Released May 2009)
City Limits Sessions [LIVE] (Released Sept 2008)
Parallels (Released Sept 2007)

Set List

Set List

The band has the option to mix originals and covers totaling (4) 45 minute sets or (2) forty-five minute sets of all originals.

Sample Cover Music List

Badfish (Sublime)
What I Got (Sublime)
No Woman No Cry (Marley)
Natural Mystic (Marley)
Lively Up Yoursellf (Marley)
Is This Love (Marley)
Stoned Love (Pepper)
Missing My Baby (G Love)
Taylor (Jack Johnson)
Flake ( Jack Johnson)
Sitting Waiting Wishing (Jack Johnson)
Crash (Dave Matthews Band)
I Shot The Sherriff (Marley)
Come From A Land Down Under (Men at Work)
Before You Accuse Me (Eric Clapton)
Steel My Kisses (Ben Harper)
Diamonds On The Inside (Ben Harper)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet)
Fool In The Rain (Led Zeppelin)
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)
The Joker (Steve Miller Band)
It Don't Matter (Donovan Frankenreiter)
Watcha Know About (Donovan Frankenreiter)
Honkey Cat (Elton John)
Roadhouse Blues (Doors)
Stitched Up (Herbie Hancock and John Mayer)
Cissy Stru