zen boogie

zen boogie

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandJazzBlues

Boogie Blues... blended with a unique combination of jazz, blues and rock influences. People dance to the catchy music that shines with sophisticated, yet straightforward lyrics and Robert's sardonic sense of humor throughout. "Different, yet somehow fun and familiar with great original tunes.

Biography

Led by songwriter/singer/keyboardist Robert Linden, ZEN BOOGIE packs a potent wallop for a quartet of jazz, pop, blues, and, of course BOOGIE players. The style of the band comes directly from the divergent influences of its players. Robert's original tunes are thoughtful, fun, and quite unique. His influences start with Mozart and Offenbach, adds Lennon/McCartney, throws in a helping of Carole King and James Taylor, but adds a dash of Dan Fogelberg and Leon Russell, a taste of Steely Dan, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, and for extra flavor, a pinch of Al Jolson! He remembers Bumps Blackwell gratefully for the lessons learned. The band has been honored by THE MALIBU MUSIC AWARDS in 2009 and THE LOS ANGELES MUSIC AWARDS in 2010. Their song, "Too Hip For The Room" has been honored in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition as well as Tin Pan South. The songs of others that they cover are definitely styled with ZEN BOOGIE's own musical flavors. His personal website is www.robertlinden.net .

Robert is currently working in the studio with arranger/producer Bruce Eskovitz on his next album which will feature some terrific jazz and blues guest artists.

ZEN BOOGIE plays mostly in the Southern California area, but makes itself available for special road trips a couple times a year.

Lyrics

Swing Shift

Written By: Robert Linden and C.J. Watson

Been listening for that whistle ever since four o’clock
When it blows at five I come alive and head for the nearest honky tonk
My real career is waitin’ beyond them swinging doors
Ain’t no bills it’s payin’ but it’s what I’m living for

‘Cause while some old boys are sitting in front of their TV’s
I’ll be askin’ all their women if they want to dance with me

I’m on the swing shift – working every night
You know that swing shift sure beats the pants off of nine-to-five
I can dance to a western beat now all I need is someone to swing it with
Hope she won’t mind working overtime working on that swing shift.

I used to be that loser who never took a chance
Bars were meant for drinks or fights but hell no, not to dance
Then one day she walked past me and up went my white flag
I asked her for her number she asked if I could Kick and Drag

She took me to a place I had never been before
The sounds of Gentry reached my feet then that girl reached for more

I joined the swing shift – working every night
You know that swing shift sure beats the pants off of nine-to-five
I can dance to a western beat now all I need is someone to swing it with
Hope she won’t mind working overtime working on that swing shift.

INSTRUMENTAL BREAK -

Now if you need another reason: the girls all there are fine
No one cares if you’re not Fred Astaire, just move your feet in time

And join the swing shift – working every night
We know that swing shift sure beats the pants off of nine-to-five
We can dance to a western beat now all we need is someone to swing it with
Hope you won’t mind working overtime working on that swing shift
Hope you won’t mind working overtime working on that swing shift.

Too Hip For The Room

Written By: Robert Linden

Here comes mister good time
To chase away the blues
The cats all dig how he leads the gig
He's too hip for the room.

Once he's made his mind up
There's nothing he can't do
You can't compete when he moves his feet
He's too hip for the room

Everybody likes his talk
He's never insincere
He's one guy who can walk the walk
He's king of the party frontier

He can steal the bride away
And be the best man to the groom
Yes the girls may lust but the guys all trust
He's too hip for the room

You can bet on mister good time
When he's shooting for the moon
Keep it high and let it ride
He's too hip for the room

He's the one you want
When you expect impending doom
When it hits the fan - he's your man
He's too hip for the room

He's on every speed dial
When you need to bend an ear
He'll even lend a grand or two
To get you through the year

He leaves when he's supposed to
And he never comes too soon
He'll be on time and bring the wine
He's too hip for the room

He's too hip for the room!

Devil In Her Eyes

Written By: Robert Linden

YOU SAY YOU WANT TO LEAVE THE GIRL
BUT THE WAY SHE’S GOT YOU TIED I DOUBT YOU EVER WILL
YOU’VE SOLD HER YOUR SOUL
NOW YOU CAN’T BREAK FREE FROM HER HOLD

SHE’S GOT THE DEVIL IN HER EYES
IN EYES THAT FLASH AND HYPNOTISE
SHE CAN GET ANY MAN’S PASSIONS TO RISE

SHE’LL COO SOME HARMLESS LITTLE LIE
AND YOU’LL BELIEVE THE ALIBIES OF THE
GIRL WIITH THE DEVIL IN HER EYES

YOU THINK YOU’LL MAKE HER CHANGE -- AND YOU TRY
SHE STEALS YOUR HEART – AND BLEEDS IT DRY.
IT’S NOT HER FAULT – BLAME THE DEVIL IN HER EYES

GOD GAVE HER
THE FACE OF AN ANGEL
THE LIPS OF A SAINT
A BODY FROM HEAVEN - BUT HE MADE ONE BIG MISTAKE

HE LEFT THE DEVIL IN HER EYES
CAN’T YOU SEE? ARE YOU SO BLIND,
IT’S YOUR ONE CHANCE TO BREAK HER TRANCE AND SURVIVE

INSTRUMENTAL

YOU’D THINK THAT THE FACE OF AN ANGEL
YOU’D SWEAR THAT THE LIPS OF A SAINT
YOU WISH THAT BODY FROM HEAVEN WOULDN’T LIE TO YOU
BOY….GET A CLUE!

RESIST THE DEVIL IN HER EYES
AND MAYBE YOU CAN STEAL BACK YOUR PRIDE
AND IF SHE BURNS, LET HER FRY

I WISH I COULD BE THERE WHEN YOU SAY GOODBYE
WISH I COULD SEE THAT LOOK OF SURPRISE WHEN
SEEN THROUGH THE DEVIL IN HER EYES

Discography

Songs that have been recorded and are currently being pitched include:

(From the album "Beginnings: The Early Live Recordings)
Seems It Never Lasts Forever
Madness
Swing Shift
Too Hip For The Room
Hurt Me Bad
I Might As Well Be Dead
Devil In Her Eyes
Go Find Your Boogie Tonight
Susan

(Unreleased recordings and demos):

So When We Love Again
More Than A Little
Fly (To My Love)
You Are Gonna Like Me

(Songs currently being recorded):

Living On A Deadline
Sweet Way To Betray
The Place To Be
Something's Got A Hold On Me (Etta James cover)
Hi-De-Ho (King-Goffin cover)

Several of our songs have been streaming on internet radio with coming regularly. For videos, you can directly visit our YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/zenboogiemusic

Set List

Any combination of the following original songs:

Go Find Your Boogie Tonight
I Don't Want To Love You Anymore
Susan
Swing Shift
Fly (To My Love)
Too Hip For The Room
Seems It Never Lasts
Madness
Hurt Me Bad
Living On A Deadline
Devil In Her Eyes
Sweet Way To Betray
The Place To Be
You Are Gonna Like Me
I Might As Well Be Dead

Plus, we cover the following songs:
Cruella De Ville
I Saw Her Standing There
Strange Things Happen
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
All Shook Up
One After 909
I'm Walkin'
Let's Twist Again
Something's Got A Hold On Me
Hi De Ho
Chains