Person Of Interest

by Julian Velard

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The Planeteer and Mr. Saturday Night had already established the modern Julian Velard conventions: irresistible pop songs augmented with distinctive full-band arrangements. In the summer of 2011, JV put a spin on that formula, recording four songs entirely from his Brooklyn apartment. Person Of Interest, released a year later, proves that his melodies still shine through, even with hypnotic keyboard tones and drum machines taking the place of a band. "Company" and the blissful "A RIver Away," revisited on If You Don't Like It, You Can Leave, are highlights.

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released September 11, 2012

All songs by Julian Velard, Jerry Abbott, and Grant Black
Produced by Jerry Abbott and Grant Black
Mastered by Nathan James at Vault Mastering
Album Design and Photography by Kevin Cline

Written, Recorded and Mixed from August 1-21 2011 in JV's Apartment in Brooklyn.

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Julian Velard is a singer, songwriter, and piano man. A biting 21st century wit in a stylish package—think Harry Connick, Jr. with the panache of a Brooklyn hipster—recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents.His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another. He is also an instructor for Linkedin Learning. ... more

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Track Name: Lifeboats
I wanna live someone else’s life
Take their car, Drive their wife
Been running out of luck for too long

All these years swimming out to sea
Nobody comes to rescue me
Can’t believe I’m still holding on

I look round, we’re all the same,
Praying for lifeboats every day
Dreamers go down, dreams don’t float
They won’t save us now

Desperation’s in the air
Like virus spreading everywhere
Infecting the heart and the mind

It’s long way to the top
When the broken wood starts to rot
On the ladder you been trying climb

I look round, we’re all the same,
Praying for lifeboats every day
Dreamers go down, dreams don’t float
They won’t save us now
They won’t save us now

On the other side, at the bottom of the sea
There’s open grave of washed up dreams
Grandma’s Hands and her tambourine
Tapping out a rhythm that’s haunting me
Taking me back to when I was young
All the time in the world to become
The drifting man I am today
Let ocean take our dreams away
Track Name: Company
Life is bitter when you try to tow the line
So much sweeter when you’re guilty of a crime
People think I turned the water into wine
Stole another’s guy’s song, told you it was mine

Well I know what is right
And doing what is right never did much for me
I’ve had enough of being
I’ll cross the line if it makes you mine tonight
What I want is company, that don’t come for free
I paid the price for company, there’s no stopping me, no stopping now

Women love a man who brings them to their knees
When you’re the King the girls will kill to be Queen
Slayed the dragon, tamed the crowd with the devil’s touch
Did all with the hand of God, thank you very much

Well I know what is right
And doing what is right never did much for me
I’ll cross the line if it makes you mine tonight
What I want is company, that don’t come for free
I paid the price for company, there’s no stopping me, no stopping now

Your honor I know a killed man
I took out the gun of his hand
The crown was on the ground just lying there
A single bullet got the world to care

Well I know what is right
And doing what is right never did much for me
I’ll cross the line if it makes you mine tonight
What I want is company, that don’t come for free
I paid the price for company, there’s no stopping me, no stopping now
Track Name: When We're Gone
Cold
Stripped to the bone
Circling crows
Wait for me to die

But I’m strong
Hard as a stone
Done selling my soul
If that what it takes to survive

To give and to wait for something back
Who would do something stupid like that
Call us crazy, what’s really insane
Is thinking they’ll change
They never change

The world is place we don’t belong
We’re taking our hearts and moving on
You spit in our face but you’re gonna hate us when we’re gone

Scars
That’s all we are
Burned by the light of the stars
When we meant shine

Once I was young, had all the aces up my sleeve
One by one I watched them leave
The river’s full of losers just like me

To love and to hope they give back
How did we let them get away with that?
Call us crazy, what’s really insane
Is thinking they’ll change
They never change

The world is place we don’t belong
We’re taking our hearts and moving on
You spit in our face but you’re gonna hate us when we’re gone
Track Name: A River Away
Streets are full
Of people living lives like us
Waiting on a dream to come
And take them away, a dream’s not a bus

Take a look inside yourself
Take the journey by yourself
The Brooklyn Bridge is just a bridge
Nothing but stone, it won’t bring you home

I’m standing on the other side
I need you to make it tonight

When you’re falling love
You can’t be afraid
Come over, I’m only a river away
When the heart is on fire
Stop chasing the rain
Go ahead baby jump in the water
I’m only a river

Away with doubt
We know what that’s all about
Spending nights alone
With thoughts of what could have been
We all have to swim
To make it to the other side
You have to leave the fear behind

When you’re falling love
You can’t be afraid
Come over, I’m only a river away
When the heart is on fire
Stop chasing the rain
Go ahead baby jump in the water
I’m only a river away

Away from you
The storm is inside you
Let my eyes be your guide
The light will pull you through
The river’s dark and deep
The heavy secrets will keep you
From seeing the truth

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