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February 15, 2012
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Ben Ross

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“I think about the millions of people doing the same thing as me. I think of this as a full-time job. I really like to work and give it my all. It gets exhausting, but it’s really all I really want to do.”

Ben Ross is talking passionately about his work ethic during a phone interview. The Florida native moved to San Diego (after some time on an Alabama farm in high school) a couple of years ago to pursue his dream. After getting a start sometime early in high school, “I was 12 or 13 and I was socially awkward at the time,” when a friend suggested they start a band, “mostly, for the girls.” He was also “set on being a drummer.” However, when his new band actually got together, another guy had already picked up a set of drums — leaving Ben — “stuck with the bass.”

That early challenge with that first band, which he has certainly put behind him now, was great practice for when he wanted to move to California at 17. Before the move, his mom insisted he not only finish high school, which meant cramming three semesters of school into just one, but that he also write and produce five songs before he could go. Ben did, and now, of course, he plays the bass (and likes it), guitar, piano and yes, even does some drumming. More often than not, however, he plays with Daniel Yune (guitar) and Jeremy Turner (guitar), as well as Scott Mcglathery (bass), on songs like “Sunflower” and “City Dreams” that a have a singer-songerwriter vibe with a rock feel — Ben claims Third Eye Blind, Blink 182 and even The Beach Boys as influences. The idea behind them, however, is to “affect someone’s life” or to have someone say to him “your music really helped me.”

“It’s the reason I do this,” he explained. And it’s the reason that work ethic of his keeps coming up. His EP, “What They Say” (available on iTunes) was self-produced at home, which is “a whole other art in itself” as well as “a double-edged sword because you get to have control, but you also want it (the album) to be perfect.” He has completed the writing, recording and producing, and we expect — and want — to hear a lot more from Ben. Check out some of his songs below.

“Sunflower”


“Lost at Sea”


“City Dreams”


“C.H.B.A.C.”


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"C.H.B.A.C." Lyrics

I'm floating through space again
I'm floating through space again

I'm tired of waiting
I'm tired waiting for
This moment to arrive
'Cause I'm stuck in outer space
And I'm fighting fighting to survive
But I've felt the glory of the sun
Shot with the stars and made these
Constellations
No oh no oh no oh
I'm floating through space again
Lack of luck is depleting the oxygen
You think I'm done but is definitely not the end

No oh no oh no oh
And I'll pull myself out of this
Got to gamble cause its gonna be worth the risk Crash landing but you know I can handle it

I've been debating
I've been debating
On how to get back home
'Cause I've swept the steps of saturn
Now I'm flying flying on my own
But I've filled my lugs on distant mars
And in that moment I knew just who just who I was

No oh no oh no oh
I'm floating through space again
Lack of luck is depleting the oxygen
You think I'm done but is definitely not the end

No oh no oh no oh
And I'll pull myself out of this
Got to gamble cause its gonna be worth the risk Crash landing but you know I can handle it

No oh no oh no oh
I'm floating through space again
Lack of luck is depleting the oxygen
You think I'm done but is definitely not the end
No oh no oh no oh
I'll pull myself out of this
Got to gamble cause its gonna be worth the risk Crash landing but you know I can handle it

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"City Dreams" Lyrics

Put one foot in front of the other
Say you like her but I know you love her nothing but a beat and a verse I'm falling for
You and it’s getting worse it's getting worse love

Well do you or do you not wanna dance with me We could loose ourselves while the city
Dreams while the city dreams And will you or will you not close your eyes and trust in
This dance and night just believe in us just believe in us love

On the floor you were my attraction
Lights camera we are the action
We are the action
Melodic love in a symphony
We broke though ever boundary
So frequently
Well do you or do you not wanna dance with me We could loose ourselves while the city
Dreams (while the city dreams) while the city dreams (while the city dreams)
And will you or will you not close your eyes and trust in this dance and night just believe in us (just believe in us)
Just believe in us (just believe in us).
I love you
I love you more than life
I love the way you look in my eyes
Besides my love for you is endless
Beyond bliss one kiss
This is true happiness
And time what is time
Time is between every moment
Ever mind ever line
But I'm yours forever
And you are mine.

(Let's make these last nights last
And pretend that time won't pass.
Let's make these last nights last
And pretend that time won't pass.)

Do you or do you not wanna dance with me
We could loose ourselves while the city dreams (while the city dreams)
While the city dreams (while the city dreams)
And will you or will you not close your eyes and trust in this dance and night just believe in us (just believe in us)
Just believe in us love

And do you or do you not wanna dance with me
We could loose ourselves while the city dreams

Yeah Yeah
Oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh oh
Oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh whoa oh oh

(While the city dreams)
(While the city dreams)

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"Sunflower" Lyrics

Tell me girl tell me girl
What am I supposed to do
When every girl every girl
Is nothing compared to you.
And tell me girl tell me girl
When this summer finally sets
Will you see me as an open door
Or just another regret
Another regret
Or just another regret

And she said yeah
Your like a breath of fresh air
Smell the summer in your hair
I can't explain how this feels

It's like we're weightless baby
Every time we kiss lately
We're screaming

And tell me girl tell me girl
'Cause I know you know the truth
Will you fall into my arms
Or will you let yourself refuse
And tell me girl tell me girl
'Cause your roots hold me tight
So push through this open earth
And take my hand and fly
Take my hand

And she said yeah
Well your like a breath of fresh air
Smell the summer in your hair
Can't explain how this feels

It's like we’re weightless baby
Every time we kiss lately
It's like we're weightless baby
Every time we kiss lately
And we're dreaming
And we're dreaming

Oh and sunflower just look into the light And sunflower everything will be alright
Everything will be alright

And she said yeah
You're like a breath of fresh air
I smell the summer in your hair
I can't explain how this feels
Just how this feels
Just how this feels
Yeah

It's like we're weightless baby
Every time we kiss lately
It's like we’re weightless baby
Every time we kiss lately

And I'm screaming
Sunflower just look into the light
And sunflower everything will be alright
Everything will be alright

Tell me girl tell me girl
What am I supposed to do

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