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October 10, 2012
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O.A.R.

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O.A.R.’s saxophonist Jerry DePizzo wants to give a shout out to George Bomamoase and Ray Zitullo, who were his first music teachers. He was lucky, he explained in a phone interview, that “they gave me the opportunity to do what I wanted in high school,” music which encouraged him to think about a career in music. It’s one of the reasons that the band created and supports Heard the World, an organization dedicated to supporting kids, music education and sustainabilty.

While that’s how DePizzo got his start, he joined O.A.R. at The Ohio State University, which got it’s start when the four other members (Marc Roberge, Chris Culos, Benj Gershman, and Richard On) were in high school. They recorded their first album then and, DePizzo explained, they “were lucky enough to go to high school somewhere that lots of kids went away to school” and when they did, they took that first CD with them to colleges around the country.

The band started touring within driving distance of their college — they were essentially going around “connecting the dots” between colleges. They were so successful that when they were sophmores, “we had a tremendous opportunity — we could have easily left school and toured around. But we had promised to give school four years” and they did, though not everyone ended up graduating.

At that point they were well on their way to success. They work together on writing and all of their various influences play a role in the music they create. “Whatever rises to the top” out of everyone’s ideas is what they go with. Eleven albums later, it’s clearly working. For the new album, King, the took the idea of group influences a step further — they wrote and recorded a part of the album in the city where they each live which gave everyone a chance to be at home as well as letting a particular city, and studio, influence the music. “Every time we make a record we want to make it better than the last one — which gets harder as you get older but it’s also more fulfilling. We also challenge ourselve to connect to our audience,” meaning “people are still disovering our music.”

As for connecting, the band that benefited from that original social network when everyone was going off to college, is all about the social media. They even wrote one of their recent tracks, “Light Switch Sky” by inviting their Twitter followers to contribute lyrics. Is it the first song ever written on Twitter? We’re not sure, but we like the collabortive spirit. You can hear more of that on the tracks “Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes,” “Fire” and “Gotta Live” from the new album, available here.

“Fire”



“Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes”



“Gotta Live”


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GOING ON FOREVER WAS NEVER THE PLAN
I'M JUST PASSING MINUTES THAT I GOT IN MY HANDS
COUNTING DOWN THE SECONDS TILL MY HEART IT CAN REST
THEN SOMETHING STARTED BURNING IN THE BACK OF MY CHEST
ALL I EVER ASKED FOR WAS A SHOT AT THIS LIFE
AND WHEN YOU GAVE IT TO ME MUST HAVE STARTED A FIRE
BURNING FOR YOU

FIRE
COME ON IN AND LIGHT UP MY HEART
COME ON LET IT BURN THROUGH MY SOUL
FIRE
COME ON TURN THE HEAT UP
PICK YOUR FEET UP
AND LET IT BURN

I KNOW YOU GOT MY BACK
HOPE I DON'T LET YOU DOWN
BUT SOMETHING BOUT THESE ALLEYWAYS THAT TURNS ME AROUND
COULD HAVE BEEN THE NIGHT IN A FIGHT WITH THE DARK
MAYBE I'M A BROKEN HEART IN BATTERY PARK
AND ALL I EVER ASKED FOR WAS A GOOD PLACE TO START
WHEN YOU SHOWED IT TO ME MUST HAVE LIT UP A SPARK
BURNING FOR YOU

FIRE
COME ON IN AND LIGHT UP MY HEART
COME ON IN AND BURN THROUGH MY SOUL
FIRE
COME ON TURN THE HEAT UP
PICK YOUR FEET UP
SINGING, OH
FIRE IS BURNING INSIDE EVERY ONE OF US

EVERY ONE OF US ALL
I WISH I KNEW
THAT IT WAS ALL SO REAL
BUT IT WAS JUST TOO SOON

OH, I KNOW SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE
I FEEL IT INSIDE BURNING ME OUT
THE FIRE IS REAL
OH, YOU KNOW SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE
SO BRING DOWN YOUR WALLS, DOWN WITH EM ALL
LET 'EM FALL

AND AFTER THEY ALL STARTED TO FALL
THE FIRE WAS REAL
AND AFTER WE ALL CAME TO A CRAWL
THE FIRE WAS REAL
LOOKING AWAY WON’T CHANGE THE DAY
FIRE IS REAL
INSIDE US ALL, THOUSAND FEET TALL
FIRE IS FIRE

FIRE
COME ON IN AND LIGHT UP MY HEART
COME ON IN AND BURN THROUGH MY SOUL
FIRE
COME ON TURN THE HEAT UP
PICK YOUR FEET UP
SINGING, OH
FIRE IS BURNING INSIDE EVERY ONE OF US ALL
FIRE IS BURNING INSIDE EVERY ONE OF US
EVERY ONE OF US ALL

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WHOA IT’S LIKE A RAINDROP HAS FALLEN DOWN ON ME WHOA I HOPE IT DON’T STOP I FINALLY SET MYSELF FREE I WANT TO BE GOOD WANTED TO FEEL THAT’S FINE ENOUGH TO SAY BUT IT DON’T MAKE IT REAL MAYBE I’VE BEEN FIGHTING JUST FOR NOTHING BUT IT’S WORTH IT IN THE END I FEEL LAID UP ONE NIGHT TIDE IN MY EYES PAINTING ALL THE PICTURES ON THE BACK OF MY MIND WAITING FOR THE SHAKEDOWN I KNOW IT’S COMING SO I GOTTA LAY IT ALL ON THE LINE CAUSE ALL I WANT IS JUST A GOOD LIFE ALL I WANT IS JUST A GOOD LIFE BUT I GOTTA LIVE LIKE IT IS MY LAST SHOT GOTTA LIVE IT UP AND DOWN EVERYDAY GOTTA LIVE IF I WANT TO HAVE A GOOD LIFE EVERYDAY GOT TO DO MORE THAN I SAY GOTTA LIVE LIKE IT IS THE LAST TIME GONNA GIVE IT UP AND DOWN EVERY DAY GOTTA LIVE WANNA HAVE A GOOD LIFE LET’S DO IT NOW WOULD YOU SHOW ME HOW GOTTA LIVE WHOA I MUST BE LOSING ANOTHER REASON TO FEEL ALIVE WHOA IT’S NOT FOR CHOOSING, THE PATH THAT I TOOK IS FINE CAUSE I WANNA BE RIGHT DON’T WE ALL SO WE JUST WALK AROUND STANDING TEN FEET TALL MAYBE WE’VE BEEN BLINDED CAUGHT SLEEPING BUT IT’S TIME FOR THE RISE UP AGAIN ALL WE WANT IS JUST A GOOD LIFE ALL WE NEED IS JUST A GOOD LIFE BUT WE GOTTA LIVE LIKE IT IS YOUR LAST SHOT GOTTA LIVE IT UP AND DOWN EVERYDAY GOTTA LIVE IF YOU WANNA HAVE A GOOD LIFE EVERYDAY GOT TO DO MORE THAN YOU SAY GOTTA LIVE LIKE IT IS THE LAST TIME YOU’RE GONNA GIVE IT UP AND DOWN EVERY DAY GOTTA LIVE IF YOU WANNA HAVE A GOOD LIFE LET’S DO IT NOW AND YOU SHOW ME HOW MAYBE IT’S A STATE A STATE THAT COULD BE MINE I DON’T KNOW I FEEL CONFUSED HALF OF THE TIME BUT I REMEMBER WHEN YOU TOLD ME REAL QUICK SON, LOOK AT YOUR LIFE LOOK BACK AT IT THICK AND THEN THE THUNDER’S CLAPPIN ON THE HEELS OF MANHATTAN I THINK IT TENDS TO HAPPEN FROM TIME TO TIME SHAKE ME UP SAID SON TOLD ME AS YOU HOLD ME LIVE THIS LIFE EVERY TIME YOU GOTTA LIVE LIKE IT IS YOUR LAST SHOT GOTTA LIVE IT UP AND DOWN EVERYDAY GOTTA LIVE IF YOU WANNA HAVE A GOOD LIFE LET’S DO IT NOW I’M A SHOW YOU HOW GOTTA LIVE LIKE IT IS YOUR LAST TIME GONNA GIVE IT UP AND DOWN EVERY DAY GOTTA LIVE IF YOU WANNA HAVE A GOOD LIFE EVERYDAY DO MORE THAN YOU SAY GOTTA LIVE LIVE GOT TO LIVE MORE EVERYDAY DO IT WHEN YOU SAY GOTTA LIVE

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