An ESCAPE. It’s the THRILL I am seeking as I create music. It’s not the practice or singing or songwriting – it’s that THRILL.
Music takes you to another place. The creative muscle is transformative. Literally transforms you as a person. You are “here” one minute, but then a song takes you to another place the next.
I Am Ben Lorentzen
Tunesmith, Typer, Performer
I wrote my first song at age 11. I had this feeling of high – like I was walking on clouds and it lasted for a full week. Discovering my creative muscle was so amazing. To capture the search for that thrill. I believe the purpose of life is to connect to your own conscience – kind of a Star Wars type of force. One pathway to this is our creativity in general and for me music in particular. For me the big goal in life is to live as close to my conscience as possible and to discover the beauty of life through the beauty of art.
The first song I wrote was about an old man whom at the end of his life is looking back. It’s a somber, rather unusual place to sit as an 11-year-old. That has stayed with me as a writer. The fact that we will all die is a beautiful framework, because it sets up every minute as important. Life gets quickly filled up with things, to – do lists, deadlines and goals. Through art and music I have discovered that life has a deeper meaning.
What people have said…
… about my music!
“The intensity of his spirit paired with his musical prowess
creates an evocative combination that will make this album soar.”
“The New Jersey singer-songwriter possesses the spellbinding quality
held by legends Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and Elliot Smith: in his music lies a raw
introspectiveness that’s difficult not to feel connected to.”
THY DEMON SCRIBLINNG:
“I really can’t recommend this one highly enough to you.”
SPEAK INTO MY GOOD EYE
“… Ben Lorentzen draws you into his darkly cathartic narrative world below”
“America is an album for quiet introspection. Spin it during a quiet moment….”
What I have said…
… about my previous record “King of Bitter Sorrow” – a “making – of ” documentary!
“I would step outside our house and try to get people’s attention – I would scream and bang sticks together – I didn’t even understand English but wanted to express that energy.”
Ben Lorentzen at Age 5
Inspirations and Evolutions
My parents had a black and white TV when I was 5 years old. We were watching flashbacks of music from the last 10 years and there was Elvis. He was just exploding on the screen – sliding down the fire pole while singing Jail House Rock. What got to me more than anything else was his energy. That’s the energy level I want to reach. Not a physical, muscular energy, but rather an energy inside. A spiritual experience.
I grew up in Norway. But because of my parent’s interest, I became exposed to some of the great American and British artists. Artists including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and The Beatles. I fell in love with America. American cars. Our house was on the Atlantic Ocean and I would look over and dream of the Mekka on the other side where Rock and Roll was born.