Cole Petrone | Songteller

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by Cole Petrone

Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In New York City
4:55 album only
2. I Have a Dream
3:45 album only
3. See You Again
3:40 album only
4. Can't Eat Your Money
3:40 album only
5. Angles Above Berlin
4:44 album only
6. What Can We Learn?
3:35 album only
7. Little Did I Know
3:08 album only
8. Only Because
2:27 album only
9. We're Not 'Us' Anymore
4:33 album only
10. Better Off On My Own
2:56 album only
11. Should've, Would've, Could've
4:13 album only


Album Notes
Great songs. Hearing them, playing them….writing them. As long as I can remember, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. From Tin Pan Alley to the British Invasion……from Motown to American soft rock…… regardless of the ‘musical category’, I’ve always marveled at the magic that happens when the right lyric is married to the right melody. Rare but powerful, we all know it when we hear it.……that elusive miracle when it all comes together in the form of a powerful and evocative 3 minute song! Ah, but the process of composing these little gems. How does it happen and where does it come from?

For me, the songwriting journey begins with relevance and fate…both of which have dealt me a lively hand. For reasons I will never fully understand, destiny has allowed me to live, work and play in over fifty countries….. and put me in the middle of several iconic moments in history. I lived in Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall…..I worked in Russia shortly after the fall of communism….I spent two years in the Arctic Circle…..and as a resident of New York City, I witnessed the tragedy of 9/11 firsthand. Born in Puerto Rico to an American father and Nicaraguan mother, it was only natural my life would follow such a rich and diverse path. Little did I know, this ‘improbable life’ would influence my songwriting in ways I could never have imagined.

Drawing from this rich reservoir of a life lived in full, the collection of 11 songs on this album were all inspired by personal experience. Whether it was….
...remembering that special someone that took my breath away (“Little Did I Know”)

…honoring the life of an icon who began his career in my college hometown (“I Have a Dream”)

…grieving over the loss of my father (“See You Again”)

...reconciling the inequity between rich and poor in my birthplace of Puerto Rico (“Can’t Eat Your Money”)

...bearing witness to the fall of the Berlin Wall (“Angels Above Berlin”)

...seeking to understand my peers while working in Russia (“What Can We Learn?”)

...celebrating the diversity of my adopted home during and after 9/11 (“In New York City”)


…answering the questions of a 6 year old boy while volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House (“Only Because”)

These songs in essence “wrote themselves”. Woven from the unique tapestry that is my life, these songs were an attempt to use words and melody to chronicle significant moments on this incredible journey. In sharing this personal narrative, I am both a ‘songwriter’ and ‘storyteller’…and as such, the title of this album naturally revealed itself to be.…”songteller”.

Having now released these songs to the universe, I only hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I loved writing, composing…..and ‘living’ them.

Cole Petrone ……fall 2011



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Joe Ross

World-weary wisdom....sometimes whimsical, a little quirky, & quite fun
Just like his opener about New York City with its “hustle, bustle and pride,” Cole Petrone’s original material delivers plenty of lively snap and satisfaction. His mature, multi-layered pop sound is both moody and moving. Based on inspiration from a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream” recounts the orator’s famous words as Petrone calls for freedom to ring and the voice of reason to belong to all the ages. Perhaps inspired more by the songwriting of James Taylor, a song like “See You Again” is a reflective outlook on life and love that was written as a tribute to his father. Cole Petrone is no doubt striving for the same kind of commercial breakthrough that James Taylor experienced in the early 1970s when he developed a musical relationship between his own private expressions and the larger concerns of his audiences. Based in British Columbia, Cole Petrone considers himself an amalgamation of both songwriter and storyteller. Thus, the album title describes the musician’s approach as weaving a part of his life’s tapestry, using words and melody to chronicle significant moments from personal experience.

Many of his songs also document the questions that Petrone contemplates during life’s journey. “Angels Above Berlin” leaves us wondering why it took so long? Petrone was living in Germany when the Berlin Wall fell. “What Can We Learn?” doesn’t poke fun at the educated as much as I think it has a strong, broader statement about being kind, courteous, considerate, respectful and most-importantly open-minded to others’ opinions. The song’s bottomline is “What makes you think you’re so smart?” Another question crops up in the melodic “Little Did I Know,” when Petrone asks, “Why deny this love that burns so bright?” as he sings with fond remembrance of that special someone who took his breath away.

His is an interesting approach to songtelling that keeps us asking hard-hitting, provocative questions. Inspired by a six-year-old boy at the Ronald McDonald House, “Only Because” is a humorous take on the inquisitive mind needing real answers about who, when, where and why. With a full palette of proficient instrumental accompaniment including guitars, piano, organ, bass, drums and more, Cole Petrone has created a praiseworthy project. The upbeat “Can’t Eat Your Money” and “What Can We Learn?” also include a small, understated horn section of trumpet, sax and trombone. Born in Puerto Rico to an American father and Nicaraguan mother, Petrone channels the same kind of sentiment as The Beatles’ “money can’t buy you love.” He says he wrote “What Can We Learn?” while seeking to understand his peers while working in Russia. Closing the album, “Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve” is a motivating reminder that we’d better get busy, get productive, and enjoy life while we still can. The question to reflect upon is “When they find their youth is gone, what will they do with all that sun?” Cole Petrone is a songcrafter that doesn’t simply rely on old standard clichés or the lowest common denominator. He has enough years under his belt to confidently present his world-weary wisdom. It’s sometimes whimsical, a little quirky, and certainly quite fun. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Review)