2012 BEST OF THE BEST - HARLAN PEASE

2012 BEST OF THE BEST - HARLAN PEASE

Harlan Pease’s musical journey began rather inauspiciously – a one-month long frustrating attempt to play the guitar in sixth grade. That guitar spent the next four years under the bed, case gathering dust. But in his sophomore of high school, he rediscovered the guitar in an attempt to find something with meaning. In the next three years, he followed a well-worn path: a teenage boy’s obsession with the guitar.
The guitar took a backseat again for a few years of college, but the pull of the strings came again, and he finally started taking the guitar seriously, taking some lessons with local legend Gary Rand. This led to the first serious band, the first paying gigs, and a lifelong addiction to playing music.
Almost. After a decade of playing one-night stands and teaching guitar, Harlan quit music. But a friend’s band in need of a bass player intercepted the path away from music. Having never played bass guitar, he approached the gig with some trepidation, but he had faith in music. That was a faith that was well-founded.
Quite conveniently, the paths of music and being an English major intercepted, and he started writing songs. That original search for some meaning in life resurfaced, and the outlet became marrying words to music.
After a few years of writing songs on Cape Cod and visiting Nashville a few times a year, Harlan relocated to Nashville, where he has lived for two years. He currently teaches English at the local community college, and spends his evenings, afternoons, and weekends writing and playing music.