Monday, July 18, 2005
John Bliss - Guitar
Andy Nelson - Tenor
Jim Guynn - Alto
The Viking - Drums
Rob Birdwell - Trumpet
Cheryl Leckie - Tuba/Bass
Mike Bevington - Trombone
It was fun to play at da Vinci Days. I especially enjoyed hearing all the other musical acts too!
Thanks to all our family and friends for being there - that means so much!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I started writing lots of little musical bon-bons when I was in Sweden last summer with my family. (I was inspired to try to put together a little on-again, off-again ensemble after hearing a concert in the park by the Benny Andersson Orchestra - what a great songwriter and composer!!) Anyway, I scribbled and scratched and clawed my way through the writing process which I so much love. A little ditty by the lake in Sweden turned into "Swedish Beach Party." Further explorations in the Autumn lead me to draw from a funny confession from my mom (a true beauty) a couple years ago which inspired "Grandma Was A Go-Go Dancer." Our sweet little puppy dog (who has chewed up several cables and at least one important mute of mine!!!) inspired "That Is Not A Chew Toy" - and there are others too, all with their own story, sometimes personal, sometimes random, with many more on deck in sketch form or simply in my head - other day. Saturday we'll perform the first nine. Come listen!
Here's our set list for da Vinci Days 2005!
Monday, July 04, 2005
Just a little song to sing
On the fourth of July
A simple tune with simple words
So give it a try
You can play it slow
Or play it fast
But either way the sentiment
Is bound to last
'‘Cause everybody knows
Peace is patriotic
Love is all we need
(Jam, Sing, dance, repeat as needed...)
Copyright (c) 2005 Rob Birdwell, BirdwellMusic.com
Download the sheet music to "Peace Is Patriotic" as a PDF.
I encourage anyone who wants to perform this song for private/non-profit events to please feel free to do so - I only ask that you contact me when and where you performed it. Additionally, I'd love to hear a recording of your live performance (nothing fancy!) so record it if you can and send me a link! This is a simple sing-along song for everyone to sing and perform, regardless of musical ability. Simple percussion, gazoos, a guitar or two, voices...even a Flugelhorn, etc. will all work fine. Thanks. Rob Birdwell
For commercial use and/or commercial licensing of this song and/or the lyrics, please contact me.