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Musical Blog of Rob Birdwell

  • » The Art of The Rant

    I don't understand this world we're livin' in how a billionaire blowhard would ever think best to be the President of all America      boom for the business     bust for the soul     I wanna let it all go...                      -Rob Birdwell...   read more »

    Published  Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:35:11 PDT
  • » Wayward Dog - a score for Jazz Band and String Orchestra

    I wrote Wayward Dog as a way to combine a jazz band and string orchestra.  Although scored for younger players, this chart will work great for more advanced groups too. Wayward Dog by birdwellmusic Directors: this chart is a great way to bring y...   read more »

    Published  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:03:58 PDT
  • » Kanye West and Aiming for the Bushes

    Kanye West is a man of many talents and resources for sure.  However, his seemingly boundless confidence does, at times (especially like this), remind me of the scene in the 2010 film The Other Guys.  Two actors (who are only in the film's first few mi...   read more »

    Published  Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:44:57 PDT
  • » MuseScore 2.0 Preferred over Finale

    I've been a Finale user for many years - and I will be for many more to come.  However, it probably won't be my go-to music notation software for new projects.  I'm pretty much using MuseScore 2.0 for every new project these days - it does just...   read more »

    Published  Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:17:12 PDT
  • » Following My Muse

    I've been in love with music for a long, long time.  I enjoy learning about it, listening to it, writing it, and of course performing it. I love the friendships, laughter and deep kinship I experience with fellow musicians. Music can serve as a r...   read more »

    Published  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:09:13 PDT

 

 

Early Bird Jazz Blog

  • » Mystery Way

    Written for the Early Bird Jazz Band (2013 crew)Read more about this track on Rob's home page!   read more »

    Published  Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:06:00 +0000
  • » Early Bird Jazz Band 2012-2013 Starts October 2

    We'll start the 10th season of Early Bird Jazz Band (well, my 10th season at least) promptly at 8am on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 in the Linus Pauling Middle School band room.Things for students to bring:instrument & equipment (reeds, cables, sticks/...   read more »

    Published  Thu, 23 Aug 2012 03:59:00 +0000
  • » Valley Youth Summer Band Camp

    The Valley Youth Summer Band Camp is a summer enrichment music "camp" right here in Corvallis. Middle and High School musicians are encouraged to register and participate - it's fun!4 rehearsals in the evening4 noon-time performances all in the Corvall...   read more »

    Published  Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:33:00 +0000
  • » Early Bird Jazz Band Spring Concert 2012

    A FREE concert at Linus Pauling Middle School, featuring the Early Bird Jazz Band (music director Rob Birdwell).Monday June 4, 7pm   read more »

    Published  Sat, 26 May 2012 20:47:00 +0000
  • » Caravan as performed by Valaida Snow

    More information about Valaida Snow and her life.   read more »

    Published  Tue, 08 May 2012 17:17:00 +0000


The "Jenny" character here is strong, self-sufficient and in control of the picture you're seeing.  In other words - you're not seeing the half of it.

Jenny's Web Cam

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The "Jenny" character here is strong, self-sufficient and in control of the picture you're seeing.  In other words - you're not seeing the half of it.

Season of Change

The visual subject is a series of photos I took of our backyard Pin Oak tree on consecutive days for several weeks.  I wrote this music with this visual in mind, recorded it and joined the two - it worked out almost perfect timing-wise.  A thank-you tone poem to all fellow travelers, dear friends, and precious family.

Coming Home

This track features me, Rob Birdwell, performing the lead vocal, flugelhorn, and all backing tracks. This visual presentation is one of my first attempts at a "lyric" video. Hopefully the mix of stock footage and some of my own obfuscations will at least be forgiven and hopefully slightly interesting. I used the back of a poster to to serve as my chroma key backing for my flugelhorn faux playing scenes - just one of many things I'm experimenting with to help showcase, well, the song of course!

This tune, "Coming Home" is the opening track on my release "The Past Is Present" (available on Google Play and CD Baby) and is one of the more recent demos in that collection.

The lyric, like most of my work, a product of complete fantasy as I haven't been to a single place mentioned in the lyrics. But the sentiment is true and something I think we all can relate to: that feeling of being far away in this modern age, either physically or emotionally.

Words and music by Rob Birdwell and Copyright © Rob Birdwell