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Musical Blog of Rob Birdwell
I'll be performing new songs via webcast from my home studio on Saturday, March 15 @ 5pm (west coast time).
Who: Rob Birdwell
When: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm (PDT) / 8:00 pm (EDT)
Webcast Link: http://www.concertwindow.com/show...
read more »Published Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:22:17 PST
Let's face it, hard drives fail and files get deleted. As Forrest Gump once said, "Shit Happens."
Imagine, if you will, that the device you are reading this blog post on - particularly if it's a laptop or desktop - suddenly melts down or is complet...
read more »Published Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:11:12 PST
Recently I've been learning a bit more about video editing. In the past I've dabbled with (and continue to use) Adobe Premiere Elements, but recently gave Corel Video Studio a go and am very pleased with what I've been able to do with it so far. I'm ...
read more »Published Tue, 07 Jan 2014 23:19:49 PST
Where Can I Hear Your Music?
Okay, so I've been a little lax on the blogging front. My excuse? I've been busy making music and performing! So the music part of what I do would seemingly be pretty important. But recently I was taking stock of my ...
read more »Published Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:44:40 PST
5th & B will be performing in Corvallis this Saturday at Cloud and Kelly's on 1st St. They will be premiering a new suite composed by Mike Curtis inspired by his many visits to Mexico. Mike will also be reading from his book, Memories of a Musici...
read more »Published Tue, 08 May 2012 10:32:41 PDT
Early Bird Jazz Blog
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
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
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
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
More information about Valaida Snow and her life.
read more »Published Tue, 08 May 2012 17:17:00 +0000
Corvallis Art Beat Blogs
These are "community" driven blogs posted by folks, well, like you! They should be Corvallis, Albany, Eugene and/or Salem area relevant. If you have an event of interest that you would like to post, contact me with the details and I will post accordingly. Tell your friends about the Corvallis Art Beat and help spread the word about events going on in this area!
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.
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