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Musical Blog of Rob Birdwell

  • » Swimming Upstream

    It's always interesting when a song I wrote shares the same title with some other tune, book or movie.  My song "Swimming Upstream" shares the same title as this movie of the same name - well, since I love swimming (and swimming-related stories) looks ...   read more »

    Published  Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:46:10 PDT
  • » Beautiful Moments

    A new recording and video featuring Dave Leslie on piano and myself, Rob Birdwell, on vocals.  Recorded "live" at Dave's studio near Portland, Oregon - enjoy!   read more »

    Published  Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:33:15 PDT
  • » Rob Birdwell performs new songs via Concert Window Webcast on March 15

    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:   read more »

    Published  Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:22:17 PST
  • » Backing up Music Projects

    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
  • » Ventures in Video

    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



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