Quietly contains nine songs written, performed, and produced by Rob Birdwell.
The following is an excerpt from the second track, Punkie and the Spitfires.
It's a song about a three-piece band - perhaps the ultimate band - who save the world!
she was a young woman living in dystopian times
fighting "The Forces" any way that she could...
Rob Birdwell's arrangement of Feeling Good for Halie Loren and her band. Words and Music by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse. Featuring the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, Halie Loren (vocals), Matt Treder (piano), Mark Schneider (bass), Bill Marsh (guitar), Brian West (drums), Rob Birdwell (arranger/conductor). Audio engineering/recording by George Relles and Diana Robson.
LMNO perform Memories of Senegal live for a Funk in the Forest concert. Featuring Rob Birdwell (trumpet/keys), Nick Rivard (guitar), Page Hundemer (bass), and Brian Bucolo (drums)
I've always been interested in ways to express ideas and emotions through music. As a kid I would write my own lyrics to popular songs. As I learned to play trumpet I would create my own melodies. As I became interested in singing I began to learn more about chord progressions. By the time I was in college I started to get more serious about trying to compose and arrange - turns out it was hard! I attended the Grove School of Music and Dick Grove's teachings would provide me with a solid foundation and I'm still building upon that and continue to learn with every new song, composition or arrangement.
I do have to confess that I'm going to hang on to my day gig for a bit longer! ;)
Best In Me (Dark Light)
music and lyrics by Rob Birdwell
This was a tough one to write but I'm glad I was able to wrestle it down and get this first recording after a week of writing, re-writing, abandoning my initial demo and re-writing it again.
when I was in grade school
we exchanged valentine's day cards with anyone of our choosing
my crush's name was Tina so my card was for her
it was a ridiculously large card
purchased at the drugstore
where I bought my comic books and candy
inside the card were eight handwritten pages
starting with "Dear Tina"
what followed was sure to dazzle my would-be valentine
"what's this?" she asked, sounding both confused and annoyed
"I wrote the largest number in the world for you!" I said proudly
she paused, thumbed through the pages of arbitrary numbers, sighed, and said
"I feel sorry for you"
that was the end of that romance
I’m no wiser with matters of the heart these days
💘Happy #ValentinesDay! 💘