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LMNO cover Joe Jackson's tune, So You Say (from his excellent "Fast Forward" album) in a live performance in Corvallis, Oregon at Bombs Away Cafe. Featuring Rob Birdwell on vocal/keys, Nick Rivard (guitar), Page Hundemer (bass), and Brian Bucolo (drums)

So You Say

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This was the last tune in our set on this night - and it came out nice.  Great solos and playing all around...sometimes you get lucky that way if you keep at it long enough!

Chitlins Con Carne

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A live performance excerpt with The Svens.  Swimming Upstream, words and music by Rob Birdwell. Featuring Dave Plaehn - harmonica, Viking - guitar, Will Allen - bass, Drew Ferreira- drums, Jake Bansmer - rhythm guitar, Rob Birdwell - vocals/trumpet. Dan Bregar - drums (not playing) and source audio recording!

Swimming Upstream

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My Muse

My Muse is an original song written, produced and performed by Rob Birdwell.  The video came about rather spontaneously.  

"I love this song and enjoy performing it - it has a haunting quality that I enjoy exploring....thought it deserved some sort of video treatment.  It wasn't raining so I decided that some dark shadows and effects might just work.  Either way it was pretty fun to do!"

Blue Macabre is available on CDBaby

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Nobody's Business

"Nobody's Business" features the multi-talented Nick Rivard on slide and rhythm guitar. Rob's vocal has a slight "telephone" or "can" tone to not only sonically evoke a retro and bygone age, but to shoot a lyrical arrow squarely at the 21st century digital age (i.e., privacy concerns, marriage inequality, etc.).  This video (with lyrics) give a bit of film noir visual backing and the perceptive viewer will note the source is the great classic movie, The Third Man.

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Beautiful Moments

This song is about memories - poignant times in life. "I can Google your name / but I won't find a trace / of those beautiful moments / from another time and place...

I'd written this song a while back but could never figure out how to record it (and perhaps I wasn't ready - maybe I'm still not!) - my own demos on vocal/piano just didn't seem to capture that special "something." So I made a date with fellow Lubian and musician/composer extraordinaire Dave Leslie. We recorded other tracks, but for this particular one I set up my three chinsy video cameras to (hopefully) capture a "live" performance. And we did! First take too. Dave was definitely that special "something" - with his playing I could feed off his energy and together we made this very special recording. I hope you enjoy it.

  • Beautiful Moments - words and music by Rob Birdwell
  • Dave Leslie - piano 
  • Rob Birdwell - vocals

Swimming Upstream

This lyric video tells the story of a little fish in a big strong river, swimming upstream. Oh, the things he sees - but how will it end for him? Will he be wise and learn from his journey? Watch and listen to find out!


  • Swimming Upstream - words and music by Rob Birdwell
  • Creighton Lindsay: guitar
  • Rob Birdwell: vocals, keys, bass, horns, drums, percussion

Halie Loren Pops Concert - Sway

A clip from the Halie Loren pops concert - Sway, conducted and arranged by Rob Birdwell.

This was a special performance featuring internationally acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter (and Corvallis native) Halie Loren with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony. Rob Birdwell served as the guest conductor (and played a little flugelhorn!)

The extrordinary talents of Matthew Treder (piano), Bill Marsh (guitar), Brian West (drums), and Mark Schneider (bass) are heard here, along with the always fabulous Corvallis-OSU Symphony.

Proceeds from the concert benefited the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society Student Musician Scholarship Fund.

Read more about the Halie Loren Pops concert here.

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