Calendar

Rob Birdwell's music performance calendar:

From his recorded release, Sweet Surrender: an intimate and heartfelt collection of Flugelhorn and Trumpet impromptus that showcase Rob Birdwell's distinctive sound, improvisation, and spontaneous craftsmanship.

When We Met

» track info  » purchase

From his recorded release, Sweet Surrender: an intimate and heartfelt collection of Flugelhorn and Trumpet impromptus that showcase Rob Birdwell's distinctive sound, improvisation, and spontaneous craftsmanship.

From Rob's liner notes:

When it comes to the musical side of my creativity (and especially my jazz/improvisational side) , although I don't fully understand how it works in that realm, things do seem to gel when I simply let go and give free reign to those mysterious forces and simply let them work their magic - let them say what they apparently need to say. And that's just what I did on this collection of music I affectionately call Sweet Surrender.

A song about a guy who goes down into his basement and gets caught up for a long time in the past: tapes, photos, memories, love, lost, etc.  What to do with it all?

All This Stuff

» track info  » purchase

A song about a guy who goes down into his basement and gets caught up for a long time in the past: tapes, photos, memories, love, lost, etc.  What to do with it all?

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!

Credits:

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