Influences: The Nerk Twins, Nude Dragons, Sweet Children, The Pendletones
I play under the moniker of Brad Bru & The Crowd Goes Wild. I also produce/host/compose for an evening of live radio plays in Chicago called Whiskey Radio Hour. My first FAWM was in 2012.
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In Feb 2020, I had a new full-band EP called Artful Doors come out on Spotify, etc. Here's a Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/album/0Dak7YmcZ8119B8cQ0hMOS?si=2RPCve9LQG...
Other links (Soundcloud and Bandcamp) are above. Thanks!
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|#1||Mood: Doom (with marimba)||
|#2||Paris Street – Rainy Weather||
|#3||Our Favorite Album's Record Sleeve||
|#5||This is fine.||
|#7||Sketches in 5/4 (with cowbell)||
|#8||The Mark of Kanye||
|#9||If I Could Make a God||
|#10||This Too Shall Pass: Acoustic Corpse 1 @corpsecorps||
|#11||Working for the Weakened @paulhenry||
|#14||É Favor Não Parar No Portão||
|#15||That Office @lastnightilie||
|#16||Breakfast & the late night radio (Anything Goes Exquisite Corpse) @corpsecorps||
|#18||(Random Sample Challenge)||
|#19||Bunk Here With Me||
|#20||Camel Leopardis (Tall Blondes) @sapient||
|#21||10x10 - Slaughterhouse-Five||
|#22||The Castle Dragondreams Not Quite Annual House Party (link only) @castledragondreams||
Thanks for listening to my song "I Am Frankenstein", I appreciate it!
Glad you liked “Frog Sex Party”! Thank so for taking the time to comment!
Thank you for your comments on The Sweetest Thing - yeah - I see what you mean about the lyrics. I was envisaging them being sung by a sultry and terrible evil Bond villain so best not to trust the singer!
Thanks so lot for your comments, Brad! They made me smile 😃
Seems like I have to find collaboration partners for "Promise" and record this song for real. What a pity I totally stuck here! No topic, no lyrics, no guitars, no vocalist. Hmm 🤔 I'm happy if anyone has an idea!
Thank you for your comment on "When Things Start to Explode", you are correct. It's a bout someone who is holier than though. I wrote another song about the same person years ago and there are similar tones to that one too.
Thx for kind comments on my songs much appreciated.
As it relates to improv, a guitar guy a lot better than i could every be, said to me..."if you can play the same riff in three different location on the fret board seamlessly then you can improv. I'm still practicing. Oh. BTW that was 25 years ago😊
Thx again and Stay safe
I can go 4 tunes. I plan to do 4 on everyone on the list of 37, so I should be able to do that.
Appreciate your comment - and coming from you that's a real compliment. I'm amazed at what you've been able to achieve in the month. Very impressive.
Many thanks for your kind comments on “When Spring Came” 🙏 I’ve taken the song forward (with a good few others from this FAWM) to what I plan to be the first album from my new “alt-folk” project. I added an extra harmony vocal, gave the song a thorough remix, and I hope I’ll be able to release the album in the next month or so. Thanks again!
Hello, thanks for the comment left about respect
Thanks for the comment on "Monolithic Halls"! This is actually a sort of thematic continuation of my collab with @kembole, "Jokivarsi" (it's in Finnish, but there's a translation), for which I wrote the lyrics. Although I've had a few lines of "Monolithic Halls" written for several years, it was "Jokivarsi" that finally opened the floodgates and let the whole thing out. I seem to have this thing about light in general in my doom metal songs, perhaps to sort of counteract the inherent darkness in them.
Thanks so much for your fantastic comments again this year Brad. I really like that you often pick up on the subtle storyline/character details and little lyrical twists in the songs.
Thank you for your insightful comments on a Twisted.
Have you heard the original?
It was sung by Lambert Hendricks and Ross.
In that version, the singer is totally bananas but thinks she is sane and the analyst is crazy.
The twist on mine is the singer is quite sane, but the world is so mad, she takes the attitude that she must be crazy because she doesn't fit it with the new normal which is crazy is the new sane.
The conspiracy bit at the end is a reflection of the insanity and she gives in and says she must be crazy. If you haven't listened to the original, you should. It is a classic
Thanks for the comment on Plink Plonk Plunk. It's inspired me (for me own later recollection) to add to the description what ELSE is in the studio room, which is actually quite large and doubles as dining/lounge about fire (50%) and studio (50%)
Can't believe I've missed listening. Fixing that!
Hey, thanks for the comment (and insight) on my camel ditty.
I disagree. Morpheus is the single :-p
Oh, by the way, responding to your question. It is a vibraslap in 'Identification'. It happened before in a rock-'n-roll song!
Thanks for listening to my song "Amelia", I appreciate it!!
He was as sweet and funny and curmudgeonly as I'd imagined and hoped he'd be! His "assistant" or whoever was making sure he didn't dawdle too long chatting with everyone said I'm sorry but we need to move on or we'll be late, he told her you know what pastry you can take a flying poke at....and she just laughed and rolled her eyes 🤣
Thank you Brad, for taking the time to listen to all my entries this FAWM. Glad to have found your songs, man. I actually like you mentioning the Pixies, for I had them in my list of influences before I deleted them. I take it as a compliment. My favorite song of them: No. 13 baby! #tit4tat
Hey Brad, thanks so much for that nice compliment about my guitar playing. I keep it pretty simple, not much flash, but I try to add some texture to the song. This FAWM experience has been really positive. I have been a musical basement dweller. It's nice to get encouraging feedback, of which you have been very generous (to me and lots of others).
Thanks so much for your time to listen to a few of my ditties. 😀 Thanks as well for the comment about posting responses on one of my own song pages. I ended up only doing that on one song (and I always make sure I @ the folks so it will show up on their home page)...I will definitely go the soundboard route going forward.
Congrats again on your excellent work again this year!
Thank you so much for your kind words about two of my songs. It warmed my heart to read what you wrote about "What Might have Been", because you 'got' exactly what I was trying to do in the piece. I wasn't sure if it would come across. Now I know it does. And the same goes for how you interpreted "Choirs Back!" That's exactly what I was going for. Thank you for truly listening and sharing your thoughts. It means a lot to me. Have a great and safe year and I hope to 'see' you again next February. 😀
Thank you for your lovely comments on our songs. We really appreciate the feedback 😀
Ah, thanks so much for taking the time to give (Don't Want No) Satisfaction a listen. I think that's the one I'm most pleased with this year. Just really happy to have participated again this year. The only thing I'd do different is listen to more people's stuff... which I'm trying to do now. It is quite easy (for me) to get stuck in a self-regarding hole with FAWM...
Re: Surf Jerk. You’ve got it all figured out, I’d say. Clever lad! Thanks for listening man. Adam sends me the track and I just go with it, and come up with some lyrics. I am hoping to do a lot more of this with him in 2021! It’s really a lot of fun.
Thanks for the listen!
Hey Brad, thanks for the comments this FAWM! I feel it's slightly remiss of me to have checked out your songs so late in the day, but very glad I did. Will be a bit more on it next year! Cheers
Thanks for your comments on 'Garbage Reminds Me of You." Glad you enjoyed it (as did the Opossum.)
Brad- thanks so much for including “Flutter” in your top 3 instrumentals from the month! I’m honored! ❤️
I will definitely be up for some collaborations at FAWM next year! Unless I get hit by a truck. Or eaten by a coyote. Or caught in a trap. Or hit by another truck. Or poisoned. Or succumb to smoke inhalation in the attic of a burning house (I didn't start the fire - those wires were already exposed when I began chewing on them!)
Thank you for your comment! I'll let you know when that song is finished.
Very cool! I want to look for a PC version of that prepared-piano sound. I almost got to use a real one in the studio when Eric Agner and I were recording our EP, but alas we ran out of time.
Hi Brad, thanks for your comments. Mating calls for the spring sloths? Maybe discretion was the reason for my tune being so short...
the chimes in "Meat Grinder" is indeed in Garageband, it is "Church Bell" under the "mallet" tab. I've really enjoyed adding those in two of my songs so I'll probably keep coming back to them. So sad this year is done. I'm not done experimenting lol.
Yellow sunflowers is how i see it! But yes i believe the silent masses are lacking real inspirational leadership and it a world phenomenon! The danger is, without good leadership, as one country particularly found the vacuum is likely to be filled by the worst kind of inspiration!
@bradbrubaker I just wanted to thank you for all you contributed directly to me (like commenting on a song from a couple of weeks ago), but more importantly how you've help set the culture of FAWM to be cooperative and helpful for everyone. You seem to be everywhere: writing, collaborating, commenting, etc. As a relative newbie here, it's nice to have people who are making a difference and helping everyone find their creative voice. It's much appreciated.
Thanks! I think the naps are pretty integral LOL. I've played guitar with some drummers who loved playing with me and some who hated it. I think I'd fall into the camp of drummers that hates playing with my oftentimes nonsensical rhythm, it makes perfect sense at the moment LOL.
Thanks for your comment on Overheard. I think lion and paper crane fits nicely! I believe the Taiko drums came in the Japanese Traditional downloadable (free) sound library. Check it out!
Apart from the words, Love Weighs More Than Gold is completely Karlsberg’s work. A force of nature.
Thanks for the comment on my week 1 challenge song!
Thank you very much for comment "Every twice in a while" <3
Thank you for the comment on "Angel of Collapse"! I think the characters in the track are indeed happy about bringing the apocalypse 😁
Aww cheers mate, I cut my teeth as a singer in a punk band so that's a bit of a throwback for me. Can't usually do it on my Fawm songs because I'm too busy trying not to mess up the guitar 🤣
Thanks for the listen and comment on Into Your Eyes! The tones at 2:41 aren't Wurli, but actually a flutey organ sound I found on my keyboard and thought fit the vibe.
I added the "ghost of you and me". I know the person before me listened to everything and I was tempted to listen to the one before me to have a better perspective of what had remained , but didn't. Clearly the song was about a record collection that defined a relationship so I was thinking how music haunts us, binds us to the past and also the spinning like ghosts around us. It just went there.
Thanks, Brad. Yes, I'm a big Belle & Sebatian fan! It rubs off, I guess, and you're astute for picking up on that, which I didn't even think of at the time. I had heard them maybe 20 years ago and wasn't impressed, and then a few years later heard "The Blues are still Blue" from The Life Pursuit and just fell in love with them. Scotland, esp. Glasgow area, has a disproportionate number of great bands. The Pearlfishers are my personal fave.
Just passing through the site and saw your question, I can get the info fast here, files will be a longer ask, will have to return to that tonight or tomorrow.
D#, 90 BPM, 6/8
chords (referenced to C--I am a capo guy so I'll leave the transpose to you)
chorus: C Am G Am F G C
verse: G Am F C G Am F G C
bridge: F G C F G
That's what I played on guitar but I know that @rosedeschamps played much more interesting chords/inversions/bass/something on the piano that I could not reconstruct.
Morph away and take all liberties!
Hey great discription 'a steam train made of rattling bones' love it! And thanks for the tip I think I made that mistake every year so far 😅
Thanks for listening to “Birds of Galway Bay”! Really appreciate the kind words.
Hey, here's an audio of me saying the Welsh sign text...
Hope that helps! Let me know if you need more than that in terms of pronunciation support.
Thank you for your Space Pirate comment!
Heya! Thanks for the comment on my song "The long road", with random samples. You're right, I didn't use 71 samples on the song, I loaded the Volca Sample with 71 samples and chose 10 to use on the song. Sorry for the confusion! 😀
Gotta say, I really liked your contribution to the Corpse. 😀
I wasn't sure where you had been with the "pancakes" thing, but I decided to go full-on with the breakfast thing.
Thanks for listening to my word painting song. Your favorite part was mine too. Really cool exercise.
Congrats on your FAWM win!
Lovely description on So Tired. Made me laugh!
Thank you so much for your kind words on 'Safe From Harm' - so happy you like the cello 😀
Thanks for the listen and comments! 😀
Hi Brad - sorry took so long to say so - but thanks so much for your comment on Don't Hide (annie's song). I'm glad you made mention of the male vocalist sample - i did that on purpose and it was cool you noticed that 😉 Will take a listen to some of your stuff - it's always amazing. I'm really far behind bc of work and all that. But I look forward to some listens! 😀
Hi Brad. Glad you liked my surfing song. But I assure you I only started trying to "stand up surf" in with a week of lessons in October 2019. I have body surfed since I was a kid. Of course, the Covid Crisis in 2020 meant I haven't had a chance to surf again. I just have a good ear for languages and a nose to sniff out a good web site with a dictionary of surfing terms 😁
Thank you very much for your "green" comment on "Musica Poetica No9"
Thanks for the tip regarding responses and you kind words.
Gonna check out some of your songs soon!!
Yes, I am quite photo genic fer sure. I did a little modeling for Terminix when I was younger.
Thanks for the compliments on my song!
So glad you enjoyed “Confusion Corner”! Yeah, when I saw that sign, I couldn’t *not* write a song based on it! I have to admit, the “Buddha take the wheel” line is my personal favorite, too...not sure where it came from, but I laughed out loud as I typed it... 😀
Thanks for your comment on my 10x10. It was a really nice challenge to try
Thanks for the lovely comment, just an fyi incase you'd like to know, what I meant as homeward-bound was going to your demise, dust-to-dust , the after-life,....
Thanks for your kind words on This House. I am trying to do more "show, don't tell". So rather than saying: "you made sure I did not know he had been in the house", the idea of the ashtray being cleaned of any traces of his cigarettes says the same thing but makes it kind of sound even sneakier by the level of detail. Well, that's what I was aiming for anyway 😀 Glad you noticed it.
Hey there! Unfortunately I was kind of hoping for the opposite - a lyricist to write a complete lyric and then I would write the melody and perform the song. I signed up as I find that creatively inspiring. I'm afraid I'm not much of a music producer - I just basically strum chords on a guitar - so I think writing music for you to topline would be boring for us both and not much of a collab. Our lyrical style sounds similar at least. I don't want to make it too difficult or not fun for you, so if you don't want to just write lyrics, maybe we could do something different, like work together on music and lyrics? Let me know. Btw I've got an email on my profile if that makes things easier.
Yessir! I will get RIGHT ON THAT.
Thanks for listening to my song "The Avenue" https://fawm.org/songs/116550/
FYI, Flor De Mayo is a wonderful Chino Latino restaurant with the most delicious rotisserie chicken. Zero ambiance but the best food and it's super cheap, or at least it was. Definitely not a fine French restaurant...
Thanks so much for that comment on Attic and Basement, Brad. I confess that the "there's a place" line was an intentional echo to West Side Story. It's an extra dimension, I think!
Thanks for your comment on " Earth-grounded" .... I agree with you. Self-love is so necessary and not easy to get and to hold. Because we regulary learn to compare ourselfes with others and not to accept ourselfes how we realy are. But to me it's the essential thing to love myself with all my sorrows and worries - even to love my whole unperfection.
Thanks for comments on Wondering...
Pegging is a legal term to peg someone down..or pegged for a crime or defining a boundary. The song is about that topic..keeping someone pegged down without commitment,..pegging to a cause
..I picked a bad word it seems...oppps
Eww, baby LOL
Haha great pic, thanks! =^.^=
Thanks for the kind words on "Moon", Brad. And thanks for making it to the end! I know it isn't quite as grand a picture as a 1+1 as it is in my head. 😄
Thx a lot for comments on Astronaut.
Thanks for comment :*
Thanks for the comment on my song!
Thank you for the comment.
Hey Brad! Thanks for commenting on a couple more of my tracks recently. Things have been busy but I will have time to catch up on your music this weekend. Hope you're doing well!
Hi! Thanks for commenting on my Woodpecker song. I had fun putting this one together
Thanx for the comment on my David Lynch song.
Yes, it is from one of his weather reports!
Don't make me come down there>
For starters, I'm thinking 3 chords for v 3 chords for a chorus.
person 1 picks a chord, then person 2 picks, back and forth until 6 chords are selected.
For a bridge, we can cross that if/when we come to it.
Then for recording do something similar, person 1 records 1 track and sends it to person 2 who adds one track, back and forth until it is done.
No, all was taken voluntarily! 😀
Thanks for commenting.
Hey, just throwing this out there, I'd be up for doing a acoustic collaboration if you'd be down, I have a vague idea on how we could build it.