Bruce Irving Music

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Welcome

My Storehouse Photo Stories are up - you can see them here. Flowers in Hawaii, a ballon flight, a science museum, space flight simulator images, and more.

This has nothing to do with music but at least it's some new content for this aging site. Storehouse was a cool photo story service that went out of business. They sent me all six of the stories I had created and I posted five of them here. I couldn't display "Winter Is Coming" because I ran out of space on this silly template-based site. Don't worry, it was just some garden stuff, nothing about Game of Thrones. But back to the alleged reason for this web site...

I'm a singer-songwriter in Central Massachusetts. My 2012 album "Look at You" and my 2010 album "Message from Tomorrow" are available (CD or MP3 downloads) on CD Baby. They are also available for download from iTunes and from Amazon.com. You can stream all the tracks from these and my earlier album "Jardin du Luxembourg" on my SoundCloud pages. Some of my works in progress and musical experiments are also on SoundCloud.

In the last couple of years, I started to experiment with making videos for some of my songs, mainly for songs written for my granddaughter. You can find them on my YouTube channel. 

Animals Are So Cute -- My granddaughter loves the zoo, so I wrote a song and made this video about some of her favorite animal friends.

Hummingbird -- Stella and I also love hummingbords, so I took a bunch of pictures and wrote a hummingbird song for this video.

Born & Raised on Rock & Roll -- A live birthday party band version of my first (and only) single from the 70's, written by my friend Rob Simbeck

Australia Photos 2006 -- I used the Brushstroke app to make "paintings" from many photos taken in Australia in 2006 and wrote a spacy instrumental soundtrack for this video slideshow

Although I haven't blogged much recently, there are some 1500 posts from 2005 to 2016 on my blog, Music of the Spheres. It's all about space, astronomy, education, books, AND music (mine and others').

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My story

I started writing songs when I met a group of musically creative science and engineering dorm-mates, fellow freshmen at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh in the early 1970's, back before there were CD's and the Internet (yes, we did have electricity). These CMU folks became good friends and we enjoyed making music together, mainly for fun. I formed an acoustic duo with another CMU friend, Rob Simbeck, and we performed at coffee houses and at a bar called The Casbah. We were occasionally funny and usually in tune. We called ourselves Bruce and Rob (yes, we were creative too). For reasons of his own, Rob followed me to the great music capitals of America, Rochester, New York and Los Angeles, California in the 1980's. We wrote together and played at the LA Songwriter's Showcase, which at that time was held at the Improvisation in Hollywood. Rob later moved to Nashville and ran the Boston Marathon, but that's another story.

In the (relatively) recent past, I got back into writing and recording around 1998, and released my first CD "Jardin du Luxembourg" in 2003. That CD as well as my 2010 album "Message from Tomorrow" are available at CD Baby, and my songs are also available for download at iTunes, Amazon.com, and various other MP3 sites.

My Influences & Stuff

I like a wide range of music. Some of my favorite artists and writers are the Beatles, Sting, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Mozart, U2, James Taylor, the Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Elvis Costello, Sarah McLachlan, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, CSNY, various Broadway shows, Dave Mathews, the Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, and many more. I listen to a lot of new music and recently have discovered the Black Keys and the Grip Weeds, among others.

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My Most Recent Album

As I write this in summer 2016, I have not completed any new music for a while.  I haven't been blogging much either. I'm mostly writing my journal and trying to figure out where to go next with music and writing. I do have a few musical works in progress which you can stream from my SoundCloud page (more info on the What's New page). My albums "Look At You," "Message from Tomorrow" and "Jardin du Luxembourg" are also available for download on CDBaby.com, on iTunes, and on Amazon.com.   You can also stream them on Spotify and Apple Music. Here are the lyrics for the title track of the album "Look at You," written for the birth of my granddaughter, Stella:

Look at You  (Stella's Song) 

Tiny fingers, clutching Mommy’s finger

Tiny fingers, holding Daddy’s finger too

Look at you!

 

Love and DNA have scored a miracle             

It’s a wonder, everything they say is true

Look at you!

 

Now you’re sleeping, now you’re crying                

Now you’re eating, now you’re sighing

Beams of photons bouncing off the moon

You’ll be sleeping through the night real soon 

 

Stay awake now, this is not a lullaby

Every moment fills your eyes with something new

Look at you!

 

Hubble pictures, wonders of the universe

Biggest little wonder lying here it’s true

Look at you!

 

Now you’re sleeping, now you’re crying                

Now you’re eating, now you’re sighing

Sounds of music, sounds of laughter

Sounds of happy ever after

 

Wish upon a meteor

Can’t think what to wish for 

Everything is cool…            

 

Look at you – Look at you – Look at you – Look at you

Look at you!

 

Words and music by Bruce Irving © 2012

 

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