Bruce Irving Music

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Welcome

New album Look at You is now available - see What's New for details. 

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

My 2012 album project is finally done (as of January 2013) - see What's New for more info... in the meantime, you might also check out my blog, Music of the Spheres. It's all about space, astronomy, education, books, AND music (mine and others'). I update it more often than this web site, so new recordings on SoundCloud will usually show up there first.

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 early 2013, I have just finished up a new album with my friend and producer Roger Lavallee. I have rough mixes of several of the songs available for streaming on my SoundCloud pages. My previous albums "Message from Tomorrow" and "Jardin du Luxembourg" are available for download on CDBaby.com, on iTunes, and on Amazon.com.  The title track is a of the new album is "Look at You," written for my new granddaughter, Stella. Here are the lyrics:

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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