ode to thinking weekend

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The long awaited third studio album of Bobby Long is finally here with the release date this Friday 8/7/15. I had the pleasure of getting to see him live times over the weekend.

The first was Friday night from the comfort of my own home on Concert Window – an amazing interactive website, where fans of the artist can chat while watching the performance and leave the artist tips. I think more artists should to look into this. It’s a great way to stay in touch with your fans. It was a great show. All around fun and great covers done by Bobby including an early 80’s Dolly Parton song, “Jolene”.

The second time was at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. I have seen Bobby perform at several different places but I think this venue is my favorite place to see him. I am not sure if it’s that place hold so much music history or the fact that the walls are lined with beautiful instruments or the fact the acoustics are amazing. Whatever it is, Bobby is amazing there. If you are ever in LA when he is performing at McCabe’s, please be sure to get a ticket. You will not be disappointed. I also think the fact that NO CELLPHONES are allowed to be on during the performance helps.

The third and final performance was a special listening party at a private home in LA. It was here that I was able to record video a few songs and was also given my copy of the new “Ode to Thinking” CD that I pre-ordered from Bobby’s Pledge campaign.

So now down to what you all wanna know about the album and my thoughts on it. First off, I just wanna say I am so excited that this CD comes with a lyric book. It makes singing along a lot easier. There are 11 songs on the album but I am sad to report that one of my new favorites is NOT on the CD. However, I was told that will be a special vinyl edition that will be coming out on Record Store Day. That song is “Pretty Little Pennies” (even though I SWEAR he says “pretty little panties” but that is another story. LOL).

Bobby’s last album “Wishbone” was a bit more bluesy/rock sounding. With “Ode to Thinking”, you can tell that recording in Austin, TX played a part in how this album would sound. It has more a country blues sound to it. Reading the titles of each song might even depress you, but they are amazing. One of my favorite things about Bobby’s songwriting is the way he able to paint a picture with his words. He always seems to take you on a trip with his songs and that is what he does with “Ode to Thinking”. Whether it is with “cold hours of the morning with the wind in her hair” in the song “I’m Not Going Out Tonight” or “so open up the ventricle and close the bloody vestibule” in “Something Blue, Something Borrowed”, he gets you there. You feel what he is singing (even if I am not sure what that last one means. LOL).

Most of these songs, I have heard live before and they sound just as amazing on this CD, but by far, my favorite of the album is 1985. It is hauntingly beautiful and I love it. But don’t take my word for it – get yourself a copy when it come out this week tomorrow to be exact and if you have the time, you should check out Bobby while he is on tour promoting his new album. Check the links below for details.

http://www.musicbobbylong.com/

Bobby Long – Wishbone

On Wednesday evening I attended the first of many listening parties for Bobby Long’s new CD Wishbone, in Hollywood.

If you’re familiar with Long’s music you will notice a slight depart from his usual bluesy-folk sound. ‘Wishbone’ has a more rock orientated sound, which allows the long time Bobby Long fan hear his growth as a musician and songwriter. And there is an edge where this CD will bring new fans.

I have to admit the song ‘To the Light’ is my absolute favorite song in the new CD – It’s a song I can see in movie trailers. The beauty of Wishbone is there are several songs that hit me like into the light. And as a wannabe writer I know this CD has inspired story line a in my head.

Wishbone will be released on 2.19.13 and suggest you buy it!

(I borrowed this video from Bobby Long Fans!)

Video: Bobby Long – All My Brothers

I saw Bobby Long perform twice last week (Room 5 & the Roxy) and he sang a new song called ‘All My Brothers’. I LOVE THIS SONG!!! With just his accoustic guitar this song is amazing and I can just imagine with a band I will not be able to contain myself.

Here’s video of Long performing at the Roxy.

Video is from BritPackLove.

 

Book: Losing My Brotherhood by Bobby Long

Just last week I wrote a blog about missing Bobby Long and now I feel like I’m being reconnected with him but on a deeper level. Late, last year Bobby announced he was writing a book…..a book a poetry. Now I personally thought his music was poetry in itself, so…..why write a book? But that’s just me.

But after reading the press release regarding the book, I gained a new respect for the artist.

The title stems from Long’s realization of what he left behind when he abruptly moved from London to New York to pursue his music career in 2010.  “I left my family and my friends, and I just went and didn’t really say good-bye to anyone,” he recalls.  “’Losing My Brotherhood’ refers to a specific group of three close friends who I lived with in London for four years and shared everything with, and who I don’t get a chance to see anymore. We were like brothers, but I know that time is now over.  It’s a tribute, really.”

If you regularly check Long’s site you would’ve found the excerpt he posted six months ago:

The Things I Did And Do

I dropped some cigarette ash on your neatly cut hair

I made your morning coffee slightly cold

I wept at films that you deemed too bold

and pretended I didn’t need subtitles.

These are the things I do to make you flinch

I played Bach at a higher speed on the record player

I pretended it was broken when you picked out Van Morrison

I sang harmonies to every line when you fixed it

and dragged my feet when you asked me to change sides.

This is what I do to annoy you

I poured Starbucks into your independent coffee store cup

I lied about my mother’s age and said I was adopted

I read you Pablo Neruda when you picked out Frost

and changed the words around and made them all about summer.

This is what I do to confuse you

I never let you help me with the morning crossword

I went on walks for hours and didn’t call

I drank myself into such rich stupors I couldn’t stand

and lied about the trivial shit.

This is what I do because I am a bastard

I watch you sleep and block the morning light out of your eyes

I cook your favorite meal three nights a week

even though I’m allergic

I listen to your friends talk about their friends

I stopped going to the bar.

Just because

Wow.

I’m not usually a poetry girl, unless its my own emo crap, but now I can’t wait to read Long’s new book! And his follow-up to A Winter Tale is due this Fall. I shall bask in the world of Bobby for a while.

I miss Bobby Long…..

On Tuesday morning I scrolled through my list of artists/bands and when I saw Bobby Long’s name I realized something…..I missed his voice.

Not that he’s completely disappeared, he’s actively on twitter posting random things, his tour with Steve Winwood and even said his new cd was being mastered. I went through my entire Bobby collection starting with his VERY first CD (pre ATO), first CD with ATO – A Winter’s Tale, some live tracks from Daytrotter and finally last EP ‘Backing Singer’.

Then I remembered he tweeted a few new songs from his upcoming cd!!!!

Listen: Bobby Long – Something’s Gonna Get You

After listening to that track I realized I NEED some Bobby!! I need another crazy day at Leno, then a show afterwards. I miss gathering with friends and watch the man and his guitar take the stage.

I know he’ll be back to LA soon and I can’t wait!

I know I can’t be the only one that misses him……right?

Website: http://www.bobbylong.info/

Twitter: @BobbyLongNews

Exclusive Bobby Long Interview

On the Bobby Long site a new interview was posted and Bobby answers a few random questions. I love how Bobby was just very candid in this interview.
Enjoy!

Source:www.musicBobbyLong.com

Bobby Long: Darlin’ I remember the drink


(((SIGH)))

Bobby Long wrote me a song….ok he didn’t but he finished a song called ‘Darlin’ I remember the drink’ he posted on YouTube, his ‘Thank You’ for new Twitter followers. As much as I love him with the new band, there is something about when its just HIM and his guitar!