The Broken Sessions

The Broken Sessions” – Bryan Breaux

1. Rock Solid

2. A New World

3. I Can’t Get Enough

4. Please

5. Down ‘N Dirty

6. Broken Hearted

7. A POP

8. Slainte Mhath

9. The Heavenly Train

10. Tiger

11. FED UP

12. Racecar

13. I Reach For You

14. Rocking Solidly

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All songs Written, Composed and Performed by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I..

All songs Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Bryan Breaux.

Recorded at Castle Studio, Spicewood, Texas and Hurst Creek Studio, Lakeway, Texas.

Mixed at Hurst Creek Studio, Lakeway, Texas.

Cover Art Photography by Bryan Breaux.

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Lyrics:

I can’t get enough, of your love

I can’t get enough, of all your love

I was lost and lonely, ’til I held you tight that night

You’re the one and only, stand and shine your light

Shine it bright, destroy the night

‘Cause we just might, say it’s all right

I can’t get enough, of your love

I can’t get enough, of all your love

You’re so soothing and lovely, so caring so kind

It’s true beauty, when you’re above me

The view blows my mind, so, come on explode my mind

‘Cause it’s about time, that we see and find, that we’re two of a kind

Oh yea

I can’t get enough, of your love

I can’t get enough, oh no, of all your love

All I want is you

All I need is you

I can’t get enough, of loving you, loving you

I can’t get enough, of your love

I can’t get enough, oh no, of all your love

I can’t get enough, of your love

I can’t get enough, oh no, of all your love

 

Broken hearted, ’cause we parted, and we never even started

To love once again, you and me, my friend

I’m broken hearted, I’m so sad, that we parted

With broken lines in the sand, amongst rock and stones

Don’t you understand?

I’m broken hearted, ’cause we parted, I miss you, Yea, that’s all

And all that I can say, is I wish you, would stay

Oh I wish you, could stay, here today

And this would be the words, I would say

“I love you, Darling.”

But… where is my Darling?

How far away can she be?

From here, my heart is cracked.

Can’t you see?

It’s broken hearted, ’cause we parted

And Girl, I want you to know, that all I do, is for you,

With hope, that you’ll turn to see, that I’m, broken hearted, Yes indeed

Mmm…

 

Hey Darling, I got the news today, I’m leaving here shortly, I’m going away, on the very next train, I ain’t got long to stay

I’ve been packing my things, and paying my debts, I’ve been saying goodbyes, but, I haven’t said yours yet, so, here it is, “Goodbye Girl!”, I wish that I could stay

But, there’s a Heavenly Train, that’s gonna take me away, take me back home, where I’m sure I’ll stay, so, don’t go missing me, in any way, ’cause I’ll be with you, in every step of the way

I left a few things, under our old Oak tree, take them all, and do what you please, I hope it all, fills your life with ease

Don’t worry Darling, please understand, I can hear the whistle now, the time is at hand, I’ve made my appointment, to see ‘The Man’

And He’s on that Heavenly Train, that’s gonna take me away, take me home, where I’m sure I’ll stay, I truly love you, in every way, and I’ll be with you, in every step of the way

Number Nine, The Heavenly Train, there she is, it’s here, to take me away, I’m going back home, where I’m sure I’ll stay, don’t you worry Girl, I’ll be with you, in every step of the way, Yea.

 

Every time, I reach for you, you slip, right through my hands, with the tricks you do

Every night, I look for you, you disappear, from here, yea, that’s the first thing you do

All I know, is that we will meet each other, once again

All I fear, is that you’re with another, time and time again

Please come home, I’m tired of being home alone, and all I need, is  you, my Dear

In the end, you know, It’ll all be good, ’cause in the end, we’ll be together, like we should

Please come home, I’m waiting for you, here in our home, I need you too

Darling, I miss you.

 

– Bryan Breaux (2017)

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Credits:

1. Rock Solid

Bryan Breaux – Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

2. A New World

Bryan Breaux – Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

3. I Can’t Get Enough

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

4. Please

Bryan Breaux – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

Karissa Reine – Vocals.

 

5. Down ‘N Dirty

Bryan Breaux – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

6. Broken Hearted

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

7. A POP

Bryan Breaux – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

8. Slainte Mhath

Bryan Breaux – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar.

 

9. The Heavenly Train

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals, Hand Claps.

Taryn Stafford Camp – Vocals.

 

10. Tiger

Bryan Breaux – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

11. FED UP

Bryan Breaux – Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

12. Racecar

Bryan Breaux – Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

 

13. I Reach For You

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar.

 

14. Rocking Solidly

Bryan Breaux – Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Drum Machine Programming, Drums, Cymbals.

 


 

Copyright 2017 Bryan Breaux

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The Lost Sessions

The Lost Sessions Bryan Breaux

1. Sea Ballade

2. Oh Sweetheart

3. Last Chance

4. Forbidden Love

5. Hugs ‘N Kisses

6. Your Last Words

7. Blue Heart

8. Everytime

9. One Day

10. This Live We Lived

11.  I’m, Impressed

12. Someone

13. Prisoner Of Love

All Songs Written and Composed by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I.

Produced by Bryan Breaux.

Mixed by Bryan Breaux at Hurst Creek Studio, Lakeway, Texas.

Recorded by Bryan Breaux at:

The Home Laundry, Port Arthur, Texas.

Elysian Fields, Austin, Texas, with Assistant Engineer Phillip Trahan.

Lake Cottage, Volente, Texas.

Castle Studio, Spicewood, Texas.

Hurst Creek Studio, Lakeway, Texas.

The Musicians Woodshed, Bee Caves, Texas.

Cover Art Photography of Taylor’s Bayou, Port Arthur, Texas,  by Bryan Breaux.


Musician & Instruments:



1. Sea Ballade

Bryan Breaux – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar.

2. Oh Sweetheart

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar.

3. Last Chance

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums, Cymbals.

4. Forbidden Fear

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

5. HugsN Kisses

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Electric Organ.

6. Your Last Words

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

7. Blue Heart

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar.

8. Everytime

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Drums, Cymbals.

9. One Day

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Electric Synthesizer Keyboard, Drums, Cymbals, Ship Bell.

10. This Life We Lived

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar.

11. Im, Impressed

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Tom Drum, Tambourine.

12. Someone

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums, Cymbals.

13. Prisoner Of Love

Bryan Breaux – Vocals, Electric Guitar, Electric Synthesizer Keyboard, Bass Drum.

Lyrics:

2. Oh Sweetheart

I’m in love with you and I know I can be true.
Would you love me too?
So, will you take a ride, to fly way up high, into the deep sky blue?
My heart’s pounding faster.
Give me an answer.
Mmm…
I know it’s tough when I can’t get enough of loving you.
Everything will be all right if you could be mine tonight.
I’ll wait for you.
With my heart beating faster, I need to have your answer.
Oh Sweetheart.
Mmm…
Is it true, you need, a true friend indeed, to share your World.
I will be right here, in the times of fear, for you, my Girl.
With my heart running faster, I want to hear your answer.
Mmm…
I don’t want to regret you sharing your secrets with both my ears.
So, don’t stop now.
Just show me how to wipe away your tears.
My heart’s chasing after you.
So, please tell me your answer.
Oh Sweetheart.
Mmm…
I’m in love with you and I know I can be true.
Would you love me too?

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on September 2, 1995.)

3. Last Chance

You gave me a chance.
So, I brought you to the dance to try and redeem myself from ever hurting you.
When the night was gone, I was, once again, alone.
I wondered why I really lost myself this time with you.
Oh Babe, let me try.
Give me one more night to hold you tight.
I’ll turn around this life of fear until you’re standing here.
That evening in the park you left me in the dark… searching blindly… losing all I dreamed… those nights with you.
Leaving the next day, I saw you running away, leaving clouds of dust in your trail.
I really cared for you.
Oh Babe, let me try.
I need one more time to make you mine.
I’ll turn around all those years until you’re standing here.
Oh Babe, let me try.
Give me one more night to hold you tight.
I’ll dry up all your tears when you’re standing here.
You gave me one last chance.
So, I brought you to the dance to try and redeem myself from ever hurting you.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on October 3, 1995.)

4. Forbidden Fear

What you see is all in a dream.
What a relief.
It’s not what it seems.
Don’t be too scared.
It’s only a dream.
Don’t run away.
I’ll protect you while you sleep.
Forbidden places… lost in the dark… out of touch… with no numbers to dial… silent fear… in the End… will let you fall.
What you receive in all of your dreams may be the only life you’ll ever see.
Do you believe you live your own dreams?
Then, don’t lose the memory of loving me.
Forbidden places… lost in the dark… out of touch… with no names to call… silent fear… in the End… will let you fall.
Forbidden places… lost in the dark… out of touch… with no numbers to dial… silent fear… in the End… will let you fall… will let you fall.. will let you fall.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on March 3, 1994.)

5. Hugs ‘N Kisses

It’s good to see your face my friend.
It’s been too long.
Where have you been?
Has life been treating you O.K.?
I forgot the last day I heard you say “Hello.”.
I heard you went far away again… running the roads with some other man.
And… now?
He’s left you out to dry!
Why?
Are you lonesome tonight?
Don’t you cry.
I’ll hold you tight.
I missed your hugs, your kisses.
Your blue eyes still glisten.
You know, I’ll care for you today just like yesterday.
I’ve done a lot in all these years.
I guess you know we’ve all cried some tears.
But, it’s great to have you here again.
I think I want to learn to be your friend.
Don’t cry… just hold on tight.
I’ll give you hugs ‘n kisses… everything you’ve been missing.
You know I’ll care for you today just like yesterday.
It’s good to see your lovely face my friend.
It’s been too long.
Where have you been?
And…
It’s good to have you here again.
I think I want to learn to be your friend.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on August 30, 1995.)

6. Your Last Words

I held onto you when the days were blue.
And… now…
You tell me that we’re through.
I’ll listen to you when you learn to hear me too.
It’s time to gain something new.
So, open your eyes and do realize.
I gave you the World.
Surprise!
You cut away the ties and ran with the lies.
Girl… I never knew.
Why?
Tell me how you feel.
This time is for real.
Wash away the tears you cried through the years.
I know.
You never ever cared.
My love for you was always true.
So, don’t deny.
It was you.
Tell me how you feel.
This time, it is for real.
Show me what you see.
I know.
There’s troubles in me.
I’m ready for the worse.
So, whisper your last words.
Come on and whisper your last words.
I’m ready for the worse.
Whisper your last words.
Oh…
Whisper your last words.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on September 27, 1995.)

7. Blue Heart

I can’t wait for you my Dear.
I can’t stand you not being near.
It’s time for me to disappear.
All I need is you… you… you.
Telling all… that’s left to be done.
Together, we were never meant to be as one.
Time has come for me to run.
All I need is you… you… you.
Did I ever tell you?
My heart went blue when you went away.
Did I ever mention?
My dreams went with you leaving my blue heart to fade.
Days are gone.
And…
We will live, far away, where we cannot give.
Debts are paid.
I guess this is it.
All I ever wanted was you… you… you.
Did I ever tell you?
My heart went blue when you went away.
Did I ever mention?
My dreams went with you leaving my blue heart to fade.
Did I ever tell you?
My heart went blue when you went away.
Did I ever mention?
My dreams went with you leaving my blue heart to fade.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on December 9, 1993.)

8. Everytime

I know…
I know it’s you.
And…
I’ve seen you before.
I can tell.
I see.
You’re doing well.
I’ve been there before.
I feel like I’m broken in two.
I’ve done all I can do.
I breathe with you.
I’ve had too many lies kill the truth.
Everytime… I tried.
So many times… I’ve died.
You know…
You know I care.
Your last hope is me.
You never see when I’m blue.
You’re always stealing my heart from me.
You told me…
You lost your dream.
You turn around to disagree.
Your down… torn at the seams.
You know.
I can’t give sympathy.
Everytime… I tried.
So many times… you lied.
Believe in me.
I’ll take you in to give you what you need.
I hope that you will learn to live all of your dreams.
We know…
We know it’s done.
We never thought to try.
I believe you need to be weak enough to cry.
Everytime… I tried.
So many times… I’ve died.
Believe in me.
I’ll take you in to give you what you need.
I hope that you learn to live all of your dreams… all of your dreams.
Everytime… I tried.
So many times… you lied.
Believe in me.
I’ll take you in to give you what you need.
I hope that you will learn to live all of your dreams.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on November 6, 1995.)

9. One Day

The day will come when the Sun can’t shine.
I’ll search in the dark until I find all the dreams I left behind when you were mine.
The time will fly ’til the End is near.
Alright.
Now!
I’ve lost my fear.
I do what I can ’cause my future’s here.
I need my life Dear.
This hour, the bells will sound.
I’ll try and try to come back down.
All I need is to touch the ground.
Another World…
I have found.
It’s time to look around for my dream.
I told you we were never a team.
Alright.
This is what I need.
‘Cause I have got to breathe.
And…
Dark night is dimming down my mood again.
I forgot the places and the names I’ve been, all away, across this Interstate 10.
Are you still my friend?
This time, I won’t eat my soul away.
I know.
I just can’t find the words to say.
All I need is this love to stay… with me… one day.
Life.
Love.
Lady.
I’m so crazy.
Be my Baby.
You’re so crazy, if you think my life is for you.
Life.
Love.
Lady.
I’m so crazy.
Be my Baby.
You’re so crazy, if you think my life’s for you… if you think my life’s for you.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on November 4, 1995.)

10. This Life We Lived

I will forget all the things you said.
This is the day that you’ve gone astray.
I’ll show the way with the words to say.
I will forget this life we lived.
Time has come to me with secrets of mystery.
I can’t believe all the lies of deceit.
You will forget this is all of it.
I’ll turn the rain.
I carried the pain you left for me.
And…
Darkness…
I see.
You will forget this life we lived.
Time has come to me with secrets of mysteries.
I can’t believe all the lies of deceit.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on July 28, 1995.)

11. I’m, Impressed

Behold the sign.
The truth is near.
All things forgiven.
The End is here.
I count the comets… one by one.
A mere glance into the Sun.
The circle of time.
The lessons of life.
Rainy days flooding in my head.
Soaking down, floating up the dead.
Off we go… one by one.
A single chance.
All is done.
The circle of time.
The lessons…
The lessons of life.
Bye Bye Paradise.
I never looked into your eyes.
I should’ve tried.
I lived all my lies.
Lost my ways… one by one.
It was so damn easy.
I had so much fun.
The circle of time.
The lessons of life.
I’m…
I’m so impressed.
I’m…
Impressed.
I’m so…
I’m so impressed.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed on October 31, 1995.)

12. Someone

Everybody wants to be someone.
We all need to be someone.
The day has come for you to run.
Everybody wants to have some fun.
We all need a little fun.
You’ve been looking out, near the Sun, for that special one.
Everybody wants to feel love.
We all need to be loved.
You’ve been running after the wrong one.
‘Cause I’m your someone.
Let me hold you near my heart.
Let me give you what you have lost.
I’ll be there by your side, all the time, when you are mine… when you are mine.
Everybody wants something to be done.
We all want something to be done.
You’ve been feeling around… yea… for that different one.
Everybody needs the Gift from above.
We all want Them to give us love.
All this time…
Who was lost?
And…
Who is one?
Everybody has to learn (to let) someone.
We all have to learn to love someone.
You and I… we were burned… out… near the Sun.
Let me hold you near my heart.
Let me give you what you have lost.
I’ll be there by your side, all the time, when you are mine… all the time, when you are mine… all the time, when you are mine.
That’s it.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed in 1997.)

13. Prisoner Of Love

Touch me now.
Touch me here.
Give me everything.
Teach me how.
Tell me.
Dear, it’s a simple thing.
Tease me now.
Oh, tease me forever this way.
Tempt me.
Taste me.
All the dreams we’ve played…
Turn me ’round.
Track me down.
Have me every day.
Test my will.
Take the pill.
I’ll do all you say.
Prisoner of love.
Prisoner of love.
Take my will.
Testify!
We can live again.
Tuck me in so tenderly.
This can’t be the End.
Tell me when.
Temptations are more than I need.
Tear my heart.
Intoxication is all I bleed.
Tend to care…
Two to share…
I’ll hand you everything.
Trick or treat?
Tock…
Tick…
It’s a simple thing.
Prisoner of love.
Prisoner of love.
Prisoner of love.
Prisoner of love.
Prisoner of love.

Bryan Breaux

(Written and Composed in May, 2016.)

©2016 Bryan Breaux

The Best Of Five

The Best Of Five” – Bryan Breaux

(To be released October 4, 2016)

1. Blistered Face (4:30)

2. Come On With Me (3:03)

3. Paradise (3:23)

4. Lovely Girl (3:31)

5. Love (3:42)

6. Hands Of A Better Man (2:58)

7. Cougarville (2:39)

8. A Break (3:33)

9. Some Kind Of Love (3:28)

10. Dreaming (3:17)

11. Hate (3:23)

12. Your Fool (5:08)

13. Throne And Crown (5:25)

14. Dream Of You (3:21)

15. Get Off My Back (2:33)

16. Lost In Love (3:05)

17. I Owe Nothing (3:12)

18.  Girl, I Love You (2:59)

19. Spread Your Love (2:25)

20. You Are My Fantasy (3:56)


All Songs Written, Composed, Recorded and Produced by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I. except,

Cougarville” Written by Spencer Geibenrath / B.M.I., Bryan Breaux / B.M I. and Composed, Recorded and Produced by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I.,

Throne And Crown” Written by Jeff Inman / B.M.I., Bryan Breaux / B.M.I. and Composed, Recorded and Produced by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I..

The Adobe Sessions” – Bryan Breaux (2014) 
Tracks 1,2,3,4.

The Lake Sessions” – Bryan Breaux (2015) 
Tracks. 5,6,7,8.

The Campfire Sessions” – Bryan Breaux (2015) 
Tracks 9,10,11,12.

The Windy Sessions” – Bryan Breaux (2016) 
Tracks 13,14,15,16.

The Sealed Sessions” – Bryan Breaux (2016) 
Tracks 17,18,19,20.

Recorded and Mixed at:

Lake Cottage Studio, Volente, Texas,

Castle Studio, Spicewood, Texas,

Bill’s Trailer, Lakeway, Texas,

Hurst Creek Studio, Lakeway, Texas,

From March 2014 to August 2016.

©2016 Bryan Breaux




The Piano Sessions Volume I

” The Piano Sessions Volume I ”

 – Bryan Breaux

  1. Only Time Will Tell (2:18)

  2. Missing You (3:48)

  3. Smile For Me (2:26)

  4. Forbidden Love (3:06)

  5. Know Peace (2:13)

  6. Loyalty (7:07)

  7. Coming Home (2:40)

  8. Mourning Dew (2:43)

  9. Ocean Fields (3:34)

  10. Reunion (4:31)

  11. Seduction (3:46)

  12. Begin Again (4:57)

  13. Why I Believe (7:00)

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All Songs Composed and Performed by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I..

Recorded and Produced by Bryan Breaux at Hurst Creek Studio in Lakeway, Texas.

Copyright 2016.
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“The Piano Sessions Volume I” is the first collection of piano music that I have composed, recorded and released throughout the years.

People usually know me as being a drummer. However, most people do not know that the piano is my favorite musical instrument. This means that most have never even heard me play a piano. Well, this all changes now.

Recently, I was fortunate enough, or lucky enough, to have purchased a beautiful antique 6.5′ baby grand piano… W. W. Kimball, Chicago, 1924.

It is a 92 year old beautiful piano made from Mahogony and Ebony wood, Brass and caste Bronze with real Ivory keys.

I used four different microphones to record the piano… three on top… one underneath. 

Having all of these microphones was the best way to capture the essence of the piano.

Having the four different microphones allowed a true recording or a true aural representation of the piano.

I spent a good two weeks,taking my time, to record all the songs.

I usually recorded two to three tunes a day.

“Only Time Will Tell” is the first song. I named it by using those four letter words. LOL. Actually, this is really just a chordal progression that I play through using blocked chords and arpeggios… a kind of improvisation… with no actual melody.

“Missing You” is the next tune. This is a chordal progression and melody that I composed many years ago… back in 1990.  The flowing left hand arpeggios support the simple beautiful melody. Just as I do with most of my piano tunes, I play it over and over… like a round… each time, playing something slightly different.

“Smile For Me” is the third song of the album. This is a short tune that was composed in 2008. It is also a chordal progression that has no written melody. This makes it an improvisational tune.

“Forbidden Love” is next. This tune was originally composed in 2008. The sequential descending melody is beautiful. Surprisingly, this tune can be viewed as having a musical form the same as 12 Bar Blues. I find this funny. I never intended for this to happen. I only noticed the form much later. 

“Know Peace” is the fifth song of the album. This tune is named with a play on words. I initially composed this chordal progression and melody on August 11, 1990 in a banquet hall at a luxury hotel in Carmel, CA.. Of course, it is a dusty, but a beauty.

“Loyalty” is the sixth song. I composed this chordal progression and melody earlier this year, 2016. This also happens to be the longest song of the album at 7:07! If there is ever a rule about how long a song should be or how many times one should play through the same chordal progression over and over… well screw it and the rules. Just look at Pachebel’s ‘Canon in D’! When I was recording this one, I guess that I just did not want the song to end. I just kept going and going… just like a run on sentence. I hope that it is not too much. I hope you all enjoy. I sure did!

“Coming Home” is the seventh tune. I composed this chordal progression this year, 2016. This tune is another one without an actual melody. This actually can be more enjoyable than when a song has a written melody. It allows more freedom for the pianist. It forces one to embellish and improvise on the spot. I kept it short and sweet. I am not too sure on how and why this one does not come to a cadential ending. Honestly, this is a ‘pet peeve’of mine! I want the music to always “bring me back home”… so to speak. Well, even I can go against myself.

“Mourning Dew” is the eighth song. It also has a title that is a play on words. I composed this chordal progression and melody on August 16, 2008. The melody is very catchy and very memorable. 

“Ocean Fields” is the ninth song… and the most haunting one of the album. I composed this chordal progression and melody in 1990. I do not recall where the title came from. The second phrase of the melody has the minor/Major 9th chord that just makes one cringe. After six of the melodic phrases, it has to go elsewhere… the Major harmonic lift pushes it there. I love the simplicity of this tune. Less is more. Art is simple.

“Reunion” comes next at the tenth song. Of all my piano compositions, this one truely stands out. I originally composed the chordal progression of this song on June 1, 1990 by playing a game of naming all of the chords that have a F#. I then picked out the eight chords that make up the progression and placed them in their order. The melody came next by using the chordal tones. The interlude takes us all elsewhere with the minor and diminshed arpeggios. Back in 1991, I even took the time to arrange this tune for three marimbas and also performed it once at the Univ. of North Texas’ College of Music. Honestly, I can say that this may be one of my favorites. 

“Seduction” is the next tune. I composed this chordal progression and melody on June 17, 1990. The Summer of 1990 was a very productive and creative season for me musically. I was finished with my Freshman year studying Music Theory at the Univ. of North Texas’ College of Music. I spent a little time back home in Groves with my family. However, most of that Summer, I was in New Mexico, Arizona and California. The South-West must have made an impression on me.

“Begin Again” is the twelth tune. This was composed on February 27, 2008. It has a ‘Jazz-like’ chordal progression. The melody becomes one that you can not forget… very catchy… singable. This kind of melody is the best. Just when you think the song is over, I fool us all and keep it going.

“Why I Believe” is the thirteenth and final song of the album. This also happens to be the most recent composition of the album. I composed this tune on the 92 year old beauty in early September 2016. I guess I also was having too much fun playing this song during the recording process. It just goes on and on… for exactly 7 minutes. I felt that this was a great closure for “The Piano Sessions Volume I”.

Looking back, I could have arranged all of the songs by alphabetical order or by shortest to longest. In the end, I chose to start at the musical note D, which sits in “the dog house”…between the two black keys… in the middle of the album cover art. I then traveled the chromatic scale… ascending… song by song… lifting!

I forgot to mention that the cover art photo is a photograph I snapped of an old beat up, worn down piano that I ran into in some restaurant out Westward… I believe that it may have been in Alpine, TX or San Angelo, TX. I do not remember. But… No. This is NOT the piano that I used to record the album. Ha ha.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to my music.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog.

I hope that you all enjoy!

I am a musician… a clear channel… a conduit… I have no idea where the music comes from… I have no idea what kind of music it is… I just create… I let it flow through me… I gift it to you all just as it was gifted to me… no pretense… no gimmicks… no bullshit.

Just a piano and me.

Peace and love,

Bryan Breaux

The Sealed Sessions

1. Roll Away Your Stone (3:40)

2. I Owe Nothing (3:11)

3. Girl, I Love You (3:00)

4. Spread Your Love (2:25)

5. The Love Of Mine (3:02)

6. You Are My Fantasy (3:56)

7. I’ll Love You (3:26)

8. Stone Cold (4:41)

9. I Told You So (3:10)

10. Far Too Long (4:03)

11.  Texas Bound (3:30)

12.  Bloody Land (3:17)

13. Living Life (3:44)

Copyright 2016 Bryan Breaux
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“The Sealed Sessions” – Bryan Breaux

NOTES
‘The Sealed Sessions’ is the fifth full length LP (Long Play) release that I have accomplished in the last three years.

This is a collection of songs that has each fallen into their own Time’.

As a musician, each living day is an exploration… an outpouring of sound… a constant creation… pushing here… pulling there… all for the gratification… wether it is desire or addiction.

The cover art of ‘The Sealed Sessions’ is a photograph I took a few years ago. It is a macro shot of a wooden fence gate’s latch and lock. The colors of the green paint and the brown latch and lock give the image even more impact. This is in the courtyard behind Seally Flatts in San Angelo, Texas. Unfortunately, Seally Flatts closed down this past year.

The album begins with a low volume reversed guitar that then falls into a old radio guitar sound. This lifts a reversed distorted electric guitar E chord that lands on a brass Egyptian finger cymbal (0:33 ) and a clean acoustic guitar chordal progression. This slowly builds and builds… just like a marching band in a parade increasing in volume of sound as the band gets closer and closer. An electric guitar with a few added effects then sings the melody. A kick drum lays down the beat. A synth pad fills in the bottom even more. This leads to the first vocals. (1:36)  I used an overdriven antique Voice of Music microphone to get the unique vocal quality. The first sentence of the album drops the ‘F-bomb’. This is rather funny since this one word is the one and only curse word that sits on the album just as it sits in the famous list of seven… a ‘la George Carlin. This opens a whole can of worms… just lift your head and look around… something is going on! It is only fitting that this tune is being released now… considering that I wrote and composed it back in 1994. One last item… am I only  dropping ‘F-bombs’?.. No… just by chance… although everything happens for it’s reason… the Transient Wave file image also resembles a flying bomb… believe me, this was not an intention… I am just a clear channel… who knows? Maybe, someone dropped a bomb on me!

The next tune of the album is titled “I Owe Nothing”. This tune was written and composed recently in early 2016. I really think this tune has a power that sings like an anthem… an anti-love anthem! Maybe, this is a response to all that have asked me why my songs always contain the subject of ‘love’. I ask… what else is there? Of course, with a ‘double entendrae’, this could be viewed differently. The stereo toms (0:05) rattle your head back and forth… the whispy vocals are once again the product of the antique 1950’s Voice of Music microphone that I have had since I purchased it back in the early 1990’s. A very pop rock drum beat with a heavy distorted electric bass guitar carry the bottom. The acoustic guitars and floating electric guitars give it all life. The xylophone was then added bringing the song to a close. After I finished recording this song, I thought that it showed a unique facet of my music … a heavier and darker sound… this is what forced my decision to get it out to the masses. This song is the first single off this new album.

“Girl, I Love You” follows with it’s whimsical energy. This song was created on a whim… bringing the old school Rock-N-Roll 12-bar Blues in A Major back to life. The lyrics came much later… the musical bed had been created and was on the backshelf. I dusted it off and then laid down the poetic simplicity… the vocals. I love the room sound of the Castle.  A large space maybe 60′ x 60′ on the third floor with wooden floors and 20′ vaulted ceiling. This is what brings that sound of the drum tracks on this album and also a few on ‘The Windy Sessions’. The handclaps also have that sound. The dry guitar sounds are all very tight sounding because the amp was shrouded and also in a closet. The left plays a 3:2 clave rhythm pattern. The right counters with a 2:3. If you hear a ‘Meow’ once or twice… yes… that is ‘Tux’ our cool male cat that survived two rattlesnake bites only to venture off into the wild, dark night, only, to never return… damn coyotes. Karissa and I miss him. I am surprised at how many positive responses this tune delivers to others. The tambourine and baby grand piano were the last two tracks to be added into the mix.

“Spread Your Love” comes in next as the fourth song of the album. This is a newly written and composed tune. Like many of my other songs, this one kicks off and gets going right away. The great Castle drum sound lays down a foundation for the acoustic and electric guitars. I really like the dry distorted electric guitar that is panned hard right. An electric bass guitar fills the bottom. The vocal tracks are one very dry and up front, one wet with effects in the background and finally one laying down the harmony. The one lyric line that seems to sum it all up is the opening of the second verse.

“Bring Sunshine on my face… bring Joy with Grace… I need a little love right here in my space.”

“The Love Of Mine” follows with an ‘old school’ sound. A 3 clave rhythm with the drums is the backbone. An upright piano that is slightly detuned flows with chordal arpeggios. An acoustic guitar strums hard right. An electric guitar strums hard left. The electric bass fills it up. Finally, the lead vocals have a very unique wet sound from the tiled floor and stucco walled small room that I was in when I recorded the vocals. The two background vocal tracks add the final touch.

“You Are My Fantasy” kicks off next with a very nice pop rock groove on the drums. The electric guitar circles around your head. The funky electric bass flows with the drum beat. The acoustic guitar also strums with the kick drum. The electric guitar solos are all one take wonders… one matching the vocal melody… the other one brings a harmony. A bass synth pad was added to give the tune more botton. Another string-like synth pad was also added to thicken up the sound a wee bit more. The vocals are two seperate tracks. The left panned vocal was recorded on the antique microphone. The right panned vocal was recorded on a modern condenser vocal microphone. The two different sounds compliment each other. This is also one of the newest songs that I have written and composed. 

“I’ll Love You” comes in next and also happens to be and older tune that I brought back from the dusty shelf. The acoustic guitar lays down a foundation. The drums were recorded in one take in the large room at the Castle. The electric guitars were then added… one clean to the right and one heavily distorted to the left. The electric bass brings in the big bottom. The vocal tracks are two seperate takes blended together on top of one another for that ‘double’ effect. Finally, I added one more harmony vocal track to complete this song. 

“Stone Cold” is the eighth tune on the album. This is an interesting story. I actually wrote, composed and recorded this tune twenty five years ago. Yes. That is a twenty year old Bryan. It was recorded on a cassette tape four-track Tascam recorder in a dorm room of Bruce Hall at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. I pulled this tune off of the shelf and mixed it to the best of my ability to bring it back to life. I even added a little backwards masking here and there to make it a little more interesting. I used a Roland U-20 electric keyboard for the electric piano and synth pad sounds. The vocals were recorded with a standard Shure SM58. If you listen closely at the end of the song you might hear me rattling my ring of keys for a little percussion. Also, what you hear is what you get… this was the analog years… no cut and paste… no auto tuning… no gimmicks! I want to thank Marc Harris and Mike Grobstein for letting me use their musical gear to make this recording. It truly is freaking wild… twenty five years ago!

The ninth song is “I Told You So”. I wrote and composed this song back in the 1990’s and revived it from my songbooks. The swinging drums were also recorded in the Castle. The acoustic guitar came next. I then added the electric bass guitar. The electric guitars were all added next. One strumming along with the acoustic. One dry and distorted then panned hard right. The third is the Country-like melodic soloing guitar. The lead vocals are one track with a double effect. A harmony vocal was the final track that I recorded. 

“Far Too Long” is the tenth tune of the album. I wrote and composed this one back in the early ’90s. I had only recorded a demo and never actually brought the tune to full life in a recording. There are two acoustic guitar tracks. The left panned one is playing chordal arpeggios. The right panned one is strumming the chords. There is an electric organ padding the chords. I also laid down a track of synth bass to thicken it up even more. There is also a track of my baby grand piano striking the chords on the down beats. A crescending crash cymbal is also in the mix. A distorted electric guitar can also be heard. The vocal track was then recorded. You can also hear a delayed vocal track repeating the lyric “Long”. I am very happy with the final mix of this recording. 

“Texas Bound” is next! I wrote this song many years ago. The words came first… and they were actually “written” while I was driving on I-10 heading West leaving Louisiana. My family traces back to NOLA when Pierre Fondrin Breaux, my Great.(x 10) Grandfather landed there in the 1630’s.  The song is rather quirky. There are two acoustic guitar tracks strumming the chords. The lead guitar track plays the ‘Country’ style solos. I also laid down a full sounding electric bass. There is also a one take wonder baby grand piano track throughout the entire song. A dampened electric bass track fills up the bottom. The Swing beat drives the song. A slightly distorted electric guitar plays a solo here and there. The vocal track sits on top of this all. This tune truly shows how versatile I am as a musician… drummer, guitarist, bassist, pianist and singer. I love playing all of these musical instruments. By the way, I have no intention of dissing NOLA in the lyrics. You see, my French-Acadian “Coon-Ass” Father was the first in nine generations to head West leaving behind Louisiana to start a new life with a beautiful fair Aztec – Spanish lady… my Mother. Maybe this could be the song’s true inspiration.

“Bloody Land” is the song that follows. This is an example of “Less is More”… “Art is Simple”. I recorded this song in one take… sitting down with an acoustic guitar in front of two microphones. I left it as is. Nothing else was needed. Written and composed way back in the William Jefferson Clinton years… this may be my stab at a political song… a rebel song.  (I think of U2…”..this song is not a rebel song”.) In contrast, this song IS a rebel song. An anthem for the “Times” we are living in. Many of you know me personally, and those that do know where I stand politcally. Let me just say that I lost hope and faith in this bloody land on April 19, 1993! Remember Goliad! Remember the Alamo! Remember Waco!

“Living Life” is the thirteenth and final song of ‘The Sealed Sessions’. This started with the rocking guitar riff. Slowly, I built it up by recording three electric guitar tracks, an electric bass guitar track, and two tracks of stereo drums. The lead vocal was then recorded. If you listen closely, you may also hear the high harmony vocal track that is intentionally buried in the mix. The lyrics are pretty heavy. Considering what we are all witnessing today in our World, this is my personal reflection. We all chose to be here at this time to all witness THIS, the “last act of the play”. The closing line says it all…

“I’m here to see “The End”.”

I hope you have enjoyed reading these short notes.

I want to thank you for taking precious time away from your life by looking this way to see and  hear “The Sealed Sessions”.

In Lak’ech. 

(I am another yourself-Mayan)

Sincerely, 

Bryan

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LYRICS

“Roll Away Your Stone”

Won’t you come to “The Fucked Up Hour!”

We’re all Standing in a row

Waiting for our turn to take a “Go!”

You got nothing to do

You got nothing to lose

So, come, roll away your stone 

Well, someone left a description

Somewhere in the instructions

Read and learn all before you drop

You got nothing to lose

You got nothing to choose

So, come, roll away your stone 

You’ve been cruising for a bruising

Yea, there’s nothing that your losing

You’ve got the whole World right to your throne

And I’ve got nothing to lose

I got nothing to do

So, I come to roll away your stone.

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“I Owe Nothing”

I’ve been running the halls

I’ve been climbing the walls

I’ve been losing it all over you

I’ve been itching so long

I’m still stitching my soul

Back together again ’cause of you

And I owe nothing at all to you

I’m so tired of faking it with you

I’ve been crawling uphill

I’ve been drawing to fill

The tub with all the tears

And I owe nothing at all to you

Yea, I know I’m sick and tired of feeling blue

I’ve been losing my cool

I’m not being a fool

This time, I know what to do

And I owe nothing at all to you

Yea, I know for a fact, it’s true

I’m hanging up this phone

I’m fine here all alone

And I know, I know, yes, I know

I’ll see you in another song

I’m hanging up this phone

I’m fine here all alone

And I know, I know, yes, I know

I’ll sing this story in another song.

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“Girl, I Love You”

I see you

Indeed I do

Girl, I see you

Yes, I do

I don’t know why

But, it’s true

I love you

Yes, I do

Girl, I love you

Indeed I do

I don’t know why

But, it’s true

I want you

Indeed I do

Girl, I want you

Yes, it’s true

I don’t know why

But, I do

I love you

Yes, I do

Girl, I love you

Indeed I do

I don’t know why

But, it’s true

I crave you

Yes, I do

Girl, I crave you

Indeed I do

I don’t know why

But, it’s true

I love you 

Yes, it’s true

Girl, I Love you

Indeed I do

I don’t know why

But, I do

I need you

Yes, it’s true

Girl, I need you

Indeed I do

I don’t know why

But, I do

I love you 

Yes, I do

Girl, I Love you

Indeed I do

I don’t know why

But, It’s  true

I gotta have

Gotta gotta have you

I gotta have

Gotta gotta have you

I do

Indeed I do

I don’t know why 

But, it’s true

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“Spread Your Love”

All my life I’ve needed one thing

One thing is all I need from you today

And this love-thing is all I need

Love is all… Four letters… Please

Spread your love all over me

Spread your love all over me

Oh Babe

Bring Sunshine on my face

Bring Joy with Grace

I need a little love right here in my space

Bring your love all over me

Spread your love all over me

Won’t you please

Spread love all over me

Come on, Darling, can’t you see

I need you… really need

I’m still kneeling on my knees

Spread your love all over me

Spread your love all over me

Please

Love all over me

Love all over me

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“The Love Of Mine”

I give it all, give it all, give it all that I can

Hold on tight, hold on tight, hold it all in my hands

And I put up a fight

And it takes all of my might

And I don’t know why

But, I sit here and I cry

For the love

The love of mine

I give it up, give it up, give it up for the fall

I give it all, give it all, ’cause that’s my call

And here tonight

I just might see a light

And I don’t know why

But, I sit here and I cry

For the love

The love of mine

I live it up, live it up, ’cause life is a ball

I live for love, live for love, ’cause that’s my call

And I hold on tight

‘Cause I know it’s right

And I don’t know why

That I sit here and I cry

For the love

The love of mine

I live it up, live it up, ’cause life is the bomb

I live for love, live for love, and that is all

And I hold on tight

‘Cause I know it’s right

I sure know why

That I sit here and I cry

For the love

The love of mine.

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“You Are My Fantasy”

Every time I need some loving

You’re always there for me

And when I stop believing

You’re the one that makes me see

You’re all I need

You’re all I dream

You’re so sexy

You bring me ecstacy

Every day I forget to live

You’re there to make me breathe

Every night I lose my way

You’re there to guide me

You’re more than enough

You’re never too tough

You’re the gift from above

You’re all I truly love

You are my fantasy

Every word I forget to say

You’re the voice that whispers to me

Every dream I give up to live

You’re the strength that lifts me

You’re so lovely

You’re so Godly

You’re the intimacy

You’re all a dream to me

Every turn I fail to take

You’re the role that plays for me

Every chance I miss to create

You’re there recreating the dreams

You’re the song that sings

You’re my everything

You’re the World to me

You’re all I could ever dream

You are my fantasy.

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016) 

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“I’ll Love You”

I loved you in the morning

I loved you in the evening

Then you let me hold you

All night long 

It wasn’t too long ago

When we were happy 

And never sad

There is one thing 

I miss the most

It’s the love we once had

The love we use to share

I loved you in the morning

I’ll love you when the evening comes

Just let me hold you

One more time

It isn’t too far away

Where the flowers bloom

In the sunshine

This is where I dream of you

Only wishing

You would be mine

Could you be… be mine

I’ll love you in the morning

I’ll love you when the evening comes

Just let me hold you

Once more

Don’t make me believe it’s true

And let me fall for you

I just need a hint or clue

To understand what to do

I’ll love you in the morning

I’ll love you when the evening comes

Just let me hold you

One more time

I’ll love you ’til the morning dawn

I’ll love you after evening dusk

Just let my heart try

To love you

One more…

One more…

Time.

– Bryan Breaux (B.M.I. Copyright 2016)

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“Stone Cold”

The dreams in her mind are gone

The fear of being all alone

Has got a grip on her soul

This is her rush of feeling stone cold

The love in her heart is lost

The tears of being crushed

Have torn a hole into her soul

This is her trip of being stone cold

Can you feel these depths of pain

Though the hope still remains

Stone cold has stole her soul

Will you ever feel the warmth again

To see just where you’ve been

No, stone cold has stolen her soul

– Bryan Breaux (B.M.I. Copyright 2016)

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“I Told You So”

Sell my soul to reach my goal

I’m not afraid to Rock-N-Roll with you

Cut the rope and learn to cope

I’m not scared to dance alone with you

Hear what you want to hear

See what you can

Fear what you want to fear

And be a bigger man

You’re learning

Tell me so I gotta go

The beast is eating out my soul for you

Words you forgot to thank me not

The time has come to Rock-N-Roll with me

Feel what you want to feel

Taste what you can

Heal what you want to heal

And be a stronger man

Ahh… You’re learning

It’s too damn tough

I told you so

It’s lots of luck

I told you so

It’s too damn hard

I told you so

So, don’t you start

I told you no

Sell my soul to reach my goal

I’m not afraid to Rock-N-Roll with you

Sell some dope to find some hope

You’re not scared to dance alone with me

Hear what you want to hear

See what you can

Heal what you want to heal

I’ll be a stronger man

I’m learning

It’s too damn tough

I told you so

It’s lots of luck

I told you so

It’s too damn hard

I told you so

So, don’t you start

I told you no

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“Far Too Long”

My heart is a demon

My mind is screaming

Don’t you know

I’ve been mistaken

Far too long

My soul is dieing

My World is frightening

Don’t you know

I’ve been mistaken (mistreated)

Far too long

Time and time 

You killed my chance

Yea

Don’t you know

My life was in your hands

Yea

Holding me

Far too long

The “Time” has come

All the dreams are one

Don’t you know

I’ve been wanting

Far too long

The deeds will be done

All the wars will be won

Don’t you know

I’ve been wishing

Far too long

Time and time 

You killed my chance

Yea

Don’t you know

My life was in your hands

Yea

Holding me

Time and time 

You killed my stance

Yea

Don’t you know

My life was in your hands

Yea

Holding me

Far too long

– Bryan Breaux (B.M.I. Copyright 2016)

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“Texas Bound”

Life in New Orleans

Ain’t what it always seems

It’s a fine time to visit

But I sure don’t want to live it

‘Cause the Quarter’s got the music

You’re sure to leave with the Blues.

Forget this place

I’m Texas bound

‘Cause the Lone Star state

Is big and really great

It’s a wild place to stay

I wouldn’t have it any other way

‘Cause I’m Texas bound

Every time I look around

I see the wide open space

I’m Texas bound

‘Cause when I’m back in Texas

I’m alone with you

I can’t wait

To get back to Texas

‘Cause when I’m back in Texas

I’ll begin to lose my blues

Yea baby

I’m at home with you

Life without you

Is hard enough to do

You’re a wild wild lady

And you always drive me crazy

Well you’ve got the tune

That makes me a loon’

I’ve got to leave this New Orleans soon

‘Cause when I’m back in Texas

I’m alone with you

I can’t wait

To get back to Texas

‘Cause when we’re in Texas

We begin to cut it loose

Yea baby

I’m at home with you

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“Bloody Land”

One more time today

I guess you could say

I’ve been a fool for you

And you’ve been lieing to

Protect yourself

From all the pain

Just another lie

Broken alibis

You’re a wicked man

You’ll do all you can

To knock me down

And steal all I’ve gained

The day will come

All your harm will call me home

To die for my Forefathers

To save their Sons

If you read the news

I know you’ll never choose

It’s a crying shame

You’re losing this game

The new World

Is a burning flame

My life’s not in your hands

I’m a better man

I’m here to take a stand 

In this bloody land

The “Day” has come

All the harm has called me home

To die for my Forefather

To save his Son

My life’s not in your hands

I’m a bigger man

I’m here to take a stand 

In this bloody land.

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)

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“Living Life”

I’ve been down

I was dead

I’ve heard the lies all in my head

I’ve been wrong

…and mislead

I’ve been mislabeled with all that’s been said

I was lost

I was gone

I’ve been turned around for too long

I was sinning

I understand

I was holding the Devil’s right hand

I gave it all 

Gave it all for sin

Now, I’m living my life again

Live it up

Live it up again

I’m here to witness “The End”

I’m alive

I can breathe

I can feel my heartbeat

I’m reborn

Born again

I’m feeling better than I’ve ever been

I’m a child

I’m a man

Baby, yes, I’m all that I am

I can see

And I believe

I’m dreaming love like I’ve never dreamed

Give it all

Give it all again

I’m living life again

Live it up

Live it up again

I’m here to see “The End”.

– Bryan Breaux (BMI Copyright 2016)
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CREDITS

 1. “Roll Away Your Stone”

( B. Breaux / B.M.I. )

    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass drum, finger cymbal, electric synthesizer keyboard

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 2. “I Owe Nothing”

    ( B. Breaux / B.M.I. )

    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, xylophone, electric synthesizer keyboard, drums, cymbals

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 3. “Girl, I Love You”

    ( B. Breaux / B.M.I. )

    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, acoustic baby grand piano, hand claps, tambourine, drums, cymbals

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 4. “Spread Your Love”

    ( B. Breaux / B.M.I. )

    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, drums, cymbals

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 5. “The Love Of Mine”

    ( B. Breaux / B.M.I. )

    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, acoustic upright piano, drums, cymbals

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 6. “You Are My Fantasy”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, electric synthesizer keyboard, drums, cymbals

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 7. “I’ll Love You”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, drums, cymbals

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 8. “Stone Cold”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, electric piano, electric synthesizer keyboard, keys

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 9. “I Told You So”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, drums, cymbals

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10. “Far Too Long”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric bass guitar, acoustic baby grand piano, electric organ, electric synthesizer keyboard

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11. “Texas Bound”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, acoustic baby grand piano, drums, cymbals

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12. “Bloody Land”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar

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13. “Living Life”

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    Bryan Breaux – vocals, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, drums, cymbals
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Produced and Recorded by Bryan Breaux at: 

Castle Studio, Spicewood, TX

Bill’s Trailer, Lakeway, TX

Hurst Creek Studio, Lakeway, TX

Bruce Hall, University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

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Mixed by Bryan Breaux at Hurst Creek Studio, Lakeway, TX

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Cover Art Photography by Bryan Breaux at Seally Flatts, San Angelo, Texas.

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Copyright and Published 2016 Bryan Breaux / B.M.I.

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“The Sealed Sessions” is literaly the result of a “one-man-show”…  but there are others that I wish to thank.

Special Thanks to: My Parents and Family, Karissa Reine, Tony Walsh, Matt Telfer, Kelly Herron, Ryan Holley, The Musicians Woodshed, Bill Lindeman, Paul Wolfshohl, Marc Harris, Michael Grobstein, Seally Flatts, Danny Lucas, David Hamilton.

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Thanks to: Blue, Samson, Shure, Voice of Music, Tama, Paiste, Drum Workshop, Remo, Vic Firth, Latin Percussion, Fender, Ibanez, D’Addario, Martin, Dunlop, Digitech, Roland, Kimball, Baldwin, Yamaha, Hammond, Korg, Windows, Acer, Seagate, LG, Skull, AKG, M-Audio, Mackie, Behringer, Rean, Pitch Lab, Mobile Metronome. 

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Spotify Playlist

The Adobe Sessions (2014)


The Lake Sessions (2015)image


The Campfire Sessions (2015)image


The Windy Sessions (2016)image


The Sealed Sessions (2016)


The Piano Sessions Volume I (2016)

Here is the playlist of Bryan Breaux‘s Discography for all the Spotify users.

Viva la Musica!

Vive la Musica!
by Bryan Breaux

The harpsichord is a musical instrument that is played by using a keyboard. When one of the keys is pressed, a plectrum is engaged and a string is plucked. Unfortunately, this instrument has only one dynamic with one distinct sound. This seemed to irritate one particular gentleman.

An Italian gentleman, Bartolomeo Cristofori, wanted something more than the harpischord. In the year 1700, Signore Cristofori invented a new instrument that would change and revolutionize music forever. He named this new instrument pianoforte.

The original pianoforte only consisted of 4 and one half octaves. The piano that we know today consists of 7 and one third octaves. 52 white natural keys, 36 black flat / sharp keys, completing a grand total of 88 keys.

This new musical instrument, the pianoforte, revolutionized everything about musical instruments. This was the first instrument that could be played with more than one dynamic, soft /medium / loud ( piano, mezzopiano, mezzoforte, forte ). It also replaced the plectrum with a hammer. The push of one of the keys of the keyboard would mechanically push a felted hammer that would then strike the string. However hard or soft the key was pushed would determine how hard or soft the hammer would strike the string.

Music would never be the same.

Bartolomeo Cristofori would go down in history as the man that changed the World of Music forever.

From 1700 to the mid 1980s, almost three centuries, the pianoforte, or the piano as we have now named it, would reign as King.

Long live the King.

No!

” What are you going to do with your life?”

” I wanna rock!”

” I want my MTV.”

Once again, Music had now changed.

Ever since the 1980s, the guitar has reigned as the King.

Unfortunately, this could be detrimental to music and music notation. For 280 years, the Grand Staff ruled as the leader of music notation. Now, after guitar virtuosos such as Les Paul, Eddie Van Halen, etc., the new leader of music notation is Tablature.

Problem!

“Warning Will Robinson. Danger!”

The only Musicians that read tablature are guitarist, bassist and other string players that use this music notation over the traditional Grand Staff.

All other musicians read Grand Staff, Treble Clef / G Clef, Bass Clef / F Clef and the variations of such as the movable C Clef.

This is a sad fact.

The modern guitarist / musician that only reads Tablature has painted themselves into a corner, so to speak.

Therefore, this is my argument.

I fear that the education of music notation, the Grand Staff, may be jeopardized.

This is the one reason why all musicians that have any formal training or education must, and should, do all they can to preserve the treasures and the traditions.

Teach!

Preach!

Do all that you can to ensure that the musicians of today and tomorrow never forget Signore Cristofori’s pianoforte and the Grand Staff of music notation.

The Windy Sessions

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1. Southern Wind

2. Throne And Crown

3. Dream Of You

4. Grow

5. Venus Danced

6. Help Us Both Live

7. I Need Your Hope

8. Stoned

9.  Love For You

10. I Can’t Live With You

11. Get Off My Back

12. Lost In Love

13. It’s Too Wild

14. Devil

15. Last Night

Copyright 2016 Bryan Breaux
“The Windy Sessions” – Bryan Breaux
“Southern Wind” is the first and title track of this album.  This tune began late one night / early morning as I sat at the upright piano at the Lake Cottage. All of the windows were open as I enjoyed the August wind flowing through the cottage. I pushed record on a small digital recorder and improvised this piano track. Months later, I cut this piano track up into three tracks dividing it by three different frequencies giving it the simulated stereo sound. I then added an acoustic guitar track that strummed the chordal progression. Finally, I recorded the mandolin that placed a counter melody to compliment the piano’s melody. You can hear the sound of the Texas Cicadias ebbing in the background of the piano tracks. This is one of my duets with other Texas natives. I felt that this instrumental tune was a great way to set the mood for this album.

“Throne And Crown” is the second song. A year or more before this recording, I came up with the rhythm guitar riff and sat on it. I finally put it to use when I sat down at the Castle Studio and started writing the lyrics with a friend, and fellow musician named Jeff Inman. Jeff came up with the first and second line of the chorus. This was the hook that also became the title. I first recorded an acoustic guitar track strumming the chords. Next, I recorded a kick drum track that followed with a snare drum track. I then laid down the rhythm riff on an acoustic guitar. I doubled that riff with a clean electric guitar. The electric bass guitar followed. I then recorded the lead vocal track. An electric rhythm guitar was added. Next, I added a distorted electric guitar that is panned left. I added another distorted electric guitar and panned it right. I wanted the melody of the riff to be a bit stronger. I chose a toy piano to accomplish this task. I added the harmony vocal next. I then decided to add a minute of intro to open the song. A distorted electric guitar played forward and backwards in stereo was the secret. Jeff then laid down the acoustic slide guitar that fills in the first minute of the tune. Finally, I recorded the electric guitar B Mixo-Lydian scale that runs here and there… also forwards and backwards. This closes out a description of all the tracks. I chose this tune as the first released single of the album.
I am happy with the final mix of this song. It shows what a lot of time ( two months ) and patience recording and mixing can truly do to a song. I hope you all enjoy.

“Dream Of You” is the third song. This is also a newly written and composed song. I initially composed the chordal progression on an acoustic guitar and the started recording the tune by laying down an acoustic guitar track. I then recorded the drums onto two tracks in stereo. Next, came the electric bass guitar. The lead vocal track was then recorded. I added an electric guitar playing the chords with bright sounding arpeggios. Next, I laid down the organ track using an old original Baldwin electric organ. The electric guitar solo track followed. Finally, I recorded the harmony vocal track. Like all good songs, when they come, they come fast. The lyrics were written in a hour or so. I love the 6/8 time signature. I also like the way the song just comes out of the gate with the lyrics and all… no time wasted. I hope you all dig this one. Just like the last song, this one is fresh and is a true representation of what my sound is today.

“Grow” is the fourth song. Written and composed many years ago, I decided to revisit it. I first laid down an acoustic guitar track. Next, I recorded another acoustic guitar track to compliment the first. I recorded the drums onto two tracks, live, in stereo. I then laid down a muted electric bass guitar. The lead vocal track followed. Then, four tracks of multi layered electric guitars were added to fill the sound even more. Finally, I recorded the harmony vocal track. This song is very sweet with all the electric guitars. I enjoy hearing them all sing together in the background. Not too long in length, this tune is just right… short and sweet.

“Venus Danced” is the fifth tune of the album. I first recorded the acoustic guitar track that is panned left. Next, I laid down an electric guitar strumming along and panned it right. The electric bass guitar was then tracked. The ride cymbal and side stick rim shot followed. The lead vocal track was then recorded. I added a vibraphone and panned it hard left. Next, I laid down this a keyboard synth bell pad to compliment the vibraphone. I then added an electric guitar track that played the descending harmony and panned it to the right. Another acoustic guitar track that adds even more to the melody was then laid down and panned left. I then recorded, the harmony vocal track. Finally, I added the big open low frequency tuned (F) kick drum to put the icing on the cake. This song was written and composed many years ago. The original demo has always been a favorite of mine. Instead of trying to rerecord the demo, I pulled it out and just started fresh with out refering back to the demo. I hope you enjoy.

“Help Us Both Live” is the sixth tune. This is another ‘oldie’ that was written and composed back in 1995. I started by laying down the first acoustic track that is panned left. I then added another acoustic guitar track that is panned right. The drums were recorded next. An electric bass guitar was added. The vocal track was then recorded. I then added an electric guitar that plays a nice simple note pattern on the left. A keyboard arpeggio was added to the right side. Finally, I recorded the electric guitar solo parts. This all comes together as a real nice song. It has always been a favorite of mine throughout tbe years.

“I Need Your Hope” follows as the seventh song of the album. This is another older tune that I pulled out of the songbooks to bring it to life. First, I recorded the strumming electric guitar that is panned left. I then laid down the vocal track. Next, I added an electric bass guitar onto a track then pulled it out and ran another line into a sub harmonic effect to give us the full two track heavy bottom bass sound. Lx5Finally, I recorded another electric guitar track and panned it right. Four simple tracks… nothing more. I hope… no pun intended… that you all enjoy.

“Stoned” is the eighth tune. This song was another one that came out of the songbooks from years ago. I first laid down an acoustic guitar onto a track. I then recorded the drums live, in stereo, onto two tracks. Next, came an electric bass track. I then laid down the vocal track. I also added two more tracks of harmony vocals. Finally, I added the electric guitar track that solos throughout the entire tune. I really enjoy the swing feel of this tune. It gives the song an “old school” vibe.

“Love For You” is the ninth song of the album. This is also one of the many songs that I wrote and composed in the past. I first recorded the the acoustic guitar track. I added another acoustic guitar track to fill up the sound a little bit more. I then sang the vocal track and recorded it onto a track. Next, came the electric guitar track.
The last track that I laid down was the electric keyboard synth pad sound that added just a tad more to the song. The falsetto vocal track really makes this tune.

“I Can’t Live With You” is the tenth song. This song was written and composed many years ago. I first laid down an acoustic guitar track. I added another track of an acoustic guitar using a capo to compliment the first. A mandolin is also on another track. A muted electric bass was recorded onto a track. Finally, I recorded two tracks of two vocal performances giving this vocals the “doubling” effect. I could have added more instruments but declined to do so. I felt that the simple strumming was enough. Sometimes, less is more.

“Get Off My Back” is the eleventh tune. Written and composed years ago, this one has always been a favorite of mine. First, I recorded an acoustic guitar track. I added another acoustic guitar track. An electric guitar track strumming along was next. An electric bass guitar followed. Wanting to feel a more definitive rhythm, I added the low sounding kick drum. The lead vocal track was then laid down. Finally, I recorded two seperate tracks of an electric guitar soloing and feeding back to add the final touches to this song.

“Lost In Love” is the twelth tune of the album. This is the newest tune of this album to be written, composed and recorded. I first laid down the drums playing the tribal 12/8 groove and fills. Next, I recorded the distorted rhythm electric guitar that is panned left. I then added an electric bass guitar that plays ‘A’ eighth notes for the entire song. I then added a soloing electric guitar with reverb from the large living room of Castle Studio. The vocals are two seperate tracks that were recorded one after another. The simplicity of this tune seems to be perfect.

“It’s Too Wild” is the thirteenth tune. This may be a political song. A revolutionary anthem. I am not sure. I first laid down the acoustic guitar strumming the chordal progression. Next, distorted electric guitar was added to strum the power chords to compliment the other and I panned it left. To thicken it up even more, I added one more acoustic guitar using a capo and it sits centered. An electric bass guitar was then recorded. A tuned open sounding bass drum track was added giving it the Hip-Hop / Rap kick drum sound. I then sang the lead vocal onto a track. Finally, I added a harmony vocal track.

“Devil” is the fourteenth song. It was during the evening of Halloween 2015 when I sat down with an acoustic guitar and pushed record on the machine and recorded this tune in one take, live. The acoustic guitar was laid onto one track. The vocals were recorded onto another track and then went through a “doubling” sound effect. No editing nor any alterations were done. This is the result. I truly believe that if musicians are clear, the source is else where. I am not sure where this one came from… but after the fact… days later… I listened and counted how many times that I played the round of the chordal progression. I was shocked to learn the cold blood chilling fact that the number is 18 (6+6+6)! Even though I have been credited, I didn’t ‘write’ this song!

“Last Night” is the fifthteenth and closing song for this album. I composed the guitar riff jamming with a drum student of mine… Thanks Kane. I then sat on the riff for some time before I finally recorded it onto a track. I then recorded another electric guitar playing the same riff with a different sounding amp setting. I then panned these guitars hard left and right. Next, I recorded the drums live onto two tracks in stereo, once again, capturing the big room sound of Castle Studio. Then, I laid down an electric bass guitar track. I then recorded another electric guitar playing a sustaining two note melodic line which flows left and right throughout the song. The lead vocal track was recorded next. I also added a track of harmony vocals here and there. Finally, one more track for an electric guitar that plays the solos throughout the song and turns into a wha-wha sounding solo towards the end of the tune. The title alone is good enough to make this the last song of “The Windy Sessions”.

Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, bass, piano, toy piano, organ, electric keyboards, drums, cymbals, tambourine.

Jeff Inman – slide acoustic guitar on “Thrown And Crown”.

Recorded at Lake Cottage, Volente, Texas and Castle, Spicewood, TX in 2015 and 2016.

Recorded, Mixed, Produced by Bryan Breaux.

All songs Written and Composed by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I.. except one…
“Throne And Crown” was Written by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I. and Jeff Inman and Composed by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I..

Art Cover Photo by Bryan Breaux.

©2016 Bryan Breaux

The Campfire Sessions

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1. Second Sun

2. Some Kind Of Love

3. Soulmate

4. Dreaming

5. ‘Bluesy

6. Hate

7. Oh Lord, Please

8. Here We Go

9. Embers

10. Lonely

11. Life’s Precious Gems

12. Surrender To Me

13. Your Fool

Copyright 2015 Bryan Breaux
“The Campfire Sessions” – Bryan Breaux
“Second Sun” is the opening track of this album. This song has one acoustic guitar panned left that is open chords. Another acoustic guitar is panned right and is open chords using a capo for a different voice. The third acoustic guitar sits center and carries the melody for the entire song. The name is inspired by what is near to us all. Many years ago, when I was when in my early twenties, I read ‘The 12th Planet’ by Zecharia Sitchin. Planet X, Nibiru, Blue Kachina, Wormwood, Destroyer… it has many names… but we are all begining to see the second sun and all it’s companions. If you doubt it… just look up into the sky and keep looking… sooner or later, you too will see all. Surprised? Prepare.

“Some Kind Of Love” is the second track. This song began with an acoustic guitar panned left strumming the chords. The drums were recorded next and are just left of center. The piano came next and is panned right playing chordal arpeggios. The electric bass guitar followed and sits just right of center. Next, came an electric guitar panned hard left playing ornamental leads. Another electric guitar was then added and is panned right playing chords and the melodic solo parts.
The vocals were last and are panned hard left to give it the ‘old school’ sound. The ‘Cha Cha Cha’ ending was then added to give it a tasty ending. This is the first single that I released for ‘The Campfire Sessions’. I truly like the way that this tune sounds.

“Soulmate” is the third tune. First, I laid down an acoustic guitar track. Next, I recorded the drums onto two tracks in stereo. The electric bass guitar was next. I then recorded the electric guitar track that is panned right and plays the melodic line throughout the entire song.  The lead vocal was then recorded onto a track.  I then added the harmony vocal track. The final two tracks I added were the hand claps. The instrumentation of this song is simple. Anything more would have been too much. This tune was already written and composed, yet, it truly came to form in editing.

“Dreaming” is the fourth song of the album. The drums were the first two tracks I recorded in the large wooden floor, walls and ceiling of the Castle studio. No reverb nor effects were added. What you hear is the drums and the room sound. I then laid the rhytym electric guitar track down and panned it hard left. An electric bass guitar was recorded next. The right panned electric guitar was then recorded and is the one that plays the melodic solo throughout the tune. I then added the electric keyboard track that embellishes the chords. Finally, I recorded the vocal track. Speaking of simple instrumentation… Less Is More… Art Is Simple… this song is a fine example. This was a rhythm guitar chordal progression that simply grew in time. Since this tune has received so much response since the release, I went back to the board and remixed a longer Dance version and even tuned it down to 432 Htz. for all to enjoy.

“Bluesy” is the fifth song. This one began with a cell phone recording of a blues piano improvisation that I did late one night at the Lake Cottage. I then took that cell phone recording file and ran it through software to split it up into different frequencies and in the end cut it up into three tracks. I then recorded the electric bass guitar track. Next, I recorded the two electric guitar tracks which are complimentary and are both panned hard left and right. I sat on this cell phone recording for a good while before pulling it out and working it into this final package.

“Hate” follows as the sixth song.  This song was written and composed on the acoustic guitar and rightfully so, an acoustic guitar was the first track I recorded. Next, I laid down the drums onto two tracks in stereo. The electric bass guitar was next. I then added the electric guitar using a volume pedal that breathes in and out of the tune similar to a pedal steel.
Next, I recorded the vocal track. Finally, I recorded the acoustic guitar solo track. This is all that it took to make this nice country song. The inspiration… well, we all have been there once or twice.

At seven, we go to heaven… ‘Oh Lord, Please”.  This is a song I wrote and composed many years ago. I first recorded an acoustic guitar track. Another acoustic guitar using a capo came next. I then recorded the snare drum using ‘Hot Rod’ bundle sticks. The muted electric bass guitar was next. I then added four tracks of hand claps. Next, I recorded the clean lead vocal track which is panned right. I then recorded a distorted  lead vocal track that is panned left. The middle harmony vocal track was then recorded and is panned left. Next, the upper falsetto harmony vocal was recorded and is panned right. I then added an old Hammond organ onto a track to carry the tune even more as it fades in and out. There is a mandolin also in there on the right side. Finally… since, I don’t blow or suck a harmonica..  I called my childhood friend, Scott ‘Dr.Zog’ Hartzog, to come out to the Lake Cottage to lay down a few takes of harmonica playing. I chose to use his first take… all of it… live… as is… great job Zog! I hope you all enjoy my one Gospel tune.

“Here We Go” comes in at number eight. The acoustic guitar track was recorded first. I then recorded the drums in stereo. An electric bass guitar track came followed. Next, I recorded the lead vocal track. After this, I laid down the electric guitar track that solos throughout the tune. The harmony vocal track was the last track I recorded to finish this little diddy.

“Embers” is the ninth tune of the album. This instrumental song is two tracks. The first one being an acoustic guitar playing the chordal progression. The second track is also an acoustic guitar playing the melodic solo. I recorded these two tracks using the microphone of a laptop. The tracks were very dirty. I cleaned them up a wee bit and added a dab of effects then left it as is… truly raw. I just thought that it was a cool tune with a great minor third modulation… I also thought that the rawness of these tracks could not be repeated… nor did I want to try. What you hear is what you get.

“Lonely” follows as the tenth track. First, the kick drum was recorded. Next, I added the ride cymbal. I then laid down the acoustic guitar track. The electric bass guitar was next. I then added a snare drum. Next, I recorded the vocal track track. I then recorded the electric guitar track. An acoustic guitar solo was recorded next. Finally, I recorded the an electric keyboard here and there to put the finishing touches on the song.

“Life’s Precious Gems” is the eleventh song of the album. I first recorded an acoustic guitar track. I then laid down two drum tracks in stereo, left and right. Next, I recorded an electric bass guitar track. I then laid down an electric guitar strumming the chords to compliment the acoustic guitar. An electric guitar solo track was then added. Another electric guitar solo track was also added to extend the  solo. I then recorded the whispering lead vocal track. A second stronger vocal track was recorded next to give the vocals a doubling effect. If and when the ‘shit hits the fan’… then we all may have to “jump and fall and lose it all.”.

“Surrender To Me” is the twelth song.  The first track I recorded is the strumming acoustic guitar. I then recorded the electric bass track. Next, I laid down the electric keyboard melody onto a track. Finally, I recorded the vocal track in the big walk-in shower of the Castle studio giving the vocals that unique quality. This song is complete with these simple four tracks.

“Your Fool” closes out this album as the thirteenth tune.  Written and composed many years ago, I decided to pull this tune out of the songbooks to record it properly. First, I laid down the electric acoustic guitar track. Next, I added the electric bass guitar track and the doubled it by running the track back into a sub octave simulator to give it the low end. I then recorded the drums and cymbals onto two tracks in stereo. I then recorded the lead vocal track.  A distorted electric power chord track was recorded next. Finally, the magical electric guitar solo track was recorded. I am very pleased with the outcome of this song. When one is recording music and living in the moment, magical things can and often do happen. This tune has many examples of this… the vocal track… the drum tracks… the electric guitar solo track. Some say that musicians are clear channels bringing it down from the source. I believe this to be very true. This song’s long decayed electric guitar feedback brings a fabulous ending to “The Campfire Sessions”.

Bryan Breaux – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, bass, piano, organ, keyboards,   drums, cymbals, tambourine, hand claps.

Scott ‘Dr.Zog’ Hartzog – harmonica

Recorded at Lake Cottage Studio, Volente, TX and Castle Studio, Spicewood, TX and The Musicians Woodshed, Bee Caves, TX.

Recorded, Enginereed, Mixed and Produced by Bryan Breaux.

Cover Art Photo by Karissa Reine.

All songs Written and Composed by Bryan Breaux / B.M.I..

© 2015 Bryan Breaux

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