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Jubilee | Lyrics [via RUCKERPEDIA]

Originally posted on RuckerPedia:
It’s that special time of year We should gather with each other despite our fears We’ll break bread and dine with wine And discover there’s no trouble and we’re just fine We are all of the same blood So it’s silly to throw punches instead of hugs Peace is not (just) for the naive We should be wearing our compassion upon our sleeves So let’s celebrate today And be grateful that we all have a voice to say That we’re thankful for our lives And we’re laughing, dancing, singing and giving high fives Written: March 28, 2009. Released on the album Bridging the Disconnect, released September 29, 2009 via I Rock Recordings under the moniker of Sap. Copyright © 2009 by Brandon L. Rucker brandonrucker.com | RuckerWrites | @RuckerWrites I Rock Recordings Guitars, voices & percussion performed by  Brandon Rucker.

My Music | Seven Years of Bridging the Disconnect

Today, September 29th marks the seven year anniversary of when I officially released the demo LP of my Solo Acoustic Project, which was lazily called Sap. Bridging the Disconnect, a 15-track album of predominantly acoustic (demo) ditties written, performed, produced and recorded by yours truly in a completely solo effort that was not a task for the impatient. A lot of pride went into the creation of the recording project which I started in the summer of 2009 and managed to “complete” in time for my self-imposed 9/29/2009 release date. I went through CD Baby and released it on home-burned discs myself via my label I Rock Recordings, and let them handle the digital retailer side of things. Warts and all, because the recordings aren’t perfect by any stretch. The production is mostly good, if a bit raw (psst! it sounds a bit like a guy with a voice, a couple of mics, some guitars, a keyboard, drum machines, and a digital workstation doing it all by himself). I’ve said it for years that sure there’s …

MusicBox 1 | Motosota

~ This is #musicbox on #ruckology In which Brandon L. Rucker plays virtual DJ, pulling out the jams from his personal collection of tunes for you. ~  Flashback, memory lane time. Today, August 4th, marks the 11th anniversary of the release of the long player CD trans.metro.politik by my former band Motosota (2004-2009), an instrumental ambient/jazz-rock band that I joined in May of 2005. We recorded the 12-song album in July, 2005 with studio owner and engineer Alex Kercheval. This marked the first time I’d done professional recording as a bassist, rather than a guitarist. It was with this band that I made my long return to the stage after a decade-long absence when we played our CD release show at Locals Only on this day eleven years ago. Good times. I don’t recall even being nervous. Some of my favorite music I’ve ever composed or helped create was done during my four years in this band. On this album in particular “Comma”, which was the first song I contributed material to; “Ichi” the first song I initiated …

My Music | Saint Ruckus

Saint Ruckus is the umbrella project name for a few different solo music projects that I consolidated together.  It’s all one-man-band, producer, self-engineered stuff by me at home in my la-bor-a-tory.  This is an anthology of some of the stuff I’ve done over the years, going back to 2007 up until around 2009 or so.  Mostly instrumental, ambient, electronic and rather short pieces as I consider them “micro-songs”.  A few are demo quality, but I don’t mind showing my warts. Instrumentation: a drum machine and various beat processors, keyboard, guitar, bass and voice. The first track “DR1” is the only one that is predominantly electronic programming. The rest are more composed by yours truly set to programmed beats with all instruments performed by me as well. My favorites? “Shadows in the Sky” “One Night Affair” “Table for Two” Ones with vocals? “Bittersweet Finale” has incomplete vocals, just one verse and one chorus. “The Mission” has me doing a mock rap since no one else was available. Check’em out.  There is plenty more music in the Vault that I’ll share …

Jubilee

Here are the lyrics for a little ditty I wrote and recorded a little over five years ago for my 2009 demo LP Bridging the Disconnect. Given its subject matter and the social unrest that has plagued our society of late, I’d say its message is rather timely. To listen to the song just click on the title. “Jubilee” Words and Music by Brandon L. Rucker ~ It’s that special time of year We should gather with each other despite our fears We’ll break bread and dine with wine And discover there’s no trouble and we’re just fine We are all of the same blood So it’s silly to throw punches instead of hugs Peace is not (just) for the naive We should be wearing our compassion upon our sleeves So let’s celebrate today And be grateful that we all have a voice to say That we’re thankful for our lives And we’re laughing, dancing, singing and giving high fives ~ Copyright © 2009 by Brandon L. Rucker dba I Rock Recordings. All Rights Reserved.

Newish Music: “Broken Hands” by Lamb of God remixed by Dichotomous

In case anyone missed the world premiere of this yesterday, here be the first Dichotomous + Lamb of God mashup where I take their song “Broken Hands” from their 2009 album Wrath, remove the original guitar parts and replace them with my own guitar (and bass) parts to go along with Chris Adler‘s drums and D. Randall Blythe‘s vocals.  Some background on this little project: I had been listening to the individual studio tracks from my favorite metal band’s Wrath album (which are called ‘stems’ and came on a USB stick in the special edition of the album), and while listening to the drums all by themselves I got to thinking that it would be a cool and fun challenge to come up with original guitar parts to someone’s drum beats, well, Adler’s drums in particular since I had them in my possession. Maybe even make a recording project out of it. So after consulting with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton (also the co-writer of the song in question) on Twitter to make sure it was perfectly legal to do, I got …

My Music: Brandon Rucker Scores Liquid Imagination now @ Bandcamp

I’m in the process of moving my music projects over to Bandcamp, due to the clean layout of their pages and their very streamlined digital players (among other reasons). The Brandon Rucker Scores project is the one that I used for the musical interpretation of the poetry we published at Liquid Imagination online. Micro-songs lasting no more than two and a half minutes (the exception being the nearly epic-length poem “A Chase of Stars”). I used the micro-song option because I didn’t want the music to exceed the length of reading the poem by too much of a margin. Interpreting someone else’s poetic words along with the graphic imagery we adorn the pages with was definitely a tough assignment for a one-man band, but it was also fun, and I feel like I created some great, simple melodies in the process. Anyways, I’ll shut my trap and get to the tunes.