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MP3 Big Poet Keats - The Origin of Coloration

A perfect blend of Indie, Melodic Rock and Pop in the tradition of Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, and Weezer.

15 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Modern Rock, POP: Power Pop

A musician is a musician even before he knows it. Though he may perform his original songs for his family at age three, or he might be highlighted for his clarinet solos in his elementary school band, music is still way down the list of career choices. But when it''s senior year and there is a talent show, the future musician might dig around the basement for his father''s dusty, out-of-tune acoustic guitar. He might download a list of guitar tabs from the internet, and he might spend the next week figuring out that learning to play the guitar hurts. But in a month you will find him stage front and center of his high school auditorium, the proud owner of callused finger tips, but ready for his first starring moment. This was probably the beginning of Big Poet Keats aka Robert Benjamin Nelson, although no one knew it then. Although this premier performance ended with a second place finish, music and performing it, inched its way up Rob''s list of goals.

Robert Benjamin Nelson''s beginning was not too different than other fledgling musicians who don''t know they are musicians. That same year Rob attended the University of Michigan as a film and video major, and later transferred to Full Sail Real World Education in Orlando, Florida. Music was still second on his list, as his first love was filmmaking. Those that knew him were not surprised, as Rob had a movie quote for every situation in life. But making shorts and avant-garde films with his digital camera inspired him to return to music. Copyright infringement is against the law, so Rob bought a 4-track tape recorder and began to write background music that he hoped would bring success to his film career when one of his numerous screenplays came to fruition.

Rob''s songwriting watershed moment came when he experienced the joy of his first romance and then the loss of it. With this new life experience, his music became songs and in three months he had completed a full-length demo CD appropriately titled Watershed. Not having proper equipment, and using computerized drums, the album obtained minimal success among four or five of his friends, yet he was encouraged to go forward with another, more professional attempt.

Investing in a Yamaha SO-8 keyboard, he re-recorded his debut album (renaming it Watershed Demo) and released it to a wider circle of friends. As it got play in the Rochester Hills, MI party-circuit as well as the local young-adult hang-outs, Rob was given the impetus to get more serious about his songs. He invested in a Roland V Drum set, collaborated with a talented drummer friend, Kyle Morrill, purchased a Brawley bass guitar, a Roland VS 18 track mixer and got to work on what was fast becoming his first love - music. Rob wrote 15 new songs for his The Origin of Coloration album. Working night after night in his basement, recording and mixing all the music and performing all the vocals and back-ups himself, he describes this album as an eclectic mix ranging from The Beatles to Jimmy Eat World, from Dashboard Confessional to Bad Religion and from Weezer to The Monkees.

One word cannot characterize the music of Big Poet Keats. You can call it pop-punk or alternative, but that wouldn''t nearly represent the range of sounds Rob masters in his album. There are elements of indie in "Our September", but the melodic vocals and soft guitar heard in "Girl Meets Boy, Boy Blows Up" is reminiscent of emo. What is prevalent throughout, however, is his unconventional song structure. Songs like "(She Was A) Drama Queen" and "Shudder Shiver" provide anything but boring enjoyment. There is something for all music lovers in Coloration - from the rock sounding "Once I Was a Falling Rocket" to the toe-tapping "Welcome to Life".

Rob hasn''t forgotten filmmaking, either. In between song writing he works on his screenplays. "I always try to write songs that I could use in a movie," he says. "Sometimes writing lyrics helps me finish a scene in a script." And with his off-beat one-of-a-kind imagination, Rob takes the future of pop music down new ground-breaking paths, where music has ever gone before.

Rob Nelson, performing as Big Poet Keats, brings a new sound to the American music scene. Enjoy.


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