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MP3 Bob Beland - Life Begins...

My style is whatever elements fit the composition be it pop, rock, jazz, orchestral, experimental, folk, country, blues or R&B.

14 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, ROCK: Americana

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My name is Bob Beland and I am a songwriter/musician/recordist. My musical career covers 35 years in L.A. with bands such as Southpaw, Bates Motel, the Furys, Skin Trade and my own solo work.

I thought that I’d give you a run down on the participating guests involved on "Life Begins...". They’re all great people and artists in their own right. Please seek out their individual web sites to check them out.

Jules Shear, Deki Victorino and Ian Hoffman were part of my first band in L.A, Southpaw, after moving down from San Francisco in the early 70’s. Deki and I had a band called Mason from Napa California that played in the S.F. Bay Area a few years earlier. Southpaw was really Jules’ first band but we were just a live performing act and never got a deal or recorded so his professional career didn’t really start until he left us to form the Funky Kings and record for Arista Records. Thus began a very long and critically acclaimed career for Jules having hits with the Bangles and Cindi Lauper along the way.

Ian Hoffman was living in L.A. and working with singer/songwriter John Stewart ("Daydream Believer" by the Monkees) prior to joining Southpaw.

So imagine my surprise 35 years later when trying to finish this, my third solo project, I end up having all three original members of Southpaw on board to help. What a surprise! I really dug seeing my old friends again and recording with them for the first time ever together.

Severin Browne was a big supporter of our band and sat in from time time so I asked him on board as well just to keep the family reunion vibes going. Severin is a well respected veteran singer/songwriter and was signed to Motown in the early 70’s when I first met him. He recorded two albums for them. I lived at his Hollywood home during my time with Southpaw.

Heidi Rodewald and Stew are from an L.A. band called the Negro Problem. I feel the need to inform the uniformed reader here that Stew is African American. He has a few solo recordings out under his name all of which have Heidi involved. I met Heidi back in the 80’s when I was in a band in L.A. called The Furys and she was in a band called Wednesday Week. Heidi is not African American but she’s very cool none the less. Stew & Heidi are currently wowing them on Broadway with their musical "Passing Strange"

Richard d’Andrea was the last bassist for the Furys and was in the original Motels - playing at the historic Radio Free Hollywood show and on the Warners Brothers demo that was featured on a couple of on Rhino albums/cds. Richard was also the bass player in ''The Know'' a band that included Gary Valentine, previously of Blondie, and Joel Turissi who later drummed for ''20/20''. He briefly filled in for Dave Provost in the Textones (which included Kathy Valentine and Carla Olson as well as Marcus Cuff on drums). He currently has his own Multimedia company, Raw Terra Studios.


Doug Powell is a singer/songwriter/author with 7 solo recordings out and a former member of Swag that included Ken Coomer from Wilco and Tom Pettersen from Cheap Trick among it’s members. Doug has also worked along side Todd Rundgren on various computer related projects. I met Doug through Jules and he‘s one of the good guys.

Mark Lennon is a singer /songwriter from a family band called Venice here in L.A. They’ve been around a while. All four Lennons’ ( 2 sets of brothers) are the offspring of the famous Lennon Sisters from the old Lawrence Welk T.V. Show of the 50’s & 60’s. The Venice band members are also veteran touring and recording musicians having worked, as individuals or as a group, with such diverse artists as Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Brian Wilson, David Crosby, Cher, Don Henley, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Linda Rondstadt, and Warren Zevon, to name but a few. Well, ok, maybe more than a few! Mark did all the voices of the singing slugs in the hit Dreamworks animated film "Flushed Away."

John Beland is my big brother "Jack". Known to many as a premiere Fender Telecaster electric guitar player as well as a long standing member of the Flying Burrito Bros. he is also the composer of many of their country hits. I can’t really begin to tell you his whole story. Just go to his web site ( listed among the other links to the left of this page) and you’ll get the lowdown plus the history of the L.A. Country Rock scene in the late 60’s. He was there from the start. Get a strong cup o’ coffee tho‘ it’s a LONG read!

The only guy on this list with a bigger resume than my brother is chromatic harmonica player Tommy Morgan. Tommy’s appeared on over 600 soundtracks alone! You can hear him on such pop hits as the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" album, "He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother" by the Hollies, "Rainy Days & Mondays" by the Carpenters, and my personal favorite, the theme to the T.V. Show "Green Acres." “The Rockford Files” & “My Fair Lady” are a close second.

Pal Shazar is a singer/songwriter/artist. I’ve known her as long as I’ve known Jules. Pal used to work the box office at Doug Weston’s Troubadour Folk Club where Jules & I first met as solo performing musicians. She has many solo recordings out and was a part of the 80’s new wave duo Slow Children. I make a brief appearance on her 2007 CD "The Morning After." She has a new CD due out in Spring 2008 as well as a book of Illustrated Lyrics featuring an overview her fabulous artwork & paintings.

Paula Kuhr is a performing and recording classical violinist who works with a number of local symphonies in Los Angeles. Paula recently toured and performed in both Jordan and Egypt this year as a member of the multi ethnic star ensemble the Mesto Orchestra.

Other than that everything else is handled by myself (See Below). I hope you enjoy it.

Sincerely,
Bob Beland

BOB BELAND "LIFE BEGINS..." track by track credits:

LIFE BEGINS... (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead vocals, Laguna & Tamaki acoustic guitars, Fender bass, Kurzweil grand piano & organ, Roland DR-770 drum programming, percussion & shaker. Mark Lennon - harmony vocals.

SWEETEST THING AROUND (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - Laguna acoustic guitars, Roland DR-770 drum programming and percussion, Fender bass, Ensoniq oboe, bassoon & clarinets, Kurzweil strings. Tommy Morgan - chromatic harmonica Heidi Rodewald - lead vocals Stew - lead vocal

LEAVE THIS HOUSE (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
B. Beland - lead vocal, Maccaferri plastic solo acoustic guitar, Laguna acoustic guitar, Fender bass, Fender Stratocaster (solo) & Telecaster electric guitars, Aria mandolin, Kurzweil grand piano, Ensoniq symphonic strikes, gong & broken glass, Boss DR-770 drum programming. Deki Victorino - harmony vocal Severin Browne - harmony vocal Pal Shazar - vocal warning intro

WRONG TURN (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead vocals, Laguna acoustic guitars, Fender bass, Boss DR-770 drum programming and percussion, Kurzweil synth pad, grand piano & organ.

SEANCE (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - Gretsch Chet Atkins electric guitar, Fender Stratocaster solo electric guitar, Kurzweil organ & piano, Fender bass, Boss DR-770 drum programming, Ian Hoffman - bongos Deki Victorino - lead vocals Jules Shear - lead vocals

GOODBYE FRIENDLY SKIES (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead vocal, Laguna acoustic guitars, Gretsch Chet Atkins electric guitar (left channel), Fender bass, Boss DR-770 drum programming and percussion, Kurzweil synth pad. John Beland - harmony vocals, Aria mandolin, Fender Telecaster B-bender electric guitar (right channel) Heidi Rodewald - harmony vocal

EULOGY FOR A DWARF PLANET (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead vocal, Laguna acoustic guitar, Kurzweil strings and grand piano.

BEAUTIFUL EMBRACE (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead vocal, Laguna acoustic guitar, Kurzweil grand piano & organ. Paula Kuhr - solo, harmony & pizzicato violins.

GLAD TO KNOW HER (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead & harmony vocals, Gretsch Chet Atkins & Fender Stratocaster (slide) electric guitars, Aria mandolin, Boss DR-770 drum programming and percussion, Fender bass, Kurzweil organ.

YOUNG & WICKED (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead & harmony vocals, Fender Telecaster & Fender Stratocaster (slide) electric lead guitars, Kurzweil piano, Boss DR-770 drum programming & tambourine. Richard d’Andrea - Fender bass

VIEW OF THE WORLD(https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - Laguna acoustic guitars, Fender bass, Gretsch Chet Atkins electric guitars, Boss DR-770 drum programming, Kurzweil organ & electric piano, Ensoniq french horn & triangle. Doug Powell - lead vocal

A DAY WITH YOU (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - Laguna acoustic guitars, Fender bass, Gretsch Chet Atkins electric “solo harmonics” guitar, Kurzweil piano, Boss DR-770 drum programming, Ensoniq french horn, brass enemble & “decending phase” synth pad. Jules Shear - lead vocal

DEEP IN MY MEMORY (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead & harmony vocals, Laguna acoustic guitars, Ensoniq vocal choral, Kurzweil grand piano & organ, Boss DR-770 drum programming and percussion

SORRY TO MAKE YOU WAIT (https://www.tradebit.comand) © 2007 Bob On Bob Music BMI
Bob Beland - lead vocal, Laguna acoustic guitars, Gretsch Chet Atkins & Fender Telecaster electric guitars, Roland DR-770 drum programming and percussion, Fender bass, Kurzweil organ, fingersnaps. Produced,

Written, Arranged, Performed & Engineered by Bob Beland at Wrong Way Works using a Roland VS-2480 CD portable HD recorder with Roland, Oktova and Joe Meek Microphones.

Additional tracking at Ken Basmans’ studio, San Muigel, Mexico the Pow Wow Fun Room, Los Angeles,CA John Beland @ Tyler Tracks Studio, Brenman, Tx

Mastered by Bill Douglass @ Royal Recording, Colorado Springs, CO.

© 2007 Wrong Way Works. All rights reserved. .

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