Bruce Irving | Message from Tomorrow

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Message from Tomorrow

by Bruce Irving

Melodic 70's-style pop with splashes of country-rock and folk and a dash or two of blues and jazz. Lots of harmonies and cool guitar playing too. You may hear reminders of Elvis Costello, the Eagles, John Mayer and (dare I say) the Beatles.
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
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1. Message from Tomorrow
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2. Can't Go Back
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3. Runaway Imagination
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4. Hearts Don't Really Break
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5. What You Gonna Do?
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6. Everybody Everywhere
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7. Out of Nowhere
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8. Gonna Start Winning
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9. Honky Tonkin' at the Mini-bar
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10. Automatic Heartache
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11. Achin' All the Time
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12. I Can't Read Your Mind
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13. Fruits
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14. Autumn Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was seven years in the making though of course that wasn't my plan. I got busy right away after my 2003 album "Jardin du Luxembourg" which is where I first started working with Roger Lavallee at the Tremolo Lounge recording studio in West Boylston, MA. Roger is an amazing guitarist, drum programmer, bass player, vocal arranger, and producer, AND a Pro-Tools engineer par excellence. I started to expand my horizons with the jazzy "Everybody Everywhere," the country-rock "Gonna Start Winning," as well as "Achin' All the Time" (which started life as a reggae song) and "Runaway Imagination." Steve Mossberg added some tasty keyboards to these tracks. And then I went off and did other things for about five years! They were good, important, things I'm sure, but why did I wait so long to get back to the music? Dunno.

Finally in spring 2009 I decided to really finish this thing and I went into the Tremolo Lounge with the Elvis Costelloish "Message from Tomorrow" (Rob Simbeck came up with the "pulsing circuit" bridge). Roger played some nice guitar parts and I added acoustic guitar and the cheesy plastic organ keyboard sound. The rest of the songs are a mix of old and new, a few from 1978 (I Can't Read Your Mind, What You Gonna Do?, and Out of Nowhere). "Out of Nowhere" was a lyric of Rob's that I wrote the music for. We used to do a nice acoustic guitar version, but for the album, I wanted something a bit smooth-jazzier. My friend Peter Inglis flew in from Australia to contribute the Santana-like guitar lead, and the bluesy lead on "Can't Go Back." Pete also applied his string arranging and classical guitar skills to the tear-jerker "Hearts Don't Really Break" which he produced for me in Sydney with an excellent string quartet.

"Honky Tonkin' at the Mini-bar" was written in a very hot, non-air conditioned hotel in Frankfurt, Germany in summer 2002. As I was sucking down all the beers in my mini-bar fridge, the thought occurred to me that it was like my very own honky-tonk. I killed two birds with one song by making it a country tune about cheating (this is a required category). On "Automatic Heartache" and "I Can't Read Your Mind" I enlisted Frank Michels in Nashville to do the basic tracks. Roger then added and replaced a few parts, I added some vocals, and voila. "Fruits" and "Autumn Song" are folky acoustic things, more or less.

I hope you enjoy some or all of this long-gestating and eclectic mix of music. I have a bunch of new songs started and I hope it doesn't take seven years for the next album, but you never know.


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Everett Hunt

Message From Tomorrow
This is a great group of songs to just pop in the CD while you're driving. Easy listening, country, instrumentals; a nice mixed bag of musical paces. I liked Bruce Irving's vocal variety. I give this two thumbs up.