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Dream Big

by Randy Brown

Imagine Charles Darwin meeting Guy Clark and Van Morrision at a MIT BBQ.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Trouble
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2. Dream Big
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3. Quantum Valentine
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4. Money Is a Drug
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5. Distance
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6. Brain Chemistry
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7. Hector Stands
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8. Tempus Fugit
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9. Just the Rain
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10. Truth Is a Rabbit
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11. Body of Clay
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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You can see from his picture that Randy Brown has been making music for a long time. You could also say that is a good thing. This is no sappy love-sick songwriter, mooning over lost love or pride. Nope, this is the real deal. A songwriter, with heart, wit and insight, writing about the things he cares about and it shows. His lyrics are crisp, sharp and to the point. At turns, poetic and critical of the status quo. Not for the faint of intellect. Imagine Charles Darwin meeting Guy Clark and Van Morrision at a MIT BBQ. That just about sums it up.

This 2007 Nacogdoches Americana Festival Songwriting Winner, 1995 Kerrville Regional Finalist and 8 year member of jazz, swing, folk , acoustic legends Jealousy Motel. He wrote or co-wrote 19 of the songs on the group's 2 albums. Now, most recently, he has recorded 11 new original songs in his first solo project Dream Big. It has been 17 years since his now out-of-print first solo release, Time and Luck. It is high time we heard his voice again. Especially this time, when this man has something new to say.

Musically and lyrically, a wild eclectic, intelligent and exciting ride!!! That is how Dream Big, Randy Brown’s first solo CD after his 8 year 2 album career with the acclaimed jazz, swing and folk trio, Jealousy Motel, is being described by it’s ecstatic fans. From folk funk opening bars of Trouble all the way the last orchestral note of the closing number, Body of Clay. This project is a lyrical and musical roller coaster of the unexpected. Dream Big takes no prisoners as it launches with the folk, funk, rap tale of a homeless philosopher in Trouble. It drives directly into the folk-pop nugget title tune, Dream Big. Following on it’s heels is Quantum Valentine. A little the country western, klezmer, Dixieland tune about quantum uncertainty as it applies to relationships. Next on tap is Money is a Drug, a laid back easy-listening jazz cultural protest song. From there the project takes on a Texas songwriter feel with Distance, a salute to lost youth on the Texas-Louisiana border. Next in line is Brain Chemistry, a little folk-disco number about testosterone poisoning. Hector Stands is a celtic/folkish song about hope and miracles on our southern borderlands. Hector is followed by Tempus Fugit, a clock-tick percussion driven tune about the relentlessness of time. The subject of time is left behind so we can enjoy the only ballad on the CD, the bittersweet, Just the Rain. The rainy day feel is quickly broken however by the Celtic and folk inspired Truth is a Rabbit followed by the ominous last recording of the amazing acoustic trio Jealousy Motel, Body of Clay. You are left drifting at the end of life and Body of Clay surveying the universe amidst spooky wind chimes. Musically diverse, lyrically strong and intellectually rich, Dream Big is truly a feast for the heart, ear and mind.


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Tom Geddie - Buddy Magazine

Solid album with lyrics that verge on poetry
On his first my-name-is-on-the-front-of-the-album effort in 17 years, Randy Brown delivers a solid album with lyrics that at their best verge on poetry and with memorable musical accompaniment that fits each song well. Dream Big’s songs are mostly about common life experiences that we can all relate to.

The CD best songs/performances are toward the end where Brown laments on “Tempus Fugit” that time is a bird of prey, “the wildest bird, that flutters just beyond your reach” and on “Truth is a Rabbit” (in a bramble bush)”. The latter title comes from a Pete Seeger quote.

The CDs last song “Body of Clay” is the last song recorded by Brown’s now-defunct band Jealousy Motel – John Defoore on electric guitar and mandolin, Dirje Smith on acoustic and electric cellos, harmony vocals and Brown.

Musically, Dream Big is a treat. Brown adds guitar, mandolin, autoharp, percussion, lap steel and on one song bass. Gordon McLeod adds fiddle, mandolin, guitar, piano, percussion, clarinet and penny whistle. Bob Gentry adds upright and electric bass and drums. Lynn Adler does backup vocals.

Garrett Smith

Lyrical journey with excellent chops, just damn good listening!
Great lisening, and just that listening. From the first cut of Trouble, I was hooked on the lyrics and chops. Randy keeps his satire going on Quantum Valentine as well as humor on Brain Chemistry. Tempus Fugit worked well for all of us that are on the backside of something and really know about refelection. Just the Rain is somehow metaphysical in each time I listen. Body of Clay rounds out some well crafted and soul snatching song writing.

Production with Gordon McLeod seals the deal on an excellent solo effort from this long time songwriter and musician.

Garrett Smith

Lyrical journey with excellent chops, just damn good listening!
Great lisening, and just that listening. From the first cut of Trouble, I was hooked on the lyrics and chops. Randy keeps his satire going on Quantum Valentine as well as humor on Brain Chemistry. Tempus Fugit worked well for all of us that are on the backside of something and really know about refelection. Just the Rain is somehow metaphysical in each time I listen. Body of Clay rounds out some well crafted and soul snatching song writing.

Production with Gordon McLeod seals the deal on an excellent solo effort from this long time songwriter and musician.

Steve Jones-Austin, Texas

Dream Big is BigTime
Randy Brown’s Dream Big is a genuinely human, often witty piece of production purity, from the voicing of clarinet, mandolin and overtone guitar on “Trouble” to the sweet acoustic melodies and miracles of “Hector Stands”. Gorgeous songwriting throughout: the melancholy “Just the Rain” is a serene ballad of unbalanced optimism in human relationships, while the ascendant, otherworldly tone of “Body of Clay” appropriately ends this work with an assurance of the eternal nature of our passing souls, and the mere flash of time of our earthly existence.

A beautiful, professionally done piece of songwriting and musicianship all around, Dream Big really is BigTime.

doug allgood

wow!!!!
we gotta go with the 5 stars as 6 was unavailable.....sunny, tuesday early evening with the cool, spring breeze caressing across the threshold of the patio door and randy's cd on shuffle/repeat, intermingling, intermittently with the twin sets of wind chimes hanging in the crepe myrtle.....important, poignant, exciting, creative, true and very cool music and lyrics coming from my good friend of 27 years and his great com padres. randy, dream big is the most innovative, from/to the heart expression i've heard in a long time and i hope that it will be given the opportunity to touch as many as possible, both audibly as well as through the vehicle of film. best of luck to you!!!

S. French

Excellent Listening
Randy's CD is nothing short of fantastic. He is a wonderful and very talented songwriter who deserves much acclaim. Don't take my word for it, you've got to hear it for yourself!

Randy Brown for President!!!

Cele Knight

Beautifully crafted, light-infused songs sung with heart and soul
I love this album! Cosmic themes are communicated with down-home images and beautifully orchestrated with just the right touches from other musicians. The production values are near perfect.Randy Brown's 'Dream Big' delivers song after song, every time I listen. It is one of those rare musical jewels that not only entertains but enriches our lives if we have ears to hear. Dare to Dream Big...Give it a listen.