Wilton resident Ron Brault has been playing and writing music since grammar school. Now, nearly 40 years later, he’s finally put all the pieces together and released a CD of original music titled Almost There. “It’s a culmination of years of honing my writing and recording skills,” says Brault. “It’s been a long but rewarding process and I’m proud of the final result including the original artwork.”
Finding the time to focus on music is always difficult as he continues with a 25 plus year career in finance, but the internal calling to write has been just as strong. Growing up with a musical heritage, Ron’s stylistic direction was influenced, as were so many others, by the February 1964 Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan, and was soon practicing guitar after starting with piano. In 1991, many years and many groups later, Ron moved his family to Wilton after taking a job in New York City. Once there, he became an early member of the Wingnuts, with whom he still performs.
As a lifetime member of the Connecticut Songwriters Association, Ron takes his craft seriously. “The songs on this CD represent the best I’ve achieved so far. Frankly, I’m bored with much of today’s music and I write to please myself. I write what I would like to hear on the radio but never hear anymore.” With songs that reveal folk, country and rock influences, Almost There is adult oriented, consistently interesting and varied. “I also get to learn about internet distribution” he continues jokingly, “and I’ve now got a website (www.ronbrault.com) where people can go to listen to samples and buy a CD if they like what they hear.”
What’s next? “ I’m not particularly project oriented,” says Ron. “I just write, record and arrange until something sounds good to me. I’ve got a couple of interesting ideas percolating now and I’m intrigued to see how they turn out. I’ve always felt it’s really all about the journey and the process of discovery, not necessarily about arriving anywhere specific,” Ron continues, “ and I’m a realist about this being a commercial success. It was simply something that I needed to do.”