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A Song for Me, A Song for You

by Scott Brookman

Highly melodic pop music in the grand tradition of 60's and 70's that mixes wry humor and imagination.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. A Song for Me, A Song for You
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2. This Little Samba
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3. The First Assault Upon My Day
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4. Real Estate
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5. Getting Involved
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6. Monday Shirt
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7. (Don't You Want to Know) The Way it Feels to Lose?
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8. Home School
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9. Bossa Brookmania
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10. It's Too Late, It's Friday
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11. Bottom's Up
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12. Seabird
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13. Lemon Lane
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14. Charmion Chandler Cheese
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I have been writing and recording tuneful pop songs since the mid-80’s, when I was suddenly able to do it. I wrote many of the songs performed by the well-received regional band, The Apes of Wrath, who gigged around Virginia in the 80’s. At around the same time I began recording home demos on a variety of 4-track portastudios, discovering that I could improvise harmony with myself that sounded pretty good. The so-called “home tapers” movement accepted me and I began sharing music with a larger body of listeners. All in all there were something like 6-8 tape releases from the end of the 80’s through the mid 90’s.

As the 90’s ended, Twee Kitten Records from California released my music: one 7”, a cd-ep, and one full-length cd, For Those Who Like POP. The latter release in particular was, considering its zero budget, successful. Not only did it sell well, but it was picked up for reissue in Japan by Vroom-Sound. Music from the cd was used extensively in the PBS kids show, "Dragonfly TV". There were flattering reviews in underground ‘zines, a few larger circulation magazines and even Japan’s "Beikoku-Ungaku". Somewhere along the line I wrote an original song used in the film Golfballs.

Spring 2007 saw the release of a new digital download album, A Song for Me, A Song for You. It includes 14 songs merging styles ranging from bossa nova, to jazz/rock to Beatley numbers. It was a privilege to work with Jack Shannon, Anthony Allen, Stewart Myers, Palmer Wilkins and Ashley Bell in making this music. Now, this album is finally available on compact disc, the way nature intended.

Since the A Song for Me... album, I've been working with Palmer and Anthony PLUS the amazingly talented Roland Wolff, of Riviera, a great German pop group. Roland's all around musical genius is undeniable and must be heard to be believed. I hope to add a few others to mix as well. Evolving tracks from my next effort, tentatively entitled Smellicopter, will be leaked periodically to MySpace.

REVIEWS

"Musically, Brookman brings to mind The High Llamas’ homages to Brian Wilson. These atmospheric tunes are melodic, witty, yearning and sometimes melancholic. They’re also frequently hypnotic and always engaging…….."
David Gofstein, Cool and Strange Music! Magazine.

"...an essential addition to the collection of anyone who holds Mr. Wilson dear to their hearts. "
David Bash, Amplifier, Volume 4, 4

"[Brookman's music] is for those who like pop, specifically the sun sad pop of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys masterpiece, Pet Sounds or the smart British pop of Skylarking-era XTC. Meticulously arranged, brimming with complex harmonies and melodic hooks, For Those Who Like POP is a strange summer journey across “Polka Dot Bridge” through “The Undersea World of Sherlock Holmes” where “Uncle’s Telescope” is suitable for peeping on both the pariah poet “Stearnes Pantywaist” and Edgar Stith, “The Sinister Cyclist.” Like many intellectual posters before him, from Randy Newman to Scott Miller, Scott Brookman has turned a love for his record collection, a reverence for the form, and a sly wit into a work that should be greatly appreciated by all those who like Pop."
John Daniel, The Sonic, July 1999.

"Scott Brookman writes what I'll call, for the lack of a better phrase, some of the most charming and appealing pop songs I've heard in a long time, with a sense of humor and an utter lack of pretension. The strengths of [his music] are almost too numerous to mention. First off, Scott's songwriting and arrangements are impeccable, and his vocal harmonies are at times truly something to behold! More than just straight-forward crooning over acoustic strum-strum-strum, his songs are filled with exciting interplay between vocals, guitar, and bass. "
Review of early cassette, can't find reviewers name!

"Brookman's work reminds one of the days when actual songs, not "tracks," were written, while remaining wholly original and new. If, after the first listening, you don't play this album again immediately, you may have missed something important musically.......He could easily be named one of the most diverse musicians and songwriters right now, so not giving this album at least one listen would almost be a crime."
L. Anne Carrington Indie Music Stop 2007

“…j’espère qu’il reste sur cette planète des gens qui aiment les belles mélodies, les précieux arrangements et le style parce qu’il y’en a plus dans le nouvel album de Sir Brookman que dans l’intégrale des sur quotés Arctic Monkeys. A song for me, a song for you est un magnifique cocktail ambré qui coule dans la gorge et ravive le palpitant…”
Jean-Emmanuel Dubois, Gonzai. 2007.

"Well this is just a warm, fuzzy, pop jewel and that's all there is to it.
Scott Brookman's For Those Who Like Pop is a solid showcase of an extremely talented individual. At times evocative of Brian Wilson's finest moments, Brookman's greatest accomplishment are the fine arranging skills within. Tracks like Ballad Of A Boy Named Dracula and The Undersea World Of Sherlock Holmes are every bit the evocative film scores that they pretend to be - and Karen and In The Scheme Of Things are two of the loveliest purely melodic numbers you'll hear. The vocal arrangement on In The Scheme Of Things is particularly worth noting, with Brookman's intertwining multi-layered vocal perfectly complementing the simple piano-driven beat.
Even The Beatles come to mind in parts, as on the mesmerizing Then You See Her which takes Lennon's piano-pounding style and marries it to McCartney's stronger pop sensibilities. Swing My Way adds to the playful nature of much of For Those Who Like Pop, thanks to its swinging organ (stop laughing!) groove and Ashley Bell's drums.
For those who like pop, you really should get to know Scott Brookman - I think you'll like him, too.
* * * * out of 5"
Claudio Sossi, Shake It Up


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C.S. Barrios

the sunny side of baroque pop
a curious fact about Brookman is you go to his MySpace page and what he lists as his Influences are pretty much what they turn out to be. Monk? the Beach Boys? old cop shows? he's either being a wiseacre or he's guiding a tightly organized nervous system into new realms of sonic joy. these are some of the most deceptively straightforward pop-songs since 10cc and Steely Dan. High Llamas made a record a little bit like this with "Santa Barbara." Andrew Beaujon made the cassette-only "You're Safer at Home." these were singularities: neither made music like that again. well, that's *cool* / people change and what.not. but sometimes there's a particular confluence of feelings, of chords, of words .. and you wish that region had been more thoroughly explored. coming up on summer, "Song for Me, Song for You" hits that spot in a most glorious way.

Janey B France

A Song for Me, A Song for You
Scott's thumping piano playing does it for me....and that voice!
Having practically devoured his previous CD, I was desperate to discover A Song for Me, A Song for You and I wasn't let down either.
It has a healthy dose of captivating pop. If I have to single out my favourite track, a difficult task, it would have to be Lemon Lane, truly scrumptious.
An all-round fine album which lifted my spirits.

Midori

A Find for Me, a Find for You
This is a sound-savoring, microbrew sippin’, lightning-bugs drifting, summer in the back yard, “Life is Good” sort of CD. Part musical massage, part soul-soothing meditation.

Tuneful Wilco-esque melodies, Jack Johnson’s rolling story lines, all woven throughout with wry, fluid humor, reminiscent of the Beautiful South. Poetic, without being contrived. Earnest. Fresh. Effortlessly joyful and carefree as bubbles floating where they choose. It somehow managing to maintain its wistful, jazz-laced whimsy throughout.

Rarely does one stumble across such a sublime and lyrical scrapbook, one beautiful moment after another. You are strongly urged to pick this album up, even if you’re just curious. It’s a real find.

Sam Byrd

A Song for Me, A Song for You
I've always loved "Meant for you," the wonderful, warm introduction to the Beach Boys' "Friends" LP. The title song of this CD does the same thing, inviting the listener in to a warm world of beauteous piano-drenched pop ditties. There are touches of Todd, Andy Partridge, Steely Dan, etc., but this is very much Scott's own clear vision, using craftsmanship in the service of the songs (rather than the other way around), played with authority and wit. He shares with the Beatles a sense of the special musical touch that's needed for each song's sensibility, whether it be sleigh bells here ("Seabird") or a Bacharach-style trumpet line there ("The way it feels to lose"). And yes, these tunes are catchy as hell. They'll stick with you, and they're nice to have around.

alex helm

A Song for Me, A Song for You
This is one amazing song writer. He writes and sings about old skool stuff & makes a mark everywhere he lives
Besides all of the old ideas, he lives in a now place that prompts friends & peers to be drawn back into his imagination. It was this that made me understand that since an early age he had a gift that was beyond his inspirations...it was he who shot past that persona that was just youth.
I adore listening to his ideas of living to be over 15 with a gish of 40 knowing we have gotten to be almost older than we thought we would.
We were not crazed. We were 80s, with a spot of 09ers under our belts.
I maybe simple in my personifications of my peer, but it is so nice to hear all of my youth spat out.
Thank you for that Scott, you really ruled a small part of my world.
I am always amazed & always happy that you became exactly who you were.

Ken Hamilton

Crisp and Clean!
This collection of songs takes me to a place that is upbeat and nostalgic! Clever timing and vocal harmonies produce very unique sounds in comparison to the presently over-produced pop singers. It would be refreshing if everyone thought about their craft the way that Scott does.
There are some sounds that are familiar to me and others, that lead to my musical growth. I think overall, the quality is similar to what Donald Fagen might create, but with some heavy Brian Wilson and Vince Guaraldi influences.
There are some great sounds by all that played on this recording, it sounds like they had lots of fun making this!
And of course there is a bit of humour here and there. Crisp and clean, not too sweet and totally refreshing!

Cece Bell

A Song for Me, A Song for You
This album is terrific. And while it's not a kids' album, it is the perfect introduction of pure pop pleasure to kids, without the mamby-pamby pablum that so many kids' albums have. My sons are particularly fond of "Monday Shirt," which should be in every cool kid's collection of great music. It should also be in every cool adult's collection, as well. Fantabulous!

Matt Chittum

A Song for Me, A Song for You
I think the word that comes most to mind is "infectious." Give this disc a chance, and it's a good bit you'll be smitten somewhere along the way. I fell a few times. Once was at "Real Estate," which is true pop gem, complete with hooks you won't be able to shake out no matter how hard you try. It happened again at "(Don't You Want to Know) The Way it Feels to Lose?" Brookman's Vonnegut-like lyrically for his ability to simultaneously evoke humor, pathos, and even anger. "It's Too Late, It's Friday" is another real keeper, though I wouldn't call any of these throw-aways by any stretch. Other reviewers here have cited Brookman's influences, which he's clearly not ashamed of. To my mind, he does their tradition -- the pop tradition -- great justice. This one's worth popping for.

Dan

A Song for Me, A Song for You
If only most modern 'pop' artists would aspire to make the kind of 'pop' that Scott makes, the world would be a better place (okay, well, maybe not!)
Scott’s music has childlike quality to it, sort of like 'Love You' era Brian Wilson - which is a good thing. I brought the CD on the strength of one song alone after hearing it on Scott’s MySpace page.
The song 'Lemon Lane' is pure pop perfection- just as good as anything XTC ever did (if not better).
The rest of the album did not disappoint one bit either. My other favorites are 'Seabird' and 'The Way it Feels to Lose’. Quite simply if you like ‘pop’ (you know the kind I’m taking about) – BUY THIS CD!

Jamie Fueglein

A Song for Me, A Song for You
Should've maybe named this "A Song for Me, A Song for Me," because every time I listen to this CD, I feel like anything is possible, like when I wake up on one of those rare days and everything goes my way---know what I mean?: shower is perfect, coffee is gold, the dog's not peed on the rug, none of my relatives have died overnight---because when I listen to this CD the top of my head comes unhinged and light pours in and all is clean and squeegee bright and filled with the promise of possibility, and I want to keep all the songs for me: a song for me, a song for me. Hours later, I'm whistling the melodies---they're that good---and wondering how I can make the world a better place. I guess I can do this by not being so greedy, and by granting a song for you as well as for me.

If you want to go somewhere nice for a while, and you want to be flown there, then you want to be settled down by whatever magical flying thing flew you there, settled on a nice, soft, slightly warm but not in a gross or creepy way cushion/pillow/cloud, then listen to the CD already. It's transportive.