Jeff Brinkman

Jeff Brinkman

213 Francis St., Longmont, Colorado, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

A blend of folk, indie, pop, rock and something more. While acoustic guitars, cello, upright bass ride a tapestry of percussion and drums. Jeff's mesmerizing vocals tell a story everyone can relate to. Sounds like: Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Ray LaMontagne and Cat Stevens.

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Biography

Singer-songwriter Jeff Brinkmans music moves the soul, allowing space for listeners to find pieces of themselves in his spiritual insights and shared life-lessons on love, loss, hope, and letting go. Originally from Iowa, Jeff headed West in search of his dreams and settled down in Colorado, where he quicklygained regional notoriety and went on to tour nationally.

Jeff has long been involved with rock-n-roll cancer charity Love Hope Strength and joins the ranks of Donovan Frankenreiter, John Oates, Shawn Colvin, G Love, Brett Dennen and others ininviting and inspiring the music community to lend their voices in the fight against cancer. At age 7, Jeff started learning to play the guitar. After losing his mother to cancer when he was 10, Jeff wrote a letter to her that turned into his first song. Hes beensharing his life experiences through writing and performing music ever since.

Lyrics

Island

Written By: Jeff Brinkman and Mark Kranjcec

Every star in the sky, disappears in your morning light.
And lives in the reflections, of the light in your eyes.
So take down your white flags, and make us some shade.
See the ships on the horizon…we can wave them away.

And you’ll be the ocean and I’ll be the land,
And we’ll make us and island, for our young ones to stand.
And you’ll be hear, safe away from harm. I will keep you warm and safe.
In the harbor of my arms.

Lived our lives in the bottle, with no room to grow.
I was carried away, in your soft undertow.
I could sail on your smile. If I sink like a stone.
I could wait on the bottom, until your waves bring me home.

And you’ll be the ocean and I’ll be the land,
And we’ll make us and island, for our young ones to stand.
And you’ll be hear, safe away from harm. I will keep you warm and safe.
In the harbor of my arms.

I sink, you blink, you move, you think you’re never alone.
I’m washed away by the wind and rain, I’m swept away in your undertow.

I’ll drink the water, you can lay on the sand.
And we’ll be the island, for our young ones to stand.

And you’ll be the ocean and I’ll be the land,
And we’ll make us and island, for our young ones to stand.
And you’ll be hear, safe away from harm. I will keep you warm and safe.
In the harbor of my arms. And you’ll be the ocean and I’ll be the land,
And we’ll make us and island, for our young ones to stand.

Ordinary Day

Written By: Jeff Brinkman and Mark Kranjcec

One foot upon a train. It’s taking me away. To another part of town.
You won’t be seeing me around.

Cause this war in me, is keeping me awake.
And the walls in me, are crumbling everyday. And I remember what you say….
Don’t fade away. It’s just an ordinary day.

And the letters that you wrote. I’m turning into notes.
That I’ll make into my song. And if you want to sing along.

But this war in me, is keeping me awake.
And the walls in me, are crumbling everyday. And I remember what you say….
Don’t fade away. It’s just an ordinary day.

But this war in me, is keeping me awake.
And the walls in me, are crumbling everyday. And I remember what you say….
Don’t fade away. It’s just an ordinary day.

Strange

Written By: Jeff Brinkman, Mark Kranjcec

Spill the words, from my pen, you wipe them away. I start over again.
I’m trying so hard, to live a life, that’s a little more than strange.
All the times, I try to find, a little bit of gratitude and a little piece of mind.
I’m trying so hard, to live a life, that’s a little more than strange.

All the times, you tried to lift me up and all the ways to tell yourself that
you’re not enough. Every time I try, to find my way back home, I’m not alone.
You lead me home. (Humming)

I walk the line, you pull the strings. You lifted my heart up high. You gave me wings.
I’m trying so hard, to live a life, that’s a little more than strange.

All the times, you tried to lift me up and all the ways to tell yourself that
you’re not enough. Every time I try, to find my way back home, I’m not alone.

All the times, you tried to lift me up and all the ways to tell yourself that
you’re not enough. Every time I try, to find my way back home, I’m not alone.
You lead me home.

I’m trying hard, to live my life, I’m trying so hard, to see the light, I’m trying so hard, to live a life, that’s a little more than strange

Don't Bring Me Down

Written By: Jeff Brinkman and Mark Kranjcec

You might think that I’m falling to pieces
And everyone is telling me to believe it
Every time I try so hard just to mean it
But it’s in your face and you choose not to see it.
So won’t you see me now, believe me now…Don’t bring me down

Slow it down, live it up, just try to be
Right here, right now, right here with me
Every time I drag my bones back home
My soul is singing I’m not alone

So won’t you see me now, believe me now…Don’t bring me down

You believe I can move my mountains
Before I learn to breathe
But these things are holding me down
Keeping me around here

Slip sliding I feel my mind go free
It doesn’t matter what people think of me
But I’ve got my rhyme and my rhythm and the time I’ve been given
To make my way
I’ve been choosing, I’ve been moving……a new way

So won’t you see me now, believe me now…Don’t bring me down
So won’t you see me now, believe me now…Don’t bring me down

Face

Written By: Jeff Brinkman and Mark Kranjcec

I’m not who you want me to be today
So take me hands and your worries and go away
Caus I’ve been where you are before
Broken windows you stand in my door
…But you do see me

Back to home where I belong and
I will sit and think so good of you
Once I was new to you, but it’s not me….
And it goes away.

Life is a circle and it’s never ending
You can try to straighten it
But it’s always bending
And tongue of spite can cut like a knife
But why are you always defending…..
And still I feel…….

Back to home where I belong and
I will sit and think so good of you
Once I was new to you, but it’s not me….
And it goes away.

I see the trees with the leaves it left behind
And I find the meaning of the words I’ve yet to hide
And I will go
And you will know
It goes away.

Discography

To the bones (2010)

Strange 2012 (2012)

Recent reviews on the new album "STRANGE".
?The Colorado Sound – V4 EP39 Oct 2012
(+ a rare review / Jeff Brinkman – Strange)
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Before I publish this week – I’ve been sitting listening to the new album by Jeff Brinkman, Strange, as I work on this post. Of the over 300 releases I’ve tracked this past year this one makes an excellent case for being among the BEST OF 2012. Typically, when I audition an album I’m looking for that ONE song that “makes” the record – it starts with the performance and moves on from there. Three such songs and an album “has legs,” meaning it will probably stay in rotation for several months of the year, easily long enough to be a year end TOP 40 contender. When an album has MORE than three singles it’s a bonified hit, the kind that will usually receive both critical praise and sustained radio airplay…. and more often than not propel an artist/band to broader popularity and more featured show slots. This is a beautiful year end surprise. It easily establishes Jeff Brinkman and Mark Kranjcec as one of the best songwriting and co-producer teams I’ve ever heard regionally, and Jeff himself as one of the best of Colorado’s great male singer/songwriters of the past half century…. easily in the same class as Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd & the Monsters), Sean Kelly (the Samples), Isaac Slade (the Fray), or Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic).
I would expect this record to be featured prominently on adult/acoustic rock oriented playlists at several stations around the state.
The wonderful Miss Pattie aka Mrs Goat suggests he reminds her of
Cat Stevens and Eddie Vedder … works for me. Also recommended for fans of Paul Simon and Dave Matthews.

Set List

- 2 hours of original music
- Covers on request