B Willing

B Willing

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"Success is surviving on the love of what you're doing. It's an everyday obsession..."

Biography

B Willing ~ Singer, Songwriter, Troubadour.

While living for the last few years in the 21st century neo hippie love nest of Ojai, CA I've performed with Ziggy Marley, Natasha Bedingfield, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Blondie, Little Feat, Snow Patrol, Sugarcult, Alter Bridge, ALO, Devon Allman and Edwin McCain writing and singing for my band, Shades of Day. It is quite an honor to have played with all of these artists, but through the years there remained in me a starvation for touring that I just HAD to feed.

In 2006, Shades of Day released a full length album called MAYDAY!, recorded and self produced in our Ojai recording studio, The Red Barn. The album sold well regionally and the band created a strong local and regional buzz in Santa Barbara and Ventura, being voted the best band in Ventura County for the last three years. *VC Reporter

However, the band did not tour behind it, and I still had this unwavering desire to get the wheels on the pavement, radio up, windows down, the show on the road.

So in the spring of 2007, I set off on a three month solo tour that led me all over the states ~ Ojai to Boston and almost everywhere between.. Dubbed "The Great Couch Tour" it was a full taste of life on the road, and I fell in love. We'll always have Niagara Falls...

While in Nashville I recorded 15 songs, 6 of which turned into an EP called "the breakup sessions"... And that's a hell of a story. Some other time perhaps..

Getting back to the relative present! In the summer of '08, I planted myself in the heart of Los Angeles to start writing and producing material for a new record, collaborating with artists I respect, and really to just live in my next chapter. My next scene. Incredible!

**I blog/rant frequently. Please do check in often: blog.myspace.com/bewilling and brendanwillingjames.com

email: bwillingmusic@gmail.com


Lyrics

Steel Irony

Written By: Brendan James

Leave your clothes on the floor today
worry another day
Stare at me with your beauty eyes
kiss me for one last time

Stay
with me
forever
we'll fly
together
so high
and never
come down

Breathe
or you'll never know
why you can't stay
just a minute more

Stay
with me
forever
we'll fly
together
so high
and never
come down

Salt and Water

Written By: B Willing

Please don't walk
let me drive you
we can talk
if you want to
please don't cry
I didn't mean to
please don't walk
let me drive you

Salt and water comes down
Salt and water comes down
her face

Please don't leave
I still need you
if you speak
I won't hear you
please don't lie
you don't want me
please don't leave
I still need you

Salt and water comes down
Salt and water comes down
her face

And I'm still like a mirror inside
I can look down but I'll never hide
you laughed when I cried
now I can't say goodbye
I'm still here building my wall
When I'm done you'll say my how tall
well he had it all
when he took a chance and
made the longest fall...

Terrible Rush

Written By: Brendan Willing James

If I put my troubles on your dash
for a while on this highway
maybe we'll feel better for a while
but in the longrun
we can't run for long

If my hand crawls over to touch your leg
while the rain makes it hard to hear
would you keep your cool and hold mine too
only this time
don't let go

I'm in a terrible rush
somewhere to be
someone to lust
I liked what it was
and the sound of us
I'm in a terrible rush
I'm in a terrible rush
somewhere to be
someone to lust
I liked what it was
and the sound of us
I'm in a terrible rush

If you leave now love, will you be back?
Will the years treat us kind?
Maybe we'll feel better if we smile
in the longrun
we can't run for long

I'm in a terrible rush
somewhere to be
someone to lust
I liked what it was
and the sound of us
I'm in a terrible rush
I'm in a terrible rush
somewhere to be
someone to lust
I liked what it was
and the sound of us
I'm in a terrible rush

Love Parade

Written By: Brendan Willing James

You roll in like a thundercloud
waving your arms all around
I've seen you downtown
whippin' it up like cream

Flirtation butterfly
your eyes look super fine
I wanna love you long time
can I be next in line?

If you are warm I'll take you home
even if my eyes are saying no, no, no
I am alive when I feel it grow
oh no, it's happening again

You're what I'm thinking of
walking on the stairs above
I felt a push of love
staring at the way you move

cranberry lemonade
fantastic rose parade
I'll call you names for days
we always get our way

Waiting for a Train

Written By: Brendan Willing James

You might think I live out here
I'm just a vagabond
lost my mind a while back
don't know where I'm from
I must be on the alcohol
the powder or the weed
but I ain't lonely
I'm just waiting for a train

I follow sounds like beating drums
a poacher for a feast
the passers by don't give a damn
content to let me be
people say I've given up
I'm worthless to the seams
but I'm not lonely
I'm just waiting for a train

and when it comes
I won't need to say goodbye
when it comes
I'm just waiting on a ride

You might think I live out here
I'm just a vagabond
"he lost his mind a while back"
"he don't know where he's from"
"he must be on the alcohol
the powder, or the weed"
but I'm not lonely
I'm just waiting for a train

Dying Ambers

Written By: Brendan Willing James

When I left town yesterday
I told myself to just stay away
leave the morning paper fading in the sun

If she calls when I'm gone
tell the devil I said so long
I won't be her disciple anymore

And it feels like everything is wrong
yes it feels like everything is wrong
I'm a stranger to my own farewell song

I'm gone and so far away
14 states in 3 short days
there won't be a cloud in my sky

I'll drop down from above
throwing light and screaming love
you won't see a tear in my eye

And it feels like everything is wrong
yes it feels like everything is wrong
I'm a stranger to my own farewell song

Where you gonna go when the sun is gone
and the dying ambers take you?
Where you gonna go when the day is done
and the city lights eat you?

Headlights, red lights, gone

Heaven Sent

Written By: Brendan Willing James

Why you want to save me?
I've been so dirty
please don't mistake me
for heaven sent
heaven sent

You were just lonely
you wanted the one you loved so well
I won't mistake you
for heaven sent
heaven sent

You say your life is over now
but it's just beginning
you made a broken hearted sound
but it's only mending

We're just unlucky
we're just like paper in the wind
I won't mistake you
for heaven sent
heaven sent

You say your life is over now
but it's just beginning
you made a broken hearted sound
but it's only mending...

Wings

Written By: Brendan Willing James/Jenni Alpert

your toes don't touch the ground
and your wings don't make a sound
and you're nowwhere to be found
when I need ya

your lips turn into a smile
a kiss turns into a while
you're here so soft and I'm trying to say
that I need ya

You're always flying away
but I never hear you go
your wings aren't making a sound
making a sound
making a sound..

your eyes are playing along
they say you're moving on
so I'm not feeling strong
cuz I need ya

I see the games you play
to keep my love at bay
so hear me when I say
oh, I need ya

You're always flying away
but I never hear you go
your wings aren't making a sound
making a sound
making a sound..

six am our eyes are heavy
oh oh oh
every night you tried to save me
oh oh oh
there goes the best thing in my life
m mm mm mm mm mm
it's tragic how love runs from time
there's so much more that we could be

You're always flying away
but I never hear you go
your wings aren't making a sound
making a sound
making a sound..

Out of my Life

Written By: Brendan Willing James

I'm having a tough time
letting you go
I'm drawing a fine line
between pleasure and between pain

You think it's funny
you think it's a game
consider the timing
and I just might laugh the same

why do we always look back?
watching our lives pass us right before our eyes
well I hold on..
and out of my life she goes

I'm painting a picture
of nothing at all
my life is a canvas
waiting for my Salvador Dali
if I stand here cold tired and plain
I hope you notice
what used to be ours could still remain

why do we always look back?
watching our lives pass us
right before our eyes...
Well I hold on
and out of my life

she goes
she goes
and she knows
she won't be back for me
I know I'm alone

I'm waiting
I'm waiting
I'm waiting

I'm having a tough time
letting you go
drawing a fine line
between pleasure and between pain

cuz out of my life she goes
she goes
and she knows
she won't be back for me
I know
I'm alone
I'm waiting
I'm waiting
I'm waiting...
credits

Discography

The Breakup Sessions - EP - released October 12, 2007

Shades of Day "MAYDAY!" ~ Full Length Rock Album Independent Release May 12, 2006

Now Playing on:
Upstreamradio.com
Creamyradio.com
Live365.com
KJEE 92.9 Santa Barbara
KCSB 91.9 Santa Barbara
KWSS 106.7 Phoenix
Living Rocks Radio

Set List

Any and all. I love a good challenge. Like playing to kids in the afternoon, drunkards at night, and on the radio in the morning. I've got something for everyone.

Songs:
Love Parade
Heaven Sent
Voice Thru a Line
Terrible Rush
Lost
Sugar High
Lifetime
Bullet Chest Beatrice
Maybe
Hands and Freedom
Sanctify
Hollow Man
Without A Sound
Forget Me Not
There's Nobody Home
The Business Side of a Gun
Every Life Comes and Goes
Relax and Pretend
Wings
Love Has Spoken
Dying Ambers
Make your Mind Up
Wings

and some covers...
Can't Change Me (Chris Cornell)
In My Darkest Hour (Glen Phillips)
My Hometown (The Boss)
Your Song (Elton John)
Girl I left in Sunny Tennessee (Norman Blake)
How Do You Fight Loneliness (Wilco)
Willin' (Little Feat)

I've played 20 minute sets and I've done 3 hour sets, I'll play by your campfire, I'll play in your living room, and I may even eat your peanut butter.