Brent Magstadt

Brent Magstadt

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Brent Magstadt - Intense shimmering acoustic passages, great vocal harmonies, solo fusion guitar ecstasy.

Biography

Since 1979, Brent Magstadt has been wrapping his fingers around necks of various sizes, thrumming and strumming for money, laughs, creative outlet, and friends attuned ears. After a long stint of barely rewarding rock-n-roll and micro-touring, he tired of the dinginess of the road. Not afraid to huck gear up many flights of stairs, the lesson learned was about the energy he chose to engage with, surround himself with on this musical journey.

Now, having found an intense and warm creative hotbed of music on Vashon Island, full of aware musicians and kind accountable friends, Brent is feeling kinda grounded in his musical world!

This solidity has led to an expansive array of creativity. Not only does he play many solo acoustic shows, showcasing his guitar playing as well as vocal and songwriting abilities, he also plays in varied small ensembles, and even steps in as an occasional sideman.

Lyrics

All Of Your Toys

Written By: Brent Magstadt

(Copyright 2004 Brent L. Magstadt)

[1]
Hey all you boys
Hey all you boys standing on that stump making noise
With all of your toys
With all of your toys, will you make us peace, bring us joy

And yet you hide all alone, in your high-rise
Sharing no alms, but only judgement

[2]
With all of your wealth
With all of your wealth will you cure the childrens health
In spite of your greed
In spite of your greed will you feed those in need on the streets

And yet you hide all alone, in your high-rise
Sharing no alms, but only judgement

Gather ‘round you people
Sing them praise, no wrong
No peeling back the layers
Shallow is your song

[3]
Hey all you boys
Hey all you boys standing on that stump making noise
With all of your toys
With all of your toys, will you make us peace, bring us joy

And yet you hide all alone, in your high-rise
Sharing no alms, but only judgement

Miss That Whiskey

Written By: Brent Magstadt

Miss That Whiskey - Concert
( ©B.Magstadt – March 2007)

[1]
Got Angels on my right, the Devil off the left
A little bit of chaos behind me and a long dark road ahead
Never should have taken that money
But I needed whiskey, Red
I’ve taken my chance and now I’m looking at
Maybe my last dance

[2]
It was 13 days ago, a town down on old muddy
Five big bags of money, well they sorely tempted me
No one dead but a couple men bloody F# D…
As I headed for the high prairie
With a posse chasin’ me
Now they’re only a few hours back…

[3]
Got a deputy on my right, the Sherriff off the left
A tight strung line in an old oak tree, I’m sayin’ hello to death
Man I’ll miss that whiskey, Red
As I saddle up for this ride
Deputy yells a loud “Hi Yea!”
And my horse he leaps away
And I see my body sway…
Helluva lot behind me…
and only one bright light ahead…

Just Falling Down

Written By: Brent Magstadt

Just Falling Down – Capo 6
( © B.Magstadt – March 2007)

[1]
Falling in love again,
catch me if you can
The height of the fall depends on the depth of my heart
Some people only give, others only take
But I can’t have one not the other, for my love to make

[Chorus]
I need to be there for me
I need to feel my heart
I need you to be there for you
Cuz falling in love is what I want,
and otherwise, I’ll fall down

[2]
My heart now I do reveal, the smudges cracks and dents
I’m standing here shivering, naked on the fence
You lift your eyes to mine, now I see your soul
Undressing feelings deep within, we’re capturing the glow

[Chorus]
Cuz you will be there for you,
And you will feel your heart
And I know I will be there for me
Cuz falling in love is what I want,
and otherwise, it’s just falling down

Sunlight Eyes

Written By: Brent Magstadt

Sunlight Eyes
(Brent Magstadt, 2007)

[1]
Caught a boat across the Sound, Hit land just before sundown
Drove on up to Nichols Street, What a suite, what a suite
Had no plan, no goals, or ties, Friday Harbor before my eyes
Sitting warm with my sunlight eyes, I’m complete, I’m in peace

(Chorus)
Now I walk the walk of life, so fine, so fine
Now I talk the talk of life, and love, divine

[2]
Early AM, we pack our bags, Ferry sails through Haro Straight
Sidney Landing shimmers fine, Down the line, BC time
Abigail, she waits for us, Morning Quiche, I’m forty-plus
Friends with laughter around their eyes, We’re complete, we’re in peace

(Chorus)
We all walk the walk of life, so fine, so fine
We all talk the talk of life, and love, divine

Now I walk the walk of life, so fine, so fine
Now I talk the talk of life, and love, divine
And love… divine, and love… divine

Discography

- Brent Magstadt (2005, Slippina Disc)

- Oasis Acoustic Volume V, Number 6
(Disc 2, Track 12 "All of Your Toys")

- Tribal Voices, Welcome to the Tribe: Island Earthfair, 2004 (bootleg)

- "Window of Sighs" w/Yvonne Pitrof, 2003 - a political unrest song... ;~)
http://www.brentmagstadt.com/music/Window%20Of%20Sighs_256k.mp3

- Turner Down, Live at Cafe Luna (2002, bootleg)

- Prophecy (1984, Metal Arc Records)

Set List

In addition to regular solo/duo/trio vocal/acoustic performances, Brent also performs in instrumental progressive groove and jazz ensembles.

Originals:
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Island Vibe / I Believe
Sunlight Eyes
Flight Of Fancy
High De Ho
Song For Kim
Flying (solo)
Wings of Leaves
All of Your Toys
Samba de los Rockos
Dreamer
Ami Grooves
Carey
Just Falling Down
Passing Through
Miss That Whiskey (solo)
One
Window of Sighs
Wander
Re-Arranging
Walking Man
Percolator
Simple thoughts
Edifice of Life
Go Away
Journey
Nowhere’s Nooning
Unfolding
Walking Man
Dear Annis
My Life
Three Tears
Never Say Goodbye
See So Far
We Smile

Covers (if needed; + about a thousand others...):
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Wind Cries Mary (JHendrix)
Hard Headed Woman (CStevens)
Blue Sky (PFloyd)
Jesus Don’t Cry (Wilco/JTweedy)
It Doesn’t Matter (Manassas/SStills)
Forever Ride (BMiller)
Cowgirl in the Sand (NYoung)
Rocket Launcher (BCockburn)
The Chicken (JPastoriou