Brian Courtright

Brian Courtright

BandLatinSinger/Songwriter

I am a new song writer. I'm not pushing any band. I try to write original sounding uplifting songs. My hope is to get my music noticed by a label, artist or publisher looking for material. I also have instrumental versions of each song.

Biography

Brian was that kid who started out on mom's pots and pans in the kitchen while listening to the radio. "Hearing music as a child excited me to no end. I felt I was already a part of the music and knew it was going to be my life." Born and raised in Sacramento, California Brian got his musical experience from playing drums with every kind of band possible. School marching band, jazz band, swing choir, his buddy's house playing Chuck Berry & Yardbirds songs, at that house where the hippies jam, in the garage around the corner playing Led Zeppelin & The Who. At 18 he joined the U.S. Air Force and became a special vehicle mechanic working on flight line firetrucks & crash equipment. While stationed at Kedena AFB in Okinawa, Japan, Brian suffered a traumatic amputation to his right hand while working on emergency equipment. He was medicaly discharged with full honors and a 60% disability. Brian went back to playing drums, having to learn a new approach now missing all the fingers on his right hand. "It made me really focus on my left hand and opened up the door to many unique percussion ideas." Brian began writing songs when a buddy who had brought this monstrous all-in-one recording device called the Tascam SX1 to his home because his friend could not figure out how to use it. "The instruction book looked like a fat dictionary!" After figuring out how to lay some basic tracks, Brian started flirting around with recording drum beats and ideas he had created over the years. "I had this one drum pattern that just made me want to get up and dance. So I plunked out a simple bass line on my keyboard and strumed an old acoustic nylon string guitar. The words seemed to write themselves as I listened to the music and, man, I was hooked! Writing songs opened up a new creative outlet. My goal is to get my music noticed by a label, artist or publisher looking for material."

Lyrics

Get Away Isle

Written By: Brian Courtright

Hey people up on your feet
summers here you can feel the heat
drop the troubles from your work day life
were going to get away isle

Hey boy grab a girl
Spin her around taker for a whirl
listen to the music feel the beat
gonna to leave it all behind

There can be no hesitation
all it takes is imagination
no ticket price you have to pay
just close your eyes & get away

See why all the people get together
They dance & sing & drink until whenever
big bright smiles everyone’s happy
here at get away isle

Don’t lose that thought
You might get lost
Don’t lose that thought
You might get caught

Standin by the sea shore feet in the water
feel the heat from the sun getting hotter
really got nothing better to do
were just enjoying the view

Sippin a drink with the little umbrella
checkin out the string bikini’s with the fellas
feel the excitement coming to a boil
here at get away isle

Palms swingin in the breeze
sunsets on the beach
summer never goes away
let your mind run astray (when you)

See all the people come together
they dance & sing & drink until whenever
big bright smiles & everyone’s happy
here at get away isle

Don’t lose that thought
You might get lost
Don’t lose that thought
You might get caught

solo

Some people never go
spend there life stuck in the cold
cloudy days aint got no time
what a way to lose your mind

Step back take a look at your life
spend more time with the kids & the wife
inhibitions melt away
If you’d only give it a try

Got to free your inner child
that hasn’t been here in a while
got to let it out to play
even if its for a day (you’ll)

See all the people come together
dance & sing & drink until whenever
big bright smiles & everyone’s happy
here at get away isle

See all the people together
dance & laugh & drink until whenever
escape for a while, everyone’s going
down to get away isle

* Percussion parts at end are an idea for live shows. Musicians drop instruments and play hand drums.

The Other Side

Written By: Brian Courtright

There’s a new day dawning
Yesterday’s gone
Let’s change the world we live in
Time for a new beginning
Wont take long we’d be so strong
Together with the people on the other side
Whoa people on the other side

If we all dance together
Forget the world we’ve known
Political positions
Lying politicians
Telling you who you should hate
And tell you not listen to the other side
Whoa never listen to the other side

Lets all come together
All the people of the world
Got to learn to listen
To every ones position
Don’t close your mind or be unkind
Take the time to listen to the other side
Whoa listen to the other side

Were all brothers and sisters
It’s a wonderful world
We all have to remember
No one lives forever
Make this world a better place
Don’t judge till you’ve been living on the other side
Whoa living on the other side

Rap

We need to find a new way to look at each other
You know you can’t judge a book by the cover
With each new day it brings a new beginning
Don’t listen to those whose words are spinning

Like children playing that can see no wrong
With love in their hearts they sing a song
Of love and life in a brand new world
They dance together all the boys and girls

To a brand new beat that will move your feet
All the people get together out in the streets
On the other side On the other side

There’s a new day dawning
Yesterday’s gone
Let’s change the world we live in
Time for a new beginning
Wont take long we’d be so strong
Together with the people on the other side
Whoa people on the other side

The Reasons Why

Written By: Brian Courtright

I’ve been pretty high
And I have walked those lines
And I’ve been known to close
A bar or two
There aint nothing like
This hangover I’m fighting
It never ends until I’m over you

And as the night gets longer
These drinks get stronger
Cant believe I’ve let her
Walk out of my life
This whiskey loves me
It’s always been here for me
So I ask the bottle
For the reasons why

I though I was your man
Thought we had a plan
But somehow things have changed
And now I’m just no good
But I’ve been here before
I don’t need to hear no more
About how people change
Just like you knew they would

And as the nights get longer
These drinks get stronger
I can’t believe I let her
Walk out of my life
This whiskey loves me
It’s always been here for me
So I ask the bottle
For the reasons why

Solo

Mabey I’m just trying to damm hard
Never should have played
That last card
Or mabey I just should’nt
Take a bet
Without knowing the odd’s
To see just what I’d get

And as the nights get longer
These drinks get stronger
Can’t believe I’ve let her
Walk out of my life
This whiskey loves me
It’s always been here for me
So I ask the bottle
For the reasons why
Yeah I ask the bottle
For the reasons why

More and More

Written By: Brian Courtright

You the one who found my heart
Adrift and cast away
You shared with me your love each day
And I fell deeply in your soul
And found the words I’m looking for
To tell you how you changed my life
I wanted you to be my wife

Cause you you’re the one that I love
The only one I’m thinking of
When I’m away
The smile that warms me when I’m cold
I know Ill never be alone
You’re always in my heart
And as time moves on
We'll build our happy home

You brought life into this world
A strong boy my little girl
I feel blessed so many ways
I love you more than words can say

More and more
This feeling grows and the pain it fades away
More and more
The fear is gone there’s nothing in my way
More and more
I trust in love my heart is here to stay
I seem to love you more than ever

And now as the years go flowing by
When I look into your eyes
I can see your beauty never fades
Our loves grown stronger through the years
All the laughter all the tears
My love for you has never strayed
So let’s keep dancing on
And just let the music play

SOLO

I was afraid to show emotion
But your love and your devotion
Has made me change my ways
You make me proud to be your man
I take the world on make a stand
Live the dreams I’ve hoped and prayed
I love you more than words can ever say

More and more
You shine the light of love on me
More and more
I run away from the darkness now I see
More and more
You show me how fulfilled my life could be
I Love you more and more than ever

Discography

None of my music has been published.
The Parrotheads is one of the bands I tour with.
They have a Jimmy Buffett tribute CD available at www.theparrotheads.com

Set List

Only written a few songs that I think are worth playing for others. Get Away Isle is a fun song anybody can enjoy. Flip over the CD and you get The Other Side!