Brian Driscoll

Brian Driscoll

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Philadelphia based Brian Driscoll is a refreshing new artist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer. His music is melodic and nicely acoustic.

Biography

ASCAPLUS Award recipient Brian Driscoll is a musician of two minds: on one hand, he is the guitar-toting singer/songwriter whose songs are both thought-provoking and radio-friendly; on the other hand, he is an award-winning contemporary classical composer whose works for choir and various chamber ensembles have been published and performed around the world. At the intersection of these two paths is a talented songwriter with a DIY attitude who is humble yet passionate about his craft and about making new music in any genre.

Given Driscoll's "two minds", one might be curious to know exactly what's on Brian's iPod at any given time.

"My iPod is always on shuffle!", says Driscoll between laughs, "So you can usually find some Barenaked Ladies, definitely Dave Matthews Band, some Nine Inch Nails, 50 Cent, James Taylor, Rancid, Less Than Jake, Panic! At The Disco, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Richard Shindell, and Dar Williams... and that's just a few of them. You should see my CD collection." Asked if he had any of his own material on his iPod, Brian responded "Well, for a while around this past Christmas I had 'What Christmas Brings' on my iPod, but I've since taken it off."

We wondered why such an eclectic mix of music did not include any of his own. "I just don't want to be THAT guy, you know? Don't get me wrong, I love my own music, but I'm not in love with it - or with myself - to the point where I have to have MY music on MY iPod. If I really want to hear it that badly I'll pick up my guitar and play it."

We figured that for someone who doesn't have his own music on his mp3 player he must not have a favorite song of his own.

"Actually, I have two favorites."

We were shocked.

"'History' is definitely one of them, because it's such a personal song for me. It's like my autobiography - my whole life in four and a half minutes! Wow, that sounds kind of sad when I say that. Still, it's one of my favorites because it's me at my most vulnerable - basically saying 'Look, I know I've had a screwed up life, but I think I'm okay with it. I just hope it doesn't sabotage my future'. My other favorite is "Sonata No. 1 for Piano" - I still think it's one of the best pieces of music I've ever written, and Sal (Mallimo) really brought it to life. I don't know if I'll ever write anything that good again."

For his sake, we hope he does. Otherwise he's just another singer/songwriter/guitarist/classical composer... and aren't they just so common these days?

Lyrics

History

Written By: Brian Driscoll

My dad was just five years from forty
when I became part of his story.
It was his second son by his second wife.

Well I was just a little baby when my mom decided that maybe things weren't working out just the way she'd planned.

She got an apartment in Jersey, with her boy in tow she said it was early to tell if this was the best thing for her son.

Maybe I didn't grow up like all the other kids, but I turned out okay, so everything else is just history.

I was just four years from twenty when my dad came to his end, he couldn't hold on to the things he loved most.

If things were different I'd be more like other kids, but I can't worry about that now. It's best to think the past is just history.

Now I'm just five years from thirty, I've got a wife but sometimes I worry that things won't work out just the way we planned.

'Cause growin' up in a broken home is all I ever knew, so everyday I wake up with her I'm thankful she's a part of my history.

My dad was just five years from forty when I became part of his story, it was his second son by his second wife.

Meet You at Seven

Written By: Brian Driscoll

Hello, how are you doing?
Has it really been four years?
Now I hear you're making music - I bet the kids really love you for it.

And things with me are fine as always, but every once in a while I think about you.

Remember when we were in school together? We used to talk about our wedding day. Now only one of us is married - I bet you never thought you'd see the day.

And things with me are fine as always, but every once in a while I think about you.

I think about you every now and then, and wonder where I went wrong way back when. I think about you and maybe for a time I can be the boy I left behind. So, I hope you don't mind if every once in a while I think about you.

I think about you and I wonder how things were so much different than they are now. I think about you and maybe in my mind you're still the same girl I left behind. So, I hope you don't mind if every once in a while I think about you.

Thank you for a lovely evening. It was really nice to see you. Maybe we can do it again some other time, and would you mind if I called you?

And things with me are fine as always, but every once in a while I think about you.

I'm Blue, How 'Bout You?

Written By: Brian Driscoll

I don't get up in the morning, 'cause I don't sleep. Honey it's just the same as I did last week. When my bed is empty, I got no need.

I don't go up to the store, 'cause I don't eat. Honey it's just the same as I did last week. When my table's empty, I got no need.

I don't go to church, 'cause I don't pray. It wouldn't bring you back, so what's the use anyway? When my heart is empty, I got no need.

I don't drive my car, 'cause I don't leave. Darlin' it's just the same as I did last week. When my backseat is empty, I got no need.

I don't get up at all.
I don't go to the store.
I don't go off to church.
I don't drive my car.

Baby, what kind of man do you think I am? I ain't done nothin' at all since you been gone.

Discography

"One Night" (single, 1995 Shock Therapy Records)
"Frontier" (EP, 1995 Shock Therapy Records)
"Live! From Montclair State University" (EP, 2000 self-released)
"What Christmas Brings" (single, 2006 self-released)
"Eclectic Ladyland" (LP, 2007 self-released)

Set List

Thus far I've yet to do a full-length set in any venue. So, my typical short set list (approx. 15 minutes) is one of the following:

SET A:
"Meet You at Seven" (Driscoll, 4:30)
"Without You" (Driscoll, 4:45)
"I'm Blue, How 'Bout You?" (Driscoll, 3:30)
"Best Wishes" (Driscoll, 4:05)

SET B:
"Best Wishes"
"History" (Driscoll, 4:30)
"Meet You at Seven"
"I'm Blue, How 'Bout You?"

COVERS:
Occasionally I will play a cover or two during my sets. Here are some that I do:

"Light Up My Room" (Barenaked Ladies)
"Highway 61" (Bob Dylan)
"No Woman No Cry" (Bob Marley)
"Redemption Song" (Bob Marley)
"Three Little Birds" (Bob Marley)
"Angels of the Silences" (Counting Crows)
"Have You Seen Me Lately?" (Counting Crows)
"Mr. Jones" (Counting Crows)
"'Round Here" (Counting Crows)
"Gravedigger" (Dave Matthews)
"Bartender" (Dave Matthews Band)
"Crash Into Me" (Dave Matthews Band)
"Don't Drink the Water" (Dave Matthews Band)
"Lover Lay Down" (Dave Matthews Band)
"Say Goodby