Brian Eltomi

Brian Eltomi

 Tallahassee, Florida, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

A songwriter, a philosopher, a guitarist, and a relentless banjo-shredder.

Biography

After taking up guitar at the age of 16, Brian quickly fell in love with the craft of songwriting. He began writing and recording during his senior year of High School, and released an EP called The Planet Sessions - a short collection of acoustic songs that marked his entrance into the songwriting world. Afterwards, he attended Florida State University, where he majored in both philosophy and literature, studied contemporary psychology, and engaged in deep investigation of religious and nonreligious thought. Also, while at Florida State, he discontinued his production of music and turned to the study and appreciation of the craft. He worked towards gaining an understanding and appreciation for various musical styles and approaches to composition, and spent over a year learning to write poetry under the wings of professor and American poet Barbara Hamby, eventually publishing a poem titled "King of the Ants" through the school's literary publication.

In 2009, he built his own recording studio in his home so that he could experiment freely with different musical directions and produce music at his own pace without the pressure of hourly studio rates. This resulted in the creation of "Regress," a 4 song EP featuring a full band that includes banjo, layers of harmonies, a syncopated percussion section, acoustic guitar and bass. Brian explains the EP saying, "I see it as my first attempt at giving all of my effort - compositionally, lyrically, intellectually, and creatively - to a musical project."

Lyrics

Riverside

Written By: Brian Eltomi

We stood on the riverside
Right there I said goodbye
Left you with nothing
Waiting for the tide
You said alright

Don’t let it get to you
You did what you had to do
You tried to keep these days
But they got away from you
You said alright
You’re alright

Let me know if you’re cut in two
Let me know if you’re black and blue
Let me know if you need me there
Let me know if you’ve got nowhere to stand
I can take you home

Lately, I’ve been thinking about your safety
And I just keep thinking maybe
I should take you home
I should take you home

See I let it get to me
This simple world of blues and greens
Everything was something that had to be seen
With my own eyes

And it took a little while
But they turned God into a style

A thing inside our heads they made
To make it all worthwhile
You were right
You were right

Lately, I’ve been thinking about your safety
And I just keep thinking maybe
I should take you home
I should take you home

Let me know if you’re cut in two
Let me know if you’re black and blue
Let me know if you need me there
Let me know if you’ve got nowhere to stand
I can take you home

Lately, I’ve been thinking about your safety
And I just keep thinking maybe
I should take you home
I should take you home

Call It Love

Written By: Brian Eltomi

Give me your hurt
But keep your pride
I’m not the first to save your day
Can’t hold it back
it comes on just like a heart attack they say
They call it love like it’ll come down from above and sweep you away
Some call it love like you’ll get swept under the rug
Wait for old age

You shouldn’t have to calculate it
You’ll figure out sooner or later
Find that you can’t manipulate it
And you’re gonna shine, I know
You’re gonna shine, I know

Tangled at first ‘til it unraveled for the worst and came undone
You turned around in time to see it on the ground and overrun
You called it love and said it came down from above how could you be so wrong?
That ain’t the truth you know you felt it coming loose all along

You shouldn’t have to calculate it
You’ll figure out sooner or later

Find that you can’t manipulate it
And you’re gonna shine, I know
You’re gonna shine, I know

Observe, Record, Repeat

Written By: Brian Eltomi

I have belief that’s true if justified
You hold belief that’s somewhere in your mind
Let me go inside
For just a little while

You say we are just things just moving parts
working, living, working from a start
That’s not it for me; not intuitively

Oh, you let things go
Oh, the more you know

Would it be alright
To say that this life
Is something more than
My own will to survive?

Just wake up, get up, to sleep and wake up again
Wake up, get up, to sleep and wake up again

You say you’ve checked the numbers and the facts
Anything else is just there to fill a gap
That’s not it for me,
Observe, Record, Repeat
But know that the numbers change with all the facts,
They break, they bend, they break, they’ll take you back

Think historically,
It’s faith in fluidity

Oh, you let things go
Oh, the more you know

Would it be alright
To say that this life
Is something more than
My own will to survive?

Just wake up, get up, to sleep and wake up again
Wake up, get up, to sleep and wake up again?

You'll Understand

Written By: Brian Eltomi

There it was
A slow and circling sphere
You placed it on my back
I kept it dear

Set your mind
And form it all in your own way
Who was I to believe?
Who were you to say?

Oh, when you get old you’ll understand
Oh, when you get old you’ll understand
Understand
Here I am
Seeing what you saw
One of 6 billion other souls
And six feet tall

Why tell me that years would make it clear?
You had me wrapped up in a dream
To wake up here.

Oh, when you get old you’ll understand
Oh, when you get old you’ll understand
Understand

Oh my God, this is faster than I can breathe
My head is out to choke my heart
Oh my God, this was here when I came to be
We’re born in this flame with the flight of its sparks.

Oh, when you get old you’ll understand
Oh, when I get old I’ll understand.

Discography

The Planet Sessions - EP, 2007

Regress - EP, 2012

Set List