don bridges

don bridges

BandChristianAcoustic

High-energy, well-crafted, genre-crossing songs about love, loss, disappointment, anger, and hope -- an exhilarating roller coaster ride of human emotions with memorable lyrics, singable melodies, wonderful harmonies, and lots of opportunities for audience participation.

Biography

An innovative songwriter and energetic musical performer for audiences of all ages, don bridges started writing and performing his songs in 1976 and continues to share stages with many of the nation’s finest songwriters and musicians. don is currently booking shows in support of his 13-song CD of original tunes, “An Ardmore Afternoon,” which received the Washington Area Music Association's "Wammie" nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording of 2004. He performed over 360 in 2003 and over 470 times in 2004 either solo or with his band as a singer-songwriter, a children’s entertainer or contemporary Christian worship leader. He plays regularly throughout the Washington, D.C. and mid-Atlantic region and toured as far as southern Oklahoma in 2004. Whether the venue is a festival, a theater, a concert hall, a restaurant, a church, a children’s center, a school, a park or a senior center, don is guaranteed to involve the entire audience in his performance.

don has received a total of ten “Wammie” nominations from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), and articles on don’s performances have been featured in the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Frederick News Post, the Bowie Blade-News, and many other news periodicals. His music has been broadcast on WUSA TV-9, WJLA TV-7, Fox TV-5, local cable TV, WETA FM-90.9, WAGE AM-1200, and Radio Del Ray. His previous trio Bridges To Bliss, comprised of don, vocalist Bobbi Bliss, and the late keyboard player David M. Scales (an Army Colonel who lost his life in the 9-11-01 terrorist attack on the Pentagon), received a total of 13 “Wammie” nominations during the late 1990s.

don’s songwriting styles include adult contemporary, bluegrass, blues, children's, country, folk, gospel, novelty, pop, and rock. His songs have been honored with song contest awards in five different genres and have received special recognition by the online songwriting contest site www.LyricsReview.com. Pat Pattison, Professor of Lyric Writing and Poetry at Berklee College of Music in Boston and author of three books on songwriting, has excerpts from an article written by don posted prominently on his web page.

don is entering his third consecutive term as President of the Songwriters’ Association of Washington and remains active in WAMA, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Circle of Faith (Christian Songwriters’ Association of Washington), Folk Club of Reston-Herndon, Focus, Hexagon, North American Folk Music & Dance Alliance, and ASCAP.

Lyrics

An Ardmore Afternoon

Written By: don bridges

copyright 2004, working4u music (ASCAP)
Lyrics & music by don bridges, (703)449-0817 www.donbridgesongs.com

Holdin’ hands, sippin’ cokes
The barbeque is almost nearly done
Makin’ plans, crackin’ jokes
Just me and you and all that we’ve begun
I’m fumblin’ for words on bended knee
And you’re smilin’ at me on

An Ardmore afternoon
Breathe the sweet perfume
Love isn’t hard on an Ardmore afternoon

Ceilin’ fan blowin’ smoke
The blazin’ fire has almost turned to dust
Every plan that we spoke
May make us liars but won’t destroy our trust
‘Cause even without a guarantee
In your eyes i still see

An Ardmore afternoon
Breathe the sweet perfume
Love isn’t hard on an Ardmore afternoon

Sometimes our hearts get twisted
Like that tree by the Stephens County line
Promises seem so distant
Until we come back for another try on

An Ardmore afternoon
Breathe the sweet perfume
Blossoms climb tall across the wall
In full bloom
The garden laughs a tune
Nothin’s changin’ soon
Love isn’t hard and life is a cinch
Hope by the yard and faith by the inch
Love isn’t hard on an Ardmore afternoon
Love isn’t hard on an Ardmore afternoon

Love

Written By: don bridges

copyright 2004, working4u music (ASCAP)
Lyrics and music by don bridges, (703)449-0817 www.donbridgesongs.com

Love is so patient, love is so kind
Love isn’t angry, it’s seeing, not blind
Love is a feeling we all try to find
I’ve got your love on my mind

Love isn’t jealous, love isn’t proud
Love isn’t selfish, conceited or loud
Love is a whisper we hear in a crowd
Its touch leaves us high as a cloud

If i had the wings of an eagle
And soared to the heavens above
If i had the strength of the ocean
I’d envy the power of love

Love is accepting in fast times or slow
Love springs eternal as hope and faith grow
Love never fails, but to reap we must sow
To keep love we have to let go

In seeking the wisdom of sages
Surrendering the self i’m made of
For finding the truth of the ages
I’ll follow the path filled with love

Love requires caring, it’s gentle, not cruel
Love comes from searching with joy as its tool
Love grows with sharing and life is its school
Love can transcend every rule

In dealing love isn’t exclusive
Its healing takes place every day
The feeling of love is inclusive
Revealing God’s will and His way

Love is so patient, love is so kind
Love isn’t angry, it’s seeing, not blind
Love is a feeling we all try to find
Love is for all humankind
Love is so simple to find
I’ve got your love on my mind

Krispy Kreme

Written By: don bridges

copyright 2004, working4u music (ASCAP)
Lyrics and music by don bridges, (703)449-0817 www.donbridgesongs.com

Your red light’s on, that means you’re hot
You know exactly what I want
A single whiff, I come unhinged
And race off on another binge
My mind shuts down; my wallet’s out
You’ve got my number, there’s no doubt
You’re bathed in oil and sweating steam
I need you now, my Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme
The perfect 12 in every fantasy
My thoughts of you produce saliva streams
Krispy Kreme
Desire is rising’ higher even when you’re in the fryer
Such a sweet romance
With just one glance I find I’m dancing in a trance
You’re much better than a lover
And I’m ready for another of your kisses
Krispy Kreme

You kept a place we’d meet for fun
I thought I was the only one
But now I see you everywhere
On others’ lips; it’s so unfair
You sell yourself right on the street
With promises of something sweet
But even though you’ve been untrue
I’m desperate for a taste of you

Krispy Kreme
The perfect 12 in every fantasy
My thoughts of you are turning so obscene
Krispy Kreme
My conscience isn’t fussin’ even when I’ve done a dozen
Ever since I fell
It’s hard to tell if I can ever yell farewell
You’re much better than a lover
And I’m ready for another of your kisses
Krispy Kreme

I pick you up (I pick you up)
On the corner (On the corner)
Mini-market (Mini-market)
Grocery store (Grocery store)
Spend my savings (Spend my savings)
Feed my cravings (Feed my cravings)
Always want (Always want)
Just one more (Just one more)

Krispy Kreme
The perfect 12 in every fantasy
My thoughts of you have wrecked my self-esteem
Krispy Kreme
I’ll cut through all the static and admit that I’m an addict
Really powerless
I guess it’s best when I confess I’m just a mess
You’re much better than a lover
And I’m ready for another of your kisses
Krispy Kreme
You’re much better than a lover
And I’m ready for another of your kisses
Krispy Kreme

Discography

"An Ardmore Afternoon" (2004 Washington Area Music Award nominee for Contemporary Folk Recording) - 13-song singer-songwriter CD
"Alive & Kickin' with mister don" (2003 Wammie nominee for Children's Recording) - 17-song kids' video
"mister don" (2001) - 25-song children's CD
"Totally for Kids" (1996) - 13-song children's cassette
"Kids' Songs!" (1995) - 10-song children's cassette

Set List

CD Release Concert Set List (all originals):

Set 1 (40 minutes):

1. Maybe You Might (smooth jazz)

2. I Need You (pop)

3. A Good Knight Story (country/folk)

4. Love (inspirational/folk)

5. Anger Junkie Blues (rock)

6. Brown Springs at Night (rock)

7. Krispy Kreme (novelty) (audience participation)

8. An Ardmore Afternoon (country/folk)

Set 2 (40 minutes):

1. Fly Polyphemus (inspirational)

2. Under New Construction (country/rock)

3. The Holy Spirit Came (stained-glass bluegrass)

4. Three-quarter Moon (country/folk) (audience singalong)

5. In the Comfort of My Arms (country/pop)

6. At the Alamo (country/bluegrass jam)

7. Multi-Level Marketing Blues (novelty blues jam)