if you only knew

brina.23 today, good day to post the 6th and final track from brina.21.

Again featuring vocals by the gifted and talented Gavin Creel, currently starring as Burt in the West End production of Mary Poppins. (And really, buy his album “GOODTIMENATION”.)

if you only knew
Words and Music by Mike
Vocals by Gavin Creel
Produced by Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

love on an elastic string

How do you get a kid to potty train?

The actual Heart Bracelet was one of those from about 1987 – chunky plastic interlocking hearts of all colors strung together on some elastic. Quite a prize for a 3-year-old.

This bracelet was an incentive: only “big girls” get heart bracelets and big girls use the “potty chair”. Eventually the allure of jewelry won out, and to top the plastic prize, Dad had a real gold bracelet waiting too.

Featuring vocals by Gavin Creel. (And buy his album “GOODTIMENATION”.)

love on an elastic string
Words by Stephen Tomac
Music by Brent
Vocals by Gavin Creel
Produced by Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

flower girl

Ah, now we get to the fun stuff.

Once upon a time, a little girl decided her bangs had gotten too long and took matters into her own hands… with a scissors. This was about 2 months before she was to be the flower girl in our cousin Anne’s wedding. Wow was it short. Wow was Mom upset.

I should mention this track has been a consistent favorite with the “3 and under” crowd. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

flower girl
Words and Music by Brent
Vocals by Mike and Brent
Produced by Mike and Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

ode to br

This one required homework.

The story goes that naming me with a “br” name was sort-of incidental to the fact that my older brother was already “Bryan”. Mom and Dad just liked the name “Brent”. Then this baby sister shows up, so naturally we had to continue the naming tradition.

In searching for a name, we tried every BR name before agreeing on a shortened version of “Sabrina”. This track is a tribute to that search. But it doesn’t stop there. Brina had to use a worksheet to decode the special message.

ode to br
Words and Music by Mike
Vocals by Mike
Produced by Mike and Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music

payback

It’s brina.22 today. A fitting time to post the first two tracks in a series of 6 that comprised our contribution to Mom’s 21st birthday present project for her.

She sent dozens of family and friends a blank scrapbook page, with instructions to personalize that page in a way that was meaningful to Brina’s first 21 years in their life. Poems, photo collage, whatever…and send it back in time for her to assemble and present on her big day.

So, our page had a CD sleeve attached. In it, a personalized collection of 6 rather eclectic songs inspired by memories growing up with my little sister. Enjoy.

payback
Words by Brina
Vocals and Music by Brent
Produced by Brent
(c) and (p) 2005 FatLab Music