And now, after many months of dreaming about putting my music where I have a chance to share it with you, the dream is now a reality. Below are my four current albums. You are invited to listen to any and all of the songs shown, even download the ones you like, and I would love to hear your thoughts about them. Details of the songs are listed at the end of the albums.
Light of the Stars
How I Don't Want This Morning to End - Inst.
I'll See You In My Dreams
Nights Are Long On the Prairie
To All is a Season - Instrumental
Watch the Sunrise Unfold - Instrumental
Just One's Presence - Instrumental
Happy Trails - Instrumental
When the Curtains of the Night
Lay My Head Beneath the Rose
Illusions of Love - Instrumental
The Two Step is Easy
Sing Through Your Fears
As Tough as it Takes
Jesus Once was a Little Child
I'm Just a Malcontent - Instrumental
Who Will Come to Tell Me Good-Bye
Will You Not Ever Come - Instrumental
Watch the Sunrise Unfold
I Am a Child of God - Instrumental
I Don't Want This Morning To End
The Tears Come So Easy
Note to Self
Light of the Stars - Instrumental
To All is a Season
You Brought Loving - Instrumental
When Sorrow Walked with Me
Dream - Instrumental
Just One's Presence
Mom played the piano. Dad played the ukelele. Together they would sing and play the old standards of their day, those beautiful songs with lyrics that took you somewhere, and chord changes that literally did the same thing, taking you from one chord to another, with lots of subtle progressions.
I came by "playing by ear" naturally, and while I played the uke, I went on to the guitar. I would sit at the radio, or the record player, and accompany the current music stars, like Elvis Presley, and the Everly Brothers, and learned chords and rhythm, yet never losing my attachment to the old standards.
I took lessons in my mid-teens from Stacy McKee, one of the great players and instructors in Denver. He gave me lessons for some years, and even wrote out for me some great "chord melodies" of the jazz great, Johnny Smith. You'll hear some of those songs, like Moonglow and Dream, in the music here.
I played through high school, in bands and other performances, and continued playing and singing throughout my life, with a band we called the Shadow Mountain Telegraph, where we played on the Fitzsimons Hospital Radio, did a New Year's Eve gig at the Fairmount Hotel, and enjoyed performing at lots of other activities.
I stopped playing for quite a while, but in the Spring of 2015, I decided to "go back to school" as part of my personal vision for self improvement and excitement generation in 2015. I dropped into the local Guitar Center, and asked how I signed up for guitar lessons, and was blessed to be hooked up with a young man by the name of Ben Ireland. Ben pried my brain apart, and within the year, I had composed my first song, titled "The Tears Come So Easy".
As I began composing, I learned of the Apple software program called GarageBand, and through experimentation and education, discovered I could put together my own "recording studio" in my office, using an Apple Computer, a microphone, and this wonderful software. Many years ago I had purchased a keyboard, and fortunately purchased one that had an accompaniment feature on it that would provide chording and rhythm background by playing one or more keys on the lower scale, to give that background music. I then began recording my music, transferring them to CD's, then importing them to my iTunes library and sorting them into various albums. I could then "cut" CD's to put in my car and listen to, or give to people, etc. Everything you hear on the music on this site, will be played by me. You will hear the keyboard, guitar, in some cases the ukelele, and singing, some with multiple tracks, and different effects. GarageBand is the self-publishing media for song writers, and is awesome.
The flood gates opened up, and I couldn't stop the music from coming through. Then I got together with my cousin, Tanya Weir, when she asked if I could help her put some of her poems to music, and we began a long relationship of creating some great compositions, all of which you will be able to hear.
Not all of the music you will find on this site are original compositions. I couldn't help but do some of the old standards, like "I'll See You In My Dreams" and "Dream". There's a whole mixture of ingredients in this musical offering, providing lots of variety. Below you will find the artists who did lyrics and music of the originals.
I hope you enjoy the music you are about to listen to, all of which has come from a lifetime of the wonderful musical influences in my life.
Light of the Stars: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
How I Don't Want This Morning to End: Music by Bruce Bowler.
Nights are Long on the Prairie: Lyrics by Bruce Bowler. Music from somewhere in the past.
To All Is A Season: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
Watch the Sunrise Unfold: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
Just One's Presence: Lyrics by Bruce Bowler and Tanya Weir. Music by Bruce Bowler.
Fireflies: Lyrics and music by Tanya Weir and Bruce Bowler.
Illusions of Love: Lyrics by Tanya Weir and Bruce Bowler. Music by Bruce Bowler.
Sing Through Your Fears: Lyrics and music by Tanya Weir and Bruce Bowler.
As Tough as it Takes: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
I'm Just a Malcontent: Lyrics by Tanya Weir and Bruce Bowler. Music by Bruce Bowler.
Who Will Come to Tell Me Good-Bye: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
Will You Not Ever Come: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
Watch the Sunrise Unfold: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
The Tears Come So Easy: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.
Note to Self: Music by Bruce Bowler.
You Brought Loving: Music by Bruce Bowler.
When Sorrow Walked With Me: Music by Bruce Bowler.
I've Never Missed You: Lyrics and music by Tanya Weir and Bruce Bowler.
I Drove On By: Music by Bruce Bowler.
I've Heard Your Song Too Long: Lyrics and music by Tanya Weir and Bruce Bowler.
Do You Really Want to Get There: Lyrics by Bruce Bowler and Jeanne Kleinman. Music by Bruce Bowler.
When the Fires of Love Start to Fade: Lyrics and music by Bruce Bowler.