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blog > Album Release Party February 27!

Dec 30th, 2013

Volume 11, Issue 1

I know, I know. It’s been a long time. But I haven’t been ignoring my music; in fact, I’m working up towards the biggest night of musical career.

I asked my friend RL if he would help me make a record. RL is a lead guitarist and singer in the True Spokes (formerly Flowmotion) and Cracker Factory (and many others). But I think we discovered another wicked talent of his: album producer.

I brought him my songs, my rhythm guitar and my voice. He added instrumentation (mostly his, but he also organized sessions with several special, amazing guests as well) and that’s all killer. But it’s the little harmonies and adjustments that he made as he coached me through the process that really brought these songs to life. They sound like the songs I hear in my head, only they are real, and the parts I like the best are those that came from the other musicians who were involved.

It’s taken us a long time to get this thing done. We’ve kept steadily at it, patiently crafting what I think is a special record. We are having an album release party on February 27, 2014 at the Royal Room in Seattle. The event is free and I want everyone to leave with a copy of the album. The Royal Room is all-​ages until 10pm. Families are welcome — mine will be there!

I get to perform these songs for my friends and family with musicians of the highest caliber. The Ben Bruce Band is RL Heyer (Trues Spokes, Cracker Factory), Eric Bryson (True Spokes), Denali Williams (Cracker Factory, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra) and Bob Rees (True Spokes, The Schwa). Special guests include John Fricke (Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder), and I asked my friends Buzz Brump to come finish the party.

In other news, I’ve been practicing kung fu. In fact I’m a yellow belt. It’s supposed to take a person about six months, it took me a year and a half. (Again with the slow and steady.) I’m learning stances, throws and combinations. What I love about the stances is that they are so simple, but they inform all of the moves. Sifu (my teacher) has said many times that you practice the stances to make them perfect, but no fight is the same — everything is improvisation. That perfectly describes live performance as well. In this analogy, what are my basic stances?

Another thing Sifu says often is that what you practice is what you will do. For example, if you practice a weak, off-​target punch, then in a fight you will throw weak, off-​target punches. I told my son the other day that he needs to practice friendliness or he won’t be friendly. Ever since saying that I’ve been thinking about that — I need to practice those things I want to change or support. This year I will practice not being so angry with my wonderful son.

I hope all of you are as determined as I am to make 2014 the best year of our lives yet. Here’s to striving for what we desire our lives to be, and I’ll see you in the new year.

– Ben

PS. Here’s some other cool stuff I’ve come across:

  • My album on ama​zon​.com.
  • The Ben Bruce Wikipedia page. If you see anything funny on there, let me know — there’s another Ben Bruce and his fans are making edits to the page about me.
  • There aren’t any tickets available — the album release is FREE — but this is still fun: Ticketmaster.

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