Friends of Bert compilation

by Flying Other Brothers

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The dotcom boom and the decade surrounding may never be known for its music. But these 16 tracks show how much fun was being had. The Flying Other brothers were fantastic folks I met first through the erudite bassist Bill Bennett, then through the merriest prankster of our generation Roger McNamee. When at our best, each singer/songwriter in the band could really shine, and these tracks prove it.

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released October 14, 2007

musicians: Flying Other Brothers (Roger & Giles & Ann McNamee, Bill Bennett, Larry & Corinne Marcus, Tony Bove, Pete Sears, GE Smith, Barry Sless, Jim Sanchez).

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Bert Keely San Francisco, California

His 1979 debut "Take Me Home" is now prized by collectors of psychedelic folk. But it was the 2000's when Bert flew highest, with the merry pranksters known as the Flying Other Brothers. These days he savors the most intimate acoustic music, which he performs and records with his daughter Megan and son Brandon. But if you want to hear Bert's own voice and electric guitar, this is a good place. ... more

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Track Name: Livin' in Cyn
I cried on my way to work today.
I heard a voice, and it wasn't the radio or the CD
It was the love of my life, whisperin' into my ear
"I love what you love, what we are, and what you want us to me"
Sublime. The luck of her love is mine.
Soft as sunshine, solid as stone, she tickles me to tears

You don't hear songs about relationships that last
Cause time spent pleasantly just slips into the past
If there's no dirt, then no one wants to hear the story.
Well here's a shocker for your ears: I've been livin' in Cyn
I always have been, for twenty years, through think and thin
In our senior year of high school
She stopped my heart and blew my cool
And our dirty little secret is I'm still Livin' in Cyn

Now after twenty years of Cynfulness you'd think I'd change my tune
And the seasons sure do vary as the rhythm falls and blooms
But the lights will likely dim one day without a hint of drama
That is unless this dirt's enough for you to put in your gossip column
I'm livin' in Cyn, I always have been, for twenty years,
Through think and thin, cmon, gimme some skin
Open up and let me in
In our senior year of high school
She stopped my heart and blew my cool
And our dirty little secret is I'm still Livin' in Cyn
Track Name: Summer of Love
Maybe it starts with being ready to rest?
Ghandi he knew. Martyrs usually do.
We met this bird in a Summer of Love between winters of war.
Our brothers were burning, feuling a fire
We needed that dove to lift our gaze higher
Maybe a Summer of Love? We need another Summer of Love
A season that comes on the beat of a drum every year
From now on, and just in time

A white dove one wing stretched,
The other wing hides a beast in the breast
Now it's winter again, and there's sand in the wind
And this could be humanity's test

When you're ready for rest you don't escalate, you just move along
Get your lift from the air, not from others' despair
You stay strong, and you share
Stay strong, and you share
Maybe a Summer of Love? We need another Summer of Love
A season that comes on the beat of a drum every year
From now on, and just in time
Track Name: Old Friend
Now was it Tuesday morning I got your call?
A ringing in my ears that brought me stumbling down the hall
I answered with a silence as a dream still lingered on
You broke it with a burst of laughter kind of like the sun at curtain call

And it was good to hear you say
That we'd been lettin' far too many good nights slip away
Old friends should keep in touch
The others never mean as much, but drift into the darkness
Of an evening that will never turn to day

Well now it's far too soon to be saying goodbye
And packing up your things, I hate to see you cry
Though you never blew your cover I was sure you had another
Someone else to be your lover and carry you beyond the darkening sky