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Bombadil

In Interview on August 17, 2010 at 4:25 am

Even cowgirls get the blues.
Bombadil.


       Bombail is a very sweet, honest group of guys from North Carolina. James plays drums, Daniel crazy-fun-to-say-Polish-last-name- Michalak plays bass, Stuart plays guitar, and Bryan is the keyboardist. They all sing, and several other instruments such as the glockenspiel, harmonica, and trumpet tend to make appearances also.
Daniel was forced by his parents to play piano in first grade. After quitting in eighth grade, he started learning how to play songs he liked on the radio on guitar. Then it started being fun to play music. James always wanted to play drums and couldn’t remember when he had started. He was named after his great-grandfather who was also a drummer, so it was expected that he would follow. Stuart picked up a guitar “to be perfectly honest, because of girls. Anybody who tells you different is probably lying.” Did it work? “No. No effect whatsoever.” “Should have played the drums,” said James.

       Daniel and Bryan had been discussing the day before which artist they had the most albums of, Daniel’s being Pink Floyd with 12, and Bryan had 15 Bob Dylan records. James had the most Ryan Adams albums. Though, what seemed to influence them mostly were the books they read, which were discussed the most. Tom Robbins was named as one of their favorites, with titles like ‘Jitterbug Perfume’ and ‘Even cowgirls get the blues’. The author’s approach to life is that “everything is funny if you look at it from far enough away,” said Stuart. It also stresses the important of laughing and having fun. Apparently, the author is not a fan of social structures, which disconnect people more than anything else. “He makes his points in a funny way, and all his stories have morals with a wink and a smile,” James said.
Central themes in their music are that it’s possible to be upbeat even when life can be dark at times, and “subconsciously a lot of our songs end up being about trying to be understood,” added James.

       Musicians are probably one of the only group of people that always answer ‘be able to keep doing what we’re doing’ when asked about what they hope for their music/career. I’m really not sure when an accountant asked what he hopes for himself in the future replies with, ‘I really just hope I can keep this up.’ It’s probably because musicians do what they have always wanted; the follow-through of a dream. A dream with plenty of question and outside forces pushing them in a different direction, though continuing to pursue with original intent. Bombadil hopes to put out as many records and they can, and would love to tour abroad. James mentioned he would love to travel to Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Really anywhere; “put me on an airplane and I’ll be happy to go.”

       Real Big Deal was their third time in Gainesville and Daniel said that the weather was great and they really enjoyed each time they came. Stuart added, “I think its great there were a lot of people that came out to see us… and there’s lots and lots of pizza over there. That’s really great also.”

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