Bob Birthisel

Bob Birthisel

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Country - Rock | Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Total Song Plays: 753   
Member Since: 2016
   Last Login: 8/6/2020
   Sounds Like: John Mayer, The Eagles

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Song Description

As a life-long Steely Dan fan, this song is my homage to their smooth Jazz-R&B-Rock sound. Featuring percussive rhythms, vocal harmonies, Fender Rhodes and a nasty-wah sound on the guitar improv during an extended fade. The song hints at the dangers of being so lost in technology that you lose the reality that's around you. All told in a comedic fashion, so as not to offend!

Story Behind the Song

This is a tongue-in-cheek look at cell phone addiction, done in a smooth, R&B/Jazz/Rock sound with Steely Dan's Classic Rock sound influences.

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This is some serious yacht rock. The electric piano gives it that Doobies, Steely Dan vibe. It also has a Huey Lewis feel to it. This tune, despite the subject matter, is pure 1979 MOR rock/pop. That guitar solo is Peg to the max! Love. Nice, groove and everything is mixed well and right in the sonic pocket. I dig though it's not my bag. If I recorded you we'd be total buds and we'd go out for a beer!

    - Mike Nicholson

Now this is a FINE piece of writing! I absolutely LOVE it. Great subject matter and the writer stuck to the theme...each verse more clever than the last. Fantastic intro sets up for the rest of the composition. Love the instrumentals, especially the first one with the keys. Rhyming/lyrics are fresh and original with wry humor injected. There's a ton of truth to this song as i-phones are the preferred appendage of many these days. Favorite rhyme: Google maps/apps. missing/kissing. Room/sonic boom. This is just all-around fantastic work. Clear vocals. Flawless production chops.

    - Kate Carpenter
Lyrics

I get no satisfaction from social inter-action.
I'm not a fan of the plan to hang with the dudes and ladies.
I never liked a crowded room, reminds me of a sonic boom
or the backfire of a 2017 Mercedes.
I've never needed face-to-face to feel like I have found my place.
My best company is my hand-held technology.

One time I dated - I think it's overrated. Holding hands
was nice but I prefer to hold my device.
Some people say I'm missing, a human touch and kissing,
but with an internet connection I get lots of attention!

Don't worry that I have no friends, or
'bout my live-stream that never ends.
'Cause I'm never gonna be alone:
I've got my telephone. I've got my telephone.

I like to use Google Maps, and hundreds of my other apps
to navigate my way, day-to-day all around the planet.
I can use my camera. To take some pics of Tamara,
or maybe some other girl, I think she said her name was Janet.
Some people think I'm a freak, because I'd rather browse than sleep.
But let me tell you, I feel fine when I can live my life online!

Now don't you worry that I have no friends, or 'bout my
live-stream that never ends.
'Cause I'm never gonna be alone:
I've got my telephone. I've got my telephone.
Oh, I've got my telephone!
Yeah, got my telephone!

Associated Videos

Video - I've Got My Telephone
I've Got My Telephone

This lyric video is a tongue-in-cheek look at the cell phone-addicted generation, inspired by and written in the style of one of my favorite bands, Steely Dan. Their mix of R&B, Jazz and Rock has influenced my listening and writing habits for decades. Features plenty of Fender Rhodes and quirky wah-guitar solo in an extended fade.

Song Length
5:07
Genres
Rock - Classic, R & B - Soul
Tempo / Feel
Medium Fast (131 - 150)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
In High Spirits, Cool

Subject Matter
Addiction, Telephone

Similar Artists
Steely Dan, Steve Lukather
Language
English
Era
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Robert P. Birthisel
Music Credits Robert P. Birthisel
Producer Credits Robert P. Birthisel
Publisher Credits Worldwide Birthisel Publishing (ASCAP)