Behind the Bliss

The Various Musings of Barnaby Bright

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Barnaby Bright Kickstarter Campaign!

It’s been almost three years since “Wake the Hero,” and the entire journey to get here has been one exciting ride.  From touring all over the US and Europe to winning grand prize in the 2010 SongCircle Songwriting Competition, Barnaby Bright has endured an incredible amount of love, frustration, highs, lows, support, inspiration and incomparable life experience… All of which has been poured into our new record.  Making music is what we were born to do, but sharing it with you is why we breathe.

Every bit of financial support takes us one step closer to being able to fund this album and get it out to the world in every medium possible.  Please take a moment to view our current Kickstarter page, watch our video, and check out the great incentives you’ll receive for your incredible generosity.  

Here’s the link to our KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.

We’ve been simply overwhelmed by the response in just the first few days of the campaign.  Since we launched it on Saturday we’ve raised almost $3,000 of our $10,000 goal, with 75 backers and an amazing amount of positive feedback from our friends and fans.

For your endless support, loyalty and belief in Barnaby Bright we are eternally grateful.  Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

With love and gratitude always,

Becky and Nathan

Barnaby Bright

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One of the things we love about being musicians is the opportunity to perform and share our music for a greater cause. So often we get caught in the hustle of trying to book gigs, record, promote, and tour that we lose sight of the big picture and the simple ways in which music can be appreciated in it’s most stripped down form… for celebration and entertainment.
This past weekend we were graced with performing at not one but two of those events, the first being Friday evening at the Marriage Equals Equality Ceremony in New York. We were in the company of some of the most impressive and talented people in NYC, including Norah Jones, numerous Broadway show actors, a state representative, TV personalities, and more. A compelling Huffington Post piece was written about the evening, which truly captured the spirit of the the night. It was particularly sentimental for us, as Middle Collegiate Church is the same church we were married in four years ago.
Sunday was also a fantastic experience. We played outdoor festival called the FORCE Arts Music Festival, in Stirling, NJ, supporting arts education in the school system. The Stirling Hotel is a fabulous restaurant that used to be an old hotel, owned by a lovely woman named Dori. Dori’s daughter, Jessie Baylin, is married to Nathan Followill, the drummer from Kings of Leon, and is wonderful singer-songwriter in her own right. The crowd was attentive, the food was delicious, and everyone was so warm and appreciative. Huge thanks to Spider Glenn from WNTI for having us!
It was the perfect weekend for being a part of something bigger than ourselves and we came home rejuvenated, inspired, and apparently generous since we ended up expanding our family and adopting a new kitten! The name is yet to be decided… suggestions welcome.
Now we’re getting ready for our big show this Friday at 7:00pm, Rockwood Stage 2, opening for Allie Moss. We’ll be celebrating the release of her awesome new CD, “Late Bloomer,” and hope you’ll join us! Don’t forget to get your tickets at
Keep an eye on things… we have a new website with some exciting surprises for our fans coming your way!
Peace and love always,
Becky and Nathan

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NYC Show with Allie Moss!

After such a great run of shows this past month we are really looking forward to getting back into the studio and finishing up this next full length album, set to release in Fall 2011.  Thanks to Mishara Music, our most recent EP “Gravity” was just released and our NEW website will be up and running any day now with a few goodies for our fans!

While most of June will be spent locked in a studio, we are thrilled to announce that on Friday, June 17 we’re emerging from the music cave to open for the incredibly talented Allie Moss at her Record Release show and Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2.  We know how exciting a CD release is for an artist, and we were honored to be a part of Allie’s big night.  If you are in the New York area please be sure to save that date and come out and join us.  You will fall in love with Allie’s beautiful voice and moving lyrics… not a show to miss!  We go on at 7:30pm sharp… hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful, sun-kissed, friend and family-filled Memorial Day weekend!

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Thank You Bethel Woods!

We are STILL reeling in the afterglow of such an exciting show this past Saturday!  Between the historic story behind Bethel Woods (you know how much we love our history) and the honor of opening for Eileen Ivers, we can’t think of a better way to have spent our evening.

A fun fact:  Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was actually built on the site where the original 1969 Woodstock took place in upstate New York.  You can still feel the presence of the great singer-songwriters of that time… the energy in that theatre is just full of life and inspiration and so many enormous entertainers have graced that location over the years.  We performed on this big, beautiful stage looking out to a space that can accommodate 1,000 people, with glorious sound and perfect lighting.  It really was a magical moment.

Stuart Berg wrote an absolutely lovely review of the performance that you can read here: Out In The Woods

Thank you again to Song Circle, Eileen Iver, and Bethel Woods for the incredible experience you shared with us… we will never forget it.

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Happy Spring!

Finally, Spring is here! We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather this week as much as we are!

The past couple of months have been so exciting for us, and we just wanted to give you a little glimpse of what’s been happening and what’s still to come.  

First of all, we have to thank all of our lovely hosts and fans who have come out and supported the last few festivals and shows in the area.  Each performance was more and more heartwarming… there is no greater pleasure for an artist than to see happiness and enjoyment bursting out of the audience as we do what we love.  So to the good people at First Acoustics Folk Concert in Brooklyn and Sanctuary Concerts in Chatham, thank you so much for the opportunity to play your fantastic venues and interact with such supportive fans.  We love you! And thank you Chatham Patch for the great review!

This weekend we are THRILLED to be performing at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts opening for Eileen Iver and Immigrant Soul.  It’s such an honor to be playing on the same stage that so many significant musicians have also played, and we are incredibly thankful to Song Circle Music for helping set that up.

Speaking of Song Circle, with the generous prize received from the 2010 Songwriting Contest, we are finally cruising around in a new (and SAFE) car!  Again, it was such an honor to not only be part of that event but to be chosen as grand prize winners… well, we’re still reeling with excitement.  If you don’t know about this organization take a moment to check out their website, and while you’re there you can read our interview and see the video from when we won this past November!

So what’s next?  Well, we are currently partnered up with Mishara Music, a fantastic company with whom we’ll be releasing our new EP next month.  It will have a couple of new songs and a couple of re-worked songs from “Wake the Hero,” so stay tuned… There is also a NEW Barnaby Bright website going up with lots of fun surprises, and we are locking ourselves in the studio in June to finish our next full length album, set to release this Fall!

Please keep checking in with our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages for all the latest happenings and shows.  This summer is chock full of festivals we’d love to see you at, and come fall we will be out on the road once again (maybe even back to Europe…!).

Thank you always for your love, support and interest in our music and our dream.  We couldn’t do it without you.

Much love,

Becky and Nathan

*Barnaby Bright*

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10 Plays
Barnaby Bright


Lyrics: Rebecca Bliss

Spring is blowin’ in on a chilly morning breeze 
A cold reminder winter soon will be a memory 
Branches old and bare await their promised bloom 
They paint a maze above me to illustrate my gloom 

February, February reminds me that winter’s behind me 
And the flowers of another spring 
Will come and I’ll have nothing to show 

Snow is all around reflecting moon’s white face 
He knows that it will fade when 
the March sun melts it all away 

February, February reminds me that winter’s behind me 
And the flowers of another spring 
Will come and I’ll have nothing to show 
And every month that passes by 
I feel even more alone 
Guess when you said forever 
You meant you were never coming home 

The brittle leaves are singing me gently off to sleep 
The night wind whispers secrets 
She thought that she could keep 

February, February reminds me that winter’s behind me 
And the flowers of another spring 
Will come and I’ll have nothing to show

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