Monthly Archives: December 2013
Kevin is excited to announce the concert date for the release of his new EP, “Solo: The Return of No Schedule Man,” on Friday, February 21, 2014 in the Cellar Lounge at the London Music Club in London, Ontario.
Kevin will be joined on February 21st by Alexa Kay, an incredibly talented singer-songwriter who was recently awarded with the “Young Inspirations: Shine Your Talent Audience Choice Award” at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.
Kevin’s oldest son, Eddie Bulmer, and his good friend from 1290 CJBK Radio in London, Al Coombs, will also make appearances on stage.
Tickets to the concert are $8 in advance (available through the London Music Club Box Office) and $10 each at the door. Each ticket purchase includes a digital copy of the new EP, which will be distributed at the door the night of the concert.
Here is the poster for the event. Please feel free to share it with your friends!
Kevin’s brand new song, “Deja Vu,” is now available for streaming and/or download at Bandcamp.
A video with lyrics to the song has also been posted to YouTube:
Here is a little info from Kevin about the song:
I wrote this song in 2006. Aside from a couple of different chord implementations and a few arrangement tweaks here and there, the song remains the same as when it was originally conceived. However, the first home demo I made of this track featured electric guitar and a driving drum beat. I always figured it would be a pop departure on an album of rock songs that I still hope to make one day. But when this particular project came to life, “Déjà vu” held up best as the song that sounded like a few folks on a front porch could bring it to life with just a couple of acoustic guitars, a shaker and a couple of voices. In that sense, this song became the backbone of the project.
As for the lyrics, I have often experienced the sensation of déjà vu. When it happens, I figure it means I’m on the right path. Whether or not that true is anyone’s guess.
I also used to dream, frequently, of tornadoes. Whenever a “tornado dream” would come along, I would take it to mean that major changes and/or shakeups were afoot. And it most often turned out to be the case. I’m glad to say I don’t have tornado dreams much anymore (although, I did have one in September of 2013, during the post production of this project).
What really sealed the deal with finally trying to record this song is how much my oldest son, Eddie, seems to love it. He has consistently encouraged me to record it pretty much from the moment he first heard it, which was six or seven years after it was first written.
This one’s for Eddie, who has been a constant encouragement and always an inspiration.
I love you, Eddie!!
“Solo: The Return of No Schedule Man”
This project was a long time in coming. I spent a great deal of time away from my guitar, for many different reasons. And when I returned to it, I did so tentatively. But at some point in the winter of 2012/2013, I started sifting through my catalogue of songs and singling out some that I felt like working on, with no particular agenda in mind.
Eventually, I blew the dust off my little 8-track digital recorder and captured some newer versions of a handful of songs, just to see how I felt about them.
One of those songs was called “Déjà Vu.”
My kids ask me about my music a lot. So I shared with them that I’d been working at it again. They immediately asked to hear the songs. We were in the car, and I played snippets of four or five tracks for them. I didn’t play any of them all the way through. And again, at that time, these songs were rough: demos of demos. My boys congratulated me and encouraged me to keep working at it, but didn’t say much more than that at the time.
Weeks later, while I was preparing a meal in the kitchen, I heard someone singing the chorus to “Déjà vu” from the other room. I entered to find Eddie, my oldest boy, sitting on the couch and happily chirping out the melody that he’d only heard once before, weeks prior, and not even in its entirety. I was stunned.
“What are you singing, little buddy?” I asked.
“It’s that song you wrote, Dad,” he said.
“How in the world did you remember that? You didn’t even hear the whole thing and that was weeks ago.”
“It’s a great song and I really like it, Dad,” he said. “You should put it on iTunes.”
And so it began.
I want to thank Eddie and Jaden (that’s Jaden on the cover) for helping me to see what I couldn’t see on my own. They showed me that it’s worth continuing to create for one simple reason:
And if you’ve got something that you enjoy just humming to yourself, then that’s enough.
Eddie, Jaden and I will be humming along in 2014.
You’re welcome to join us.
1. Intro: Old McDonald (1:00)
2. Deja Vu (3:33)
3. Bilge Rat Blues (3:12)
4. Lullaby (3:40)
5. March (4:10)
All songs written by Kevin Bulmer (SOCAN)
Produced by Kevin Bulmer with Tim Schwindt
Recorded at River Music Productions in London, Ontario
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Tim Schwindt for River Music Productions
Kevin Bulmer (lead and backing vocals, guitars)
Tim Schwindt (percussion)
“Left Right Left” vocals on “March” by Eddie Bulmer, Margaret Bulmer, Caroline O’Neil, Kevin Bulmer, Tim Schwindt, Patti Schwindt, Justyn Schwindt and Heather Schwindt
At first, “No Schedule Man” was just something funny uttered by an acquaintance. But the phrase stuck with me. It later became both a song lyric and album title. In the process of bringing the song, album and idea to life, the phrase “No Schedule Man” began to take on a life of its own.
Later on, in the aftermath of many seismic life changes in the years following the CD release, the whole idea of No Schedule Man became much more to me.
No Schedule Man is a wish; an aspiration; a reflection of reality with a hint of fantasy.
“Blue jeans, ball cap, ready to roll. All else …. beyond my control.”
Life has taught me that none of us truly know what’s next. None of us are really in total control, whether we choose to tell ourselves that we are or not. I’m learning that life does not always take you exactly where you wish to go. But it always takes you to exactly where you are and need to be. For better and worse. Good and bad. It’s all part of the deal.
Push and pull. Up and down. Yin and Yang.
“I am the waves and tide and wind, cause I blow in, then out again. Passing with nomadic chagrin …”
My idea of No Schedule Man is total acceptance of the inevitability of change, and the embrace of constant hum of the unknown, all while trying to live life, stay present and keep moving forward.
No plan is all part of the plan. It’s not the whole plan: You got to point the boat somewhere if you’re going to set sail. And if you’re ever going to reach a new destination, you better be ready to do some real work in the process.
But sometimes you have to change course. And if you fight too hard against the forces of nature, you’ll sink.
But, “no plan” is a very necessary part of achieving any goal or destination. Some times you just have to let go until it’s time to dig in again.
At this point in my life, No Schedule Man seems to represent all that I’ve done in work and in life and has become its own story, including a cast of characters of all the strange and wonderful people and experiences I continue to encounter along the way.
Perhaps you can relate?
Ultimately, I’ve found that the more I try to be like No Schedule Man and less like my original vision of constant drive, achievement and determination, the more life opens up to me. And the more I open up to life.
I already have everything I need. Yet, I know anything is possible if I’m willing to start, show up and do the work it takes to embark upon the journey.
Live in the moment. Stay present. Embrace change. Meet new people. Be inspired by real people; friends, neighbours, family members, co-workers and members of your community. Stay grounded.
We’ll get there when we get there. If we get there at all.
Either way, we’ll always have the journey.
Have a safe trip ….