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About Durand Robinson
Telling stories is as natural as breathing. Life is full of them.
I started writing and performing in the early 70's, when the songwriter ruled the airwaves. Music started as an escape as someone who was always the new kid, but it became a vehicle for connecting with people in the end. I write to connect with people through shared experiences, aspirations and disappointments. My concerts are less about me and more about the conversation I'd live to have with you, the audience.
I go by Durand instead of Noel because of a story. I've moved more than twenty times. There are lots of stories behind that. I've lived around the world (France, Germany, Belgium, Bangladesh, and of course my beloved Ireland). And now I'm in the south, living my story here.
I feel like I've lived a dozen lives in half a century hearing other people's stories while working through grad school as an illustrator, mentoring students, running a resort in the Alps, touring as a musician in Europe for years, and making a living helping non-profits leverage creative media for good.
The influence of other people's lives and the stories they are creating seep into the lyrics and melodies of my music and change who I am.
That's my story. What's yours?
I've moved over 30 times in my life.
We lived abroad for almost 30 years and love speaking French.
I'm a graphic designer, videographer and audio technician
I couldn't stop writing if I tried. My co-writers are my tribe.
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Get ready for the 1st Edition of the Alabama Songwriting Showcase. At the Cotton Gin, 123 Lindsey Rd, Cullman, AL 35055 Thursday, 18 April 2019 from 18:30-21:30 Sponsored by The Nashville Songwriters Association Birmingham Chapter. Come and enjoy a nice relaxed evening of story telling though songs. Confirmed writers: Durand Robinson, Robert Abernathy and Roz Read more about Alabama Songwriters in the Round[…]
For years, I would write my own songs without any collaboration. (I jokingly refer to that as a “selfie-cowrite” between me, myself and I.) There’s much to be said for it. You can explore your own thoughts and experiences without someone else trying to interpret them or redirect them. I’ve learned a lot about my Read more about Co-write or Selfie-write?[…]
It’s been a while since I had a songwriter so local I could literally drop in on my way to the store and write a tune. Especially someone like Robert Abernathy. He’s the real deal. Robert was awarded 2018 ALABAMA COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR by the Alabama Music Awards. Additionally, in 2016 and 2017, Read more about Neighborhood Cowriting[…]
Steve Tillotson had an idea to tell a story about a bride headed for disaster. Here’s what we came up with. Listen here. Titanic Love ©2019 Durand Robinson/Steve Tillotson Verse 1 She came floating down the aisle Maiden voyage with a gorgeous smile Picture perfect on her wedding day Kissed the groom and then sailed Read more about Titanic Love[…]
Support your songwriters! Here are some observations from songwriter Amanda Colleen Williams’ blog (https://www.amandacolleenwilliams.com/): “The best way to support your favorite songwriter is still to purchase an album download or a physical CD, (and not just subscribe to some streaming service.) ”Why? Because the new streaming distribution systems only compensate shareholders, and not songwriters fairly. Read more about Support Songwriters.[…]
Had a blast creating this Christmas classic called Christmas Moon with the Brothers (Rick and Lou) Carfa and Jesse Suttle. I always wanted to do something jazzy. These guys made it happen. Hope you enjoy it. Adapted from my original “Gonna Blame It On The Moon”, this feels like one of those sentimental stories that Read more about Christmas Moon[…]