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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.
What people are saying...
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In this day and age, it’s important to know more than just how to write songs. You’ve got to understand the business behind a sustainable writing career. So glad to be here in Nashville for several days of training and cowriting. Amanda Williams is so practical. Now to put things into motion…
Robert Abernathy and I are pretty pumped about one of our new co-writes. It’s in the final round of the national NSAI chapter challenge and being considered for a single song contract with Ole Publishing. But most of all, we love the way the tune’s gotten stuck in so many people’s heads. Have a listen… Read more about You Can’t Have My Boat[…]
Always a great night out. Live on the terrace from 6-9. Saturday, 6/15/19. Going to be a beautiful evening, especially if all my friends show up. Always a great night out. Live on the terrace from 6-9. Saturday, 6/15/19. Going to be a beautiful evening, especially if all my friends show up. Got a lot Read more about Live Music at Vecchia[…]
The NSAI working with together with Olé Publishing is having another song contest. My co-writer Robert Abernathy and I had the chance to present a new song we finished recently called “You Can’t Have My Boat.” Really glad to have had our peers vote to have the song represent our chapter. At least we’ll get Read more about New Song Headed to Nashville[…]
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?[…]