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Lucky Man (A Songwriter's Notebook)

by Severin Browne

Instead of sticking to a single genre, I decided to include songs from many of the various genres that I love - from folky to softly rocky to a little jazzy - but they all tell a story and they all have me in common. Hope you enjoy it!
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Lucky Man
4:44 $0.99
2. Enough for Us
4:12 $0.99
3. Calypso Rose
3:41 $0.99
4. To the Light
5:11 $0.99
5. I Am Not Cactus
5:00 $0.99
6. Is It Really True?
3:43 $0.99
7. Britta's Birthday Song
4:11 $0.99
8. Don't Give Up On Me Virginia
4:17 $0.99
9. Cat Woman
4:54 $0.99
10. Dear Ruthie
4:11 $0.99
11. The Other Man
5:17 $0.99
12. When It's Right It's Right
2:24 $0.99
13. Lessons
3:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album of songs is all about my love of songwriting, and spans quite a few years of my life. "Lucky Man" was written (as an assignment) for a show I did in early 2011, while "The Other Man" was begun (I think) in 1977, and finished off (I think) in 2005. "To The Light", "Lessons" and "When It's Right It's Right" were all begun at SummerSongs East, the song camp in Upstate New York, which is a great place to learn or practice the art of songwriting. I began "Don't Give Up on Me Virginia" in the 80's, but didn't call it complete until I re-wrote it with Britta Lee Shain at SummerSongs West in Cambria, California in 2010. There are love songs, friend songs, fun songs, story songs - but most of all they are just songs to be enjoyed for what they are.

I began the recording in January 2011 and didn't finish until December 2011, which may seem a bit excessive. But I was paying for the recording as I went along and wanted to use the very best people I could. And of course I spent a little more time and money than I budgeted, but I gave it whatever it needed. The first sessions were done with members of the First Friday Band - that is, guys that have been playing with me for years on the first Friday of each month on my internet show at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, CA. Jeff Kossack brought his excellent ear and helped me do many of these vocals, and Edward Tree, who co-produced my "This Twisted Road" CD with me, came in and brought the clarity of vision that I was lacking... and the chops that he is known for of course. Ed and I added more songs and even re-recorded a few until we were both happy with the final product.

So I hope you enjoy this collection. And thanks for reading this far. "Friend" me on Facebook if you're a user there, and tell me what you like or don't like.



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Ben Karmelich

Review of Lucky Man by Severin Browne
A friend told me to pick up this new Lucky Man CD by Severin Browne and I’m sure glad I did. I really had no idea of what to expect when I purchased it and what I found was a great singer songwriter that told great stories through great songs. While some songs sound like it could be a Jimmy Buffett or a James Taylor tune, others are extremely unique to Severin.

Most songs follow the theme of how lucky we are to have gotten so much out of life and to what a joy we can have in our lives. The songs celebrate everything from playing music, having relationships, reminiscing of our crazy youth, enjoying our birthdays and one about how religion helps one lady to care for a hungry homeless man. The album wraps up with learning life’s lessons and what happens if we don’t learn those lessons. Even the song, The Other Man, about being the losing one in a relationship, describes, in a poetic way, the feelings we need to go through to move forward.

The music is mostly uptempo ballads that stay strong lyrically. The stories are told well and you hang on to each song to hear how each story unfolds. One standout is Don’t Give up on Me, Virginia, which promises faith and love. That song also shows off Severin’s voice and becomes the soul song of the album. While songs like Calypso Rose, Is It Really True and Cat Women, stand out more for having great rhythms, the rest stand out for finding the right combination of folk guitar based music, great instrumentation and great story-telling lyrics that stay in your head and make you feel glad that we are blessed to have the life that we are living.

Go out and buy this CD, you’ll be glad you did.

Shashona McCall Indie Showcase

Severin Browne - Lucky Man - A Songwriters Notebook
Severin Browne
Album: Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook!/pages/Severin-Browne/127394410707569!/severin.browne

Location: Los Angeles, California USA
Genre: Multi Genres. Folk, Pop, Americana, Roots, Blues

Album: Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook

Produced by: Severin Brown, Edward Tree, Jeff Kossack & Holland McRae

Groove Masters - Santa Monica, CA USA.
Engineered by - Rich Tosi

The Tree House - San Gabriel, CA USA
Engineered by - Edward Tree

The Other Hand - Canoga Park, CA USA
Engineered by - Jeff Kossack

Blue Sky Studio - Eagle Rock, CA USA
Engineered by Holland McRae

Mixed: Edward Tree
Mastered: Dennis Reed at Syntropy Mastering, Ashland, Oregon USA
CD Graphics: Russ & Julie Paris at JRP Productions
Executive Produced: Ania Sara
Back CD Cover: Brian Monahan
Released 2012

Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook track list:

1 - Lucky Man (Severin Browne, Britta Lee Shain)
2 - Enough For Us (Severin Browne, Charles John Quarto)
3 - Calypso Rose (Severin Browne)
4 - To The Light (Severin Browne, Freebo, David Roth, James Lee Stanley)
5 - I Am Not A Cactus (Severin Browne)
6 - Is It Really Time (Severin Browne)
7 - Britta's Birthday Song (Severin Browne)
8 - Don't Give Up On Me Virginia (Severin Browne, Britta Lee Shain)
9 - Cat Woman (Severin Browne, Margaret Marston)
10 - Dear Ruthie (Severin Browne)
11 - The Other Man (Severin Browne)
12 - When It's Right It's Right (Severin Browne)
13 - Lessons (Severin Browne)

Severin Browne has hit the floor running with this exemplary album. "Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook" is chocker block filled with tracks listeners will fall in love with. Severin Browne has the vocals to die for. He is smooth, polished and sexy. Each song is infectious and leads you to next with enthusiasm. This, my friends, is exceptional. A songwriters dream and a listeners prayer. Severin commands his listeners attention in the most subtle way. He is a very strong vocalist, who has a natural charisma and charm that shines through on these tracks. It becomes very evident right off the hop, that Severin Browne has honed his craft well. His experience inspires everyone.

Severin Browne has spared nothing on these lyrics. He has perfected each song, sketching musical landscapes for his listeners which are unequalled in these times. "Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook" is definably the most delicious 13 tracks brought together in one album. Thank you Severin! As you can see from the track list, Severin wrote some of these songs with some very remarkable people.

The instrumentation on "Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook" is absolutely stellar. Don't you love it when a plan comes together with such finesse? The groove is constant and consistent, these guys have their mojo running overtime. This is a masterpiece, from the harmonica to the fine guitar.

Recording and production, mixing and mastering have all done been with such grace. This is amazing work. The sound is impressive indeed. I love how pure and rich Severin Browne sounds. Exceptional work everyone.

The 3 tracks I have set aside are:

1 - I'm a lucky man
This track swept me away from the first moment it started. Severin's voice stayed with me for hours. The lyrics are strong and instrumentation is unbelievably good. He makes it look so easy, but this takes years of practice. Brilliant

2 - To The Light
This wistful track will take you on a journey. Severin Browne nails the vocals on this track as well. Kudo's on the gorgeous harmonies sliding in and out on cue. This song has a dreamlike quality with lovely lyrics sealing the deal. The sound of the harmonica and guitar are brilliant on this piece. Love it.

3 - Don't Give Up On Me Virginia
What a gorgeous song this is. Severin sings straight to heaven and back. Crisp, clear and strong lyrics give Severin a stage for his infectious vocals. This will leave you breathless.

Honorable Mention goes to:
4 - Lessons
This song will sweep you away. It asks questions about life and lessons learned. The instrumentation is wonderful right down to the guitar solo in the middle. Severin Browne is hypnotizing with his vocals. Another fantastic track from this wonderful album.

As you can see, Severin Browne has captivated me with "Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook". And what's not to love? I have been waiting for Severin Browne for years! You can have him too! Pop over to his addresses and check the album out. You can hear Severin Browne - Lucky Man - A Songwriter's Notebook on Indie Showcase too. This album needs to be in your musical library, you will kick yourself if you miss it. Absolutely Heavenly!! Check Severin Browne out at

And that's just how I see it
Yours in the music
Shashona McCall
Indie Showcase