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The long awaited follow up to the Los Angeles Music Awards Rock Album of the Year "Fall Away". The "Random" EP features harmonica as a focal instrument and is part of an ambitious five album release schedule over the course of the next six months including "Thoughts" (featuring banjo), "Reality" (featuring guitar), "Show" (featuring piano), and the culmination of the best of these 20+ songs on "Random Thoughts From a Reality Show". Each EP has a different feel and it remains true with "Random" which sticks to pop melodies and an upbeat overall feel.

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released November 1, 2010

Brad Shaw - Vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, harmonica, piano, melodica,
Joe Ayoub - Bass
Tony Nouhan – Drums

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Brad Shaw-The Silent Partner Summerland, California

Brad Shaw is synonymous with “The Silent Partner” the band. He was Los Angeles Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year and has toured with Jason Mraz, The Go Go's, The B-52's, ZZ Top, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Chantal Kreviazsuk, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Keb Mo, Wilco, The Why Store, Tyrone Wells, Ernie Halter, Jay Nash, Bushwalla, Agents of Good Roots and many more. ... more

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Track Name: The Things That Matter Most
The Things That Matter Most

Written by: Brad Shaw / The Silent Partner

I think that the things that matter most
Have a tendency to cross my mind as I walk along the coast
Everything is gonna be okay as long you're around
Everything is gonna be just fine

So maybe I forget sometimes the things I want to say
Holdin' on a little tight sometimes to the thoughts of yesterday
But we're all a little full of little storms,
We never really know what is to come
Everything is gonna be just fine

Sometimes worries choke and hurry life,
It's a fight, but darlin'
Hold on tight, it's worth the fight I know,
At least I think so...
But I know that I have to try,
That's the reason why I am alive
Everything is gonna be just fine

(Harmonica Solo)

Sometimes worries choke and hurry life,
it's a fight, but darlin'
Hold on tight, it's worth the fight I know, at least I think so
But I know I have to try,
That's the reason why I am alive
Everything is gonna be just fine

And maybe I'm afraid sometimes of the things I do not know
Have a tendency to cross the line further than I should probably go
Couldn't help myself to say what I really I thought,
Now I realize that I shouldn't talk
Everything is gonna be just fine

I think that the things that matter most
Cross my mind as I hold your hand and walk along the coast
What with all these things we care about
You can't control the way that they turn out
Everything is gonna be just fine

We're all a little full of little storms
We never really know what is to come
Everything is going to be just fine
Track Name: Drift
Drift

Written by: Brad Shaw / The Silent Partner

VERSE 1
The sun comes up steaming in the eastern skies and settles back down in the west where I live my life and I find out how fast time flies.

But if I could have just a moment, one moment to choose
The way that I'd spend it and the things that I'd do…I would spend it with you.

CHORUS
I can't keep up with all this (even if I try)
So I'll just drift, blow you a kiss so long and goodbye

VERSE 2
There's some days I wake up and I wonder how it'd be if I had lots of money
A car, a home in the hills maybe and if it's really me

Still I have to ask myself who's got the better gig in life – I guess we choose
The one who's afraid to lose it all or those of us who've got nothing to lose.

Cause I don't really want to live my life until my dying day
Struggling to get the next dollar, the next thing anyway
It's not worth my time

CHORUS
I can't keep up with all this (even if I try)
So I'll just drift, blow you a kiss so long and goodbye

(Harmonica Solo)

VERSE 3
Every now and then I start to wonder about the meaning
Of it all and I lose heart and start to get the feeling that things won't turn out right

But then I stop to think about the way everything turns and works
And the people that I've love, lost and hurt
And I know it'll be alright

Again I say life's too short not to realize what you've got
And it's too long to linger on the things that you've lost
Love everybody and let 'em love

CHORUS
I can't keep up with all this (even if I try)
So I'll just drift, blow you a kiss so long and goodbye
Stay right here and let me feel you are mine
Sit right here and let me feel that I am yours
Track Name: Reality Try Outs
Reality Try Outs

By: Brad Shaw - The Silent Partner

Tried out for reality today
Sat me right down in a chair
It seems that I’m not interesting
It seems that my troubles and the clothes that I wear
Are not enough for reasons to pull me through
They tried to tell me my dad didn’t care
They tried to tell me my mom didn’t too
But it’s not the truth at all

Keeping a roster full of hope
A beautiful menagerie
Calling them up all one by one
Looking for the next thing that will be
Not enough for reasons to pull me through
They tried to tell me my dad didn’t care
They tried to tell me mom didn’t too
But it’s not the truth at all

And all of these things, I (can’t really) wouldn’t say
That they’re not each all important
With every breath; every step that we take
They're all each so very important
To us, through us…we’re all each so important
Track Name: Dear Brad
Dear Brad

VERSE 1
Dear Brad, I got your note today
Sometimes I need to hear these things
Things have been hectic as of late
I try my hardest to get through it all

VERSE 2
Dear Brad, so how have you been?
I miss you and I listen to the disc you made me when I’m sad
It makes me happy to know that someone really loves me so much

CHORUS
I already know that things will work out
It’ll be okay, but it’s still really hard to ask for help
I don’t think that’s something I have learned how to do yet

VERSE 3
Dear Brad, sorry I haven’t called
I haven’t been in the mood to talk on the phone,
I don’t know why, but it’s just something I’m doing for now

CHORUS
I already know that things will work out
It’ll be okay, but it’s still really hard to ask for help
I don’t think that’s something I have learned how to do yet
I only know how to rely on myself
But I do look forward to the day
That I can put more trust in God and other people

VERSE 4
Dear Brad, I hope email will work for now
I’m going to try to find a job
I feel if I don’t figure something out
Soon I’m going to lose my mind

CHORUS
I already know that things will work out
It’ll be okay, but it’s still really hard to ask for help
I don’t think that’s something I have learned how to do yet
I only know how to rely on myself
But I do look forward to the day
That I can put more trust in God and other people
Track Name: Chocolate and Diamonds
CHORUS:
If I’m gonna buy you chocolate and diamonds
You can come half way and I’ll climb in right beside you
And I’m gonna tell you anything you want me to
Just keep it in mind everything I ever do is for you

VERSE 1:
People are cautious
People are passionate at trying to start
Get caught in a whirlwind
And breaking apart

CHORUS
So if I’m gonna buy you chocolate and diamonds
You’re gonna have to come half way; I’ll jump in right beside you
And I’m gonna tell you anything you want me to
Just keep it in mind everything I ever do is for you

VERSE 2
People are crazy
People are passionate at breaking apart
Just to go back again
And try from the start

CHORUS
So if I’m gonna buy you chocolate and diamonds
You’re gonna have to come half way; I’ll jump in right beside you
And I’m gonna tell you anything you want me to
Just keep it in mind everything I ever do is for you

BRIDGE:
It’s alright if we fight
People say it happens for the rest of our lives
It’s okay if we wait
Or maybe rush it all and it becomes all a waste
Time will decide if we were right
Hold out for tomorrow maybe just for tonight
I want to know if this is real
Well, maybe hold on for just tomorrow

CHORUS
If I want to buy you chocolate and Diamonds
Come halfway, I’ll jump in right beside you
And I’m gonna tell you anything you want me to
Just keep it in mind that everything I do is for you