About bf baker
bf baker is a songwriter and recording artist working in Salt Lake City. He is the editor/publisher of GAJOOB Magazine, a champion of independent recording artists. Other websites include homemademusic.com, , discoversounds.com, and songwritersrow.com. A vlog covering music-related topics can be found at GAJOOBTube.com. He was host of Cassette Culture Shock, a radio show on KRCL in Salt Lake City. He releases recordings as BF Baker, Blind Mime Ensemble and Baby Fred (with Joe Maki). He is also a founder of the Tapegerm Collective, an experimental music artists collaboration network.
I'd like to find new collaborators, encourage musicians to play and record my songs, and to book some informal house concerts. Let me know if you're interested in any of these things!
Bryan's music is published by Blind Mime Music and recordings downloaded here are licensed for performance by ASCAP unless otherwise indicated. Songwritersrow.com has been granted free performance rights. The copyright for all music on bakersongs.com is by Bryan Baker or as indicated. All rights reserved. Stems and loops are provided royalty-free under creative commons attribution license (please link back to bakersongs.com when posting music using these sources, we will return the favor).
Vox Populi Review (Slug Magazine 1990)
Seldom do I find myself so apprehensive about undertaking a critique. But how can I do justice to the inventive BLIND MIME ENSEMBLE? Vox Populi is doing all those melodious and tangible things that superficial pop and its derivative forms aren't presently. Plus giving it that authentic radical twist!
Just who is theman behind this adventurous soulful voice? The proficient and multifaceted Bryan Baker. A weaver of tales, hopes, discontents, aspirations and augmented deliver at the apex of emotion. Call me maudlin (I know you will) but my soul takes flight whenever I hear Vox Populi.
Baker and his collaborative Ensemble (Joe Maki, Wayne Baker, Brian Catwell, Cara Marie Baker, Gregg Allen and Cleo the demented Basset Hound) have the uncanny ability to mirror life and its many stories. And in turn, recording and capturing these tales in a cassette memoir. There's a certain crime of passion in "I Didn't Start the War" (god the truth butchers!) Other excellent pieces are the ironic "Black and White Rainbows," "Dancing In a Minefield," "The Joker Laughs At You," and "Pantomime For the Blind," which has but one fault -- it's too short (give me more!). However, the capricious "Footprints" (my fave song) has just the right incline, suspense, emotive pulse and ending! Besides songs, there's also some superb instrumental works "Ghost Hunting," "Blush" and "Pendulum" (to name a few) that warrant acclaim and critical approval for their airy, livid refrains.
Mr. Baker, my music library and I think you're a real lifesaver and genius in which to deify... undauntingly! Even the Bealtes would be proud of your liberating pop. Don't be no rand-and-file fool, get B.M.E.'s Vox Populi at Imagine Music, Budget or Grunts & Postures. You'll feel ageless and indefatiguable when you do. And by god, what a mighty feeling!!
review by Lars/Slug Magazine