Shaun Bracey – Musically Inspired

Musical Journey

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  • 01

    Chained Freedom

    Produced by Ty Unwin Shaun Bracey

    Chained freedom

    Walk towards the sunrise, tired eyes, and the weight of a heavy heart.
    An exodus of choice or so it seems, but exile then becomes a cell, a home with prison bars.
    As your hopes begin to fade just like your dreams.

    And it’s chained freedom when the only choice is say “goodbye”.
    Chained freedom when you have to leave it all behind.
    Chained freedom is a life I’ve never had to live,
    But you’ve had to live it for so long.

    Growing together, learning something new each day
    Embracing both our worlds of angry opposition.
    Taking pain and love together, tearing down the walls of ignorance.
    To understand becomes our true ambition.

    But it’s still chained freedom when the only choice is say “goodbye”.
    Chained freedom when you have to leave it all behind.
    Chained freedom is a life I’ve never had to live,
    But you’ve had to live it for so long.

    So now the tides have turned,
    But which way will they take the sands, with knights on black horses riding through.
    You’re powerless to shape your destiny, a victim of the sands of time.
    May you be blessed in God’s fair hands.

    But it’s still chained freedom if you don’t know when to say goodbye
    Chained freedom if you fear you will not sleep at night
    Chained freedom is a life you’ve always had to face,
    But I hope that way of life will soon be gone.
    God protect you all. Allah yah Futhukum. God protect you all.
    All who are free but are chained.

  • 02

    A Musical Peace

    Dubai Youth Orchestra Shaun Bracey

  • 03

    The Sleeping Dragon Awakes

    Solo Piano Shaun Bracey

  • 04

    Independence Day

    Cello and Piano Shaun Bracey

  • 05

    Take it!

    Piano and Vocals Shaun Bracey

    Take it!

    Seeing you behind the curtain. Feeling stuck behind this wall.
    Knowing you are not beside me makes me sad and so alone.

    Seeing you in my imagination in my dreams.
    Feeling you are by me side.
    Knowing when I wake up you’ll be gone is hard; but I’m OK.

    Don’t look beneath the rose for the thorns.
    Don’t look beyond the flowers in the vase.
    Just take their beauty in the palm of your hand
    And hold on, hold on now.

    Take it, take love, take life, take home where you belong,
    Take pride, take heart, take care of where you want to go.
    Take me, take you, take us the way we are, and shine on. Shine on happy days.

    Open, my eyes behind the curtain. Feeling my way beyond this wall.
    Knowing you will be behind me makes me grow and feel alive.

    Don’t look beneath the rose for the thorns.
    Don’t look beyond the flowers in the vase.
    Just take their beauty in the palm of your hand
    And hold on, hold on now.

    Take it, take love, take life, take home where you belong,
    Take pride, take heart, take care of where you want to go.
    Take me, take you, take us the way we are, and shine on. Shine on happy days.

    Instrumental

    Take it, take love, take life, take home where you belong,
    Take pride, take heart, take care of where you want to go.
    Take me, take you, take us the way we are, and shine on. Shine on happy days.

    (up a tone) Take it, take love, take life, take home where you belong,
    Take pride, take heart, take care of where you want to go.
    Take me, take you, take us the way we are, and shine on. Shine on happy days.

    Don’t look beneath the rose for the thorns.
    Don’t look beyond the flowers in the vase.
    Just take their beauty in the palm of your hand
    And shine on, shine………..
    Shine on happy days..

  • 06

    Shaun's Piece of Old Cloth

    PIano Rag Shaun Bracey

  • 07

    Tarancello

    Flute and Piano Shaun Bracey

  • 08

    North America

    Choir, Orchestra and Big Band Shaun Bracey

  • 09

    The Ripple Effect

    Solo Piano Shaun Bracey

  • 10

    From Tragedy to Hope

    Solo Violin and Orchestra Shaun Bracey

Selected Archive recordings of pieces by Shaun Bracey including piano solos, songs, choral works and orchestral works.

Shaun’s Piece of Old Cloth – piano solo – 1997 – A Ragtime frivolity! Deliberately humorous and tongue in cheek.

Tarancello – flute and piano – 1997 (transcribed 2009) Tarancello is a showpiece inspired by the Tarantella, a feverish dance brought on by the bite of a tarantula.

From Tragedy to Hope – violin solo and orchestra – 2002 (LR) A Prize-winning entry in the international “Concorso 2 Agosto” competition in Italy the piece explores the events surrounding the 1980 terrorist attack on Bologna station.

Take it! – 2003 Whilst recovering from a serious car accident, Shaun wrote Take it! For his wife Carol. The song describes their time apart while he recovered in England and she returned to Dubai.

The Ripple Effect – piano solo – 2005 Shaun and Carol held a concert in their Dubai house for the Pakistani Earthquke Appeal, raising over £7,000. The Ripple Effect was specially written for the evening and explores the idea of the ‘ripples’ of an earthquake and the ‘ripples’ of the humanitarian response.

North America – choir, orchestra and big band – 1998 (LR) This work was written for the Dubai Singers and describes the history of American jazz from Negro spirituals, through Blues and Ragtime, to the Big Band era of the 1940s.Negro spirituals, through Blues and Ragtime, to the Big Band era of the 1940s.

Independence Day – ‘cello and piano – 2002 (LR) Written for a friend’s wedding on the 4th July, this duet reflects on the many facets of marriage. The mood is joyous, reflective, hopeful and, at times, passionate!

The Sleeping Dragon Awakes – piano solo – 2005 Originally commissioned by an entrepreneur as a gift for his wife, ‘The Sleeping Dragon Awakes’ develops a simple pentatonic theme which builds in intensity towards a thrilling climax.

A Musical Peace – orchestra – 2001 (LR) Written for the Dubai Youth Orchestra who perform on this recording, A Musical Peace features solos on Qanun (an Arabian zither), Oud (fretless lute) and Arabic Percussion.

Chained Freedom – 2003 Written for Iraqi musician Waseem Faris, with whom Shaun worked for eight years, Chained Freedom is a personal reflection on the effects of Saddam Hussein’s regime and the Iraq war.

(LR = Live Recording)

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