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About Schweitzer

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I was born in Texas, but due to my father being a Naval Officer, I lived alternately in Texas and California most of my life. My interest in music started fairly early but did not come into focus until High School. My mother had always played guitar and organ and loved to sing, but my brother, Dan, started writing songs, and for me, that was the spark. Eventually, I "sib-jugated" (see what I did there?) the songwriting bug from my brother, only learning guitar - and then piano - to facilitate the writing process. After High School, I joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany in the infantry. But even in this situation, I found my way into the morale program, directing the music for stage productions and performing in variety shows for the troops and their families abroad. Once back in "States" I would play in several bands and work as a recording engineer in Los Angeles, and despite losing control of my music on life's many curves, I would eventually self-publish several albums, a novel, novellas and short stories. On August 1, 2016, my main inspiration and best supporter, my brother, Leland Dan Schweitzer, passed away. I have taken up the mantle of preserving Dan's work, interpolating this effort into my own projects. I was already on-track with my fifth album, but I repurposed it to include my own recordings of several of Dan's songs that had only been recorded as reference versions. Ultimately, I decided to call that album "Fences" after one of my brother's songs. I have also decided that future projects will follow that template until there is no more to offer.

 

When the self-publishing efforts began I chose to go by only my surname for practical reasons. I realized early on that there's too much "sch" in saying Richard Schweitzer, and that it doesn't fall trippingly off the tongue, though it does trip and fall, I opted against an actual name change... so "Schweitzer".

 

Today, "Schweitzer Projects," under the "tindog music & stuff" umbrella, is producing songs that generally fall into the Pop / Pop rock or folk categories, venturing into Progressive Rock and musical theater when the mood strikes, and I just want to keep producing. Who knows, someday something may catch just the right ear. Even if I'm no longer around, with the option of the cyber-universe, everything has a kind of immortality.

Random Magic (feat. Brandon Scott)Schweitzer
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Never pick a magician's pocket

A conundrum is all that you will find

A card that doesn't play

A coin that doesn't spend

A bit of empty space to lose your mind

 

If you filch the valise of a wizard

The risk is you will leave yourself exposed

To a fanciful idea

Or a kink in your beliefs

A challenge to your cozy predisposed

 

Sometimes we're victims of magic consequence

Even fate can lose control

Out of thin air random acts of magic

Luck and serendipity occur

The source of wonder misdirected by a glance

Magic is just a circumstance of chance

 

If you blow the skirt up of a witch

That dark garden of secrets is a fright

A varicose vulgarity

That stupefies credulity

No spell could bring you comfort from the sight

 

Never try to out-sorce- a sorcerer

That's standing line-of-fire for a hex

They'll twist your very fate

And startle your repose

A practiced plot to puzzle and perplex

 

Sometimes we're victims of magic consequence

Even fate can lose control

Out of thin air random acts of magic

Luck and serendipity occur

The source of wonder misdirected by a glance

Magic is just a circumstance of chance

 

If you think you can oversee a seer

Don't believe a thing your eyes reveal

The fabric of reality

Is cunning and untrustworthy

Nothing it conveys or conceals

Is anything less than random acts of magic

 

Magician:

(Step right this way, the magic starts)

(If my beautiful assistant will step into the box)

(An illusion to shock the senses)

(Nothing up my sleeve)

(Take that out of my pocket and be amazed)

(Look! There’s a coin behind your ear)

(And the elephant is gone!) (Hocus pocus) (Sim Sala Bim!) (Shazam)

(Don’t blink or you’ll miss the magic moment) (Abracadabra, poof!)

 

Sometimes we're victims of magic consequence

Even fate can lose control

Out of thin air random acts of magic

Luck and serendipity occur

The source of wonder misdirected by a glance

Magic is just a circumstance of chance (Magic)

(Magic) (Abracadabra, poof!)

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