Distraction Packed

by Todd Burge

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    Distraction Packed by Todd Burge is a concept album where Burge takes his main character from a happily married place, where his obsession over songwriting gets in the way of his family, to the life of a single man, awkward and "back out there" in the “online social networking” dating world, to the realization that he has passed his prime and is trapped, to an attempt to crawl back with what he has left, to the further realization that what once was heaven is now hell, to giving up, to intervention, to rehab and finally,to acceptance that life is good or can be if we live in each moment.
    BURGE'S MAIN character is both protagonist and antagonist, depending on which verse you are listening to at the time. He rolls through the challenges, and choices humans make while acting like "dogs" or "sharks" and these choices can lead them to a place that at times seems like hell on earth, but somehow, like in most of Burge’s work, there is comedy and tragedy working simultaneously within most of the songs here. Burge has proven to be a master at this and his artful and sardonic word-play, for which he is well known, has never been sharper than on Distraction Packed.

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The album is a character study based on distraction, and mostly taken from the lives of my band members" - the Odd Urges and a few other friends and family members. I've meshed them all together in one person and wrote from that person's point of view.

The CD starts our with this character so wrapped up in his job as a songwriter, that he neglects to take care of his family and loses them. He spends the bulk of the recording trying to find his way back by dating, cruising Facebook while trying to re-capture his youth and searching for new relationships, breaking down with the realization that he is middle aged without future prospects, looking back on his life with regret and sinking into drugs and booze, going through an intervention, then rehab and beyond.

The Album includes songs co-written by my wife, Lisa and my dad, Max (Whiskey Heaven) and my 6 year old Will (The Bugs are Coming).

Todd Burge (Oct 2010)

The Songs:
This Song Won't Write Itself.
A songwriter can be cursed with songwriting. Let'
s face it, it takes a lot of time and in order to find a good tune, you must write a bunch of crappy ones. The crappy ones take a lot more time than the good ones. Time away from family. I've seen songwriting ruin some families. I’ve seen truck driving do the same and banking and unemployment.

Live it Up
deals with many distractions including middle age. "Welcome to the middle ages, seasons full of serious faces, not too young, not too bold, never doing it in the road. Pardon me son am I in your way, excuse me a bit as I cling on to what belongs to you now".

I'm A Shark
This shark is trapped in the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Los Vegas. He's distracted by the female shark they brought him there to have sex with. Sharks like humans have to keep movin’. Hard to move too much in an aquarium.

As Old As I Can Be
is about wanting to be as old as I can be. Memories of youth can be wildly distracting.

Human Being Dog
is the story of a dead human, who was being a dog while living on earth.

Whiskey Heaven
is a song about how a young man's party is an old man's nightmare. "Seems like I've died and gone to hell in my whiskey heaven". I wrote it with my father and my wife. We all have a different vision of what Whiskey Heaven might be. Dad’s would be the “Big Rock Candy Mountain” kind. Mine would be hell.

talks about drugs distracting us from being us. I simply took a bunch of folk lyrics and twisted em up so I could get to the next chorus.

is inspired by that TV show “Intervention”. I'm addicted to that show.

Get Well
is a song I wrote while a friend of mine was ill. "I can see in your eye that you're not the kind of guy who would fare well on the other side, so, get well". I wanted to write a song from the point of view of this guy who believes in hell but is not certain about heaven.

The Bugs Are Coming
deals with the distraction of Spring. A sunny day can jump start a muse. This tune was written with my five year old Will and my three year old Sophia sings along with us. Now, that’s love.

I had a blast recording this with Billy Matheny (drums and guitars) Rodney Crihfield (bass) and Joseph Hale (keyboards), collectively we call them the Odd Urges.

There are rough West Virginia edges in this recording. There are some twisted characters angst, beauty and love. I had help co-writing a couple, Whiskey Heaven I wrote with my father, Max and my wife Lisa as I said earlier and The Bugs are Coming was written with my five year old Will and my three year old Sophia sings along with us on that tune. Now, that’s love. I'm proud of this work and hope you enjoy it! Don’t worry Mom, it is mostly fiction. You don’t worry about Steven King.

Todd Burge
March 2010

Over the last two decades Todd Burge has performed everything from Punk to Traditional Country and Bluegrass in many venues including PBS's Mountain Stage, The Kennedy Center, CBGB's and Blondies in Parkersburg, WV where they had chicken wire on the stage to protect the band. He has been called "The Dean of WV Songwriters" by Mountain Stage host Larry Groce. Burge might be best known for his recording "My Lost and Found" which was produced by Grammy winner, Tim O'Brien. He lives and writes mostly in Parkersburg, WV where he and his wife Lisa raise a little boy and girl. They also grow stuff there and eat that stuff.

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released March 13, 2010

Todd Burge - Vocals, guitars, bass and other stuff. Billy Matheny - Drums and Electric Guitars. Rodney Crifield - Bass. Joseph Hale - Piano and vocal



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WV Troubadour, Played everything from Alternative Rock to Bluegrass, but is mainly known for the sharp wit, soaring vocal & guitar prowess found in many of his songs while performing his hybrid brand of Contemporary Americana-Folk. He has performed venues as diverse as NPR's Mountain Stage, CBGB’s, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center. He is about to perform near you. ... more

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Track Name: This Song Won't Write Itself
This Song Won’t Write Itself
From Distraction Packed by Todd burge

Got a long list of things to do
Probably like the one that you have too
Piling up, weighing me down
Snowballin’ and growing down a mount
Holes to fill, walls to paint
Head is spinning, feeling faint
Mouths to feed, things to think and say, okay

Pick up the kids from camp and hose them down
Try and keep them from tearing our double mortgage down
Watch them grow, buy more clothes ya know
Hold them tight and hope time moves slow
Bed them down, wake them up
Grind the offee fill our cups, sip it up and up and up

But, this song won’t write itself
And this sunny day just kick starts my muse
This song won’t write itself
And my list of things to do does nothing but confuse
This song

I’d like to get together you and me
Some off the cuff day when were feeling free
Find some shade, some sandy beach
I’ll smile at you, you back at me
Make a toast to us and pound that drink
Live and love so hard, create a moment so grand
We just won’t have to think


Since you went away I miss your kiss
I miss our home I miss the kids
I miss the smells the sights the sounds
I miss all the moments I always missed
I miss my list of things to do
They all revolved around my life with you

But, this wrong won’t right itself
And this dark and lonely day just jump starts my muse
This wrong won’t right itself
And my old list of things to do must be with you
And I’m hoping it’s getting done by someone who is true