The Strong & the Silent

by Brett Gleason

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‘The Strong & the Silent’ embraces radical vulnerability in the face of digital isolation:

After a decade of struggling in silence, I was in the system & progressing on paper - holding my head high but with an artificially brave front.

Too proud to lean on anyone or admit need, it took a second reckoning to learn the strongest medicine is human connection...

This is my first song completely Powered by Patrons - THANK YOU: www.patreon.com/BrettGleason

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LYRICS: The Strong and the Silent Ones will die alone, they’ll suffer in stone you’ll see. Even if you stick around, I’m never really in town to connect, intimately.

The Strong and the silent ones talk on and on, we always know what, to say. Never a lull in the conversation for you to get too far past my day.

Strong silence, wins wars but - isolates, human souls. Open up, complicate - if you don’t, you’ll isolate.

The Strong and Silent ones look statuesque, and brave alone on a hill. We may read what they’ve done but not a lover or son was there comfort them when they were ill.

The Strong and the Silent ones will not open up, but they’ll resent it when you fail to try. We didn’t reject you we reject your rejection take a look at our unwavering smiles.

Strong silence, wins wars but - isolates, human souls. Open up, complicate - if you don’t, you’ll isolate. Strong silence, breaks down and Cries out for Human Sound. Open up, Co-Create, if you don’t, You’ll isolate.

The Strong and the Silent ones are willing to risk their happiness. They think that they’re brave but vulnerability is the scariest. Because when you share your fears, you might realize you’re not, nearly as alone - or as helpless as you thought.

The Strong and The Silent ones may question their tactics in the end. It’s always a gamble to calculate how your life is spent.

The Strong and the Silent ones are playing it fast and loose with time. Who’ll be there to catch them or to listen when they fall short and cry, this time.

Strong silence, wins wars but - isolates, human souls. Open up, complicate - if you don’t, you’ll isolate. Strong silence, breaks down and cries out for human sound. Open up, co-create, if you don’t, you’ll isolate.

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released June 7, 2019
Written, arranged & performed by Brett Gleason.
Drums by Michael Sutton.
Mixed by Phil Duke at Continental Studios in New York City.
Mastered by Will Quinnell at Sterling Sound.
Vocals, bass & guitar recorded with Joe Boldizar at Retro City Studios,
piano with Kevin Walker at M Sound Studios - both in Philadelphia.
Synths and edits at BG Home Studio in Brooklyn.
Photography by Eva Mueller
Design by Frank Gargiullo

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Brett Gleason New York

Brett Gleason is a piano-based alternative songwriter from New York. Both an out spoken bipolar advocate & out gay artist, Gleason knows what it’s like to live a life of intensity outside the mainstream and his unique music & writing reflect this.

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