…If Howard Roark Could Dance CD-Release Show at 400 Bar April 6, 2006

It was electric. The show, largely and unofficially sponsored by the Carlson School of Management Full-Time MBA students who promoted the show like hell and packed the room (led by Tony Johnson & future bandmate Ryan Arnholt), led to the one time in my life where I remember an encore being legitimately demanded. And it was the one time I was fully unprepared (and unwilling) to comply. We just weren’t ready with a 13th song. Oh well. Colleen lit up the stage before we left.

Teddy on drums, Bob on bass, it represented a teaming of talent that would never take the stage again together and was Bob’s last hurrah until he, Colin, & Toby teamed up for Eagles vs. Rockets a handful of years later and rehashed at least one of the songs from this set.

Firooz kicked things off in a way that only he can, delighting the crowd with positive creative word usements, before the band crescendoed into the first number, the usual Speakeasy Heroes opener, People on the Run.

Alas, Teddy was elusive, Bob was out on his own accord, and Toby was left to rebuild the mighty empire that was Cryns #3! But for one night, everything came together for a memorable night and memorable show.

Video from the CD-Release Show at the 400 Bar Thursday, April 6, 2006:

Track Listing:

  1. Firooz Intro
  2. People on the Run
  3. Inspiration
  4. Leaving L.A.
  5. Boulder
  6. Revolution
  7. It’s not the same without you here.
  8. Val
  9. Lookin’ Past Me (with Dave Brusie on keys)
  10. You’ve gotta get down on your knees and pray. (with Dave Brusie on keys)
  11. I’ll be right there by your side.
  12. Kids
  13. Colleen

Leaving L.A.

Noah and I co-wrote the melody and chorus for this song in his apartment in L.A. in 2001.   From there, we took it in different directions.  Listen to Noah’s “It’s Alright.” for a different take on the same musical idea. – Toby Cryns


I wrote this song about Lori when I was living in L.A. and she was living in Boulder.  I had originally called the song, “Denver”, because I thought that Denver had a more universally-recognized name.  Renaming it to, “Boulder”, was one of the first steps I took to a more free songwriting existence.  I strive to never let outside, pop-culture forces restrict my songwriting these days, but that was not always the case.  I used to write with pop-America in mind.  Now I write (or try to write) with only my emotions to entertain. – Toby (May 10, 2011)


The first recordings of this song came out while I lived in L.A. in 2001, I think.  I remember recording it on Nate’s old 4-track tape recorder with a $10 Walmart microphone and my $100 classical guitar.  –  Toby

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