Veteran songwriter and guitarist Bruce Sudano has been a practitioner of pop-rock for nearly 60 years, seeing it as not just a place for big sounds and big beats, but big ideas too. He topped the charts back in the 60s with ‘Alive N Kickin’, and wrote country-pop gold for Dolly Parton, disco and electro-funk for wife Donna Summer, and and priceless radio ready tracks for Michael Jackson. In his solo career however, Sudano tackles those issues that others don’t touch. Things like every day life difficulties, mortality’s grip on us all, human experiences we all have in common.
Sudano’s new single, and video, ‘Back In The Neighborhood’, from his latest album ‘Spirals, Vol 1…Not A Straight Line To Be Found’ takes a hard look at his upbringing in Brooklyn, in the mid-20th Century. It’s nostalgic, Americana-tinged, but it sees Sudano resigning himself to the sands falling swiftly from the hourglass, and facing head-first those changes he’s yet to encounter.
Understandably, any video for this song would have to be as equally poignant, and emotionally provocative, and Sudano has certainly delivered on that point. Gritty vintage black and white scenes of Brooklyn from the 50s and 60s are paired with clips of Sudano strolling about in his modern day neighbourhood in the Hollywood Hills, alongside footage of him performing in the studio. Although he’s separated from those days in Brooklyn, with its grungy footpaths, and happy children playing in the streets – by both time, and physical distance – he still maintains echoes of that neighbourhood in his voice, his words, and his music.
Watch the video for ‘Back In The Neighborhood’ below, and find out more about Bruce Sudano online on his official website.