Sad Dad

by Julian Velard

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He's tackled life in the greatest city in the world and peered into the face of failure. Now, Julian Velard takes listeners on his wildest journey yet: fatherhood! Inspired by the birth of his daughter, Sad Dad offers a glimpse into the perils and purity of parenting with three brand-new songs in JV's inimitable piano-pop style. This new EP, produced by Alex Dezen (The Damnwells, Broken Baby), is Julian at his best, the work of a great musician who's thinking of changing his mind, when he's not changing diapers.

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released October 8, 2018

All songs written by JV and Alex Dezen
Produced by Alex Dezen
Mixed by Steve Power at The Panic Room
Mastered by Nathan James for Vault Mastering

JV - Vocals, Keys
Alex Dezen - Guitars, Bass, Programming
Cecilia - Baby Noises

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Julian Velard New York

Julian Velard is a singer, songwriter, and piano man. A biting 21st century wit in a stylish package—think Harry Connick, Jr. with the panache of a Brooklyn hipster—recalling Stephen Sondheim or Randy Newman at the peak of their talents.His comedic timing and musical stylings have made him a regular on The Howard Stern Show and NPR’s Ask Me Another. He is also an instructor for Linkedin Learning. ... more

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Track Name: Nanny and a Hard Place
Already spent a hundred dollars today
I gotta spend a hundred more
Just to walk outside my door

Here in New York we all got bills to pay
The best things in life are free
Everyone’s else charges a fee

You might not understand me
So hear me when say
I’m caught between the nanny and hard, hard place

Look at the people at my coffee shop
How do I like my coffee poured?
Coffee I know I can’t afford

Look at the shelves at my Food co-op
A million kinds of milk to choose
Long as I pay my monthly dues

You might not understand me
So hear me when say
I’m caught between the nanny and hard, hard place

I’ve tried financial planning
My prospects can’t keep pace
I’m caught between the nanny and a hard, hard place

Benadette from Togo
That was a low blow
It’s wasn’t fair
Benadette from Togo
Tell me how’s it cost $20 an hour
For a nanny share

My wife has her own perspective
She says, “money isn’t everything
And we can live on a shoestring”
But my wife has her own objective
She’s ready to do what has to be done
Pretty soon she’ll be ready for a second one

I think now you understand me
So hear me when I say
I’m caught between the nanny and hard ,hard place
I’d do anything for my family
I starting saving just in case
I get caught between the nanny and hard, hard place
Track Name: Maybe It's Me
By now you know that I’m no piece of cake
5 albums in, you probably need a break
Hard to believe somebody married me
Well she did
And we have a kid

I always think of what my father said
How I put every grey hair on his head
I tried to prove him wrong by writing songs
Is this my dream
Or my self-esteem?

Maybe it’s me who’s been making life
Harder than it needs to be
Maybe I might be the guy my wife
Wants to go to dinner with
Start a new beginning with
The baby’s bringing out the best that I can be
I finally figured out
How to work the Apple TV
Maybe it’s me
Or maybe it’s

Because I never knew I had it good
Because I never did the things I should
Because I never had the confidence
To push fear aside
And swallow my pride

I’m pretty sure that was my mother’s fault
She never taught me how to somersault
I watched while other boys tumbled toward
Endless applause
Thinking they were the cause

Maybe it’s me who’s been making life
Stranger than it needs to be
Maybe I might be the guy my wife
Wants to watch a movie with
Hang in the jacuzzi with
The baby’s bringing out the best that I can be
I finally figured out
Nobody calls it a jacuzzi
Maybe it’s me
Or maybe it’s

The thought that I can make my mark
With my own hands
Maybe it’s time I realized
I’m just a kid in the park
Building castles in the sand

Maybe it’s me who’s been making life
Better than it needs to be
Maybe I might be the guy that I
Wished that I could be someday
Tom Hanks cast as Hemingway
The baby’s bringing out the best that I can be
My lady says I’m changing
I think I have to agree
Maybe it’s me
Or maybe it’s
That I can finally see
How easy and
Sweet this life can be
When I finally let go
Of who I think I should be
Maybe it’s me
Maybe its me
Maybe it’s
Track Name: I Love You So Much
I don’t know who I am
Or if anybody here gives a damn
But I know this is right where I’m supposed to be

I wanna show you how this works
Keep your heart away from all jerks
Teach you all my mistakes
Make you a promise that never breaks

How I wish I could offer you guarantees
But the only way I ever learned was on my knees
So I’m gonna sit back, not gonna say much except
I love so you much

I don’t know what is good
And the older I get, the less I think I should
Everything great about my life has nothing to do with me

I wanna show you what’s real
But reality is what you feel
Everything changes, that's a fact
Anyone who says otherwise is doing act

How I wish I could offer you guarantees
But the only way I ever learned was on my knees
So I’m gonna sit back, not gonna say much except
I love so you much
I love so you much

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