Extraordinary Times

Before Dawn

Extraordinary Times
Performed By Before Dawn
Album UPC 884501464567
CD Baby Track ID 8117794
Label Arkay Productions
Released 2011-01-24
BPM 120
Rated 0
ISRC uscgh1142039
Year 2011
Spotify Plays 49
Writer Robert Gardiner Houle, Katherine Arpke Houle
Pub Co Robert Gardiner Houle, Katherine Arpke Houle
Composer Robert Gardiner Houle, Katherine Arpke Houle
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master
Rights Easy Clear: Master
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - Texas


“Brush With Greatness” is Before Dawn’s second full-length album. The DIY duo creates larger than life rock songs fusing both live and electronic drums with massive guitars and expressive vocals.


Brush With Greatness is a cohesive piece of artwork with a lose theme of various “brushes with greatness”. It is not a concept album so much as it is a story album with a consistent through-line. Within the context of “Brush With Greatness” the story themes are really all over the map. We sing about people, places, fantasies and experiences that are truly great as well as those that merely masquerade as such. We even delve into the metaphysical side of greatness on a couple of songs like “Proof”, and “Young Empaths”. Some songs carry with them really positive messages while others are more tongue and cheek and beg question, what exactly constitutes a “Brush With Greatness”?

On Brush With Greatness you will hear songs about ghosts, psychic children, the beautiful but deadly mountains and desert of Big Bend National Park, stories from the road and the wild assortment people we have met as well as an inspirational song about an underdog football player who has what it takes to be great!

Really though, this whole album is one big love letter to each other. We are both all over every song in the experiences we have shared together, the obstacles we have faced as well as all of our human insecurities and fears that we find strength in each other to conquer. It is most definitely a very personal album – our love child, equal parts Rob and Kate. We truly have such deep awe and admiration for each other that working together creatively most definitely feels like some sort of magnificent “Brush With Greatness.”

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