Quiet Desperation Out Now!





1.) quiet
2.) running away
3.) i don't know what i'm doing
4.) normal human being
5.) when someone offers you
6.) yearning
7.) love is...
8.) desperation
9.) giving up
10.) either way
11.) what's left to say
12.) we're going to be ok
13.) settle down




Produced, written, performed, engineered, and mixed by 
Brandon Michael Williams (except where noted) © 2018 
Recorded in various churches, living rooms, bedrooms, and studios, 
but mainly at The Blue Room in Charlotte, N.C. 
Photography by Henderson Lewis Photography  
Album artwork and design by Cam Mitchell, Shaun Hughes, and Brandon Williams  
Back cover text inspired by the title page of Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering 


This release is the final word in a trilogy of works called  
Letting Go: Past, Present, and Future 
(Nocturnes {future}, I Never Let Go / I Love You So {past}, and Quiet Desperation {present}) 


Thank you to my parents, Randy and Angie; my brothers, Ryan and Evan; and my wife, Samantha. I realize now that all the music I've made was just my way of trying to impress you. Thank you for always listening, for your encouragement, and for your support.  


Nathan O'Brien - trombone 
Zach Lewis - drums written and performed on 'running away,' 'i don't know what i'm doing,' 'normal human being,' 'yearning,' 'when someone offers you,' and 'what's left to say.'  
Samantha Williams - additional vocals on 'i don't know what i'm doing' 
Allyson Neereimer - additional vocals on 'love is...' and 'desperation' 
Kat Glass - additional vocals on 'running away'  
Grayson Boatright - bari sax
Adam Middleton- guitar solos on 'normal human being' and 'i don't know what i'm doing'  
Tanja Bechtler - cello 
Kim Stice - violin 
Allie Blum - additional vocals on 'giving up' 
Braxton Bateman - trumpet 
Darrell Payton - trombone 
Brandon Williams - everything else  

Piano on 'quiet' recorded at  
Gat3 Studios, Charlotte N.C.   
engineered by Wade Starnes 

At some point in the last three years music was no longer a hobby for me but, rather, hard work. As a solution to the problem, film temporarily became my new hobby. As a result, the following films had an enormous influence on this album, inspiring several lyrics, ideas, and creative pursuits: 

 by Federico Fellini;  
45 Years by Andrew Haigh;  
Blue is the Warmest Color by Abdellatif Kechiche;  
Brief Encounter by David Lean;  
Certified Copy by Abbas Kiarostami;  
Chungking Express by Wong Kar-wai;  
Dekalog by Krzysztof Kieslowski;  
The Emigrants/The New Land by Jan Troell;  
Faces by John Cassavettes;  
Five Easy Pieces by Bob Rafelson;  
The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino;  
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa;  
In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai;  
Inside Llewyn Davis by the Coen Brothers;  
La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini;  
Love in the Afternoon by Eric Rohmer;  
The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson;  
Persona by Ingmar Bergman;  
Summer Interlude by Ingmar Bergman;  
The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi;   
Scenes from a Marriage by Ingmar Bergman;  
The Soft Skin by Francois Truffaut;  
Three Colors (trilogy) by Krzysztof Kieslowski;  
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy;  
Winter Light by Ingmar Bergman


Fine print 

(this album features several audio samples downloaded from random websites and YouTube links over the years for when I didn't have the finances or accommodations to record the sounds I wanted myself.  'quiet' features a sample of nature; 'running away' a sample of a Parisian café and several clips of step-dancing performances that were meshed together and compressed; 'i don't know what i'm doing' a sample of a cable buzzing; 'normal human being' a sample of the sound a television makes when changing channels; 'when someone offers you' a sample of a Native American chant, a double flute from demo videos made by High Spirits Flutes {I hope to buy one of your flutes someday!}, and the sound of a crowd cheering; 'yearning' a sample of Ravi Shankar playing sitar from the Pather Panchali soundtrack, I believe and a very brief passing section of pizzicato violins; 'love is' a sample of one of Celia Johnson's incredible monologues in the beautiful film Brief Encounter {go watch it}; and 'either way' a sample of a harpist performing a glissando and a double flute from High Spirits Flues again. I do not own or attempt to convey that I own or came up with these brief sound samples - my only creative action was knowing I wanted a particular sound and then placement.)