A Midlife’s Tale – My Friend the Chocolate Cake (David Bridie)

David BridieDavid Bridie is my favourite Australian singer songwriter, so suffice to say he will feature a lot in this music project. I came across his music when he sang with legendary aboriginal singer Archie Roach in Melbourne back in the early 2000s. I went on to see him many times solo and with his band My Friend the Chocolate Cake (MFTCC). I even got to talk to him a few times during breaks between sets and album signings, which was a huge delight. David has recorded 4 solo albums and 6 with MFTCC. He has also written soundtracks for Australian movies and television including The Man Who Sued God and The Circuit.

Wikipedia: His score for In a Savage Land received widespread critical acclaim and received multiple awards including Best Original Score at the AFI Awards In 2019, David was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Don Banks Music Award which honours an artist of high distinction who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to music in Australia.

My Friend the Chocolate Cake

A Midlife’s Tale (below) was released in 1991 as a single off My Friend the Chocolate Cake’s self titled debut album (image above). According to Wikipedia the album was recorded with a budget of $800. In his review of the album for Rolling Stone Australia, Bruce Elder wrote it is “one of the best albums of high-art pop ever recorded in Australia.”

‘My neighbour does some funny things
He’s got three kids and he’s got six drinks to go
Before he sleeps tonight
Singing liberation songs out on the front veranda
My neighbour falls asleep out there
He wakes up the next morning with the sun
And it reminds him that it’s time, it’s off to work we go
It’s always one day starting way behind another’
– A Midlife’s Tale

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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12 comments on “A Midlife’s Tale – My Friend the Chocolate Cake (David Bridie)
  1. I’d never heard of him but could easily become a fan – so keep posting!

  2. badfinger20 says:

    Sounds really good…I had to chase a copy down because a lot of them have been removed.

    • I’m delighted you like how they sound. Did the video ‘A midlife’s tale’ not appear in your tube. What copy do you refer to?

      • badfinger20 says:

        They must have pulled it shortly after you posted it. I checked it yesterday… This one is the one I found…its not a good copy…

      • Yeh, I don’t understand why the original is not appearing for you. That live copy you sent isn’t great at all. The original I can see is here and its released by the actual music publisher:

      • badfinger20 says:

        I’m getting Video Unavailable… It must be because of the different countries… I’m going to search one more time and see if I can find a different copy.

      • Yes, that is bound to be the reason. Well, that’s a bummer. Oh well. What’s your email. I can share it with you that way if you wish.

      • badfinger20 says:

        Yea I just searched again and the iphone recording is the only one available…must be a US thing. What is odd is more of his other stuff is there.

      • Oh ok. Do you see this song of theirs called ‘Lighthouse Keeper’?

      • badfinger20 says:

        I got it! It was the way I was searching… (David Bridie) A Midlife’s Tale…I’m not too bright this morning lol… I have a good copy now. Much much better.

      • Sweet Bad. I hope your perseverance pays off haha

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