First song written and recorded since I moved to Napa. Spooky grungy punk that maybe doesn't reflect my sunny new locale. Written about my drummer's frustration with dating, online and otherwise. Lyrics in fold. [more inside]
A little finger style Elvis Medley. As slow as I could manage.
A song written for my 4 month old daughter. [more inside]
I'm happy to present my collaboration with not_on_display: this is our version of a neat little tune that was included in The American Songbag (a 1927 folk song collection by Carl Sandburg); the song there was itself derived from a late 19th-century song by William S. Hays. [more inside]
Quick song recorded this morning on Music Memo with (automatically added) bass and drums, and some synthesizers and (fair warning) voice-cracking singing. [more inside]
I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]
"Maybe I could be the one they adore—that could be my reputation." I had The Wallflowers' "Sleepwalker" in my head earlier and decided to learn the chords and record it. [more inside]
"Something inside me's changed—I was so much younger yesterday." I learned and recorded this cover of Hailee Steinfeld's "Starving" in a half hour one afternoon last month. [more inside]
All rock instrumental...no vocals... [more inside]
This was running through my head in the shower this morning. Instead of forgetting it like I usually do, I actually sat down and wrote it.
Instrumental country death song
Sad slow self-pitying muted acoustic thing! [more inside]
The old-time tune "Spotted Pony", played at a jam session at the 2016 Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. [more inside]
Strident acoustic guitar rhythm and some vocal harmonies. [more inside]
I wrote this instrumental fingerstyle song half a life ago, but I wanted to try out the electric piano and drum set that I bought recently, so I pulled it out of the vault. [more inside]
Piano, guitars and drum Instrumental, some unresolved tension. [more inside]
Better Than Ezra's "Good" is one of my all-time favorite songs. [more inside]
(voice of announcer from Star Wars Episode 1 Podracer for Nintendo 64) it's a new lap record [more inside]
Instrumental w/guitar solo Feat. Sam Ferguson - drums
In the past couple of weeks, I found myself going back to a piece that I'd started working on a few years ago -- probably because it's in a slower triple meter that's somewhat calming for me. This is a condensed one-minute version, featuring piano and guitar, for the 60 Seconds and Under #2 MeFi Music Challenge. [more inside]
Short acoustic number. Background light rail. [more inside]
Noisy guitar instrumental. Sort of melancholy. [more inside]
This is a cover of a song my dad wrote (that I actually found via combing through his post history on Metafilter after he died) [more inside]
Bluesy jam, guitars, slide, e-bow, harmonica & field recordings of a storm and a cattle auction. [more inside]
Guitars, some slide. [more inside]
I song I wrote in up-state new-york. Instrumental guitar as is often the case...
Jessamyn bought me a really nice sounding small guitar, twenny bux with all the trimmings! I'd also just bought a really sweet Yeti Blue mic off Craigslist for $25. What a bargain! So this is how I tested the two out. [more inside]
Short song about a night out at a bar. [more inside]
Some synth experiment from the vault...2nd half goes more analog...
I've tried a couple different things with this progression, finally found something I can live with. Rock guitar, drum machine, and all that jazz. [more inside]
the big synth at the beginning is live-performed on a Roland JX-8P on the patch called "Van Halen"!!!
A bit of a production experiment; rather than use a click track + programmed drums, I used a click-free guitar track as the bed, and layered performed keyboard drums on top. A slightly trickier process but thought it would result in more authentic feel/better pocket etc. An instrumental demo track based off Milton Nascimento's "Cravo e Canela". Recorded in the fall of 2015 in Rosebud, AB.
Continue to vent my frustrations of daily life through hard rocking guitar for now... [more inside]
Guitars under a slowed-and-pitched-down sample of NIN's 'something I can never have'.
Another song recorded with Music Memo providing the drums and bass (NSFW). [more inside]
Not my usual Genre but this fit my mood tonight. Just heavy guitar rock instrumental at heart...
Just wrote this tonight...just your average guitar melodrama...
Just echo-y acoustic guitar and futzy vocal preamp in a short song about moving on. [more inside]
There's a picture of two guys, one has a grey shirt and tan jacket, the other the reverse. [more inside]
Guitar instrumental. Some slide. GarageBand on the drums.
Instrumental + cat purrs and face skritchies. In memoriam Einstein ????—2015-11-02. [more inside]
Acoustic folk heartbreak. [more inside]
This was recorded by the band I'm in (Ghost Flowers) on August 1, 2013, at our practice space before the actual practicing-of-songs started. It's a thirteen-minute variation on one chord, has nice ebbs and flows, and has a steady mid-tempo beat. [Not part of my "Unu..." series, just filler while I juggle four songs of that at once.] [more inside]
Classical guitar, pump organ, harmonies, friends far away. [more inside]
A track from a project I'm working on; after years of making pure electronic music, I've decided to add guitar to the mix, and remove the beats. Ambient stuff. [more inside]
Another noodl-ey instrumental - the ingredients of this one are a guitar driving a synthesizer and a multiFX over a bed of soft-synths and drum emulator(s).
noodling around and playing with a guitar synthesizer and effects.
A song about the winter weather or lack thereof, the defining El Niño of my childhood, family troubles, a metaphor about my lack of perspective, and an impression of a musical sheep. [more inside]
Just finished writing a new song :) I was trying an experiment using to convey a good part of the emotion in it. Oh also, playing with a new tuning I found while trying to learn a Nick Drake song. CGCGCG I like it but I'll have to play with it more.
Zombie Hymn. Tune arranged from Abraham Wood, 1789; words by Joseph Hart, 1762. [more inside]