I wrote this with my brother back in 1993 on a night we were thrown out of home and had no where to go. We spent the night sleeping on the steps of McPherson library in Philadelphia. [more inside]
To Don Joyce. Acoustic.
A song from my new acoustic band Love Monkee, from our set at the His Lai Buddhist Temple last month. Special thanks to drlith, who translated the chorus for me in this AskMe. Video of the last half of the set. [more inside]
My entry for the May/June 'City Songs' challenge. [more inside]
Another song from my old old old old old old band's 1995 release Worm Temper Tantrum Terrors. This one is a mellow hit. [more inside]
My friend remodeled his bathroom, so I had to record a song denigrating his efforts. Pretty goofy and NSFW. [more inside]
Arrangement of Angel's Hymn, No. 5t in the Shenandoah Harmony. First verse by Isaac Watts 1706, Second verse by Thomas Kelly, 1802. Original composition by Orlando Gibbons, 1623. [more inside]
A traditional bluegrass arrangement of the classic spiritual by my band, Green Mountain Bluegrass Band. From our new (and first studio) album, City Limits. [more inside]
A second version of the traditional tune Liza Jane, on clawhammer guitar . . . [more inside]
Acoustic guitars, a little slide, singing, breathing room. [more inside]
I play mandolin and haven't written anything new in entirely too long. Today I remedied that while also facing my fear of writing/playing in the key of F.
Snarky Americana. Mostly about a girl I dated once who just lovvvveed reaching into my wallet.
It was 2004 and I was staying with some new found friend in California, sleeping on his couch while I filled a Production Asst. for a straight-dvd-movie filming in Hollywood, Ca. He had this Digital multi-track recorder handed down to him by a friend, which he told me didn't work. It worked off a Zip drive disk, where it stored what you recorded. I believe the drive was probably failing frequently (wasn't that the case with all of those zip drives?)... [more inside]
working title, not sure about that just yet, I've been playing a lot in this modal C tuning (CGCGCD) and this tune came out over the past few days. [more inside]
Old-time traditional tune, done clawhammer style on guitar. [more inside]
Literally just finished this so I'm sorry it's so sloppy [more inside]
The first song from my new EP, In Truth, available for free download. An Americana acousticish song about getting lost.
This song addresses the situation in Ferguson and the frightening militarization and violence of today's police forces across America. I made a video for it, which you can view here.
when it rains, it pours [more inside]
Here's a live recording of a song I premiered at a gig two nights ago (July 18, 2014). The bassist accompanying me is Keigo iwami, from the Swamp Root Jimmies. The song is anti-war, anti-greed, anti-death. Video here.
A fun composite/mishmash of song ideas (and some narration) originally created in response to a sound track idea request for an eccentric little animation a friend of mine was trying to get going. Not sure if the animation will ever come about but here is what I put together for it.
Who doesn't like a song about forbidden love? An acoustic cover for a Wednesday. [more inside]
A waltz written by a friend of mine in honor of our fiddle teacher, Sarah. [more inside]
This is a sketch of a work in progress. It started out as a simple cascade riff on the top three strings of the guitar and morphed into what appears to be an Irish fiddle lament. [more inside]
Mining old acoustic songs to deconstruct and add beats to. This song gutted this time.
Here's my entry for the MetaMeta challenge. It's a cover of dobie's track hypotech from a while ago, done with many acoustic layers. Thanks to dobie for actually sending me the lyrics too! [more inside]
An quickish acoustic one, with lyrics about my dad, his melanoma, and a couple of other things. Has probably the most acrobatic bridge bit I've ever done. [more inside]
A remix of an old acoustic cover of a Slipknot song. Glitched-out and re-sampled beyond recognition.
Acoustic fingerstyle blues instrumental. My first effort at writing a riff blues, and also my first effort at recording. Completed as a final assignment for a Berklee Music MOOC. [more inside]
Not the old-time tune you may be thinking of. Fretless banjo with a percussion loop. (As it happens, Garageband's Jazz drum kit instrument has a rattle that sounds a lot like a jawbone.) [more inside]
A popular 19th century minstrel tune with fretless banjo, tambourine and vocals. (Different from the old-time tune by the same name, and not related to Old Joe Clark either.) Lyrics as recorded are not offensive.* [more inside]
Fretless minstrel banjo with guitar and percussion, from 1855. [more inside]
More fretless minstrel banjo, with tambourine and marginally played bones. This one is from Phil Rice's 1858 Method for Banjo With or Without A Master.
Wrote this about the execrable Supreme Court ruling of April 2nd, 2014. Video here.
A short but stately exercise from Frank Converse's 1872 The Banjo and How to Play It.
My version of the traditional tune Liza Jane, played clawhammer style on guitar. [more inside]
Solo stroke style arrangement on a fretless minstrel banjo. Another quickie from Briggs Banjo Instructor, 1855.
Instrumental on fretless minstrel style banjo, played more or less as arranged by Phil Rice in his 1858 banjo instructor. [more inside]
From Buckley's Banjo Guide, 1868. Played on a new minstrel style banjo made by Jeff Menzies and an old tambourine of indeterminate age.
A song from my album that I've just released through Tunecore. If you like it there's more listen links at my site www.groklock.com. Let me know what you think!
Instrumental demo from a little while ago.
Book Challenge Thinger. Based on John Irving's "Until I Find You". [more inside]
I took a break from music stuff for six months, and then came up with three songs in rapid succession. I'm out of practice, and I'm not in love with this one, but it's the best of the three. Posting just so I don't completely fall out of the habit.
In memory of Pete Seeger, a two-uke rendition of one of his best-known tunes. Video here if you're interested. [more inside]
This is a little fingerstyle blues thing I've been working on for a while, indebted to Mississippi John Hurt and a little bit of John Fahey. [more inside]
Cover of the Chris Bell song. This song was one of three assigned to me in a music challenge on another site. [more inside]
After flaking on too many challenges I was determined to get this one in under the wire, despite whatever life threw up in the meantime to distract me (quite a lot as it happens, but in a good way). [more inside]
A wheel out of balance is a dangerous thing. [more inside]
Just got a new zoom h6 to record with. Guitar, vocals, whistling, and a 1930's Dogherty pump organ. [more inside]