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Fly

DTMFA ballad. [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Dec 29, 2014 - 5 comments

Where My Mind Goes

The artist formerly known as unSane here, now posting as Sportswriters because that's my band and to a large extent it grew out of my experiences here. I grew disillusioned with MeFi overall but Music will alway have a piece of my heart. We're now recording an album which I'll start posting soon but in the meantime, I sat on the porch and wrote a murder ballad. Here's a very rough demo. Very much influenced by Chuck Jackson, Aaron Neville and Little Anthony and the Imperials, dripping in vibrato guitar and soul chops. I think the final version will have some spooky strings and backing vocals, and not be as out of time as this!
posted by Sportswriters on Jun 2, 2014 - 5 comments

two lovers

Gentle, warm, almost mantra-like song featuring guitars, piano, bass, lap steel, drums, bass, melodica, and vocals -- kinda sorta about seeing love as an art project. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Apr 2, 2014 - 2 comments

it's the now

Listening to some old songs of mine, I came upon this one from 2004. It's a rather sweet, romantic little thing written about a depressing period in my relationship at the time. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 comments

Womankind (demo)

In June 2010, I posted a song called Womankind. I was just digging through some old demo recordings and found the demo for this song. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Apr 24, 2013 - 0 comments

Not Holding Up

From the same old cassette, but this one done in a studio. This one's original, finally. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Apr 4, 2013 - 9 comments

Through The Fire And Flames (acoustic cover)

You've probably heard DragonForce's highly entertaining power metal piece de resistance before (maybe in Guitar Hero III). This is like that, only not. [more inside]
posted by ZsigE on Mar 24, 2013 - 2 comments

The Ballad of Aaron and Julie

This started out as a quirky little Spoon riff ripoff, then it turned into a moody acoustic number, but when I tried to record it, it took a left turn into mutant son muntano. It ended up somewhere between Squeeze and Gloria Estefan, I think.
posted by unSane on Feb 17, 2013 - 8 comments

mmHg - Nobody But You

7/8 is usually thought of as an aggressive time signature — for the likes of harder jazz, metalcore, and Stravinsky. But here I'm using it in a ballad. The melody playfully bounces and trips over itself in 7/8, blushing and giggling around its crush while trying to be smooth with racing thoughts and too much to say. Still trying to find the right words and vocalist.
posted by dacre on Jan 6, 2013 - 5 comments

Heroes Run

A story of an unexpected journey, and a choice to make; part rock opera, part... wolfdog, I guess. Lyrics inside! [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Sep 24, 2012 - 0 comments

In The Curve

I did a youtube recording of this lovely tune. Decided to give it a pass through the iPad, since I'm on a roll lately. Folky ballad. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Aug 6, 2012 - 4 comments

Saint and Kings - Stop Time

Fake-jazz ballad, slightly prurient and hopefully neither too explicit nor plaintive: use only as directed [more inside]
posted by allaboutgeorge on Jun 19, 2012 - 0 comments

The Ballad of Knocksink

Simple guitar and vocals track. The Ballad of Jackson and Bonnie.
posted by Elmore on Jun 6, 2012 - 0 comments

I Can't Help Falling in Love with You (cover)

This corny old thing just crept into my head this morning and I decided to record it, all quiet and romantic like. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 comments

What Kelly Knew

My first new song in ages. It's about Dr David Kelly. [more inside]
posted by motty on Jan 13, 2012 - 0 comments

On Valentine's Day

On February 11th, 1963, the poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide. This is the song the elderly painter, Mr Thomas, who lived in the flat below hers, did not write about the event. An odd little ballad in 7/8. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 10, 2011 - 26 comments

The Cavalryman's Lament, (Girl on a Swing)

Orgiastically melodromatic Jacques Brel-inspired version of the strange little ballad I posted a couple of days ago. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 21, 2011 - 8 comments

Girl on a Swing (Ballad of a Cavalryman)

This is a super-rough demo of a song I wrote yesterday for the 'Has Been for Years' song fight. It's a gothic little waltz using a resonator guitar, told from the point of view of a trooper in the 7th cavalry who was killed at Little Big Horn while waiting to be relieved by Reno's troops. Recorded before I put my pants on, for the challenge. Video proof is here. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 18, 2011 - 5 comments

C Minor - Part 1

Ballad-ish, classical-ish instrumental piece - first part of a three part instrumental piece all in C minor. [more inside]
posted by miss cee on Apr 19, 2011 - 1 comment

Vagabond Song

My first song posting to MeFi Music. A song about being down on your luck. [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on Feb 8, 2011 - 8 comments

Philippine

There was once a girl, but that was long ago. A letter to a past love, recorded in one take with four microphones. KOLNBandcampLyrics
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 4, 2011 - 0 comments

Forgiveness/Haiku D'état

Basically, this song is a very "epic" work dealing with an extraordinarily dysfunctional relationship in my past. He actually hit me a few times, but it's easy to blame yourself for things, as you hear in the beginning — especially when you do/did love someone — but nevertheless I detail in the song how I came to realize he was to blame, not me.
posted by dacre on Feb 3, 2011 - 0 comments

Ten Years in a Hundred Dollar Suit

So Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen are in a bar discussing the greatness that is Living on a Prayer, but what they haven't noticed is that Toto are at the next table, and Sonic Youth just walked in the back... [more inside]
posted by unSane on Dec 5, 2010 - 12 comments

Shotgun

The only good thing about having a sore throat is that for a brief window of time I can hit some low notes. I was too sick today to concentrate on any real work but this was lying around half-finished so I took it another quarter of the way. Despite the title, this is not a murder ballad but a song about the day I realized Ms. unSane might (eventually) become Mrs unSane. Features a totally fake Hawaiian guitar, one of the rare moments where my surf playing has spilled over into one of my songs. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 9, 2010 - 3 comments

You and San Francisco (Lighters Out Mix)

The (hopefully) final mix of Y&SF with all the problems fixed and Major Dundee's epic solo finally loud and proud before the last chorus. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Nov 7, 2010 - 0 comments

There Ain't Love In Your Heart

Country Western waltz ballad. Featuring faux-pedal steel and more twang than I usually evidence. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Sep 6, 2010 - 6 comments

You and San Francisco (studio version)

Full blown (not to say epic) production of this acoustic demo. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 2, 2010 - 12 comments

Sadie

As autumn arrives, it always gives me a feeling of glorious sad sentimentality, almost like a chemical reaction. Whether I actually have something to feel sentimental about or not, those chilly sun-filled days create a longing like a chemical reaction. This song is that feeling for me, when you can't get back the past, but flounder to try. Guitar and vox recorded live with a single guitar overdub. [more inside]
posted by tunewell on Sep 1, 2010 - 8 comments

Gills

A simple little song about turning into a fish. Written in 30 minutes and recorded in one take. [more inside]
posted by Jenkiins on Aug 28, 2010 - 2 comments

mmHg — cupcake

Millimeters of Mercury (me!) returns with this acoustic-piano-pop-electronic (haha) "fusion" of live piano (played by himself), some live drumming (by a friend), some drum-machine/looped drumming, and vocals performed while playing the piano but were later chopped and processed to make things more coherent. :) The result is saccharine beyond all get out. Think of it as a morally bankrupt part-time drug addict's profession of love to someone who accepts them for who they are. I hope you enjoy. [more inside]
posted by dacre on Jul 30, 2010 - 0 comments

womankind

An ode to women featuring guitars, piano, melodica, and lap steel. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Jun 30, 2010 - 4 comments

Trampoline

This is the first thing I have almost finished from my trip out to the middle of nowhere. [more inside]
posted by chillmost on Jun 24, 2010 - 9 comments

Girl / 1927

Piano, voice, glitch, noise.
posted by naju on Jun 22, 2010 - 0 comments

it shows

This is an angry, broody, dark, but pretty song. I'm proud of it, I think it's one of my best! Includes a pretty sweet xaphoon (!) solo by yours truly, plus background vocals by my wife. [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Mar 30, 2010 - 17 comments

Killing All My Friends

Love song meets murder ballad. [more inside]
posted by Jon-A-Thon on Feb 27, 2010 - 2 comments

Separate My Heart

A little synth-folk ditty, with my friend Alaina singing lead. The idea was to write a murder ballad from the woman's perspective.
posted by clcapps on Feb 12, 2010 - 1 comment

Lowlands Away

A version of a traditional shanty song, recorded mono with a guitar. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 10, 2009 - 1 comment

In Montreal

Ever listened to the Friends theme song and thought: that needs to be sampled and used in a heavy metal ballad? I have. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Oct 5, 2009 - 1 comment

The Money Rolls In

A rewrite of a traditional bawdy song about an untoward way to make money. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Aug 19, 2009 - 1 comment

When the Water Rise Up

A song about storms, levees, and floods. A new song. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Aug 31, 2008 - 5 comments

Secret Love

A tender ballad from my upcoming album [more inside]
posted by jimofferman on Aug 15, 2008 - 2 comments

Super Disco Breakin' (Beastie Boys Cover)

With piano ivories, shimmering vocals and far too much sincerity, I have transmographied the Beastie Boys' energetic party-chant into a mostly miserable, quasi-beautiful, semi-epic, completely human piano ballad. [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan on Aug 5, 2008 - 7 comments

Cocaine is the Hardest Drug

A new song. Sometimes you just find yourself writing a Johnny Cash song. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Aug 4, 2008 - 2 comments

A Bowery Christmas

A new song. A New York holiday song from a drunk. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Aug 2, 2008 - 2 comments

The Boys of the 10th

A new song. An Irish-ballad inspired soldier's tale. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jul 30, 2008 - 2 comments

A Widow's Prayer

A new song. A ballad of a rowdy man and a bad end. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jul 29, 2008 - 3 comments

Barking Nymph

Jazzy power-punk ballad for those long summer bike rides. I think I meant for this to be soft and sparse, but you know how I do. Could use some help with a new name for this. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 22, 2008 - 10 comments

No Time to Cry

My first new song in quite a long time, recorded in as deliberately lo-fi and distorted a manner as possible, because that's what I like. I'm now 40, so it's time for me to start singing country. Therefore, I have written a murder ballad. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 26, 2008 - 2 comments

God Damn You Tom Brown

Part of my old songs series, where I do lo-fi recordings of songs written years and sometimes decades ago. This one is a sort-of Irish folksong about a very mean man. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 22, 2008 - 0 comments

The Rescue at Arisaig

Another true story from my family... [more inside]
posted by LN on Mar 31, 2008 - 3 comments

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