So I've been consumed with learning Irish traditional music for the past year, and was finally able to trek down to VA to see my old pal Ian and have him help me record a few sets of tunes. This rough mix is so far my favorite of the bunch. [more inside]
Turns out my version of the serenity prayer involves a lot more quantum sci-fi and psycho-killer imagery. Been working on this for a good while, trying to figure out how to program drums for a slow 6/8 time. Pretty happy with how it finally came together, but I'd love some pointers. Still worried it's a bit too saturated, but that's kinda my MO. Lyrics in the fold. [more inside]
It's been a while since I posted anything, so here goes with a slightly off-kilter, folksy, moody vocal and guitar piece.
As long as I am posting moody, folksy songs with voice and guitar...here's another one!
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]
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]
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]
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]
Acoustic folk heartbreak. [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.
A waltz written by a friend of mine in honor of our fiddle teacher, Sarah. [more inside]
Another acoustic guitar, piano and vocal sample-based song.
...cuts like harp strings.
Just got a new zoom h6 to record with. Guitar, vocals, whistling, and a 1930's Dogherty pump organ. [more inside]
Quiet guitar for a quiet afternoon. [more inside]
That, or God Save the Queen. Your choice. [more inside]
Simple guitar and vocals track. The Ballad of Jackson and Bonnie.
First time I tried to 'write' a song. It's just a silly jokey nerdy number with a few fluffed lines and a sub par singer. At least I didn't go with the rap idea I originally had... and yet some of it still lingers for some reason. Anyway, just a bit of fun, I hope some of you enjoy it.
Best Friends Forever - we always will be. Best Friends Forever. Just you and me.... Written and performed by Julian Mount (aka: JtJ)
Dave van Ronk cover
It's been five years since my last attempt at arranging Auld Lang Syne. I thought I might try to start a small fire under it this year. [more inside]
Another improvised electro-acoustic/glitch tune.
Next song in a series of electronic pieces with sampled acoustic instruments.
Folky electronic music.
Another acoustic guitar thing. [more inside]
A ragtime arrangement of one of the most ear-wormy, riffiest songs I know. [more inside]
Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
I seem unable to cover songs (even those I hate) without making them sound completely earnest.
A song written for a friend going through a bad break-up.
Acoustic guitar cover of the Lady Gaga song. [more inside]
Baby I'd Do It All Over You. [more inside]
Here is an entry for the January Challenge! It is by me and rangefinder 1.4. It is a cover of "Leave Her, Johnny," a traditional sea shanty that was sung by sailors at the end of a voyage, as they were preparing to leave their ship ("her" in the song). [more inside]
The second song I recorded after this one.
A new instrumental song. [more inside]
Another track from Nasoalmo [more inside]
Guitar, banjo, and vox arrangement of the shapenote tune, The Church's Desolation, number 89 in The Sacred Harp. A quick fingerstyle arrangement of Old Hundred (49 on the top) was tacked onto the front. [more inside]
A quick song after a very long day, and the first song to end up in the pristine new pages of my new notebook.
My acoustic cover of the Mefi favourite by Ke$ha.
Another bedroom-recorded song. [more inside]
My break-up song, written a number of years ago. [more inside]
Another lo-fi acoustic tune about the end of the world. Not too cheerful stuff. [more inside]
Quiet plucked acoustic guitar and vocals. This song completes the lyrical cycle that includes "My Cirripedian Friends" and "A Brand New Fabrication". [more inside]
The lyrical counterpoint to "My Cirripedian Friends". [more inside]
This is a song about drowning at sea, denial and adventure. [more inside]
An old-time chestnut on guitar, mandolin, and my new Menzies tackhead banjo [more inside]
Big Ghost's version of this, which gets nice and jam-bandy, we feel. Thanks in advance for continuing mixing/mastering advice. [more inside]
A very short little song wherein I take the harshly honest route toward an old friend. [more inside]
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