A very short and simple ode to my dog who I love. [more inside]
Just what the world needs: another cover of a hit pop song by a white guy with his guitar. [more inside]
I have no idea what this is, but at least zephyr_words sent me a great bass track for it.
Another "get me out of this musical funk" cover. The more I hear Dylan sing this, the more I think this may be his most beautiful song. Here's my try. [more inside]
When I'm in a prolonged songwriting funk - which I am now - it can sometime take a cover of a favorite tune to snap me out of it. Let's hope this does. [more inside]
I love Randy Newman. Along with the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Cat Stevens, he was the first musician I fell in love with as a child, thanks to my parents. I've covered him once before on MeFi. Now I'm doing it again. [more inside]
Sort of an odd tune, relying primarily on one chord. The lyrics actually mean something but that might not be very obvious. Features my dad on alto sax. [more inside]
A tune about an odd man who used to roam around my neighborhood as a kid. He wore a crown sometimes. Featuring chococat on drums. [more inside]
A very short little song wherein I take the harshly honest route toward an old friend. [more inside]
I was alone. It was late at night. March was approaching its end and I had to sing a song about the multiplication table. I had no lyrics. I recorded some guitars and then pressed record on the vocals to see what would happen. [more inside]
A song inspired by the time my high school baseball coach instructed me repeatedly to hit the opposing batter in the head.
*Yet* another short, syrupy-melancholic instrumental. This time with extra dobro. [more inside]
Another itty bitty ditty. [more inside]
My Velvet Underground homework. There's some backing falsetto in here and some piano and stuff. [more inside]
A largely pointless endeavor, a rendition of Hallelujah with quick fingerpicking and banjos (what's new?).
My contribution to the two-chord challenge. A sleepy little song with fingerpickin' guitar, piano, and some three part "harmony." I experiment a little more with my voice on this one. [more inside]
A quick, light-spirited, no-frills guitar/banjo instrumental.
I've decided to face my embarrassment and post this song. [more inside]
A cover of the "I'll be watching you" of Christmas songs, recorded with my dear friend okclementine. [more inside]
Taking a short break from challenges to make a quick love song. [more inside]
Because it hath been requested.
A quick 'n' dirty instrumental with some mute-picking that sort of sounds like violin plucking. But isn't. [more inside]
Sort of a cheating entry to the wildcard challenge - a flowy, stringy instrumental. [more inside]
A version of my still-favorite all-time MeMu song by the inimitable Great Big Mulp, for the June challenge. [more inside]
A repetitive, driving song featuring my first foray into recording piano-ery. It also has a jammy rockout outro (rockoutro?). [more inside]
A musical version of an old Spanish assigment from high school that I found in a box. [more inside]
Quick 'n' dirty cover of Mississippi John Hurt's old song played on my resonator guitar. Levels are a bit off, volume jumps up and down a little... but here it is anyway. [more inside]
A short instrumental, played over an old tape of me reading something in French as a kid. [more inside]
Adaptation (more or less) of an Ogden Nash poem of the same name. Essentially an apology from an aging man who spends his time boring people with the same stories.
English, French, backup vocals, slide, banjo, bam!
Very short, two sparse verses, some pickin'. [more inside]
Basically a song about a failed friendship, which as we all know is best done with several banjo tracks!
A cover of my very favorite Randy Newman song, which is also maybe the saddest song I know.
Tuned the guitar way down and added some banjo. This song does this thing where it equates "snake" with "girl." Like a metaphor, see. Also: it seems to play better through headphones (possibly because of the use of stereo). But maybe I just have bad speakers.
A song inspired by crossing the frozen river Neva in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This song is short, simple, and basically three choruses and no verses. That's right - screw the verses!
A song mostly inspired by having a stressful job where I deal with lots of nervous/frustrated/severely impolite people, and its effect on me. It's a little rough because the main track is recorded on a boombox with a verrrrry old cassette.
I recently dislocated my shoulder, and assumed music was out of the picture for a month or two. But I was getting pissed off at not playing, and discovered if I capoed everything up really high and didn't play anything too fancy, my arm could handle short bursts of pickin'. So I made a simple song, part French and part English.
My lyric-writing "system" has often been dozens of little stickies on the desktop, thoughts, ideas, scribbles... and then sometimes when I'm frustrated I'll make a song made up of various combinations that seem to make sense. Like this one!
A rambling instrumental with banjo, whistling, and a few other ingredients. Mix well and serve chilled.
A song about how frustrating it is to really want to be angry at someone, but they keep joking and not letting you be mad. ("you" = "me")