Expanded version of this song, but this time we're in control and not in control. Both my mother and my wife's mother planted our placentas under trees, in my wife's case a Japanese maple in West Seattle. I don't know if this was a 90s trend among certain parents, or if it's still a thing or not. [more inside]
somehow managed to write this today and then record a million takes of it on my front porch. chords are far apart, words are close together — pretty difficult for me to sing but we're getting there
A few summers ago my mom's friend had a bit of an incident on the winding road to my parents' place and spun her car out, into the ditch. My brother happened upon her and helped her get her car out and told me about it later. I totally wasn't there but I wrote a song about it anyway and invented things that didn't happen. [more inside]
The evolution of a song. How a shimmering instrumental evolved... [more inside]
A fun harpsichord piece, performed on electronic keyboards. [more inside]
The whole sea shanty thing going around is charming and someone made a joke about slack and that got me thinking about going to college for computer science and wanting to spend my life on computers, and here we are, a short shanty about being careful what you wish for. [more inside]
A song about struggling with mental health, written and recorded in my bedroom this weekend. Some explicit lyrics.
My friend's 7 year old kid made up a funky, surrealist 3-step parable of cause and effect, and I built the musical accompaniment around his 1 minute of wisdom. It turns out that if: 1. You put a phone in your stomach 2. You say boom! 3. The phone will inevitably, eventually ring [more inside]
the isolation and confusion of a UK lockdown ...
The price of your ambivalence is ready if you wanna come and see.
The events in Washington DC on January 6 compelled me to write this one. I took Woody Guthrie's chorus and ran with it. You can see the video of this performance at YouTube. Cheers. [more inside]
Third song in a 33 song, 3.5 hour project some friends and I have been working on over the past 14 months or so. A gnostic fable masquerading as a scene from a film noir. The rest are here: https://archive.org/details/33Songs
Second song in a 33 song, 3.5 hour project some friends and I have been working on over the past 14 months or so. The rest are here: http://henriettatoughlove.com/ https://archive.org/details/33Songs https://henriettatoughlove.bandcamp.com/album/33-songs-for-33-people [more inside]
We're trying to release a song a month this year and are kicking things off with 'Ten'. [more inside]
Just a few arps to bring it in for a landing
I was working on songs for my Microvague project and really just wanted to make something to use the phrase "Long Cool", so this is what came out of it...
This is the first song in a 33 song, 3.5 hour project some friends and I have been working on over the past 14 months or so. It was meant to take 4 months, but you know.. The whole thing is free to stream or download, donations are welcome, we're not really here to make ourselves rich and famous, because what could be more dull? http://henriettatoughlove.com/ https://archive.org/details/33Songs https://henriettatoughlove.bandcamp.com/album/33-songs-for-33-people
Sorry this is a bit late and also my first contribution in a decade or so. A tune I despise, played in a manner that wavers between sarcasm and incompetence. Featuring lapsteel guitar, weissenborn and dobro...
4 short tunes I wrote and recorded as Christmas gifts for some close friends, arranged in a "suite" of sorts. [more inside]
A sea shanty. Vocals only.
one of my favorite jigs! [more inside]
Well, we did a holiday song. I have an alter ego as Fluffy the rabbit. (He's a bit prone to conspiracies and is kinda gruff but really has a heart o' gold). He joins Blue the Monster here on a hopefully-pretty-inclusive* holiday number we think will stick to your brainwaves quite nicely. There's a [youtube] video too, if you want the full dancing-potato and revolving-bagpipes immersive experience. Merry Happy everybody. *it is a little anti-bagpipes.
A jazzy little instrumental tune I wrote years ago for a school class assignment. I recorded this version for the audio track of a video in my ongoing Patchouli Project series (see MeFi Projects page for links to the videos.)
Another pop song with the classic pop band instrumentation [more inside]
A ghostly fox materializes ahead on the forest path and "hmm"s at you. "Hmm? Wait, how are you talking?" "A fox appears out of nowhere and your first question is how it talks? Humans..." "Look, it's my first time outside the bounds of reality." "You have a lot to learn. Follow me."
Cover of the Yvonne Elliman song. [more inside]
Yeah, it's the theme song for Holidays 2020.
Someone asked me recently what I thought was the worst Christmas song... [more inside]
Unexpectedly optimistic instrumental. [more inside]
A Danish folk song (Sønderhoning). Fiddle and Irish flute.
This is a Danish folk song called Æ Rømeser. All parts recorded by me, since I'm alone...so alone :P. Fiddle, guitar, Irish flute.
Wanderlust Baroque rock song with a real quartet (and electric guitar solo). [more inside]
In 2017, I posted this piece (using the Barbie voice samples from this post. At the time, it capped out at around five minutes due to a limitation in the Sonic-Pi, the software I was using. I've now learned enough SuperCollider to be dangerous and as a result have worked around those limitations, producing a full hour-long piece containing all of the names. This is not that piece. It is a shorter version (a Radio Edit, as it were) that doesn't exceed this site's file size limits. [more inside]
Excerpt from a streamed performance last night of music & stories loosely organized around some of my childhood anxieties. It's off-the-cuff storytelling with a live improvised electronic soundtrack in a mode inspired by itinerant handymen roaming the back roads with a harmonica and tales to share on the porch.
This stupid hellscape means that not_on_display and I are spending a lot of time zooming when we'd rather be smooching. How do you end a zoom when you'd rather kiss someone goodnight? So we came up with this song which we were singing to each other, and we put it to music. My vocals, his Casiotone CT-605. We will make a video that neither of us are in but that prominently features a hyrax.
An instrumental song sketch from a couple of years ago. [more inside]
Here is an unused overture for "Legends Of The Magi, A Christmas Rock Opera" - six songs done in collaboration with eight musicians (bass, cello, violin, keys, vocals). [more inside]
This moving song by Mary Gauthier is one of my favorites. Everyone needs mercy. Video.
A little marchy tune that came to me around the beginning of the month. [more inside]