Harpy Go Lurky

March 19, 2009 9:55 AM

A quick, light-spirited, no-frills guitar/banjo instrumental.

posted by ORthey (19 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

This is great, exactly the kind of music I wanna listen to now that it's finally starting to warm up and be sunny. As usual your fingerpicking is top notch, what else is new.
posted by BrnP84 at 11:32 AM on March 19, 2009

Great playing, makes me want to ride my bike down a hill.
posted by dagosto at 2:25 PM on March 19, 2009

Really great. Thanks Orthey.
posted by nicolin at 2:25 PM on March 19, 2009

I reiterate each of these comments. I love, love strummed banjo's.
posted by Corduroy at 3:08 PM on March 19, 2009

Eh, this could be better... if you were playing it beside a bon fire in my back yard!

I love how you just flirt with the banjo until the very end when you drive it right home where it belongs. (Not that the first banjo parts suck, mind you!)

Great stuff, man, and I needed it today.

posted by snsranch at 5:51 PM on March 19, 2009

And how is the album coming along?
posted by Corduroy at 9:47 PM on March 19, 2009

Thanks all!

Corduroy, the album is coming along very well, although slowly... my 'engineer' and producer has 3 kids and limited time, so solid studio time is rare. But it's been a blast and I'm very happy with what I've recorded so far, and I'll let you know when I have a few finished tunes and a myspace page.
posted by ORthey at 10:41 PM on March 19, 2009

Nice stuff! I like that strummed banjo.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:01 AM on March 20, 2009

Like BrnP84 says, this is the right music for the season. I enjoyed that a lot, thanks for posting.
posted by Galvatron at 2:18 PM on March 20, 2009

Top shelf, beautiful music as always ORthey. Love the distant, panned, and somewhat distorted banjo in the first section there.
posted by The White Hat at 4:26 PM on March 20, 2009

Earlier this week I was wondering about you and your album too. I'm glad to hear all is going well. And this song, as always, was a delight.
posted by micayetoca at 6:34 AM on March 21, 2009

Ya, nice pickin'. Looking forward to your recording.
posted by chococat at 10:10 PM on March 21, 2009

Goddam but that's great.
posted by cortex at 10:17 AM on March 23, 2009

I caught this late, but wanted to chime in and say that I really enjoyed this as well. I particularly like how, towards the end, you have some banjo notes create their own rhythm that isn't completely in lockstep with everything else. They're on beat, but they almost feel like they're not, maybe because of how they're panned and how loud they are. Another life emerges within the life of the song. Really cool.
posted by edlundart at 7:38 PM on March 24, 2009

man, this is so clean... Are you using finger pads or do you have the guitar player's fingernails?
posted by eclectitude at 10:07 PM on March 29, 2009

Are you using finger pads or do you have the guitar player's fingernails?

I use a thumbpick, but the other fingers are just as is. I have an embarrassing, ongoing habit of biting my nails and so I don't have any guitar player fingernails to speak of... just some serious callouses!
posted by ORthey at 10:48 AM on March 30, 2009

This is about as good as a cold drink after a long day, which is hard to beat.

As for the fingernails, I used to bite mine also. Once I started growing them out/trimming them, I found they got torn up pretty fast on steelstrings anyway. Of course I'm too lazy to try all those musician tricks like false nails or enamel or superglue or whatever alchemy people are concocting these days, but I'm happy with my tone and I'd say yours is pretty spectular, too.
posted by empyrean at 5:12 AM on March 31, 2009

i must say that i just like it. you got to get this stuff out there!
posted by localhuman at 6:27 AM on April 1, 2009

Oh. Wow. Nice.
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:44 PM on April 29, 2009

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