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!
Another not-in-English one.
Townes Van Zandt was a talented man who wrote beautiful songs. I own some guitars and recording equipment and have a lot of spare time. Here I embarrass myself and denigrate Van Zandt's legacy by attempting to cover him. But I did add a string arrangement!
Just another "I'm nothing without you" song
Ridiculous song that I wrote and sang while I was in my cups. You can (unfortunately) see a video of me singing it with the band here. Oberon is a reference to a local microbrew that is rather popular with a "certain crowd."
Back from the dead! Original description: A quick-and-dirty first attempt at combining circuit bent instruments with acoustic guitar. I know some people frown at the idea of forcing bent instruments into measure and meter but there's a 24% chance that those people are no fun. Did it work? I dig it. Any suggestions?
Crickets, guaguancó rhythm, double bass, jarana guitar, one singing voice and another one rapping.
I am re-uploading this song. I wrote it a while back and recorded last weekend. I'm just learning to record, so the guitars are a little quiet. Tips would be very welcome! I'm stoked I get to re-post, since I spelled "Abilene" wrong last time.
In a departure for me, this tune features no percussion, synths, jaw harps, scrap metal or hand held mini-vibrators, but is simply accompanied by... an acoustic guitar. Radical, huh? Anyway, as you might guess from the title, the tune is a kind of meditation on New York City. Hope you enjoy.
This song was inspired by: Dean Moriarty, Coldplay's "We Never Change," the last shot of Fight Club, and global warming. Just ignore the vocals; I can't sing for crap today but it'll sound great once I redo it in a studio. Hohner-Gruhn guitar, AudioTechnica microphone, and GarageBand.
While my friend Beth is in town, we're recording a bit (as The Shrimp Boat Pirates. We just finished this one last night. Hohner-Gruhn guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Casio keyboard, kitchen utensils, Audio-Technica microphone, and GarageBand.
I've been out of the game for a while, so I thought I'd warm up by covering the Kraftwerk classic acoustically. I thought I'd try some alliteration aswell...
At empyrean's request. I needed a break from mixing my own songs anyway, so I threw together this quick & dirty cover of the Counting Crows song in 15 minutes, and uploaded it warts and all - one take off the top of my head, complete with missed notes, words, and chords. Enjoy.
I think this is still probably the best thing I've written. It's arranged sparely. It's really not anything more than a more nicely-recorded version of the two-track sketch that I record immediately after finishing writing a song just to have a rough sketch of the structure and main vocal melody. I haven't got a more full recording, because... Well, every time I try to flesh out the song, I end up feeling like I've bludgeoned something delicate. I'll get it some day, but for now, I think it works best when played simply.
A cover of a song by Wilco or Loose Fur, depending on how you look at it. [more inside]
A quick snippet, to keep you entertained while a proper song is ready. This one was recorded for a TV program here, some time ago.
The oldest song I've written that I'm still willing to play, think about, work on, etc., etc. It's also changed rather radically from its even shorter original form, and it's gone through a couple lyrical rewrites. It grew a beat about six months ago. I think this is probably the final form structurally and lyrically, but I'd probably work on it more if I thought I could improve the sound quality significantly.
First of all, hello.. long time mefi reader/listener and I just registered a few days ago. I heard this song for the first time about a month ago (don't laugh) and fell in love with it. I've listened mainly to the acoustic version and only a few times to the other version. I couldn't sleep tonight so I recorded this version, which is kind of a mix between the two. Let me know what you think about it, (ie: do I suck at guitar / singing / recording / making posts, etc...).
After 3 bags of green tea in one cup, 20 minutes later this came out. Some notes are behind but enough aren't. Best when volume is cranked (seriously, all the way).
A miserable if timely dirge I wrote ages ago.
Thanks to two class cancellations due to ice storms in the Capital, I was able to arrange and record this Valentine's day treat. Imagine Huey Lewis, baritone, with a banjo.
I wrote this song for my ladyfriend a few months back, and recorded it just now. Happy Valentine's Day.
an egregiously lo-fi and unpolished acoustic recording. the song was once designed to 'woo' a girl of my fancy. it worked, for a while anyway.
I have rerecorded this one two or three times since I wrote it in fall of '05. I've never really been able to sing it the way I really want to, which would sound a little like a mix of Brandi Carlile, KT Tunstall, and Janis Joplin (my voice just wasn't made that way). This is the closest I've ever gotten. Hohner-Gruhn guitar, Audio-Technica mic, and GarageBand.
Your eyes say yes, but your mouth says wait.
This was the perfect one-take song; it came together like magic and I didn't even have clipping problems when I mixed it. If only they could all be so cooperative. Hohner-Gruhn guitar, Audio-Technica microphone, and GarageBand.
Unusual music, make with a ukulele, acoustic guitar, and bass, in one shot. Using a MagicStomp as a (very rudimentary) phrase sampler, and Audacity to record. Enjoy
one man's case against cuddling
Fingerstyle arrangement of a trad tune, features backing violin by Gretchen Lohse.
This break I've been multitracking a few songs to pass the time, and this is today's creation. It's pretty simple, but it's a riff that I've had on my mind for a while, and this is the latest incarnation. Even though it's all one acoustic guitar, I'm trying to edge more towards an instrumental post-rock type thing than a coffeehouse thing (not like this is real post-rock, it's just a collection of layered one-takes)
Someone asked for more rockabilly. This is a song written by some friends, Los Esquizitos, performed and recorded here by us, with a drum track laid by their drummer.
Fingerstyle arrangement of the trad tune. Looks like it was transposed down a step during conversion. Link to mp3 inside.
A very minimalist ditty, recorded in October at SCM Recordings in San Diego. Also, my first MeFi Music post.
A song about drinking.
A song from a recording session I did with my brother's band (He's the singer). The band is called Beautiful Blonde Pineapple!
Another entry for the song-a-day (pt 2!) project. This one's got a sweet glorified click-track for a drumbeat, and even more vocal overdubs!
First song from round 2 of my song-a-day project (previously on metafilter projects). On-the-spot songwriting fun with many, many overdubs!
Now that the US mid-term elections are over, here's a song about politics.
CollaborationFilter: I had this song I could never considered finished because it sounded dreadful in my voice. Then I discovered Metafilter Music and here I discovered chococat. Like pretty much everyone else who heard his music, I was blown away. And so I asked him if he would help me out with the song. Cool guy he is, he did. And this is the result.
A lofi, live, solo acoustic cover of the fantastic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot track, recorded a few years back. Music has been way too slow the last couple days, dammit.
Another one for the guitarron tag. For this one we invited a friend to sing, Marie Afonso, who used to be in Zap Mama. Two voices, a guitarron, an acoustic guitar and shakers. I really like what came out. Hopefully you will like it too.
Acoustic song about the American Dream. Written and performed by Zack Austin. Thanks for listening.
Started writing it in '91. Finished writing two years later. Figured I'd try it with the melody I remember writing and a spare extra major chord I had lying around. Caution: Trad plink-and-squint guy-and-acoustic-guitar plaint. Use only as directed.
complete lark! fueled by a bottle of chianti and deep sympathy for a friend smitten with that pesky grad-school-student-loan-debt, i seem to have concocted an acoustic lament on the subject. in an attic, (ok, horrible acoustics, i admit).
Just recorded a rough demo of this new love song for Edie Sedgwick.
A song originally by Mono Blanco, performed here by my band. We decided to EQ it in such a way that it would sound as if coming from an old radio. Being upbeat and cheerful, I thought it would be a good way to start the week.
Short tomwaitsy song, without any of Tom Waits' actual talent. It may sound better on headphones.
Small song I did for a weekly TV show in Venezuela.
A short melodic snippet I've been playing around with in need of a nice lyric. If anyone has one that fits, I'm all ears.
A quiet acoustic diddy. Written for my old band, The Big Lie, by my former bandmate, Chris Knott.