An entry to the amnesty challenge, trying out the "wrong" challenge. [more inside]
Believe it or not, this song was not written about the Iraq war. In fact, it was a reaction to something I was sensing in the air back before the first Gulf War, circa 1990. I changed the wording slightly to reflect the times, but the song still works beautifully. The recording is from my new collection 2 O's, 2 E's (a reference to how I spell my last name). You can download the entire album and lots more stuff at johnvoorhees.com.
A little upbeat piece I came up with one day mucking around with some friends - not the greatest recording quality, the microphone I used was actually one of those headsets that I clamped over the guitar. Still its one of my favourites, hope everyone gets into it.
Ooo! Spooky! Well, it should be pretty obvious that this song has almost nothing to do with literal werewolves, and everything to do with a predatory mindset, but that doesn’t keep it from weirding my mother out every time I play it!
Just imagine strolling down a brick sidewalk, sun streaming down, day full of possibilities.
The third and final installment of my 2009 Valentine's day project. Celine Dion + Rick Astley, as if the internet needed another rickroll. [more inside]
Guitar Rag, with banjo. [more inside]
Here's an attempt to cover O Superman without copying it; no synths, no vocoders, no sampling or looping. [more inside]
(to your solution)
This is my great, sweeping ballad … my Piano Man, if you will. Tinged with chili powder. [more inside]
A simple cautionary tale of how celebrity, glamour, ambition and just-plain inauthenticity can twist a human soul. Also, you can dance to it. [more inside]
Stuck inside all day, it fades in.
Another country song that I recorded for my dad for Christmas. [more inside]
tear yo ass up. [more inside]
Electro-acoustic piece with piano, guitar and synths that started out as an idea to write a "palindromic" song. [more inside]
A revision of my earlier version of this cover, since I had a night to burn at school. Bigger, a bit less background noise, a little more banjo.
A strummy, easy-going version of the alphabet song as I sing it to my 3-year-old son. Not the standard melody. [more inside]
I recorded this version of the old Christmas standard with the original, depressing-as-hell lyrics. Check out this FPP for the backstory. [more inside]
Silent Night with acoustic guitar, ukulele, and 4 part vocals. [more inside]
Standard bluegrass ala The Soggy-Bottom Boys. I thought the song might be cool if I darkened it up a bit. It began life as a 12-string and vocal live track, then I flew in some harmonies, extra guitars and bass. This was recorded in my living room on a cheap laptop. I'm not a guitar player or singer. Enjoy!
A relaxed, front-porch take on the Gnarls Barkley original. [more inside]
americans have their desks, canadians have their cold. [more inside]
a Replacements cover. For jonmc, I guess. My favorite 'mats song
Instrumental classical guitar, in a laid back pop style. [more inside]
Its been too long since I've last posted here. I've been a big fan of the Constantines since the time the Arcade Fire were opening for them. This is a cover of a song off of their new album. [more inside]
As requested by chococat, and featuring the great Karlos The Jackal on marimba and toy piano. [more inside]
A moody, layered acoustic number with my wannabe Iron & Wine vocals.
Not a breakup song, but a relationship-on-hold song. [more inside]
I was surprised to find I'd never posted this to MeFi Music. Yet another Radiohead cover by me and my friend Mel. On MySpace we are Minor Vine. [more inside]
My submission to the "a song sung in a language you don't speak" challenge. [more inside]
More "americana" from that woodshed in Sweden. Recorded on a battered radio/cassette player in 1984(?) so its low fi. We called ourselves The Early Puritans on the occasions we actually got paid for a gig. [more inside]
Another Ran/Run tune. This time abit more melancholy, with some nice strings.
This is the first song off my album I just finished recording. I guess it's very folk-like.
a demo. [more inside]
More from the woodshed Jimmy Rogers we liked. The Early Puritans go country. [more inside]
The proverbial seeds of this song were planted when I visited Savannah, Georgia at the beginning of the month and found myself captivated by the ubiquitous plant life named in the title. Later, when I was working on lyrics and couldn't think of a second verse, my bandmate Mel reminded me of a dream my friend Kathy had in which I killed a guy and hid him behind a couch. The end result may be disproportionately creepy, but I rather like it. [more inside]
Maybe I wrote this song for Aretha Franklin. Maybe I wrote it for Candi Staton. Either way, when I sing it I feel like a large black woman.
More of the woes caused by foreign wars in this song from the woodshed tape (Sweden 1984.) "By heaven I'll make them rue the day when they took the legs from a child of mine" The Early Puritans at it again with an Irish song. Singer Dave Scott is Irish. Other singer Jim Donovan though is american [more inside]
Jim Donovan, one of the members of The Early Puritans borrowed somebodys mandolin for the weekend. This is another song from that 1984 woodshed tape. [more inside]
Another song from that Swedish woodshed tape. This I dont know the origin of. But the sentiments again appealed to us. The pain caused by Foreign Wars. Still relevant? [more inside]
An old song. Written by Robert burns in 1795. Recorded by my old acoustic band, The Early Puritans in Sweden 1984 on a radio/cassette player with built in microphones. One take. Found the tape in the woodshed this summer. Lo fi. [more inside]
Some acoustic Pink Floyd. This is my first ever recording, feedback is appreciated. [more inside]
Rerecorded version of "'Til We're Dead" from my forthcoming EP. [more inside]
A cheery song off my new album Out of It.
This song has a feel I haven't easily been able to reproduce since recording it. I can barely play the song live. Despite some horrific essing, probably my favorite home recording.
Just a song I came up with and then recorded myself.
A song written and recorded on my Tascam Porta-05 sometime around 1992-3. I've slowed it down about 25% to give it a more lazy feel. Mostly about music and how I feel about it. [more inside]
It's about those times when you realize the only one you can change is yourself. A new pop/rock tune I just released today. [more inside]
I am a morning person. My girlfriend, not so much. [more inside]