I played a gig last week with a violin player and a bassist and they recorded it. This is one of the tunes. [more inside]
I wrote a country song awhile back but never got around to figuring out how it should end. The latest Mefi Music Challenge provided suitable inspiration. [more inside]
Another song recorded live at the cabin for the album. [more inside]
Title still feels like a placeholder; waiting there for the proper, more apt one to make itself known. Apart from that it's another cornucopia of sameness just like the other stuff. Boogie shoes not required.
Part of the unofficial internal mic mefi challenge. A song about a car accident outside my apartment building and the people that come to watch. [more inside]
I've always loved The Great Gatsby - it, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, have some significance here in Minnesota. I tried to get some personal elements into the characters for this. [more inside]
Kind of a break from recording and re-recording songs to be played live this year, this is kind of a folksy, reverb and acoustic-heavy, simple and short composition. Harmonizing my vocals is such a bummer lately, since it reveals how limited one's range is... [more inside]
An early song; back when all I needed was an intriguing title to enable me to create something. Ah yes, the good old days.
Quick solo acoustic cover of the My Morning jacket song. [more inside]
Inspired by the recent MeFi post. Also, first song upload. Hi!
My attempt at the Metafilter lyric challenge [more inside]
Recorded this song last night. It's a new direction, sort of. Unplugged electric bass, acoustic guitar, vocals. 7/4 but unusual rhythm work. I like it, hope you do.
Fingerpicking on my camping guitar; a song I wrote 30 years ago. Sorry for the lofi recording--I just played it into my laptop. [more inside]
Another acoustic, instrumental tune. This is the first track I've made in GarageBand (my Ubuntu machine died hard last week).
A song I wrote back in 1996. Its lyrics draw from images from the Mexican Day of the Dead, which I've always fancied. In particular, I like the small clay dioramas that show scenes of skeletons going about daily activities, such as getting haircuts or riding in cars, and it is those images that fueled this song. [more inside]
Acoustic number in the works, just looking for some advice & feedback about this song (see description) [more inside]
This is the most unlike me I could ever be. But it seemed like a perfectly natural direction for the song to take, and my luck has been severely down the last couple days, so... (dear people who hate blink182. I do too, most of the time. This doesn't sound like them)
I was in a good mood this week.
Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
A short, chilled-out acoustic tune.
I think I managed to write a somewhat upbeat song! Well, upbeat if you ignore the title and lyrics. It's got: hammond organ, celesta, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, and some epic "Woo-oo-oooh" back up vocals.
A very dumb cover of Tonight You Belong To Me, written by Lee David, 1926.
An Abba cover that I made while experimenting with Audacity. Any suggestions (music, equipment, software, anything) welcome. [more inside]
hubris in E major [more inside]
"Our minds are permeable to forgetfulness; I myself am distorting and losing, through the tragic erosion of the years, the features of Beatriz." -- Jorge Luis Borges [more inside]
Scrooge McDuck reminisces about former love affairs, smokes a cigar on his gazebo.
The lazy cracker, banjo-infused version of the Jeffersons theme song. [more inside]
A new song idea, hatched out of procrastination for finals. It kind of grows. I write songs backwards, I realized today. [more inside]
Slice of acoustic girl singer pop. [more inside]
A song from a promising project called Lek that ended up short-lived as we found ourselves living far away from each other. Lyrics and melody by the same friend K who sang the Bjork cover that I posted a while ago. The music is by the rest of us.
From the same EP of 2007 as My Fire (O Captain! My Captain!). This one is a little too laid back for how I play it now, it's meant to be a bit more punchy and at a faster clip. [more inside]
A song written and recorded today in one go. Can you guess what it's about? [more inside]
Not so different from anything else I've done, but I'm proud of the production of this one. [more inside]
Title song from my self-produced record last year. [more inside]
Recorded last summer sometime, was on a solo album I produced. [more inside]
This is not the happiest song I've ever written. [more inside]
Song I wrote and recorded recently when thinking about how thankful I am for my friends. [more inside]
Early morning front porch music... [more inside]
Just installed new strings and set up my new 3-mic stand; I figured I'd test drive 'em both. [more inside]
A song about accepting that bad stuff sometimes does, and will, happen. Written after the untimely death of a relative a year ago. It's not about him per se, but it does make me think of him every time I play it or hear it, just because the song came together at around the time of his passing.
I wrote this song last week and started playing with it this weekend. I'm excited about its potential, but I would looove love love some feedback. [more inside]
The first track from my forthcoming concept EP. This is a very, very rough demo. [more inside]
Some simple arpeggios and other guitar improvs [more inside]
A living room rendition. [more inside]
Today's forecast calls for a wintry mix of snow and melancholy. [more inside]
A very lo-fi one-take recording by The Grandma Sylvias. Acoustic guitar and vocals only; all apparent distortion is coming from knobs turned very high. [more inside]
after the recent posts from umbu and corduroy, I couldn't resist upping this. I tried... but... Wasn't designed to and isn't specifically related to, but I'd like to dedicate it to the memory of jeff healey.
Due to popular demand, here's yet another mix of "Secret Book" with vocals, as originally posted here and here. [more inside]
This is a song a friend of mine named Audrey Johnston wrote that I think is pretty. [more inside]