A song I wrote about a trip to Texas with a girl in 1989. [more inside]
cortex was kind enough to let me borrow the lyrics from his song "The Bottom Falls Out of the Clouds" (which he wrote for the first ever MeFi Music Challenge), and allow me to set them to new folky/acoustic/lo-fi music for this month's challenge. [more inside]
An instrumental track that went under the working title "pseudo-eastern." Most prominently features guitars, lap steel, fretless bass and programmed sitar sounds. The subtle percussion is a spinner ring kind of like this one, run through a healthy dose of reverb. [more inside]
Another entry in my recent demo series of posts. I posted a not-quite-done version of the track here, featuring piano and overly heavy drums. It's a song about the old classic video game "Snake". I'm sure I'll revisit the "proper" recording some day, but in the meantime, this is a nice performance. [more inside]
Acoustic guitar instrumental cover of a very popular song, I won't mention the artist, perhaps a commenter can spill the beans :) Recorded in two parts.
An older recording that I just dug up. One of my friend Hawk Coleman's best vocal performances. A bit of a folky melodramatic march that builds pretty big towards the end. [more inside]
Just another folk-rock song about Jorge Luis Borges. [more inside]
Doo doo doo, doo doo doo, la la la, la la la la. The new hit single from Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies. A chamber-pop meditation on time, aging, and death. [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.
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]
Stuck inside all day, it fades in.
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]
americans have their desks, canadians have their cold. [more inside]
Instrumental classical guitar, in a laid back pop style. [more inside]
A moody, layered acoustic number with my wannabe Iron & Wine vocals.
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.
Rerecorded version of "'Til We're Dead" from my forthcoming EP. [more inside]
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.
I am a morning person. My girlfriend, not so much. [more inside]
Another song recorded live at the cabin for the album. [more inside]
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]
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]
My attempt at the Metafilter lyric challenge [more inside]
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).
Acoustic number in the works, just looking for some advice & feedback about this song (see description) [more inside]
I was in a good mood this week.
Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
A very dumb cover of Tonight You Belong To Me, written by Lee David, 1926.
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]
The lazy cracker, banjo-infused version of the Jeffersons theme song. [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]
Some simple arpeggios and other guitar improvs [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.
A little acoustic guitar ditty that sounds like something that would be perfectly suited for a front porch. [more inside]
This is a cover of Engine by Neutral Milk Hotel. The original was the B-side of Holland, 1945. I made this recording in honor of the tenth anniversary of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. [more inside]