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The strange but true story of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. It's a bit rough, needs a switch up or two and a new ending, but you get the idea.
Little Mattie Groves
My friend Nate sometimes sends me him singing folk songs, just his voice. I really enjoy getting these. I added some guitar to this one. [more inside]
project for senior seminar. Acoustic + vocal. Poorly recorded, poorly written, poor performed :P [more inside]
Give Up On Us
Folksie fun-times with my band, Borachio. (I'm on drums.) We did this in my guest room, separately, so it's only so decent, but hopefully you'll see what we're going for.
Sweet Thames Flow Softly
Follow along on the map... [more inside]
good friends (the bailout song) - vampire deer
4th song of my rpm album - well, what's a trillion between good friends?
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!
I'm Not As Drunk As You Am I Think
A drinking song from the British Isles, written for an performed by Sailor Martin as song eight in the RPM challenge. Ukulele, egg, handclaps, and a tin whistle. [more inside]
My Heart Will Give You Up
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]
Saint V. Massacree
Guitar Rag, with banjo. [more inside]
A short arrangement for solo banjo of the stunning Gilbert & Sullivan tune from The Pirates of Penzance. [more inside]
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]
Say My Name
Yup, that one.
Brother North-Wind's Secret
Music for an imaginary children's TV show. [more inside]
This is a cover of The Fall song Totally Wired...well sort of... [more inside]
Stay The Fuck In Line
I wish I'd written this song a week ago, but I'd never even heard the phrase until this afternoon. [more inside]
Instrumental banjo waltz, written this afternoon. [more inside]
That song you remember from grade school. [more inside]
8 More Miles to Louisville
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.
Lights Upon Us
This is the first song off my album I just finished recording. I guess it's very folk-like.
Peach picking time in Georgia
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]
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]
Bonny Light Horseman
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]
For a' that
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]
Written + performed by The Shot Heard 'Round the World a few years ago for our record "10 Songs for Town & Country." Good if you like acoustic guitars, falsetto backups, shakers, triangles, clarinets, bicycle freewheels, fake crickets, pianos/blue notes, glockenspiels, indian summers and reverb.
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.
Bring me lil water Silvie
More three part me... Took the arrangement from the Wailin' Jennys [more inside]
Seven Shades of Blue
Another song recorded live at the cabin for the album. [more inside]
The Ballad of Daisy and Jay
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]
Leaving on a Jet Plane
MEFI MUSIC CHALLENGE July [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]
Gideon (MMJ cover)
Quick solo acoustic cover of the My Morning jacket song. [more inside]
Don't Talk To The Cops
Inspired by the recent MeFi post. Also, first song upload. Hi!
Another acoustic, instrumental tune. This is the first track I've made in GarageBand (my Ubuntu machine died hard last week).
Classical banjo and fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the Stephen Foster tune. [more inside]
Tonight Hit the Bong With Me
A very dumb cover of Tonight You Belong To Me, written by Lee David, 1926.
The English folk tune Kingsfold rendered very simply in synths. Incidentally, it is also the tune to the hymn I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, and almost identical to the Irish folk song, Star of County Down. The melody occurs elsewhere in European folk music, I believe.
For Jessamyn, who's been listening to many versions of this song. Here's another. [more inside]
Not so different from anything else I've done, but I'm proud of the production of this one. [more inside]
All My Hearts (Are Belong To You)
A tribute to classic country music. [more inside]
Title song from my self-produced record last year. [more inside]
By my band, The Mulligrubs--I am on bass and keys, but the cool part of the song is the guitarist's Ebow. [wikipedia page about that] [more inside]
Blankets and Pillows
Recorded last summer sometime, was on a solo album I produced. [more inside]
No Going Back
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]