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Smoke

Pretty proud of the vocals. This is a weird one, but my most haunting song yet. I had an image of a supernatural, quiet kind of nightmare where the narrator has a horrible premonition that something is coming for her, tries to run away, but cannot get far enough.
posted by Bluebird Wine on Sep 24, 2018 - 5 comments

Big red sky

It's been a while since I posted any of my new songs here. What do you think of my kind of new direction (and quality of the recording)? Alternative folk-ish, acoustic song with clean vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonies. Sounds happy but the lyrics are not. [more inside]
posted by Bluebird Wine on Sep 9, 2018 - 2 comments

Bluebird Wine plugs in

That is, I just got an electric guitar for the first time and it features heavily in my new song, "Georgia." Catchy, moody indie folk/folk rock tune.
posted by Bluebird Wine on Aug 12, 2018 - 0 comments

wake up song (in D: for Dog, did he begin to pray?)

This is one of two plus songs written by mistake/default around iphone wake-up tones. Y'know, you wake up at some godawful hour with that godwaffle loop in your ear and eventually you're going to make something of it. I mean...you'd hope, Godwaffles. You'd hope. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Aug 10, 2018 - 1 comment

Destination

I wrote the lyric melody 25 years ago and placed it to new music tonight [more inside]
posted by nikaspark on Jul 28, 2018 - 0 comments

to the wolves

This is the only advice I have for new parents these days. Had to salvage this song from a lost-when-near completed track, so the mixing is what I could work with, but I'm pretty happy with it. Enjoy! [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 26, 2018 - 3 comments

Curriculum Vibe

Almost ten years old: Came across one of my favorite songs from my band Big Ghost. One of our first attempts at home recording with drums. It's about backyard baseball, magic tricks, social anxiety and flirting. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jul 21, 2018 - 2 comments

To be alone with you (Sufjan Stevens cover)

Not sure if I can do it justice, but I have loved this song every since I first heard Seven Swans in my college days. Light, soulful cover of a modern classic. I've messed with the harmonies a little, so some of the chords are more dissonant (but in a watery, calm way, not a harsh way, if that makes any sense).
posted by Bluebird Wine on Jul 14, 2018 - 1 comment

Get out get out get out

Post of the week...intense acoustic folk song. Guitar, vocals, piano.
posted by Bluebird Wine on Jul 7, 2018 - 1 comment

Alight

Content Warning (inside the fold) [more inside]
posted by nikaspark on Jun 30, 2018 - 5 comments

Deeper Well (Emmylou Harris cover)

I love this song. Cover with guitar, piano. From her 1995 album Wrecking Ball, which Wikipedia calls "career redefining."
posted by Bluebird Wine on Jun 30, 2018 - 1 comment

All day

Post of the week! This is a new (and improved?) version of a song I posted quite a while ago (as "Drinking all day"). Light, airy, one-chord country song with moody lyrics. Added second guitar part, violin, harmony vocal. I think I'm getting somewhere with my recording capabilities--what do you think? Any thoughts on the mix?
posted by Bluebird Wine on Jun 24, 2018 - 1 comment

Received Wisdom

Another fuzzy, rather lo-fi outing for Sredni Vashtar... [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Jun 21, 2018 - 3 comments

Want Trouble

Moody, jazzy little tune that explodes towards the end. About the delicious dread of falling in love when both people have baggage. This is my second big attempt at faking swing drums, so pointers would be helpful. As per usual, I started out wanting a sparse mix but it got away from me a bit. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Jun 18, 2018 - 7 comments

Rose

I like it again. This is the piano track I posted before (now without the synth, and with vocals and backing vocal harmony) but I think I've mostly solved the problem that to me the whole thing felt kind of lifeless. (At least I felt confident enough to replace the old track with this on SoundCloud, hope that was wise.) What do you think?
posted by Bluebird Wine on Jun 13, 2018 - 3 comments

I belong to you

Wrote a new song that I still like, unlike the last one I posted! Textured, mellow, summery indie/country with guitar, percussion, strings, vocals.
posted by Bluebird Wine on Jun 10, 2018 - 1 comment

Emergency Contact

One of the few times when the melody and the lyrics arrived simultanesouly. I was adding my wife as an emergency contact to my phone and it came to me that this was a new kind of relationship ritual. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Jun 1, 2018 - 2 comments

Stay

Flowing, dark piano and atmospheric synth. TBH I've been tinkering with this for so long that I'm not sure if I like it anymore. (It's like the "if you a repeat a word enough times it doesn't even sound like a word" effect--I don't hear what I once heard in it.) But I really liked the piano part when I first came up with it. What do you think?
posted by Bluebird Wine on May 28, 2018 - 3 comments

Streets of New York

Here is the much improved, finished version of a song I posted before in "help me describe this." Expansive, trance-like, sort of indie folk song.
posted by Bluebird Wine on May 4, 2018 - 2 comments

Does this belong in a movie?

There's a song with words and stuff that this was originally based on, but I like the instrumental version better. Mellow, textured, haunting, builds slowly. What do you think?
posted by Bluebird Wine on Apr 26, 2018 - 3 comments

An Echo Of You Remained In The Transporter Buffer

An elegy for my stepmother, who passed away from ALS, based on a recurring dream I'd have of seeing her brought back to life in an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation via a transporter glitch. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Apr 25, 2018 - 3 comments

Fuxxed Rx

About 10 years ago I had a pretty terrible year. A lot of people thought they knew what was wrong with me & also thought they knew how to "fix" me, but they all turned out to be wrong.
posted by eustacescrubb on Apr 8, 2018 - 3 comments

Adrenaline Hangover (band version)

So a few months I uploaded the original demo of this song, lamenting that we'd never get close to its character. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Mar 26, 2018 - 1 comment

Seen you

A spur-of-the moment recording. Mostly just a simple theme, but it was my first time playing electric in months.
posted by tmcw on Mar 24, 2018 - 1 comment

Tuscaloosa

All your big dreams, you can't go wrong. Get fit with the AC on... [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Mar 2, 2018 - 5 comments

Nightshade

She's a spy, a good one too. Speciality — sneaking up on you... [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Mar 1, 2018 - 0 comments

Get Real Girl

Chin up. Keep acting like you've got it made. We both know you ain't. You're laughing but it's true. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Feb 28, 2018 - 2 comments

Scarlet Johansson's Human Suit

All this time, dipping your fingers in my bowl... [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Feb 27, 2018 - 2 comments

Meet Here If We Get Separated

Happy Valentine's Day! I wanted to make a romantic song built from decidedly un-romantic sounds and images. I mined a lot of half-finished darker, sadder songs that hadn't gone anywhere and assembled a mini-library of static, buzzes, and odd percussion. I did the same with old sad, political or angry poems for the lyrics. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Feb 14, 2018 - 2 comments

Lazy Rock

I miss the lazy rock of the 90's. Lean into the derivative. [more inside]
posted by TheNegativeInfluence on Jan 16, 2018 - 3 comments

Come here and see me

My first time wrangling Ableton to do what I want, and the first song I've posted to MeFi since moving to SF. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Nov 25, 2017 - 1 comment

Give It to Me

A rough demo mix of a new tune I’ve been working on for a loose band project called The Wishing Well Divers. This particular recording is an experiment in recording and producing only on an iPhone and was recorded, mixed, and mastered in a day or so using only my phone, my voice, and an acoustic guitar and bass. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Oct 21, 2017 - 4 comments

Be a light

It's been a while since I posted anything, so here goes with a slightly off-kilter, folksy, moody vocal and guitar piece.
posted by Bluebird Wine on Oct 5, 2017 - 3 comments

Adrenaline Hangover

This is a funny one - a collective demo that I suspect will always sound far, far better than any band recording we manage to cobble together. As the band's guitarist it burns a little bit to not have played or written a single note of this, but I can't argue with the end result.
posted by srednivashtar on Sep 28, 2017 - 1 comment

The Ballad of Highway Boy

All this awful flood action has inspired me to dig up the sad old tail of Highway Boy, raised by his trucker brother, because his father was a hurricane and his mother was a cellar door. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 19, 2017 - 2 comments

Every second of the time

As long as I am posting moody, folksy songs with voice and guitar...here's another one!
posted by Bluebird Wine on Sep 5, 2017 - 0 comments

Tough Love Black Eye

Punk, metal, jazz, slack, folk and noise. This pretty much typifies the grab bag that was my band, Big Ghost. Like trying to get Pavement and RHCP to agree on California rock. It's a mess, but it was our kinda mess. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 5, 2017 - 0 comments

Down in the Well

Vocal and guitar, one rough take, one track, melodic and intense two minutes and thirty seconds
posted by Bluebird Wine on Aug 20, 2017 - 1 comment

Fisherian Runaway (poison frog song)

First song written and recorded since I moved to Napa. Spooky grungy punk that maybe doesn't reflect my sunny new locale. Written about my drummer's frustration with dating, online and otherwise. Lyrics in fold. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Aug 15, 2017 - 2 comments

17

This piano part and vocal melody have been rattling around in my brain for a while--finally wrote some lyrics and fleshed it out a bit.
posted by Bluebird Wine on Aug 5, 2017 - 2 comments

Sredni Vashtar - Epic

Not a cover of the Faith No More song. Oh no. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Aug 2, 2017 - 1 comment

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

A quick and scarcely rehearsed lofi recording of my take on the classic folk standard/gospel/African American spiritual, with an overdubbed chorus and acoustic guitar.
posted by saulgoodman on Jun 10, 2017 - 2 comments

The Killing Floor

This is a really rough early home studio demo of a song in development for my new recording project, The Wishing Well Divers' "Tragicomic Americana." Ironically, just as I've been working on this song, which thematically concerns stigmitization and marginalization, and well, being face down on the floor, I had a health scare last night that left me literally face down on the bathroom floor for a half hour. I've got no job, health insurance, family support, or cash cushion right now, so this song has taken on new personal meanings for me just since I started recording it a couple of days ago, with new worries about health problems and their potential to make it harder to find work and insurance. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Mar 31, 2017 - 5 comments

You're So Dangerous!

An upbeat ditty about falling in love, blah blah blah. Cobbled together during my currently-on-hiatus 52 weeks project. Inspired by Holiday-era Magnetic Fields. [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 on Mar 27, 2017 - 4 comments

Humbler than Thou (studio version rough)

This song originally came together accidentally while I was setting up my VR drum kit for my son for Christmas, as I posted about here at the time. Yesterday I decided to try to do a studio version and this is how it's coming out so far. It's pretty far along but I expect to add some horns before it's all said and done. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Mar 19, 2017 - 5 comments

New World

A big and brooding song recorded in rehearsal by Sredni Vashtar. [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Feb 28, 2017 - 2 comments

Going Nowhere (working studio mix)

This is a working rough mix of a song I originally posted a rough acoustic guitar demo of here on MeFi music a couple months back... This version gives the tune the full band treatment, and is part of a larger full-length project, "Tragicomic Americana," I'm working on with a new group called The Wishing Well Divers. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Feb 13, 2017 - 10 comments

Petrichor

So this is another song, audio is taken directly from the youtube video here. This is a live performance, did a session in the lighting hire and install company I work for over the weekend. This video forms part of a competition entry for our band. [more inside]
posted by multivalent on Feb 7, 2017 - 6 comments

(What's so funny about) Peace, Love, & Understanding

I got an urge to do a slower, gospel inspired cover of this song written by Nick Lowe (probably best known for the version popularized by Elvis Costello) and my friend helped me make it happen today in a quick fit of studio fun.
posted by saulgoodman on Feb 5, 2017 - 4 comments

You Must Build a Fire

A fast and dirty lofi cover of a beautiful song originally by Crooked Fingers that's meant a lot of different things to me at different times in life. [more inside]
posted by saulgoodman on Feb 1, 2017 - 2 comments

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