"Won't shake it at the Mardi Gras, why don'tcha come home and shake it all for me!" Americana and Second-Line rhythms combine in a character piece about a bayou boy skeptical of the charms of the Big Easy. The upcoming album, Tales from the Crescent, is a New Orleans-themed song cycle that crosses multiple genre lines in its quest to musically capture the complicated creature that is the Crescent City.
Based on a true story. Written and performed by Tim Long. [more inside]
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?
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?
Vocal and guitar, one rough take, one track, melodic and intense two minutes and thirty seconds
A song (accompanied by accordion) about past, current and future(?) events. May or may not be helpful for election obsessives. Spoiler warning: spoilers. [more inside]
This little song that's somewhat about Don Draper sprung to life while rewatching the entire series of Mad Men. This is the audio of a video that's here, if you're into that sort of thing.
I've been cranking out a lot of songs almost involuntarily lately and many of them seem to sort into a genre I think of as "Tragicomic Americana," a traditional mode of American blues, country, and folk songwriting that ruminates on heartbreaks and losses exaggerated to such dramatic extremes, the effect becomes darkly comic, like Hank Williams's "There's a Tear in my Beer," for example. Well, FWIW, here's my latest attempt to make a minor contribution to that grand tradition... [more inside]
Home demo for a future studio production. A recounting of the events of the Sespe Wilderness tragedy of January 1969. Lyrics below the fold. [more inside]
A follow up to my last song, The Eternally Incomprehensible Thing, in memoriam my cat Einstein ????—2015-11-02.
The first song from my new EP - Americana fingerpicked singer-songwriter folk-rock-ish type music
A pop song about a POW being subjected to sleep experiments in a subterranean Arctic research cell. Solo home demo for an album coming in 2016. [more inside]
Gentle, warm, almost mantra-like song featuring guitars, piano, bass, lap steel, drums, bass, melodica, and vocals -- kinda sorta about seeing love as an art project. [more inside]
My 2nd FAWM song of the month. A waltz about the ocean. [more inside]
This is a dark folk song about Depression-era New Orleans. It's a collaboration between my wife and I.
a rough mix from a recent studio session by lucy jane. i'm playing the bass. look out for the sniffing at the end. [more inside]
An acoustic/alt-country (I suck at picking a genre) song off my album I recorded last year. [more inside]
This is a pretty stripped-down new song in kind of a singer-songwriter style. I'd be very curious to hear your thoughts. [more inside]
project for senior seminar. Acoustic + vocal. Poorly recorded, poorly written, poor performed :P [more inside]
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!
A song about a Devil's X-Ray.
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]
This is the first song off my album I just finished recording. I guess it's very folk-like.
Today's forecast calls for a wintry mix of snow and melancholy. [more inside]
Here's a song about those times when picking a random direction and hitting the road seems like best idea ever. [more inside]
This is a pop track from my new album "Save You From Yourself" featuring my friend Jerin on harmony vox. [more inside]
The title track from my new album, which you can download for free at my site. Recorded on July 28 at SCM Recordings in Santee, California.
A bittersweet song of love. I produced a video for this last week that came out really well. Have a look at Google. There's a lower quality version up at You Tube as well. Thanks!