I'm baaaaaack! After quite a hiatus, during which much has happened, but myself and a friend were in the recording studio to make an album. Thought you fine folks would like a sample. This is a traditional song in the Irish language called "An Spealadoir", or the Hay cutter. My friend and I joke that of all the big songs in the Irish tradition about shipwrecks, wars, love lost and emigration, she managed to pick a song about cutting grass. Enjoy!
Strident acoustic guitar rhythm and some vocal harmonies. [more inside]
Short acoustic number. Background light rail. [more inside]
Just echo-y acoustic guitar and futzy vocal preamp in a short song about moving on. [more inside]
a song about using mnemonic memory techniques, with Carlos from Los Primos playing lead guitar.
Why didn't we all get another thousand years with you? Well I guess I know. Goodnight my friend.
Hey, the old one is clunky, hard to sing, and it's all about bombs and war and stuff. I wrote a better one. [more inside]
Ludacris cover song done as a jingle. hope you like it.
This is S&H, from a show we did just the other night here in Tokyo. I'm so digging working with percussionist Habu Hiroshi, he's really bringing the groove. Video here.
I wrote the music for this last summer, and I eventually intend to re-record it with lyrics once I finish them but for now I'm putting it up here as an instrumental and looking for feedback from the MeFi community.
Near-certain I won't finish hmtpng in time, but here's one anyway
I remixed this song I posted a few days ago taking into account some of the feedback and I like it a whole lot better now! [more inside]
This was a sort-of-answer to a question I asked myself: what would an Adele song for a guy sound like? I guess the answer is, Al Green, kinda. My favorite thing about it is the chord progression, especially the I7-vii7-III-ii7-v7 (Fmaj7-Em7-A7-Gm7-Bbm7) at the beginning. I tried backing vocals but couldn't really make them work. [more inside]
Last of the tunes recorded earlier this month in a little house in the mountains. Vocal and stick dulcimer. A very prolific songbird who was just outside can be heard throughout this performance. Video here.
This may not be the first song to have an Ask MetaFilter question embedded in it, but its the first one I've written.
Just released. In time for St Patrick's Day - a song about the Chicago South Side Irish. You can also see it on Youtube. Video features vintage photos. Cheers! *Lyrics are NSFW *
A song about love by Abagail Grey - after all, it is a very interesting subject......................
A seasonal ditty with a surprising disco section featuring me, Aly Brown and Derek Urquhart. Produced by Chris Geddes and Tony Doogan.
cowbells, beautiful summer day, cow goes nuts. it's mad cow meltdown in under 2 minutes. [more inside]
this is the title track off the first album from a band i've been playing with for a wee while. it's all improvised and recorded live at the bottom of a garden. [more inside]
Getting back into the flow of some bedroom recording on a Sunday.
Short little thing, decent guitars and frustrating digital drums. [more inside]
I guess it's an ode to cocaine. [more inside]
A song JaiMahodara put together for our good friends, a lesbian couple, by request. The song is meant to be silly and a little tongue in cheek, so we hope no one takes offense. [more inside]
I wrote this on December 8th, 1980 right after I heard about John Lennon's murder. I was in college, in Albuquerque N.M., and was so upset I had to take a cold shower to calm down. I wrote it in the shower, and wrote it down when I dried off. We've played it in various bands ever since, and this version was recorded in Chicago in 1995. [more inside]
On Sunday I'm leaving my friends and family and boyfriend to go off and live in Britain for a year and attend university. This is a song about that, which I finished today. [more inside]
Close your eyes...it's time for a blend of ethereal/darkwave and dream pop. [more inside]
This is a song I wrote for my friend Paulina. She said she wanted to be a super-hero rat in a song. So that's what this song is about. Intro by the wise sage Orville Redenbacher. [more inside]
I was hiking in the Pyrenees the other day. Lovely weather, but I was in a bad mood. I felt sad. [more inside]
This song is about the Cat which died in the Tree. [more inside]
i keep thinking there's something i need to do - and i keep not doing it... Recorded live in performance at Nana Hari, Hachobori, Tokyo. Here I'm accompanying myself on the strumstick. Video at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
...we're all in Folsom Prison, but there ain't no Johnny Cash... Recorded live in performance at Nana Hari, Tokyo, on January 17, 2010. For this song I'm playing the Vietnamese jaw harp known as the Dan Moi. Video of this performance at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
Recorded live in performance at Nana Hari, Tokyo, on January 17, 2010. Accompanying myself on the strumstick. Video at YouTube and Vimeo. [more inside]
i made this song a while back with fruityloops3. I just recently remixed it with FL Studio 7. was curious if i would get any feedback...good or bad
Another creation from myself and Caroline. [more inside]
A song I wrote a long time ago. With the help of a friend's vocals... [more inside]
oh, you know
For May's "remake your first song" challenge. [more inside]
All right - second track from my in-the-works EP. Constructive criticism appreciated! [more inside]
For the April "two chords" Challenge. The two 3-note chords even share a note in common, so we're talking a total of five notes serving as harmonic accompaniment for this song. Played on the strumstick. There's a hoop drum, too, of indeterminate pitch. I posted a lo-fi, live version of this song to YouTube as well, direct from my 6-mat tatami room at home. You can see it here.
Please listen to, think about, and heavily critique this song! I'm working on mixing it and finishing up the recording, and would hugely appreciate any constructive criticism! Thx!
Just what it says on the tin. [more inside]
A tango-influenced setting of a hundred year-old poem by Trumbull Stickney, "Mnemosyne" is the title track of our new CD, recorded by Ljova and the Kontraband (music by Ljova, sung by Inna). Mnemosyne is the Greek goddess of memory, and this is a song of nostalgy and of memories that turn color like autumn leaves yearning for rebirth with a vibrant song in the spring.... We've long been looking forward to sharing this song with you all. [more inside]
This my hello world for my new macbook, recorded in GarageBand using the internal mic. It is short and terrible.
Most people who write some of their stuff are inspired by the break up part of their relationships. This song is about a women I onced loved who asked me when do I get my song. After hearing other songs about past relationships. Most women inspire only one song in my lifes tails. She on the other hand has become the focus of the her that I speak of in so many songs. Only thing is she doesnt ever get to hear these songs. She has moved on and is happy with someone else. I also have moved on but Im just happy alone I guess. The beginning of the song was meant to sound some what of the begining of The End by the Doors as I remember setting the stage. I still write mostly of her to this day even though Im over her. Listen
A new version of a song I came up with this year. This is a lot like how it will sound live. Hopefully it'll get even funkier. (disclaimer: used to be called "The Porn Song")
Part of my Old Songs project of making lo-fi recordings of songs I wrote many years, and, sometimes, decades ago. I have come to the inexorable conclusion that in the years between 1996 and 2000, I was either quite depressed, or unexpectedly skilled at feigning it in song [more inside]
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