been lucky enough to discover one of the purest aural pleasures in the world: middle-aged men from the middle of north carolina gossiping in that cornbread and turnip green twang. wish i could hear it forever but alas: i live in the desert now. [more inside]
Had a homie on the last goat farm who asked me to write her a song about bouncing around the country taking care of goats and green things, asked me to call it "Hard Out Here for a Nomad" but that is not the name of this song, the name of this song is "The Wandering Life Is A Difficult One, But It Is Not Without Its Pleasures; For Example, Today I Saw A Cardinal." [more inside]
Rainy season and the goats are poopin' hard. Turned the tagline of the (human) kids into a small song. [more inside]
In honor of Clyde Davenport, who passed away this week at the age of 98, one of the fiddle tunes he played, although not particularly in his style. [more inside]
Recently met a dog with a mighty fine behind. [more inside]
This is one of the first songs I've written--a new wavey pop song about a girl who's in love with a guy who may or may not be a serial killer. The song is an exaggerated account of a long-dormant toxic friendship; I was inspired by the Enigma Variations compilations, as well as the podcast My Favorite Murder and the urban legend of Debbie Harry and Ted Bundy. [more inside]
An original song, just written and performed on the ukulele, recorded on my cell phone.
those boxes they lead lives you don't know about. [more inside]
Quick and dirty recording of a song about using the proximity of other people in the bath at the gym as a substitute for relationships. [more inside]
Sat down yesterday with my new uke, at a beach on the west cost of the Big Island, to revisit my Cohen/Elvis parody from several years ago.
A short song on a new ukulele about a thing I saw from a helicopter in Hawaii. [more inside]
This song highlights one of the possible dangers of crashing one's ship on a planet inhabited by a totally alien species. I recorded this a few years ago, deciding only recently to mix it down. It features a reklus-modified Korg DDD-1.
Or what happens when a Deccani wedding band loses the trumpet and discovers the blues. [more inside]
Resonator and baritone uke, trying to channel Willie Nelson though maybe via John Darnielle a little it turns out. [more inside]
An old Merle Travis song that I learned years ago when I first started getting into bluegrass. Another chance to break in the new resonator guitar, and do some fun chorus harmonies. [more inside]
Twitter joke that turned into an actual country song an hour later. I'm in Huntsville with nothing but my ukulele, so this didn't get the full band treatment I'd otherwise do, but it works pretty well like this.
It's They Might Be Giant's Hot Cha for the MetaFilter Flood cover album. And, yes, it goes a bit strange at times.
A spur of the moment composition inspired by rice farming activities. [more inside]
This was my submission to a project in which various artists covered songs from Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine using at least one circuit bent or modified instrument (Soundcloud link). This one uses a reklus-modified Korg DDD1 and Monotribe (along with a sweet ring modulator he built).
In memory of Pete Seeger, a two-uke rendition of one of his best-known tunes. Video here if you're interested. [more inside]
A quick little song inspired by Jessamyn's comment at the two-minute mark on Podcast #88. [more inside]
A short little love song for the woman i married this weekend. [more inside]
My sister had to put her beloved cat, Boo Radley, to sleep. He was a wonderful cat and companion. not_on_display and I wrote a song in honor of him. We both did the lyrics and n_o_d did the uke part. [more inside]
Pretty sloppy/quick recording.
This song has been sitting around for most of the past year or so, unfinished and untitled, waiting for possibly a little more instrumentation (it's definitely a missing electric uke solo), some lyrics, and a re-recording of the drums with a real kit. I'm not good at playing fake drums. [more inside]
You've probably heard DragonForce's highly entertaining power metal piece de resistance before (maybe in Guitar Hero III). This is like that, only not. [more inside]
A simple electro-ukulele ode to solitude and song. [more inside]
This a love song about the first two creatures to evolve from out of the sea to live on land. Quickie recording - link to (possibly better) video inside. [more inside]
I made the bulk of this in Loopy. [more inside]
Another ditty for the baritone uke
I like this song, so I sang it in a room by myself.
Inspired by this comment on the blue. Thirty whole seconds of annoying C-G-F-Am ukulele and kazoo action.
This is the first song I ever wrote. It's also perhaps the saddest?
Sorry about the whistling.
This just sort of happened.
My submission for April 2012's music challenge: a small, short song based on a small, short portion of T. S. Eliot's poem The Wasteland, without modification. [more inside]
This is a cover of a Ryan Adams song off his album Demolition. Unashamedly cheerful and bouncy, even if I have no idea what it's actually about. Video is here. [more inside]
ColdChef's daughter Georgia wrote a great poem about the sun. I am learning the ukulele but am not particularly creative. I took her poem and set it to my version of music. It's the first song I ever recorded. Thanks ColdChef and Georgia! More details. [more inside]
That song you've heard everywhere. [more inside]
Experimenting with layering chords together in this short folky uke/guitar song. Also hoping the vocals blend well with the feel of this one. [more inside]
I made my children to sing on another Christmas song. In three-part harmony. Merry Christmas, everybody.
Chemistry + a ukulele = my very first MeFi post. I have little to no music experience, so please be gentle! [more inside]
Submission for this month's "record a track before you put on your pants in the morning" challenge. I sat down in my underwear at 7:35am to put together a song about what might have happened if I had sat down without my underwear. [more inside]
Quick lo-fi recording of the Morecambe and Wise classic closing song, introduced in about as near to a music-hall style as I can manage. Featuring me, my uke, and a whistling verse. (Twice.) Video is here. [more inside]
I am wrong, I am not correct. [more inside]