18 posts tagged with vocal and folk.
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Manhattan Skyline

Some recent discussion on MeFi about the band a-ha reminded me that I'd recorded this acoustic cover of one of their songs a long time ago. This is actually based on an arrangement by Kings of Convenience, who made some interesting changes to the original song structure. Me on vocals and guitars (nylon-string and steel-string). [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Sep 28, 2019 - 4 comments

Both Hands - cover (Ani DiFranco)

Acoustic guitar and voice. Pretty straight as far as my memory of the proper song goes. [more inside]
posted by howfar on Sep 4, 2019 - 4 comments

Nothing but the Rain

So I feel like I owe a thank you to MeFi Music--this is the first place I started putting all my works in progress, even when it was just iPhone voice memos. Getting a few thoughtful comments was really encouraging and lovely. Then I graduated to better home recordings on SoundCloud and here, and today I put out this "official" first single everywhere. Yet another intense, moody alternative folk song with a real guitarist this time. [more inside]
posted by Bluebird Wine on Nov 16, 2018 - 2 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

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

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

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

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

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

When the Curtains of Night

I'm happy to present my collaboration with not_on_display: this is our version of a neat little tune that was included in The American Songbag (a 1927 folk song collection by Carl Sandburg); the song there was itself derived from a late 19th-century song by William S. Hays. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Jun 28, 2017 - 8 comments

The Leaving of Liverpool

I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]
posted by rangefinder 1.4 on Apr 26, 2017 - 12 comments

Bring me lil water Silvie

More three part me... Took the arrangement from the Wailin' Jennys [more inside]
posted by ibfrog on Aug 6, 2008 - 6 comments

Until You Sever The Snake

Written and recorded for the serpentine challenge now underway. My buddy Ken Kawashima brought in the North Mississippi blues riff and yours truly did the rest. Apologies to animal rights advocates, but some snakes were severed during the recording of this song. Had to be done. [lyrics inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 17, 2007 - 8 comments

Used To Ride That Train

There must've been hundreds of times over the years that I've tapped out a rhythm on a pan full of water while doing the dishes, the pitch woozily shifting as the h2o sloshes about. At those times I've almost always thought, hey, I should put this on a track sometime. Of course, I never did, until the first MeFi Music Challenge, with its "water" theme. Along with the big metal bowl full of troubled waters, you'll hear jawharp, talking drum, bombo drum, bell, shaker and vocal. [Lyrics and more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jul 5, 2007 - 10 comments

breaking up

Hi, this is the sequel to my previous post : old french song. Actually, this song was the following one we sang during the concert in the church "des frères prècheurs", Arles, in 2006.
posted by nicolin on May 23, 2007 - 1 comment

Lexington Avenue Line

In a departure for me, this tune features no percussion, synths, jaw harps, scrap metal or hand held mini-vibrators, but is simply accompanied by... an acoustic guitar. Radical, huh? Anyway, as you might guess from the title, the tune is a kind of meditation on New York City. Hope you enjoy.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 19, 2007 - 9 comments

Blues Wrapped Round My Head

In a slow count of 5, here's some kind of convergence of Burma and the blues, or thereabouts. "scissors cut paper / paper blows away / stone smashes scissors / and so it goes / another day / but it's all downhill from here / at least that's what sisyphus said /ah you're fucked six ways from sunday / with the blues wrapped round your head"
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 23, 2007 - 6 comments

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