Saturday, January 20, 2018

This instead of doing dishes

Here's a cover of Wilco's kind of cryptically named "Jesus etc."  It's got one of my favorite lyrics: "Our love is all of God's money."  This video features my new G&L Legacy guitar, which is the first guitar that I've ever bought new.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Well, hello there.

Oh yeah!  I've got a music blog!

Sorry for the months of neglect.  In 2017 I managed to sell a bunch of old equipment and buy a bunch of new stuff, including a beautiful grand piano.  Here I'm playing it while singing one of my favorite Ben Folds songs after a lazy New Year's day.

Everyone have a safe, healthy, fruitful, charitable 2018.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Bonnie Tyler

We just had a solar eclipse.  It was amazing.  To celebrate I made a special cover of "Total Eclipse of the Heart".  Played with the video it's fantastic, but youtube's copyright bots hate it, so I had to take it down.  SoundCloud's letting me post the audio, though:

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bears, beets, battlestar galactica...

...Beastie Boys, barbershop.

The internet came to me and a dream and asked me to make this.  Now you can hear 90's rap rock in olde tyme 4-part harmony.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

More music played wrong

For a recent love-themed Valentine's Day concert some friends and I decided to cover Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".  I insisted on changing the instrumentation, though.  For an Elton John tune that means no piano.  First we tried out voice with a violin-cello duet, but that didn't quite work out.  The vocalist suggested replacing the violin with guitar and we eventually got to the version below.  It's Mallory on vocals, Kelli on cello, and myself on guitar.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Music with people!

A lof to the stuff I post is multi-tracked recordings I do alone, but I currently have the good fortune of knowing a number of people nearby who also like to play.  Recently we put together a group to organize some local free concerts.  This is from the first 2017 concert of the Tennessee Valley Music Consort.  Look us up on Facebook:

Mallory, Hannah, and I are covering Lisa Loeb's "Stay":

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Audio sketchbook

Here's another short instrumental track.  I don't know what these things are really.  Some instrumental music is very deliberate, like a sonata or a symphony.  Other pieces are a vehicle to show instrumental prowess, like a jazz combo playing an instrumental of a familiar song.  These are just kind of mood sketches.  Maybe they're background music for movies that won't ever be made.  They remind me of the 30-second filler instrumental tracks that some bands put on their albums.  I always thought those sounded like the band just messing around in the practice space.  Maybe that's the primordial soup that gives birth to the more popular songs that come later.

This one has got acoustic guitar, fretless bass, hammond organ, and ukulele.  There's a bit of rumbling at the beginning as the worn-out tubes in my ancient organ crackle through the spring reverb tank.  It was recorded on one of the cool, rainy evenings we get in the South in December instead of snow.  The video shows my view from the Reaper recording software.  This is what I see as I adjust track levels, add effects, and hunt audio gremlins.