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Pimped Out

Back in it again!

I'm still writing and recording my own music, even though I have a serious problem with going from 80% to 100%. I have about a half dozen songs at 80% right now.

But in the last month or so, I've been a little distracted by getting together with Corey and Mike to play music, like we were doing five years ago. Mike rented a practice space off of University Avenue, Corey moved his drums from his basement, where they didn't get any use, to the space, and suddenly - here we are!

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Paying Homage

I was cleaning up some old files on my computer last night, and ran into a text file containing some song lyrics (now easily available on the web, as almost all songs are these days.) It reminded me that there's one thing in particular I've wanted to record my own version for a long time, so I took the opportunity to do so today after work.

I'm offering up this recording as an homage to what, in my opinion, is one of the best songs ever written: Country Feedback, from R.E.M.'s 1991 album Out of Time. It's a reorchestration for piano and vocals, and introduces the "feedback" that was lacking from the original.

I didn't want it to be a slavish reproduction of the original, so it's somewhat simplified - but I like the results.


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Country Feedback Listen (6.3 MB) (3.8 MB) (15.9 MB)



Some Older Music

Here's several songs that I worked on last year while I was learning how to use the software that came with my laptop (GarageBand 3). I consider these "good enough for release" - if I don't put them out now, I could keep tweaking them forever.


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Little Sister Listen (5.6 MB) (3.3 MB) (19.2 MB)
New Year Listen (9.4 MB) (5.6 MB) (27.2 MB)
Rain Listen (6.8 MB) (4.1 MB) (19.7 MB)
Summer Ago Listen (7 MB) (4.2 MB) (24.7 MB)
The Ocean Weeps Listen (8.3 MB) (5 MB) (22.3 MB)
Valse di Uccello Solo Listen (8.8 MB) (5.3 MB) (16.7 MB)



New Music and Photo Browsers

I just finished publishing a photo browser and a music browser to accumulate the various things I've posted, and will continue to post. Both browsers are accessible from the links in the menu on the left.

The photo browser let you page through titled and collected thumbnails, click to view photo details and description, or download a full size version of any photo.

The music browser lets you preview all the songs, click to see details and lyrics, or download any song in one of several audio formats. You must have a Quicktime plugin installed in your browser to preview songs, but the downloads should work for anyone.

If you encounter any problems with the browsers, let me know using the contact information at left.



New Song!

"Your Seattle"

This is a song about separation. I wrote the guitar line while fooling around during the Seattle trip. The rest of it came after I got back, with the help of a few IPAs.


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Your Seattle Listen (5.9 MB) (3.6 MB) (21.5 MB)



New Song!

"Outlaster"

I wrote this one around New Year 2009. If you remember your news, that was right when A) the one major trial of an RNC protester started, and B) a bunch of families in Gaza (too poor to be very politically involved) were about to have a really bad couple of weeks.


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Outlaster Listen (6.7 MB) (4 MB) (25.2 MB)