I have over 100 unfinished or nearly finished original songs on my hard drive. Well… calling them songs might be a bit of a stretch. Let’s call them sketches. Some have lyrics. Some have a kind of hum-gibberish just to map out the melody. Some are ideas that made me get out of bed in the middle of the night. Some were recordings I made after coming home from a night out with friends.
This is a song I discovered about a month ago that grabbed me right away. I decided to get “the band” together to cover this one. Enjoy!
A nice lazy Saturday afternoon, so I decided to do a quick cover of the John Hartford classic “Gentle on My Mind.” It’s a great little tune with lovely lyrics.
This is a song for summer. Specifically, Missouri summers. We get to the end of winter, into those early days of spring, and everybody starts to get in a good mood as it warms up. Then suddenly everything is green – and hot. This song is an appreciation of that.
As promised to my 3 subscribers (I am one of those subscribers sadly) here are pictures of my gear!
It’s time for a gear post. Later tonight I’ll be showing off my full arsenal in my tiny apartment studio, which will include:
- Fender American Standard Telecaster – into a Fender Blues Jr. III.
- Fender American Standard Precision Bass – into an Ampeg BA-108
- Takamine Acoustic/Electric (I will be back with the model number)
- Deering Goodtime Banjo
- Yamaha Keyboard (on loan from a friend)
- Plus an assortment of pedals
Hey I’ve got, like a full band! Except percussion. Well I wasn’t planning on getting a drum set anytime soon and was just planning on relying on loops or friends to get that lovely “oontz ahhtch.” However, I stumbled upon the Electro Faustaus Drum Thing on Cheaper Pedals website, and decided to go for it. For $60 I’ll soon be adding all sorts of weird beats to my tracks.
On Reddit, there is a VERY small subreddit called /r/songwritingprompts. The idea is that someone will post a prompt to write a song and users will write an original song based on that prompt.
Well, there aren’t many posts, but one prompt was as follows:
“A wife just killed her husband. Make me sympathize with both characters.”
So I wrote “Oh Marie.” You sympathize with the husband because of how brutally he is being killed, but he was an asshole who may have deserved it.
Welcome to the Basement.
This is a place to share original recordings, cover songs, and any other thoughts about music and creativity.
Head over to the fridge, grab a cold one, and tune in.