Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Post

Just finished recording this year's Christmas album. I think it was written and recorded in about 6 hours, but I'm pretty satisfied with the result. I made up 6 songs, and did 3 parodies. This one's a parody of the most viewed video on youtube. Also it is a true testament to how bored I get when shopping for clothes for people who aren't even me.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Song from the summer

Here's a song I did over the summer. I actually like the chords and the lyrics which is unusual. Pardon my terrible drumming.
Chords are:
C Am E+ Am C G7
C Am E+ Am C C#dim
E7 Am
or something like that.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A break from law stuff

Here's a Halloween song. It's not so static-y so that's nice. Simple lyrics, easy melody, sing along with your kids. I've got a lot of good ideas for my Christmas Album and I bet you guys just can't wait. This is Mira making lion mouth.

Monday, April 12, 2010


I got a melodica for my birthday, but haven't used it to record till now. For some reason the instrument really charms the cat and she meows and jumps at me when I play it. I pretend that I am charming her and that she is not just doing her very best to make me stop.
This was a fun song and I thought it came out okay. The chords are G Bmin Emin7 G/d C D7 or something like that for the verses and the little bridge part is C G G/f# Em C D D7 or something.

Here is a much worse song that involves distortion, simple chord progressions, bass jams, singing about what I'm thinking (mostly nothing) and being not nearly as good as all that sounds.

Actually the only reason why I include it is that I like whatever diminished chord I threw in--with the treble-y strings and harmonica it gives a cool carousel effect. Otherwise this might be the bottom of the barrel.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

One more

here's a last song for January. I really meant to redo this one with better vocals, cause the rest is pretty nice. But here it is with totally ad libbed vocals about being in love and nice things. It's not so great, but has kind of a nice feel for a one-taker. I almost don't want to redo it even though I should, and I probably won't. The verse chords are great: C C9 C6 C7 F Fm Fm/d C. I spent a long time playing the first four chords trying to figure out what to do next, and I'm pretty happy with this resolution. I don't remember the chorus chords anymore...something with Am and Fm I think.

Here's to a more productive February!

So many love songs

Here's another romantic type song. It is a pretty bare waltz and a bad attempt at a story song. I guess I'm getting in the mood for valentines day. It's funny that I can be pretty caustic about human tendencies to verbalize the mundane over the profound--and then turn around and base my song-writing on the holiday times of year. I guess that's one of the many cons of my structure-less writing style...the main pro being that it's way more fun to make up words and melodies off-the-cuff. I imagine that it would feel better to work really hard on a piece and have it come out great than it would to do the same in one take. But I'm not sure. Is it better to win the lottery and buy a mansion or to earn the money for the same house through hard work?

I guess at some point I'll have to work hard at a song to see if there's a difference.

more ukulele

Here's another one that's mainly just ukulele and silly percussion. This is the first song that I wrote on the ukulele in a long time. It goes something like G G11 G7sus4 G7 in the verses, which is nice; then the chorus is C C7 C7/6 C7 Dm7 G7 and then some rhythm changes here and there. It has a good shuffle feel to it, just wish I could get a better quality sound. The pipes in the basement ruin a lot of tracks, and this was the best I could salvage. I think this is the first song I've written in a while, though, where I'm happy with all the parts. No real complaints about this one.

A few more songs

I haven't posted much lately as I spent most of December doing Christmas stuff and have spent most of January without very good internet connection. Before then I was averaging five songs a month I think, so I'm going to try and pick up the pace a little.

Cait got me an agogo and a tambourine for Christmas, and I make use of them in this song. I think it came out pretty okay--it's got a great verse chord progression, but the chorus isn't so hot. It needs to build more, maybe some better vocals or a different chorus melody. Maybe a bridge.

The verse goes like this : C E7/b Am Am/g F A7/g D7/f# G7 // C E7/b Am Am/g F G C
or something like that. So the bass has a nice descending and ascending walk through it.

Unfortunately I managed to record it in a weird key somehow. I don't know if I tuned my guitar to an odd pitch or messed up the speed or something. Thinking about it I might have messed with the speed. Anyway, after recording the guitar and vocals the only instrument I could easily get in tune was the ukulele and even then it doesn't sound all that great. So no bass on this one.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Happy birthday, Tim. I give you memories. I also discovered that I named our recordings under the band name TrueHeart, which is awesome, both as a band name and as I have no recollection of it.