In my other life I'm a musician
A few people know that since I was 11 I've been writing and recording music. I recently created a ReverbNation profile to share some of it. Of course, I can't resist prefacing a song with a bit about what it's about and how it got written. So I'll embed the player in this blog and tell a story or two.It's a hard thing, to decide what to say about a song or any work of art you've created - some people want to know what you were thinking and feeling when you created it; some people want to know the technical details of how you did it. Both are valuable and interesting information, but they are interesting to different audiences. I'll say below what matters to me - sometimes the technical details, sometimes the personal ones, and it will just have to do.
So here's the player, and below are the stories:
- I Dunno Whatchakindu Wif Yo Luv—in the 80's I kept getting this urge to write obnoxious mysogynist spinal-tap-esque bad metal songs. Really I just wrote it to see if I could sing scratchy falsetto like the guy from Britney Fox (look it up). Basically everything I do is because I love to sing, and the point there is to see just what things I can make my voice do. This was 1991 reel-to-reel, pre-digital-magic, so apologies for the arthritic guitar solo - I learned the instruments I play because I love to sing, not because I wanted to be Eddie Van Halen (now that dates me!)
- She's Putting It Into My Head— In the UMass dorms in 1988 or so, I had this idea for a song called "She's putting it into my head" - with the idea that the title sounds like an innuendo until you think about it and realize it's straght-out gibberish. Noah Jorgensen, my dorm-mate supplied most of the chorus other than that line; the verses are pure gibberish I ad-libbed into the mic in one take
There are about 240 more songs where these came from. Some better than what's here. If you think my programming work is good, and that my musical work might be good too, you'd be doing me a personal (and repaid if you ever ask me to repay it) favor by clicking the "Become a Fan" link on the widget above. Enough of those and one day I can get some of this stuff on ITunes and Rhapsody.
I've been writing songs for 20 - wait, no, going on 30 - years - not because I want fame and fortune, but because it's a compulsion and I love doing it. Listen to the stuff. If you like one of the songs, click the Become A Fan link (and uncheck any send-me-spam boxes - I don't like it any more than you do). After all this time making this stuff, it would be nice for it to be heard.
My style is so schizophrenic that you get one jazz tune, one Rossini overture, one death metal tune, followed by a hard rock tune, a folk rock tune, and something uncategorizable - give me two songs in any style and I can write in that style. So if you don't like the first thing you hear, please try another before giving up - my style is really whatever I've been listening to most recently.
And let me know your thoughts, what you like, don't, and what could be improved. Nothing is ever finished (especially if you have all the raw tracks.
Harry Chapin got all his family members to bombard Boston radio stations with requests for his songs. They did it. If it hadn't happened, "Cat's in the Cradle" and "Taxi" would not be in our collective consciousness - we all heard them when we were kids and for many of us they caught our hearts. You could help that happen again just by going to my music page and clicking the "Become a Fan" link on top of my picture. You'd be helping me out, and it would be much appreciated.Only if you think some of this stuff is good.