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Month: August 2006

Glockenspiel!!!!!!

Glockenspiel!!!!!!

Today I got a Glockenspiel in the mail!!! It came slightly damaged nothing a little gorilla glue wont fix…but I’m going to use it on a song that I have been working on… unfortunately because of time constraints and the late (and broken) delivery of the thing… I’ll be posting the song tomorrow. It has me quite excited… both the song and the glockenspiel. So be prepared for some awesome marching band arena rock anthem stuff tomorrow.

Beach Song

Beach Song

I wrote this song a few days agao while on the outer banks of NC. The vacation was good. The new picture is of the sunrise on Thursday Aug 24 around 6:37 am. This song is one of those tin-pan indie numbers that I’m classiflying under the album name “The F-ing Quadrangle” I think I’m going to have all of the songs categorized into albums of similar genre by the end of the year. I should have about 6 or 7 full albums by then. Gwen sings backup on this. In it I play ukuleles, harmonicas and drums.

Von Brunswick! Diving into the wild river to evade the searchers hounds…

Von Brunswick! Diving into the wild river to evade the searchers hounds…

A short interlude between a few stronger Von Brunswick songs is what this is. I’m still on vacation. Hopefully I’ll have somethign recorded from the beach next Sunday.

This is Brad

This is Brad

I figured that this song would be a fitting one for now because I am “not here now” I’m on vacation in the Outer Banks of NC. This song was the message on my voicemail for about two and a half years. I recieved a lot of compliments about it during it’s tenure but I also recieved some complaints mainly “it is too long!” These comments hurt me deeply. So of course, feeling persuaded by critics and judging from the fact that all of my friends had been able to hear it at least several times… I removed it from the voicemail. But I decided recently to give that song a final restingplace here on this site. Enjoy.

Von Brunswick! And the Uplifting Jail Escape Themesong

Von Brunswick! And the Uplifting Jail Escape Themesong

I couldn’t get rid of the feel that this song gave me right after I wrote it. It was the first Von Brunswick song that I wrote. It was written on a whim… an impaired whim nonetheless. And I played it a few weeks after I wrote it at the Shadow Lounge and people seemed to like it. (a few actually remembered about the Von Brunswick album the next time I saw them)

Anyway Von Brunswick at this point digs himself out of prison with a spoon of which he has grown fond…he then gets caught, does it again and escapes for good. This song has some of the best lyrics of the whole album. “Freedom was wasted on people who pray for rules to obey instead of placed to lay” and “He had to append to what he couldn’t ammend cause he’d wanted the throan but was cold and alone so he dug at the stone till he wore to the bone” and “The future’s been used up by people who wait for folks who’ll obey and do just what they say.” These lines always come at the neds of verses. Funny how that worked out.

In this I played, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Banjo, Harmonica etc… I’m going away on vacation next week and really needed to hunker down some evening after work and record this and a few extra songs so I spread it out over two nights (not typical for me… usually things get recorded in one sitting)

Brad Wray

Von Brunswick! No Use Trying (naysayers vs. soothsayers)

Von Brunswick! No Use Trying (naysayers vs. soothsayers)

When you’re stuck real low in a rotten, good-fer-nothin dungeon and the only company you have is a locked up pessimistic regent on the other side of a thick brick wall, and you’ve just recently met the girl of your dreams (whose name you don’t know) just after surviving a shipwreck  that drowned the pirates who had held you captive after you were chased into the sea by assasins for making treasonous comments about the evil brother of the man in the cell next to yours… then it is pretty certain that you’ll pull yourself up by your bootstraps and start at least trying to dig your way out. This is the second of three joined songs about the nature of effort and intention through strife and naysayery.

In this I play accordian, drums, a spoon on a brick wall and guitar at the end.

Von Brunswick! The True King’s Tale

Von Brunswick! The True King’s Tale

Waltzing Slovak Folk is this genre… I play baritone ukulele, accordion, drums, whistle etc… This song wasn”t originally planned in the Von Brunswick album it just sort of came.
While in jail Von Brunswick chats it up with the real king who has been wrongfully imprisoned by his brother… this song tells his story… VB suggests an escape the weary king says no.

August 3rd Stomp

August 3rd Stomp

I recorded this song before really quietly as (August 3rd foot-tap) But this one is a big hoedown stomp with Banjo, Mandolin, Guita, Harmonica etc. I am gonna put together all of my folk songs and call them an album named “Hoedowns for Hipsters”.

Played Out!

Played Out!

Some good Friends of mine Dan Loht and Brian Stone are in Los Angeles doing the film thing and have landed a sitcom on Gamepro.com. The sitcom is a bimonthly five minute internet show about roomates (three of which are muppet versions of video game consoles) Click here to go see it. So they asked me to do the theme music to it and these two songs are what fell out of my ass. One is a sappy friendship ballad with acoutis guitar, accordian, bass and drums. The other is a punk romp with electris guitar, bass and heavy drums. Go check out…. Gamepro.com and TheLoht.com as well or read the interview….