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Month: September 2006

A theme for the rain

A theme for the rain

I’ve been inspired by the soundtrack from Little Miss Sunshine to attempt to write some interesting instrumental tunes… This one goes prety well with the weather today. I wrote and recorded it in an hour. Glockenspiel (4 of them), guitar, drums.

The Barbarian Horde

The Barbarian Horde

This is a song that I recorded a few years ago with Dulcimer and electric guitar… The drum sound is comprised entirely of me hitting the microphone or a notebook with a pen… High tech ehh. I love how it sounds though.

I think I’m going to have a lot of these old recordings for a while… I’m real busy with school and have had little time to record… any recording that I’ve done has been for the next Von Brunswick song… which is not completed. But will be.

Campaign Finance Reform

Campaign Finance Reform

This is a little “Hee Haw”-esque folk ditty that is going to be part of a you tube film which is all part of an assignment for my Argument class at Pitt. It’s about the current senate race in PA and how these two jerks are spending hundereds of millions of dollars basically to be a public servant (What the song –and the skit that goes between the two verses– is really supposed to get it as that these guys aren’t real public servants “Democracy just doesn’t work like that!”)

Lyrics:
Casey and Santorum out of shearest boredom
have spent the hundred millions in a campaign to be my bitch
democracy just don’t work like that
they got all that soft money downpat
the two party system is a crock of shat
and that’s all I have to say about that
Campaign finance reform

Hee Haw pictures << Some of these Hee Haw Girls are hot! Hee haw Video 

One two three one two one two three one two…

One two three one two one two three one two…

This is the first song I’ve ever done in 5/8 time… it nearly killed me! Well, I suppose it was that rabid dolphin that nearly killed me but… this was difficult… that’s the point.  If you don’t know what that means just try tapping your foot to this song… it’s doesn’t come as naturally as 4/4 or 3/8. I was able to figure out a decent vocal melody to go over the odd timing… it deals with the three blind mice rhyme… wow… I tell you what, that butchers wife…she had some vengeance in her.  However, since time is only a mere abstraction of our boredom and movement then 5/8 means that we’re just breaking up this boredom and movement into an oddly numbered partition of clicks.  Just like pirates did with their gunpowder… you know?  Maybe not…
On this song I play elec guitar, drums, accordion, bass, glockenspiel and hand percusions.

Yellow and Gold

Yellow and Gold

This is a song I wrote a year or two ago but recorded when my voice was much worse. I recently played it onto my voice recorder so… I just recorded the voice recorder playing into my microphones and then sang two side harmonies to it.

I play voice recorder, guitar.

An Exhaustive use of all my instruments…

An Exhaustive use of all my instruments…

I just started a G C chord progression and made up a ditty for each instrument here. It was hard finding time to record this week… School and G/F and Work and roomates band practicing etc… I very nearly gave up on this whole blog today. Nobody listens anyway. I’m too busy. If you don’t see a post on here on thursday, don’t be suprised. I’m pissed off that there are only 24 hours in a day.

In this song I play. Guitar, Mandolin, Glockenspiel, Mountain Dulcimer, Drums, Banjo, Harmonica, Baritone Ukulele, Tambourine, Shaker and Accordion

Hot Dogma Themesong v1.0

Hot Dogma Themesong v1.0

Here is the first in several alterations of a themesong for the best hot dog shop on the planet. which happens to be right here in Pittsburgh. Hot Dogma… is the eatery of which I speak and I plan on writing quite a few songs themed around my favorite hot dog shop. I think perhaps it would be good to have a collaborative album called “Franks Be to God” where each of the 13 hot dogma franks would be featured in song. For Mexican there would be a crazy marichi sound… for Italian I’d break out my accodion. For German, it’d be a oktoberfest sort of feel. It should be a sort of benefit album for Hot Dogma with various artists. I’m gonna have to have a lot of interest out of people for this so let me know if this idea sounds any good. And I’ll be looking for folks to collaborate. Let me know.

In this song I play guitar, drums and glockenspiel … I love that sing-songy harmonization stuff.

LYRICS

they sell hot dogs for your gourmet pallet / fruit shakes and also salads / don’t be the last one to know that there’s feta cheese on an El Greco / Hot dogma is good karma for you lunchtime on the job / on Oliver avenue in Downtown pittsburgh… Franks be to God

The Sound of Fall Approaching

The Sound of Fall Approaching

I think that the title accurately describes this song… The Glockenspiel gives a good windchimey sort of sound… and It builds with all the other instrurments. Unlike the last song, this one only toow 2 1/2 hours. I wroteit while I recorded it. this song pretty much shows how much I LOVE THE FALL!!!

In this song I play (in order of appearance) Glockenspiel, Accordian, tambourine, drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica.

This is a good sound to breath to.

Don Quixote Schemes

Don Quixote Schemes

This is something I’d associate with marching band arena rock anthems and stuff… This is my first time using (even playing) a glockenspiel it worked out real well.  For all intents and purposes you can assume that I stole the glockenspiel out of the inner working devices of a German town-square cookoo clock!  Believe!  It’s now 1:23 in the morning on Saturday… I keep having to work on the songs into the wee hours because of school, work and other things taking up my time… As well as the old ferret collection.  This song probably took around 9 hours in the last few days to write, record and grease with melted butter and a paintbrush MMMMMmmmm… that is a bunch of time seeing as how I work a 40 hour a week, take night classes three nights a week and have a girlfriend… I wish I didn’t have to sleep.  Are there  pills to cure the conditions of sleep?  Please send them c/o Sir Oliver Johnstonbaugh-Histerfuss… as I’ve been screening my mail lately.
Anyway.. this song is about long weary sojourns across the country… foggy highways in Nebraska… being a quixotic, eccentric, young man etc… In the song I play Guitars, Glockenspiel, Drums, Bass, and hand percussions… Gwen sings the operatic backing vocals… she is pretty freakin’ good.