Tag Archives: New Music

August 20th “Skyscrapers to the Sky”

I listened to Manu Chao last week on our trip to the mid-west and remembered how great his music is.  He does a lot with drums and percussion without playing them in the traditional way.  That’s what I had in mind with this song.  I actually started with the drums and then wrote the music and words.

Also today is my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary!

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July 13th “Believe Things”

I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences playing music over the years.  It gets a little late and amped up dudes get a little tanked and start telling you anything. Mostly, their supreme connection to a guy they know that hangs with Jay Z’s god-daughter.  I’ve heard it all and it’s all pretty funny.   Sad but funny.

That might be what today’s song is about.   Thanks for listening!

July 12th “I Mean Really”

Back to work on the recycling truck after a few days off.  We had lots of things happening today to make it run not so smoothly.   But it’s really not that big of  a deal.

This song is kind of about that.   Stuff happens but what are you gonna do.   I mean really, what are you gonna do.

July 11th “Kelly’s Back”

One summer in my teens, my friends and I lived in this old house out the country and had a blast.  I had a studio set up with the same drums I’m still playing here today.   I wrote tons of songs about the wonders we had around us and all of our shanigans.    I always used to play this chorus back then but I never wrote a song to it. Until today.   This transports me back to 1993.  We were always waiting on Kelly to get back so we could go to the river.

Thanks for listening!

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June 17th “Better than Good for Nothing”

Another scortcher working outside on the recycling truck today but we made it through and that part of the work week is over.  Now it’s gigging time, three shows this weekend in three different places (2 states).   Today’s song is just what popped out when I sat down to write today.  I just started the song and it flowed right out.  I’ve been trying to write with the mandolin more.   Thanks for listening!

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June 13th “Riding the Waves with Rasputin”

I just finished an audio book called “Rasputin’s Daughter” that was pretty good.  I’ve always been intrigued with Rasputin and his roll in taking down the Romanov dynasty.   My favorite class in college was ‘Russian Culture through Film’ which featured a great Russian movie about Rasputin.

This song is kind of about the rumors surrounding his family.   His daughter did move to LA and become a Lion tamer and she was mauled by a bear eventually.    Kind of a morbid subject, but I put a little light twist on the chorus.

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