No One Will Ever Love Me  –  listen[mp3]

I’ve said it before: Listen to enough Old 97s and songs like this basically write themselves.

It’s unapologetically alt-country, familiar terrain for me. (See: Whole Story, Another Day Another Bottle, and even Old Guys.) Read more … »

Nothing Left  –  listen[mp3]
Girl leaves boy unexpectedly, boy writes song.
A deliberate exercise in minimalism, with the hope that the whole would end up greater than the sum of the parts. I underplayed everything: Straight backbeat on the drums, lock-step bass guitar and kick, no fancy strumming, no drum rolls.

I think this song has 2 signatures:

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Won’t Be Long  –  listen[mp3]

Some folks on Songfight put together a songwriting contest called NUR EIN. It’s half Survivor, half Idol, with judges for the first few rounds and a jury-of-the-ousted for the finale. There are more details at the NUR EIN site.

This song is my entry for round one, “Pencil Me In.” (And note that the hand claps in the intro were a requirement of the contest …)

UPDATE: I subsequently re-tracked the drums for this and dropped the hand claps.
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Funny Feeling (Not Exactly Normal)  –  listen[mp3]

This is the last of 14 songs I wrote for FAWM, a challenge for songwriters to write an album in 28 days. (71 of us finished. That’s a lot of songs…) It’s also a Songfight title, so be sure to check out the Not Exactly Normal fight. And while you’re there, give a listen to All Onion Diet in the Oversleeping fight.

There are demos for a few of the other songs I wrote last month on my page at FAWM (including the aforementioned All Onion Diet song.) I’ll record them all eventually … First I have to let my fingers recover from 28 days of guitar playing!

UPDATE: Burr, who runs the annual FAWM project, choose this song as the leadoff track for the 2006 compilation CD, which should be on sale soon!
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Other Places I Have Lived  –  listen[mp3]

I’ve been busy finishing a proper album (more on that soon,) and haven’t had much time for song writing. But last week it occurred to me that I’ve been sending stuff to Songfight for a year now. So maybe it was nostalgia, or maybe it was the great title, but either way I managed to finish this song in time for the Other Places I Have Lived Songfight.

I’m not sure what to make of it. Other than the voice it doesn’t really sound like “me.” There’s no acoustic guitar or piano, and I don’t think I’ve ever used a chorus effect on a guitar track. Rather, I’m a fan of Old 97s and Wilco. Tremolo, reverb, and saturated tubes all the way.

Still, it is what it is…

(Aside: you should check out Boltoph’s fantastic entry in the We All Need Love Songfight. It’s like Hawksley Workman or Rufus Wainwright, if they’d grown up in Tennessee listening to Hank Williams. I wish I’d written it!)

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Come a-Hellin’  –  listen[mp3]

I haven’t recorded anything for a while, in part because I’ve been busy with Gert. But the Songfight title Come a-Hellin grabbed my attention, and a week later here I sit with a new song.

I intended this track to be mostly acoustic, maybe something like Doreen, but it lacked punch until I added the electric guitars. I also didn’t have Chris’s Taylor, and getting a decent tone from either of my Yamahas is a black art I haven’t mastered.

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Crossroads  –  listen[mp3]
I remixed this track after sending it to the Crossroads Songfight! Along with incorporating some of the feedback from the fine folks over there, I had to redo the snare drum because as Kevin pointed out, it sounded like I was beating on paper. Check out the fight (especially MaxTheCat and Loyalty Day.)

A couple of notes:
- I played the guitar solo on acoustic and electric for extra beef.
- I don’t own a Ludwig 6.5″ snare. The new snare track is the old one run through Drumagog and BFD.

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High Enough  –  listen[mp3]

This song found its way into the High Enough Songfight! Good stuff.

NOTE: This song is on Waking Up In August, remixed and properly mastered.

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On My Feet Again  –  listen[mp3]

Check out the Feet Songfight! This song is in it… A slightly-muddier, slighty-messier version, but there you go.

NOTE: This song is on Waking Up In August, remixed and properly mastered.

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One Beautiful Summer  –  listen[mp3]

I wrote this song for the fantastic One Beautiful Summer Songfight! 6 or 7 of the 10 tracks are solid. Thinking about summer brings out the best in people!

NOTE: This song is on Waking Up In August, remixed and properly mastered.

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