monday song #19: high dive

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[show note: i’m playing at the pub at vios next monday, april 6. corner of 20th ave and 65th street. kids welcome. great food. and my music. see you there. 7 to 9pm. no cover. can you beat it?]

number 19. not much to say about the number. but the song is a sad one.

last week my mother asked why the last set of songs were so sad. i hadn’t noticed. they are monday songs after all. but I listened and thought, there isn’t the little pithy number to break up the flow. or a straight funny song. so i set out this week to write an unflinchingly happy song.

i failed miserably. read more >

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monday song #18: you and only me

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eighteen. voting age. no longer a minor, but not yet a drinker.

this would fit nicely in the real life high school musical world begun in number 16, “lowe valley high.” hell, the subject of this crush could even be meghan. it’s a small world after all.

on this one, there might be a warrant out for my arrest for musical thievery. though i think i satisfactorily made the song “my own,” there is a substantial influence from joe jackson’s “look sharp,” which my wife has been blasting in the kitchen for the last couple of weeks. read more >

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monday song #17: a great fall

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number 17. dave balon’s number. he scored four goals against the north stars in the first ranger game i ever saw way back in 1971. he became my favorite. my brothers laughed, cause he was not a star. he had a monstrous comb-over.

i meant this as a random reference, until i looked him up and recalled that he was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. and i just now found out that he died two years back, at age 68. in his final years he had lost the power to speak. read more >

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monday song #16: lowe valley high

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[show note: see you all tonight at the pub at Vios (65th st. and 20th ave; below third place books in north seattle). i’ll be going on around 7pm. as usual, it’s free, kids are welcome, and there is excellent food served there.]

this is one of the darker songs i’ve done. as with “bells” last week, the song parts came pretty spontaneously. i named the sound file “ollivander high” for no particular reason (i did not have the choruses fleshed out yet). the high school focus of the random title sent me deep into the heart of darkness. read more >

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monday song #15: the bells of st. sparrow

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[Special note: Tonight’s show at the Pub at Vios has been moved to next week, March 9. Apologies for the late announcement.]

fifteen songs. four plus months. and I’m just getting warmed up…

this week’s song was a case of automatic writing as far as the music goes. i played the opening churchbell pentatonic run on the piano and was struck by the first melodic phrase. i turned on the tape recorder [actually, garageband on my mac] and played the idea again, to capture it. i continued plyaying to see if i could come up with some related ideas. i played the whole thing straight through, bridge and all. i still had to come up with lyrics, but the final recording follows the arrangement of that first pass. read more >

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