Archive | Music For Your Enjoyment

RSS feed for this section

The Slow March To Respectability Street

Lord, I hate the time between work and work. Work being the recording and mixing/mastering. Especially right now as I’m building a new PC that will probably take over the world it’s so powerful. I really am quite impressed with the array of circuits I’ve assembled. It’s slow work, though, and doesn’t do much to move the project forward. Once it’s finished it will be a great asset. But for now, it’s just something else that takes me away from what I love to do.

I guess the thing that kills me the most is that I have all these songs that are in various stages of completedness. So much potential, it drives me crazy. But I have to keep reminding myself that nothing comes easy. It is truly a long slow march to respectability street. If I believe in what I’m doing then it will get done and it will be as glorious as I let it be. Having said that, I can’t wait for you to hear it. It is literally killing me.

More Couch By Couchwest

cxcw123Time to hit on some highlights from some other artists that I’ve seen on Couch By Couchwest.  I may not get through all the videos until after it’s over (03/9/14-03/15/14). But these are some things I know I know.

I have to start with friend, brother, and fellow guitarist in The Feast of Stephen, Joe Vallina. Joe may be a robot. He’s for certain a good guitarist and songwriter. I’m happy he decided to share. Here he is with, To The Phono-matic.

 

 

)

Next is Mat D. I don’t know what to say, other than he is the read deal. Just gritty dairy goodness.

)

The Miners doing Walnut Lane. I don’t know, man. I just really like the steel guitar. It’s a little loud and a lot cool.

)

Like I said, I haven’t had a lot of time to watch. Maybe more than anything else I want people to head over and check out all the different kinds of music and find their favorites. I’ll get back with more later.

Couch By Couchwest 2014

couch by couch westWe’re really happy to be part of Couch By Couchwest 2014. If you don’t know, CXCW was started for those of us too poor or too unmotivated to make the trip to Austin, TX for musical gathering known as South By Southwest.

Instead, artist (mostly independent artist) submit a video of a live performance of an original or cover song made just for CXCW. It’s incredibly awesome, but I warn you now that not every artist is the next superstar waiting to happen. Most are like me. Just good artists/songwriters looking for a place to share their music.

The fine folks at CXCW don’t ask for money, retweets, or anything really. It’s just grass roots dairy goodness. As a songwriter, you go to share your music. But as a person and a music lover, you find a lot of inspiration and make a few friends along the way. If you are a semi-pro musician/songwriter or even if you are just semi-anything, go give this a look and listen. You won’t like everything, but I promise you’ll find something (at least one) that you just can’t put down.

I’m backed up pretty bad with life right now. But hopefully as the week goes on I will be able to add some of my favorites from this year’s CXCW. For now here’s my submission, Company Song.

)

Am I a Songwriter?

CIRCLE LOGOIt’s a good question to ask every once in a while. A look in the mirror moment and confirm or deny. What purpose does it serve? Who benefits? On and on. None of that is why I do it or did it. It’s a love and a way of life that kept me whole. And if not writing songs, I’m sure there’s something you do that you can point to as more than a hobby. It’s a passion.

Sometimes life interrupts and you spend time away from the process. Or find that the process is no longer possible. If you’re smart, you find a way to do both. Having said that, I really regret nothing. If anything, I just wish I had time to have my cake and eat it too. I’m spoiled like that.

Back to the question, though. Am I a songwriter or am I someone that writes songs. I think of a songwriter as someone who can’t turn it off and a person that writes songs as just having the ability. The truth is, I’m a walking melody and my footsteps are the beat. My left foot is the kick drum and my right is the snare. Honestly, I wasn’t really aware of it until I sat down to write this. It’s just one of those things that’s on the tip of your tongue all the time. So much so that you never really see it.  And of course, my voice or my whistle is the melody.

The good thing about it is that I’m always exploring melody. It’s spilled over into the time I spend with my son. He doesn’t speak yet. So we communicate more with noises and gestures. I don’t practice this or do it purposefully, it just comes out. I love it, and I hope it someday spills over to him and he carries a song in his heart all the time like I do. On the flip side, though, it only stays with me as long as I am not distracted by a new task or issue.

If I was smart, I would attempt to record the melodies and revisit them when I have time. I’m not, though. I guess I haven’t made the transition to parenthood in that respect. I still believe my creativeness is a never ending well. But the longer I go without applying this creative gift to a focused effort, the more I get anxious about if I can still put it all together into a single thought.

I don’t know, maybe I’m a songwriter that stopped practicing. Like a lawyer or doctor that went on sabbatical. I don’t want it to stay that way. But the responsibilities before me demand my time and attention. Like I said before, I’m fine with that. The loss of myself does at least give back in love and enjoyment of those around me. Why keep the webpage, though? Well, someday I’ll be back and I’d hate to get rid of this place that I’ve chronicled the last decade of my life and music. It’ll be fun to look back on one day and take stock of my life.

Dean Fields June 7th House Concert

DEAN FIELDSWe’re happy to have Dean come play for us June 7th. He’s a wonderful songwriter and performer as you’ll see below. We love witty, and this snippet from his bio reminds us of us in a way. But we never forget the catbox smell.

It takes a long time for me to wake up. Often Ill get up in the middle of night, change the cat box, and go back to bed with no recollection of it.   Im an over-thinker and an undecider.  I make up words.  I went to grad school to pursue music and left grad school to pursue music.  I moved 7 times in 3 years between 4 states.  I have 300 voices with 300 accents for 301 different moods.  I cannot park a car.   My wife is the coolest person I know.  And she is not a horse.

Show starts at 8pm. We ask for a $10 donation and hope you’ll follow Dean on Facebook and YouTube. Visit his website Dean Fields

House Concerts Are Coming

houseconcerts

It’s been way too long. I miss them as I’m sure some of you do. Thankfully, our friends over at Vulcan Army Booking have lined us up with Good Night, States. The show will be Friday May 17th. I’ll work out the particulars later and update the House Concerts page. I don’t have the time it takes to do this band justice in a post. They did a tour with the Lumineers this past summer and I really need to read up a little bit on that before I go any further.  So for now, I just want to share some of their music with you. Hope to see you there!

Good Night States

This is my favorite song, so far…Ceilings. I hate to make comparisons, but makes me think Pixies. There, I said it.

 

This Is Where My Life Comes Full Circle

Image via http://popdose.com/

Image via http://popdose.com/

Growing up, at least the part where I was learning to play guitar, I was a huge REM fan. At the time, their music was completely original to me. It was low-fi, melodic, angry, happy, and just plain original. I didn’t even care what Michael Stipe was singing about. I just enjoyed the music and the melody of his voice.

Having spent the majority of my young life listening to heavy metal, it was weird to me that I would gravitate toward something so completely different. But I did. And it really changed everything for me as far as music was concerned.

So like I do from time to time, I did a youtube search for REM and came across this video of Pilgrimage performed by the Long Players in Nashville. If you are unfamiliar, the Long Players are a loose group of mostly studio and touring musicians that get together every so often and perform a classic CD from start to finish and have guest singers step in to perform various songs. A friend and school mate of mine, John Deaderick plays with these guys. Whether you know it or not, you’ve heard him play with just about anyone who is anyone and I’m really proud of him for all he has been able to accomplish in the music biz. It never ceases to amaze me at who he has shared the stage and studio with.

This particular song, the Long Players had Don Dixon, the producer of REM’s Murmer to sing. As I’ve mentioned on here a time or two, Don Dixon played bass and produced RJ Cowdery’s first CD One More Door, which was recorded here in my house.  It still hasn’t quite sunk in to my brain that I got to share my house with the producer of REM’s Murmer as well as RJ, Todd Burge, and a couple members of the Mountain Stage band. Maybe it never will, but I can tell you it was so incredible and uplifting to walk into the house after work and hear the beautiful music that was being made.

Seeing this video this morning just brought a rush of emotion and tied several distinctively different parts of my life together all at once. It’s cool, and I love it!

Muse Recorded for Couch By Couchwest

Hey all,

If you can’t make it to SXSW, you should go check out CBCW (Couch by Couchwest). Stay at home and check out all the great bands and artist that didn’t get to perform at SXSW. Everyone uploads a video/videos made especially for CBCW to Youtube and the folks at CBCW make the playlist. If you are looking for a way to find some new artist, this is it.

I figure I got time for just one this year. Maybe more. We’ll see. I did Muse, recorded in the attic with one of the stage lights that pulses more the louder you get. Thanks for listening/watching!

Naked Souls Is A Year Old

It’s hard to believe that a year ago tomorrow Naked Souls will be a year old. Yes, we did it! And I hope you follow that link and read it. It was a fun time and I am still eternally grateful to everyone that helped me put the CD out there.

Did it live up to any of the crazy expectations I had? Nope, not even close. But it did live up to most of the realistic expectations I had. It was a hard road, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was fun, and I can still go back and listen to it without too much second guessing about things I was never completely happy with. So I got that going for me…

To celebrate, I’m going to knock the price of the CD down to $5 on the BandCamp page as well as the actual CDs I have with me at shows. I’m also going to be playing at the Adelphia Thursday, November 1st as part of Songwriter Night with Todd Burge. It’s a free show and there will be a ton of great songwriters performing: RACHEL FIGLEY, CAREY MURDOCK, BRUCE DALZELL, DAN CUNNINGHAM, WORMZ   HAYFIELD AND CROW, JUSTIN ARTHUR, and MICHAEL IAFRATE.

I’m really really happy that Carey Murdock will be here. I had to cancel on a house concert with him for October. So I’m happy I’ll get a second chance to see him perform and show him the hospitality that we try to offer every house concert performer.

Hope to see you there!!

Water Liars This Sunday!

Picture via datrotter.com

I’ve been a negative Nancy lately with the cancelled shows. Sorry. So it’s all puppy uppers now! Nothing better to help us with that than to have the Water Liars play at the house this Sunday. We’re asking for a $10 donation. Show starts at 8pm. Here’s something to get you in the mood. Don’t forget to check out the Water Liars on their site and at their page on Misra Records. And of course their Daytrotter session.

We’re quite lucky to have them coming to the house and so too will you be if you join us! More info and music on the house concerts page.

Arthur Alligood Was Pretty Awesome

Thanks to Arthur for playing for us! It was a really great show. Here’s a little taste of what you missed.

From Arthur Alligood’s house concert in Parkersburg, WV 06/22/2012. Find out more about Arthur at http://www.arthuralligood.com/. You can also find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arthur-Alligood/260741779160 and on twitter at http://twitter.com/arthurvalligood