Category Archives: Music

ChurchKey

Another of my compositions

Here I wanted to write something that was reminiscent of a cathedral more more ethereal, kind of stoned, more like a suggestion of religion without spirituality, laid on the foundation of ceremony and built out of traditions whose original purposes are long forgotten and no longer relevant.

Pink Blues

One of my compositions:

Can you tell me, father, why you act like you’re so wise?

Can you tell me, mother, why the tears are in your eyes?

Can you tell me, brother, why you cannot hear my cries?

Can you tell me, sister, how to live with all the lies?

This one is a lament of the questions women are asking even in our “enlightened” culture

A little experimental piece

Wild little synthesizer piece like a musical storm. I honestly don’t know what possessed me when I wrote this one. Something must have, though, as it is just pretty darned weird. Oddly, I think I like the ending best, as it ends up (after all hell is breaking chaotically loose) on this single last wanky chord, just hanging out there in space all alone. By itself, this chord would be discordant, but in contrast to what just came down it sounds nearly harmonic!

Heart Corps

New Age style synthesizer piece with chorus. Sounds a bit like Enya – at least that’s what I thought of it while I was writing it. Of course, unless you’re consciously trying to parody or copy somebody, you always see other people in your own work, yet it still somehow manages to capture your own style as well.

Melsong (Ether Mix)

This used to be my “theme song” for a while – it just sounded like me to me. But, I guess I’m a little more jaded now than this innocent romp, so I’ve made “Murkey” my new theme for the time being. What’s interesting about “Melsong” is that I had just gotten a new computer and could multi-track on it for the first time, but I hadn’t yet figured out how to monitor the previous tracks while I recorded the new ones. So, this whole piece was recorded “blind” – figured out in my head and recorded layer after layer with only a metronome track for guidance. There’s a few bobbles and drift here and there, but I’m actually surprised it blended together as well as it did!

Princess Di

Published this one under my “Tarnished Karma” moniker – a fictional band consisting of me.  And yes, that’s me in the picture, and there’s a whole story behind that!

But as for the music, This is an original instrumental piece in memory of Princess Di. I wrote this during all her memorial services. At the time, I was pretty depressed (not a rare condition for me in those days, though I’m all better now!) and so I sat around in my pajamas for two days, recording one take after another until I got it laid down the way I wanted. I’ve always felt it could use some additional instrumentation, but I squeezed out all the interest I had in the piece during that marathon session, so this is all you get.  Closest thing to true classical music I’ve ever written.

The Beat

A musical composition

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This one was intended to be a bit like some of the later Beatles stuff or maybe the “almost” bubble gum music McCartney started writing around his third Wings album. I like the rhythm change-ups in the middle of the song and also the George Harrison style riffs at the end of the first few bars, even though these are with synth rather than guitar. The style reminds me of something – I mean, “Something” – a song I used to play on the piano for my mom when I was in my early teens – it was her favorite Beatles song.