My neighbor Tony died sometime in the past few days. He was a man about the neighborhood. Everybody knew him and liked him. Even so, he died so alone that the cops had to bust down his door to confirm it.
This isn't really a song, just a spontaneous chant for Tony, a guy who might not have realized how many people will miss him.
Tony had started cancer treatment a month or two ago so this wasn't a big surprise. He didn't seem sick last time I talked to him, just a little bummed about the prospect of chemo and radiation treatment. Lot of good it did him. Read it all
Two songs -- set the mic level too high (on the recorder -- didn't sound like that in the room, just very loud) and clipped the hell out of it but oh well -- take what you can get, right? You you know you do...
The first song is called "So Long." Been workin' on it for five years. Almost done. :)
Do yourself a favor and learn to play the guitar. (affiliate link) Read it all
I always hated that positive affirmation shit. Always seemed self-indulgent and inherently... wimpy. Now I see that it is self-indulgent but that it's OK to indulge yourself in love, health, happiness and all that good stuff. Still, when I try to say the affirmations, it just seems weak and silly (not in a good way). Somehow singing it makes it more believable and stronger.
Cut the first part out because it was just too long. Maybe release it sometime... so, ya' know, check back and get all the good stuff.
Didn't write or record much last year so I'm hoping to do a lot of that this year. This is the first new song of 2012. First time I've played it through so of course it's a bit shaky. Whaddaya want for nothin'!
So this very old acoustic guitar kinda fell in my lap at a time when a song was forming. This is the very first take of that song and the first recording (of mine though I'm not sure ever) with this guitar which I'm calling WonderGirl.
Safe to say this one starts off slow but finishes with a bang. It's kind of about the hurricane weirdness, I guess, but not entirely. It's for all the folks out there in the Rockaways, on The Island (Staten and/or Long), on the Jersey Shore and wherever who have lost everything and are still living in the dark and cold. You're not alone.