Jamaican me crazy

Actually me not so crazy, but here's a fun song called "Wakal". I wrote and recorded this at the tender age of 19, when I was on winter break from UW-Madison. It's a li'l funky, a li'l jazzy, and I would describe the meter as 10/8. My drumming is really the most complicated beat I could possibly have mustered at that point. You can hear that I don't own any cymbals--the ride sound is actually the base of a globe stand that I unscrewed and put on a broken hi-hat stand. Thank you!

Rollin' Downtown (quirky rap)

For those of you who fell in love with last week's post featuring my very first recording ever, this more recent recording features the very same Casiotone 501, to the same great effect. Interesting that both songs are rap songs--because I don't consider myself a rap artist, eh?! But I was raised on De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, etc., so I guess it makes sense. De La Soul was the first concert I ever went to, when I was 11 years old, in Menomonie, WI. How bizarre.

I really want to make a video for this song one of these days.

Makin' hay

"We're gonna make some love, we're gonna make some hay, we're gonna rise above, we're gonna be okay. We're gonna party."

I made this song in twenty minutes during FAWM last year. So please ignore any tuning issues you might hear, and focus on the fun! When I redo this song (this is a demo, you see) I think I'll double the tempo and add an "oontz oontz oontz" kind of beat. Aw yeah!

Sorry I Drank Your Whiskey

I wrote this song after I disappointed my brother by letting my friends drink all his whiskey. I think it was Jameson that was a gift from his gf's dad. We were roommates at the time and I had some friends over late on a Friday, when he wasn't there. Well, what, did you want the party to end?! Heck no! I don't remember why it would have been a big deal--I must have not replaced it right away? Whatevs!!

Improvised in one take, obvy. For some reason the majority of the people who hear this really like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seasick Shanty

Sorry to blast your face with another instrumental, but it's been a busy time! Too busy, some say, to write lyrics. . . .. .. .

This one is called Seasick Shanty, and it goes down perfectly when you're drinking the last of the whiskey as your ship sinks below the setting sun. . . . . It's best played on repeat a dozen times in a row. It was made in 30 seconds or less on my iPhone!