Tag Archives: songs

Beach House

I can’t get enough of this band.

I don’t think I’ve had a favorite band in 20 years, but I do now.

Part of the appeal is the singer’s (Victoria Legrand’s) voice, which is deep and reminds me a bit of Karen Carpenter, although the style is very different, more like that of male singers in 70’s pop and rock bands. Another part of the appeal is the songwriting, the chords and the melody and how the pieces are put together – the kinds of songs I would like to write. The songs are written by Legrand and Alex Scally. And the third part of the appeal is the dreamy, droning style of constant arpeggios, like if Philip Glass were to have written pop songs. This … Read the rest

Etana – “Bad Mind”


I heard this song on “The Joint”, channel 80 on XM/Sirius. It was a complete earwig for me – just couldn’t get it out of my head, like the first time I heard Rhianna’s “Umbrella” or Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. I wonder if this will be the big song of the summer. When I lived in New York, particularly in Harlem, it seemed each summer there would be one song that I heard constantly throughout the day, from cars and apartment windows and those guys who walk around with boomboxes on their shoulders; although that doesn’t seem quite so common anymore.

Her MySpace page has a download link:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/bwnfcy

I listened to some more of her songs on Last.fm but I didn’t particularly care for any of … Read the rest

The Road to Mandalay

Rudyard Kipling is an interesting poet to study these days. His notions of the White Man’s Burden seem so outdated, yet his experiences in Colonial India have echoes in the actions of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I had some music snippets and thought it would be a good exercise to fill them out using an existing poem as the basis for rhythm and structure.

I chose Kipling’s “Mandalay” because it had a structure that would work with what I already had melodically, and the verses are very visual.

The Road to Mandalay (mp3 2.32MB) is the simple demo.

It could use a bridge; it only has an A and B part now which gets repetitive after a few verses.

I heard a Sinatra version … Read the rest

Top 17 Country & Western Songs

This was in my inbox:

Top 17 Country & Western Songs

17. I Hate Every Bone In Her Body But Mine

16. It’s Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chewed Your Ass Out All Day Long

15. If I Can’t Be Number One In Your Life, Then Number Two On You

14. If The Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Me

13. How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away?

12. I Liked You Better Before I Got To Know You So Well

11. I Still Miss You Baby, But My Aim’s Getting Better

10. I Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dogfight ‘Cause I’m Afraid She’d Win

9. I’ll Marry You Tomorrow But Let’s Honeymoon Tonight

8. I’m So Miserable Without You … Read the rest