Tuesday, March 13, 2018

You Can't Quit Now, Baby (w/ Amber Brown & Kirk Bennett)

This is a revised version of my song from Day 23 of my January songwriting project. I love what Amber and Kirk bring to the arrangement (with Amber’s daughter, Anna, helping out off-screen with tambourine). They manage to look super cool while doing it, too.

Originally I thought this song was a throwaway. It was born out of frustration and a desire to quit the song-a-day project. But it turned out to be one of the most innovative and heartfelt pieces, and it’s become a favorite of mine.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Impermanence (w/ Carrie Faye Thompson)

This song was originally from Day 7 of my song-a-day January project. I wanted to try out an arrangement with it, and it definitely felt like a folky number. I recorded this with Carrie in the same session where we recorded "American Girl". Carrie is really fun to hang out with because she's not afraid to get silly, but when she performs a more serious song, she hits it with feeling. I love how she brought her gorgeous harmonies to my melody, and her guitar style is different enough from mine that it really added something cool to the song. I feel like this song still needs some lyrical tweaks, but I think this goes a long way toward constructing the right aural feel for the song.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Dave, Kirk & Amber cover "She Don't Use Jelly"

Kirk, Amber and I were working towards starting a punk/indie rock band late last year, but scheduling issues got in the way. This Flaming Lips song was the first one we learned to play together. Kirk normally plays his part on an electric guitar, but the acoustic version may be even more fun. Enjoy!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Underground Radio Wise Woman (w/ Cheyenne Dane)

This is a song I finished last year, and it has an unusual backstory. I had joined a songwriting critique group a couple years ago and brought in a song that I specifically asked for comments not about the lyrics-- I just wanted a critique of the structure. The group proceeded to make 90% comments about the lyrics and all but ignored the structure of the song. That kind of pissed me off, so I decided to write a song where they couldn't ignore the structure, and this is that song. I wanted to show you could write an interesting and impactful song without focusing on lyrics so much.

But the lyrics do mean something in this song. One of my favorite radio stations is the college radio station for CU. I love how the variety and how it usually challenges me each time I turn it on. At the same time, the DJs can sometimes be willfully obscure and a wee bit too elitist. So this song is both a tribute to and a subtle jab at college radio.

Cheyenne, as always, was great to work with. She was actually having a rough day when we recorded this, but she managed to pour that emotion into her playing. She was the first person I thought of when I started mentally arranging this tune.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Carrie & Dave Cover "American Girl"

I got together earlier this week to record a couple songs with my super talented friend Carrie. I've been wanting to cover this Tom Petty song since Petty passed away last year, and have tried working on versions with a few different musicians. But I'm really happy this version got recorded-- Carrie does such great harmonies, and doing a softer acoustic version really brings it home. We had a super fun time recording this, too-- I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. If you want to hear more from Carrie Faye Thompson, check out her website at https://www.remainteachable.com/

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Meteorite (with John Bunzli & Jason Allen)

I wrote this on Day 30 of my Song-a-day January project. It always felt like a hard rocker, so I wanted to see what it would sound like with some bass and an electric guitar. My buddies Jay and John decided to help me out. John got us to record this in the gallery at Art Space in Loveland, CO. Coincidentally, I'm going to be playing a show there this Sunday from 3:30 to 6 with John and Shanna in a Dress. I may even play this song... John Bunzli is a talented singer-songwriter in his own right.

If you want to hear more from him and his thunderous guitar, check out his website at http://www.johnbunzli.com/

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ep. 2: Very Scary With Gerry McCreary - Undercover Alien Were-Bear

Hey there! Here's the next installment of my improv comedy interview podcast! In this episode I talk to a Were-bear (Eric E. Farwell) and an Undercover Alien (Troy Fluhr), with a little help from my electronic personal assistant (Laura Kistner). Enjoy!