Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ep. 4, Very Scary with Gerry McCreary: Sexy Lucky Astral Gun

What would you eat at an astral buffet? How do you calibrate a gun to shoot only supernatural creatures? What’s the best flatulence sound effect of all time? Get the answers and more on this extra bawdy episode Gerry's show (with a special tribute to Art Bell)! Featuring Eric E. Farwell, Troy Fluhr, Muriah Summer and Chelsea Kramer.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Carrie & Dave cover "And It Stoned Me"

I got together again with the scintillating Carrie Faye Thompson to cover this Van Morrison tune. We recorded it in the Remain Teachable Learning Center and Listening Room in Loveland. The space is currently being renovated, but it's going to be a cool place to hang out once it's all put together, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, enjoy the video...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Ep. 3, Very Scary with Gerry McCreary: Obscure Phlegmy Time Flusher

Here's a new episode of my improv comedy podcast. In this episode, I talk to someone researching a phlegmy ghost (Chelsea Kramer), a man who travels through time via bathrooms, and a British ex-patriot who's an expert on obscure occult phenomena (Eric E. Farwell). We also hear from our show's brand new producer (Muriah Summer). Enjoy!

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.