Sunday, September 30, 2007

song of the week #7

i don't know...something about this song just grates on my nerves. i tried to write a song for my new neice, ena. i was pretty happy with the way the bins song from a couple of weeks ago turned out, and thought that i'd try to make a song for ena that was similar to that one -- short, upbeat and easy to dance to.

but i crossed some line. while the chorus in the bins song was simple and catchy, the chorus for this song is simple and annoying. i don't know. i might disappoint padgett after telling him last night that i made a song that annoys me. perhaps it isn't that much different than all the other songs...

i've already kind of re-written the song and planned on posting both, but i haven't had a chance to record the new one. so that might be next week's song.

welcome to the family

Friday, September 21, 2007

song of the this week (and last week)

sorry internets, i'm making this week's song span two weeks. i spent last weekend in upstate ny at a wedding and didn't quite have the drive to do two songs in a shortened week.

the inspiration for this song comes from a couple of weeks ago (sept 8th to be exact). i went to see the brunettes play as part of sub pop's night at music fest nw. they were amazing, but since it was a festival setting their set was cut devastatingly short.

the next performer was eugene mirman. i still have issues with why a band should have to cut their set so short so that a stand up comedian can set up...and also as to why a comedian was even part of music festival, but this is neither the time or the place...

so i did my best to pay attention to eugene during the parts that i wasn't fuming about only getting to see 30 minutes of the brunettes. part of his routine was making fun of a book for kids about rock n' roll. from the sounds of it the book encouraged children to imagine what it would be like to be rock stars and at one point encourage them to write songs. one of the song ideas that the book gave, and eugene used as a joke, was called "where is the cat."

that seemed like a more than reasonable song title to me, though it apparently works well as a joke as well. so without further ado:

where is the cat

Sunday, September 09, 2007

song of the week

in a true blessing/curse type conundrum, we live extremely close to the goodwill outlet store. for those of you who don't know (and i can't imagine any of my friends don't), the goodwill outlet is the last chance of salvation for donations at goodwill. everything is thrown into bins and sold by the pound (hence, the common reference to the outlet store as the bins).

often after dinner we'll go for a walk and invariably end up going to the bins. on our walk this week i decided that we go enough to justify writing a theme song. so that's what i did:

let's go to the bins

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

kuma's rock and roll selection vol. 1

i guess it has almost been 2 years since miyoko took the clear cd that comes at the top of a cd spindle and decorated it with the album title "kuma's rock and roll selection vol. 1". the 4 songs titles she came up with were all summaries of long, involved stories that we made up for our bear, kuma (except for maybe #2). "i like salmon" deals with kuma being brought up in alaska before moving south (he didn't eat seals like all his polar bear friends). broken bike is the story of kuma's perpetually broken motor cycle (which, when running, he sometimes goes on rides with robert schneider of the apples in stereo).

at some point, i thought it would be fun to actually record the cd and give it to miyoko as a present (from kuma, of course). it took me about 6-7 months to actually get around to doing it (i did the songs on the 2 nights a week miyoko worked for about a month), but was pretty happy with how they all turned out. then i got some pictures of kuma running the board during the sessions to make a cd jacket.

here for the first time for the world to enjoy is kuma's rock n' roll selection vol. 1 (contrary to what is written above, all songs are written, recorded and produced by kuma. they are performed by ricky)

01. I like Salmon.mp3
02. My little sister, Haruko.mp3
03. Broken Bike.mp3
04. Working is Tough.mp3

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Monday, September 03, 2007

song of the week

about 3 years ago i became an uncle. in about a week or so i'll become an uncle again. i wrote a song for my niece when she was born...and i have plans on doing that again for niece #2. but instead this week i wrote another song for niece #1. the song is about lisa becoming a big sister and here it is:

big sister

this song is a little strange to me because i wrote the post-verse to be a chorus, then decided that lyrically it didn't work as chorus. i wrote another chorus and started recording the song. after recording most of it, i decided that the chorus sounded weird after the post verse, and took it out (leaving the short instrumental part after the post verse). i left the "new" chorus as the outro, and think that works ok. but i think an ok song would have been a lot better if had written a new chorus and re-recorded the song. sorry lisa.

if you are interested, here is the song i wrote when lisa was born. for some reason i guess i've decided that songs for small children should have bell intros.

you can do great things