Tag Archives: home recording

That Long and Lonesome Road (Version 2)

Okay, so this is the point where I start to rewrite and re-record some of my old songs. I used to do that a lot. Like, every week I’d redo a song from the previous year. And then I stopped doing that for a while. So I’ve got a TON of songs to go back and work over. First one up is That Long and Lonesome Road.

That Long and Lonesome Road (Version 2)

Check out the original, I basically got rid of the entire song except for the repeating line, “that long and lonesome road.” Then, I set it to the tune of “The Ballad of John Henry.” Now, I’ve always stayed away from all the John Henry tunes that are out there. I love them and I play them for myself, but never attempted to rework one for myself. This is that attempt.

Parts of it are a little too “working-man-against-the-world” and I’m not totally sold on the “swim across the deep blue sea” part that implies the negative impacts of overseas OUTSOURCING of which I don’t know a whole lot about. Otherwise, though, I kind of like this one.

For the longest time I got away from using old melodies and tunes to write my own new songs. That’s how I started writing because it came most natural. Yes, STEALING comes natural to me. I think I’m most successful when I’ve got a little something from someone else to stand on, though, because this new version is far superior than the first one. The original is just a vague blanket of a song. It’s not about anything, so it could be about anything. Who wants to hear something like that? Not me.

This’ll be the first of many rewrites to come. Stay tuned for more.

New Song: Sitting down to say a tune

It’s been a whole lot of time since I posted a new song.

It’s been a whole lot of time since I wrote a new song.

But, I figured today was a good day to do both.

It’s my daughter’s first birthday. This song is for her. Only she would be able to understand it, I think.

To everyone else it makes no sense. It hardly makes sense to me.

So that’s that.

Happy Birthday, Della. Shake that pineapple can.

The Talkin’ Headline Blues #84

So, I felt it was time to start doing these again. A month to go to a lot of things. Or a few things. Or…I guess, probably, that the headlines are gonna start to get really funny.

So you get this.

Now, you may notice, if you were keeping track, that the music is a little different. And maybe you’re saying to yourself, “Hey, Self, I really don’t think these are “Talkin’ Blues” songs in the traditional sense. What the heck is going on here?”

I’d say to that: Thanks for paying attention.

The Talkin’ Headline Blues #83

Okay, well, this week sure did slip right out from under me.

So…no new song and no re-recorded tune from last year.

But! Here’s the Talkin’ Headline for this week. Written on Monday. That’s something, no?

Also, here’s something…a Poor Elvis show on Saturday at Favorite Records. And Powell Brew House will be pouring free beer samples. If you miss out on that you’re  a really big jerk. Here’s the info on facebook.

Rewritten Song: I’m Better Off (version 2)

So, here’s the re-recorded version of “I’m Better Off,” which I wrote and released exactly one year ago today.

The new one is what it is. The old one’s here, if you want to compare.

Be on the alert! There’s a Poor Elvis show this Friday. The details are here. Check it out!