Thursday, August 30, 2007

Intro & Song #1

The premise is simple: One musician, one song per week. I write them. I record them. I post them up here for you to listen to. Love it or hate it, feel free to leave me a comment. If commenting is not your thing, there is a poll on the left. Or just do nothing. It's ok.

This first song was just finished last night. Its called The Easy Way Out. When I sat down to write it, I had just gone through a semi-severe obsession with The Left Banke song Walk Away Renee. I love that song for it's simplicity, yet it's imagery is so perfectly haunting.
The chorus for this song came as I was waiting in line for a coffee. It just popped in my head, melody and all. It seemed really universal. I scribbled it on a napkin so that I wouldn't forget it, and then stayed inside on a perfectly sunny day to work it out.

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p.s. I don't write funny songs or songs that are political, so don't expect them.

46 comments:

Nerd said...

I like it! Reminds me of Death Cab.

Kathy said...

I like it. I thought it was the Beatles when I heard the first line. How do you get the player on your page?

Eyerex said...

Great tune hope you post a few more as sounds better than most of the sounds about these days

"that girl with the hair" said...

"it's okay, I guess I'm lost just like everyone else."

I like it a lot. : ]

J Morgetron said...

Your mention of the song Walk Away Renee brought back a really strange memory of being in a car with an ex-boyfriend (boyfriend at the time) and being soooo angry for some reason (don't remember why now) and that song coming on the oldies station we were listening to. I was driving -- he was yelling -- I started singing along as loudly as I could -- he stopped yelling -- started laughing. Everything was better.

The End.

J Morgetron said...

I do like this song. I am not musical, but I know what I like.

Bill Ferguson said...

Thanks for the comment. You have a great voice and a new sound.

Jackie said...

Hey, thanks for your comment. Your song is like my life at the moment, as I'm sure you've been reading. Anywho, really good song, like it a lot. All the best.

soosha_q said...

I'm so happy you stopped by my blog for the one fact that now I know about your blog! Loved loved loved the song. Expect me back weekly.

chris said...

I like the tune a lot, man. Hope you don't mind that I'm spreading the word over at my spot.

Kirsten Moore said...

i am such a sucker for waltzes. i think i have three housrs of them on a dedicated playlist on my ipod; just another way that music school has ruined me.

last spring, i found myself sitting around the campfire singing harmony to "walk away renee" with a group of friends and random people i barely knew. one of them i have run into a few times this summer, and instead of saying hello, he sings that song to me.

b said...

I really like this song. There is a beautiful simplicity to it but it evokes a deeper emotion, getting beyond the surface.

I've been listening to a lot of David Gray lately (as I always do early autumn and into winter) and I was thinking the other day that what makes his music particularly powerful me is that it evokes very strong imagery. In "Babylon" he sings about "kicking through autumn leaves and wondering where it is you might be going to. Turning back for home, you know I'm feeling so alone. I can't believe climbing on the stair, I turn around to see you smiling there in front of me." For years, as I've been listening to this, I have a very clear picture of that scene and that fact is always so touching to me.

Anyway, I'll be sure to return to your blog. Best wishes with your pursuits down there in L.A. Do you miss Portland? As a fellow Portlander, I would think so. But it is wonderful that you are pursuing your dream. I am certainly not an expert where music is concerned but I know what I like and what transcends the mainstream. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

Cheers.

mari said...

From one knitter to a musician, thanks for commenting about my mittens and I really like the song.
I will be sure to return to hear more.

b said...

I do know of that coffee shop (I think it is Wired On Burnside now?) but have never been in there. I live in NW so it's very close. I'll pop in some time. Did you enjoy owning and running it while yours? Hopefully you can make it back up here from time to time, especially in autumn...it is so beautiful this time of year here.

Again, I really like your song (I've played it four times now) and am looking forward to hearing more.

Ashley Boyd said...

Absolutely perfect for listener feedback. It's hard to find a song that captures my attention, and your intro did it. You managed to keep me focused, and for that I appreciate it. Great song.

Look forward to listening to more. If you're ever in search of music inspiration, check out LastFm.com.

-Ashley

boyward said...

Great song, my friend. I love the track, very mellow and easy going, and there isn't anything to dislike. The mix is really clean. I'll be tuning in more often. I do music to, but not to your standard. At http://myspace.com/mosquitomusic or on http://unsignedbandweb.com/bands/mosquitomusic

Hope the links work, as they are from memory.

Nice work, hope you cna keep it up.

Laura said...

okay, so your song a week is way more ambitious than any of my goals I laid out. But, start small to grow big right? You're a starving musician... I'm starving for music. My parents surrounded me with music when was younger, but then I don't know what happened, it died... I'm remorseful that I haven't learned to play an instrument yet, but hopeful that I will.

Anyway, thanks for introducing a new way to say preface. ; )

There's one line in this week's song that really struck me... "You can't hold on to nothing if nothing don't want to be held." Insightful. I like it.

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog, which took me here.

OK, it's a very good song. Your delivery and voice reminds me of a singer from Pittsburgh, a guy in his 30's, I think, whose stuff I kind of like. His name is Brad Yoder. He is good, but never broke into a scene bigger than coffee shops and bookstores. I would assume that he is still a starving musician.

Now, I will return to your blog to check out your song of the week, but I think that you need to do something that will set you apart from the run-of-the-mill. Your songs may need a bit more quirky and opaque imagery and poetry - sorry but "I'm lost like everyone else" is a tad too trite for my taste. I am not sure. Don't take me wrong, but you asked for feedback, and I am being honest. And believe me, I am making those comments while I have no musical talent whatsoever, and, even though I have penned a few poems, I am not poet in any way, shape, or form. So my comments may have no validity whatsoever.

I think that it's really brave of you to put your music out in this fashion - I'm sure you'll grow from this experience, which will require discipline, fortitude and, perhaps, a thick skin.

What kind of stuff do you listen to?

bereweber said...

i liked your song, the structure, the melody, and your singing is pretty good!
& your recording sounds like a clean nice work!
i am looking forward to listen to next week's song :) keep composing/singing/posting!

Coconutshell said...

Nice song! Do keep it up.

Starving photographer dropping by to say thanks for the comment left by starving musician and now leaving a comment for starving musician.

Why is it the artists who are always starving?

Jackie said...

No worries. Always happy to spread the word about talent.

Best.

Choc Mint Girl @ Crystal said...

Quite an intro! Love it!! Wish you all the best!!! =)

roentarre said...

Great blog! I like the music

Steven said...

Reminds me of the top bands of the 70's "Yes" comes to mind
.
I enjoyed it!!

steven-movieworld.blogspot.com

Manimala said...

Nice commitment, I'm trying to make a song too. It's harder than it seems at first.

MetaMommy said...

Thanks for the post. You've got great taste in music.

I've worked with a few musicians in the past (very, very indie), so I know how incredibly hard it is to produce something on your own. Great work!

I'll be checking back for you weekly contributions to the music world.

Casey Galatos said...

Hey thanks for the comment and congrats on your first post!
I loved the song and would love to hear more.
Can't wait!
POST MORE!!

Mind The Gap said...

cool.... thanks for commenting on MTG's blog

mindthegap.blogspot.com

Woobot said...

Right on, enjoyed the song...keep'em coming.

Butterfly said...

simply beautiful.

thanks for the sweet comment.

Leah Maria said...

I love the sound of this! I'm glad you found my blog so I could find yours.

roadtojoy said...

Cause that's the description of life...

In an odd way (but good way) you might sound like the beatles. I like it.

Kristin said...

amen to that good sir

jon schneck said...

hey man, thanks for checkin the blog... your music sounds cool... let me know if you ever come out to a show around LA id love to hang. later man.

js

Tammy said...

It's lovely.

What a nice, and unexpected, gift on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday evening.

I'll smile thinking of you scribbling lyrics on a napkin...and I'll look forward to next week.

Gee said...

i like!

Brokedown Palace said...

I think you sound A LOT like Brendan Benson...listen to his stuff. I think it might inspire you. I don't think you sound like Death Cab. Anyway, thanks for the comment you left on my page...it's nice to have somebody read stuff your write or listen to your music -- I think you'd agree.

Melanie said...
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Melanie said...

I like it. :) I saw your posts on Zach's blog, thought I'd check ya out.

Is SLC that bad? LOL I live a bit north of it. I think I could live anywhere as long as there are people I love there, though. :)

Love the song! I don't think it reminds me of Death Cab and it doesn't sound like Death Cab, but I can kinda see why the song could remind someone of them, I suppose.

Oh, and Don't Walk Away Renee is a good song. I hadn't really thought about it, but it is. It's one of those "gotta sing along at the top of your lungs" sort of songs and it is rather haunting, now that you mention it.

Matthew Costello said...

Appreciate the visitation. Stop by anytime. Coffee's free! Stay on the grind... its the only way.

Lisa - BeevoNerd - Grandma Tsunami said...

Your influences show in this song. Not that I have anything to compare it to, but I can feel what you're into.

Julie R said...

i'm so happy you left a comment on the blog so i could find you here singing the prettiest songs. i'm so your newest fan!

sirprizeme1393 said...

Great! Good luck, and really, keep it up.

-Rosie

kissingfrogsbyrose.blogspot.com

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amaria said...

i like this, love the lyrics of your first songs, keep it up!

thank you for the great
recommendations

Doc Wyoming said...

Just stumbled onto this page, like this song (and the Left Banke song too)