Put On Your Action Pants

As it turns out, writing funk and soul does indeed come a lot more naturally to me than the rock. This week I’m recording the song “Action Pants,” for The Vanilla Duchesne’s “Redemption!” LP. Here’s a very brief sneak peek: Continue reading “Put On Your Action Pants”

How Country Rap Is Pushing Me Toward Enlightenment

The smug glee I used to feel when people put their foolish beliefs and illogical viewpoints on display is mostly gone. So, also, is the desire to make people look more foolish than they do themselves. Life is much lighter this way. Continue reading “How Country Rap Is Pushing Me Toward Enlightenment”

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Vanilla Duchesne!

If I learned anything from the restaurant industry, it’s this: When you don’t have any paying customers, you’d better change up your menu.

I’ve always said that food and music are pretty much the same thing to me, and this website is basically an independent music business. Let me tell you, no one’s been lining up to buy my Indie Space Rock Sandwich. It occurred to me that I should consider bringing the Funky Cheeseburger back, and putting it front and center on the menu of musical concerns. Continue reading “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Vanilla Duchesne!”

The Lemprechaun – Cenozoic, 2004

I just finished quite a bit of clean-up around here. In the course of that, I discovered a bunch of mis-routed music files in the members’ music section. It seems that an entire EP of Cenozoic material was unattainable. Continue reading “The Lemprechaun – Cenozoic, 2004”

Brooke (demo)

I can’t remember if I put this in the member download section or not, but I’m certain I haven’t shared it in the blog feed. I wrote “Brooke” in 1998. This recording took place the following year at the newer location of Cicero’s in the University City Loop. I did a short set at an installment of the Third Lip Cabaret show with my old Happy Mutants band mate Chris Richardson on guitar (beautiful as always, Chris). I’m still trying to locate the recording of the whole set. It’s got to be in my hard drive somewhere.

So, here I am, doing my best Bob Seger:

This one’s getting worked up and revitalized for the Lemonade album, which members will be able to download free as part of their subscription. Aside from one song (“I Come From The Mountain”), I’m working on a completely different set of songs than the playlist of demos I posted back in November. Things change. People change. Reasons change. And I have many more songs waiting to be properly recorded than I realized.