20
Apr

Songs For Birds Highlight

Track 5 - That Bird Song

This song is probably the unofficial theme song to this album/demo. It inspired the name of the album, and another song which displays my style of music strongly. I came up with the idea I believe spring 2013.

Lyrically, the song is about being a bird. It’s simply as that, I’d describe it as honest pop. I’ve had a few people think its about fellatio which I think is extremely interesting and makes me wonder where people’s minds are. I came up with the song idea sitting on my porch with an ex girlfriend.  Eventually I flushed it out into a full song. The last line is probably one of my favorite lines on the album. “Honestly, your gonna have to promise me, you’ll stop being startling, or I’ll leave”. That’s a loaded line, which applies to both the theme of the song, and a few things going on in my life at the time. 

Instrumentally it’s only 3 Chords! Very punk (lol) I tried to add a level of complexity by changing how those 3 chords are played, adding complexity as the song progresses eventually adding bass, drums, and keyboard until the “release” of the song. It’s one of my favorite songs to play, though I rarely perform it. I think it sounds better with all the instruments together as opposed to acoustic. For the ending I thought about adding bird noises. If I ever re-record it I think I will.

Also random tidbit of information, this is the only song to contain profanity on the album. Hope you enjoy. 

18
Apr

I might take a music break. If I do I still aim to post regular updates here. I likely will be still doing some form of art (ie writing, photography) so stuff will be posted. Whats your take tumblr universe?

15
Apr

Short Poem

If I had a dollar
For every time you called my name
I would have a wad of crumbled cash
Because your hand is over your mouth.

15
Apr

OPEN MIC NIGHT

What: Open Mic Night I plan to be attending
When: Thursday, April 17th 9pm (it starts idk when I go on)
Where: 9715, 3rd Avenue Brooklyn (Bay Ridge) NY 11209 (Kitty Kiernans)

Last time I was able to go on twice though its an open mic, I hope it happens again. Please come and enjoy with me!

13
Apr

Match

by Just Charles

Currently a draft, I’ve been working on a darker sound compared to most my work. Give a listen! Its a little low but the volume bounces around

Lyrics
Where have you been?
I’m not done sinning yet.
Pour some pain freely,
Soon I will forget
All the words that come out.
Fall into an abyss with me

I’ve seen your pieces,
They don’t match me.
I’ve seen your creases
And I can’t iron happy,
And I can’t iron happy.

We have gone there
Left behind the others.
What we found here
Was never quite discovered.
Your tears are worth nothing
On crocodile skin.

I’ve seen your pieces,
They don’t match me.
I’ve seen your creases
And I can’t iron happy,
And I can’t iron happy.

I could die just staring at you.
I could die just staring at you.

13
Apr

Songs For Birds Song Highlight

Track 4 - Untitled (When I See You)

Easily one of my favorite tracks on the album, It catches my intended style perfectly. I wrote the song late summer/ early fall 2013. Influenced by the juno soundtrack, specifically kimyadawson ‘s contributions to the soundtrack. It’s a cute song about meeting someone new, being happy around that person and just wanting to be with them. I also titled it untitled but gave it a subtitle because I thought it’d be funny. Its untitled but it technically has a title. (Get it? I’m corny sorry)

Lyrically,I intentionally went with random lyrics and made up words (pari) just to get people to smile. The first time I performed it for a group, the person who introduced me quipped after “I too am allergic to nuts, so I can relate to this song.”. Lyrically this song was the beginning of me trying to be as simple as possible, taking a pure yet poppy approach with out attempting to sound manufactured. I think I succeeded. Also “I usually sing a bit better” is my favorite line, as most people think I’m just commenting on my vocals at the time but that’s actually a line in the song. 

Instrumental wise, I thought this song would shine with the banjolele, which I think worked really well for it. For those who don’t know a banjlolele is a ukulele designed like a banjo, so it emulates a banjo sound but with a ukulele tuning, so no need to learn a new instrument. The instrumental is pretty simple, and cute much like the lyrics. I threw in a splash of harmonica for a tiny bit of diversity.

Also regarding vocals, I had originally sung it in a low monotone voice, but as I got more comfortable with vocals I started to sing it in a higher pitch with a bit more effort in my voice. I was unsure which sounded better so I layered them together to give a nice duet/harmony feel to it. When I perform it live I follow the higher vocals.

And for the record, on two occasions I’ve gotten a group to sing along with me. I think the sing along chorus makes the song that much better.

08
Apr

Dark Horse

by Ten Second Songs

ughexcuseme:

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” sang in 20 different styles

  • 0.00 - Katy Perry
  • 0:08 - Nirvana
  • 0:15 - Queen
  • 0:22 - Michael Jackson
  • 0:30 - ‘N Sync
  • 0:43 - Iron Maiden
  • 0:57 - Jamiroquai
  • 1:07 - Pantera
  • 1:13 - Frank Sinatra
  • 1:29 - Metallica
  • 1:35 - Pavarotti
  • 1:43 - The Doors
  • 2:00 - Run D.M.C
  • 2:08 - Tech N9ne
  • 2:16 - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 2:21 - Slipknot
  • 2:26 - Louis Prima
  • 2:32 - Boyz II Men
  • 2:51 - Type 0 Negative
  • 3:14 - John Mayer

Not mine but absolutely amazing

(via theofficialariel)

06
Apr

Songs For Birds Song Highlight

Track 3 - North Shore Honey Bun


I think this song continues the trend of versatility of genres I like to explore while remaining pop-like. I wrote and created the song about summer 2012. I used to bring my ukulele to work once a week as the person I would work with enjoyed music, so we would create songs. Most songs were random and had to do with things pertaining to who I worked with, which is where Honey Bun came from. I was having a harder punk-esk phase when working on this song, which I think clearly shows.

Lyrically, there isn’t too much to explain as its written straight forward. The song’s about my sister, and her trails with relationships during the time the song was recorded. I wanted the chorus to be something “slacker” like so I went with North Shore (the area my sister is from in Staten Island) and Honey Bun (meant to be something cute sweet, like honey buns).

I had fun with the instrumental of the song. Trying to make things as distorted/crunchy as possible without it completely taking over the song. I think it doesn’t sound like it was made with a ukulele but that’s an electric uke you hear I swear! The chords are fun to play in the song as well, with the chorus intentionally starting with chords (B A D).

My attempt at pop-punk. I think its worth a listen. Especially considering that I may or may not have future music projects which may float around this sound.

30
Mar

Song’s For Birds Song Highlight

Track 2 - Catch Me (Don’t Miss)

This track is pretty varied regarding background compared to Verse One. This one I actually wrote and created around mid-fall 2013, while I was already in the process of working on my album. I had wanted to make something more pop-ish/playful and was fiddling with my traditional chord progressions when I came up with the melody of the song. It was added to the album when I accompanied vocals I was comfortable and confident with in (as I was a few months into my vocal lessons). 

Lyrically, the song was influenced from a few areas. It’s a (at least I think) cute approach to the awkwardness of a new relationship, where everything is new and you’re not sure where to place yourself and you’re not sure whats going on in the other person’s head. One person has one target/intention the other has another and you try to find that medium. It’s like a mental game of jump rope where you pace back and forth and then jump and hope you keep jumping. I feel like the chorus convey’s that pretty well.

The song starts off with a bass riff intro. Which I’m quite proud of because bass is definitely not one of my stronger instruments. I wanted to throw that in there to show some versatility.  Also quite certain this is the only track with both lead and rhythm ukulele.

People with a good musical ear may catch certain parts sound rushed or they bounce around. It was meant to reinforce the lyrical theme, I can see it not floating everyone’s boat. Those who don’t like that would likely enjoy the acoustic version better (found here: https://soundcloud.com/tomarthesearts/catch-me-dont-miss-1 )

Overall, I think it’s a solid song.I’m sure there’s some bias cause I made it hah.

30
Mar

The Green Lullaby

by Mnemonic Plague

dberl:

Here’s a little song I wrote about Cthulhu.  Lyrics and vocals by me, everything else by my good friend Just Charles/Tomarthesearts.  Album art provided by another of my good friends Teambeartrap.  

Intro:

"In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu sleeps… dreaming.  But, when the stars are right… that is not dead which may eternal lie, and in strange aeons even death may die."

The Green Lullaby:

I’ll see you my friend

When the stars are right again

You’ll know just where to find me

In my green house beneath the sea

When we walk about

Everybody will turn out

There’ll be shouts and laughter

Then silence forever after

I’ll see you then

When the stars are right again

dberl It’s crazy how this song is over a year old. We need more collaborations. Guaranteed upgrades across the board.

Also teambeartrap has done various art for my music (Most recently the lovely banner on my Tumblr/Facebook/Twitter). Definitely going to have to do an artist spotlight soon

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