No Matter What

I finally had a chance to record my own version of the one of the greatest pop-rock songs ever written. Bad Finger’s No Matter What came out in the late sixties and has everything I look for a in a good melodic rock song: Harmony, a cool riff, and a great beat. What many people don’t know is that The Beatles are the ones who discovered this band and signed them to their label, Apple.

Special thanks to Alex Arrowsmith and Justin Radford for joining me on this one! I met Justin Radford when I answered an add he posted on craigslist looking for vocalists for a musical he had written himself! He still writes musicals and plays out in bands, not the least of which is his band Rock GaGa. His band covers Lady GaGa songs with a rock asthetic.

Alex and I have have been friends since 6th grade where I sat at the same table as him in math class. We were in a couple bands together in and after highschool too. He was a better guitarist then than I’ll ever be, and graciously agreed to play bass and sing some tasty harmony on this cover. He puts out solo music regularly which, if you like melodic and quirky pop, I highly recommend.

Run

My all acoustic version of Snow Patrol’s “Run” from their album Final Straw which came out in 2003. I completeley missed this song when it came out. One of my patron’s asked me to cover it and I was delighted to take a swing at it. I used my Breedlow 6 string, my 12-string Taylor, and a cheap little auto-harp. I added harmony too because… why not?

Epitaph

My progressive rock band Philhelmon finished our cover of the epic King Crimson tune “Epitaph” and we’re quite proud of how it turned out.

The Hawaii Five-O Theme

I was asked to record this as a favor for my local community theatre. They wanted to use the original recording, but can’t since it costs money to do that. The composition is ok to use, but the recording is owned by someone else who wants paid each time it’s used. Their solution? Have me record it!

So yeah, it was great fun dusting off the old bari and alto saxophones and tracking 20 or so takes. The surfer drums were especially fun and for me make the whole thing work. I’ve heard the song all over the place. I think I first played it in pep band in highschool. Anybody ever watch the actual show?

Snow (Irving Berlin Cover from White Christmas)

Every year I try to do a christmas song. I do this in place of a christmas card! I’m a little late finishing our Christmas song this year. That’s because this song is more complex than it sounds. Margie and I spent a lot of time arranging the vocals, and I spent a lot of time recording the instruments… I’m not typically a jazzy chord kind of guy but I feel like I did ok making this one my own! This song is from teh 50s so the progression isn’t as obvious.

That said - super fun video to make! We all went up to government camp on Mt. Hood last weekend and then shot some additional footage out our house. Malcolm had a great time! Special kudos go to Emily who helped keep the kid under control all the while helping out with some technology issues! Thanks Em! Enjoy and… Merry Christmas!