Track-by-Track: “Mellow Pleasant Spongecake”

This is somewhat of an odd track (among other admittedly odd tracks) largely because it started life as two separate recordings. The first was an instrumental piece titled "Mellow Pleasant Beat." I recorded that one shortly after buying some synth plug-ins for Reason. (It think it was "Booster Pack Retro: Digital Sound Vocal Expressions," in…Read more Track-by-Track: “Mellow Pleasant Spongecake”

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Track-by-Track: “Don’t Let It Go”

So far, "Don't Let It Go" is the track from Thank You for Holding that has gotten the most compliments. Not sure if that's because there's no singing on it or because people like the guitar playing... Hmm... In any case, this instrumental started as a fairly long jam that I recorded with -- I…Read more Track-by-Track: “Don’t Let It Go”

Track-by-Track: “Blood Flows Silver”

There was a week in the summer of 2015 when I recorded a number* of backing tracks with the intention of eventually writing and recording lyrics for those tracks. Of course, that was towards the end of the summer, and when a new school year started, those plans had to go on hold.  I called…Read more Track-by-Track: “Blood Flows Silver”

Track-by-Track: “Waiting for a Signal”

Before Thank You for Holding started to coalesce around a single theme, I tried a few different angles for approaching the album. At one point, I was thinking of recording a series of short punk-rock songs about life in contemporary America, so I recorded a song called "Front of the Line," which eventually evolved into…Read more Track-by-Track: “Waiting for a Signal”

Track-by-Track: “Thank You for Holding”

Given that it's the title track of the album, you might think that I recorded "Thank You for Holding" fairly early in the game, but I was actually working on a few other songs before this one came into the picture. Somewhere along the line, though, I looped a few bars of "My Head" and…Read more Track-by-Track: “Thank You for Holding”

Track-by-Track: “My Head”

I have my friend the very funny and very talented Joe Lavelle to thank for reminding about this song about a year ago.  I wrote the song back when Joe and I were in high school, and it was originally just a refrain: "You stepped on my head, she said." I added verses a little…Read more Track-by-Track: “My Head”

Thank You for Holding

Quick note to say that my new album, Thank You for Holding, is now available! I'll have more to say about the individual tracks in the coming days, but for now, here's the basic premise: Sometime in the distant (or maybe not-too-distant) future, someone placed a call to an automated customer-service center mere moments before…Read more Thank You for Holding