Two Very Different Songs

3 Apr

I’ve been having a lot of fun with this project. I’m not trying too hard, and that feels good.

I’m experimenting with all kinds of kooky styles and instruments.

The most recent examples are two very different songs.

The first one is my homage to Philip Glass – the Mozart of the postmodern age. Glass’s repetitive, almost hypnotic rhythms and counter-rhythms… his penchant for musical simplicity in terms of instrumentation… his complete disregard for convention in the single-minded pursuit of his musical vision… I have mucho respect for Mr. Glass.

So with massive, massive apologies to him, I present this song I call Stained Glass:

And on the opposite side of the spectrum you have Maggie May. This short song took me about 25 minutes to write and record. It’s rough. But I went back and tried re-recording with smoother guitar and stronger vocals. And it just didn’t work. The arrangement became too polished, too smooth… and almost textureless.

I think this rough version is better. I hope you like it. I am a large fan of John Prine and Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. This song is kind of an homage to the troubadours.

While it’s more of a folk ballad, it does share one thing with Stained Glass. Both are somewhat simple in their general approach.

6 Responses to “Two Very Different Songs”

  1. Tim April 9, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    Brother Jay, I loved both of your new songs. The contrast between the two is audibly pleasing.

    Maggie May – is an awesome song! I’d love to sing it with you some day. I got a feeling you’ll get exactly what you want from that song as you continue to play it.

    Love, Tim

  2. ang April 24, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    Brother – you are amazing! I had no idea you had created all this. What a treasure to stumble across this Saturday morning at my kitchen table. And Caroline wants you to know you’ve inspired HER to write a song … we’ll keep you posted, and hope to see you soon. Love, Ang

  3. Tim June 17, 2010 at 5:35 am #

    It’s time for another song. Get writing. Love Tim

    • The Publisher September 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

      Thanks you guys – damn I love ya. So good to share music with you via this strange new medium – the Internet, I think they call it. Ange, please have Caroline post her song, asap. If she’s like Mommy, it will no doubt be beautiful. Tim, can’t wait till the summer when we can play out – we can do a bunch of ’em. I finally just posted a new song, above. Hope you like it Brother. Love ya. J

  4. tlivin9422 September 30, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Brother J – check out – help me set up this page – love tim

  5. Tim March 1, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Roll Your Own is the coolest song ever written down on a cocktail napkin. No shit. Brother Tim

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