Archive for April, 2017

The Sounds of Silence

“The Sounds of Silence” was written by Paul Simon over a period of several months in 1963 and 1964. The version we know is actually a remix of the acoustic original, overdubbing electric instrumentation. Simon & Garfunkel were not informed of the song’s remix until after its release. It went on to top the charts in 1966.

My version is firmly in my anachronistic surf-rock vein, while trying to maintain some of the gravitas of the original.

April 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

Moving On

“Moving On” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with more a sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that style. Another way to describe it might be surf-rock/smooth-jazz fusion. 😉

April 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Lacey’s Theme

A few days ago we lost our wonderful hound mix, Lacey. We adopted her from a shelter less than three years ago — she was 9 years old then. We like to think we gave her a very nice life for her last senior years. I wrote this theme to honor her memory.

April 18, 2017 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

You Keep Me Hangin’ On

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was composed by Holland–Dozier–Holland. It became a popular Billboard Hot 100 number one hit for The Supremes in late 1966. The rock band Vanilla Fudge covered the song a year later and had a top ten hit with their version.

April 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

P.S. I Love You

“P.S. I Love You” was composed principally by Paul McCartney and recorded by the Beatles, with McCartney on lead vocal. It was released on 5 October 1962 as the B-side of their debut single “Love Me Do” and is also included on their 1963 album Please Please Me.

My instrumental version is based on the original arrangement.

April 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

Baby Love

“Baby Love” was recorded in 1964 by the Supremes for their second studio album, “Where Did Our Love Go”. It was written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland: Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio wrote, arranged and produced many of the songs that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s.

My instrumental version is slower than the original and has some “Sleepwalk” vibe.

April 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Doo Wah Diddy Diddy

“Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963 by the American vocal group The Exciters. Their version topped out at #78 on the hot 100.

Shortly thereafter, it was covered by British band Manfred Mann. That version was an international hit in 1964 and spent two weeks No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in August, and two weeks at the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October.

April 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

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