Archive for September, 2020

Desafinado

This is my cover of “Desafinado”, a bossa nova song composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim with lyrics (in Portuguese) by Newton Mendonça. It was originally a response to critics who claimed that bossa nova was a new genre for singers who can’t sing. The English language lyrics were written by Jon Hendricks.

It was first recorded by Joao Gilberto in 1959.

Desafinado is a Portuguese word usually rendered into English as “Out of Tune”, or as “Off Key”.

September 30, 2020 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

When Is the Time

“When Is the Time” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

September 28, 2020 at 7:57 am Leave a comment

Backwash

“Backwash” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of early 60’s surf rock and/or the Ventures. The lead instrument is my baritone guitar.

September 27, 2020 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

Crunch Bird

“Crunch Bird” is an original instrumental in a “classic rock” style.

September 26, 2020 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

One Note Samba

This is my instrumental arrangement of “One Note Samba”, which was composed by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was first recorded as a vocal by Joao Gilberto with Portuguese lyrics by Newton Mendonça for his 1960 album “in 1960 for his album O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor“. The English lyrics were later written by Jon Hendricks.

It is considered a Jazz standard and has been recorded by countless vocalists and instrumentalists.

September 25, 2020 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

Bill’s Aged Blues

“Bill’s Aged Blues” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like the Ventures did. In particular, this one pays tribute to the 12-bar blues-based tracks frequently used to fill out albums.

On this track I play all the parts (except drums) on camera, and all are similarly styled, “Mary Kaye” instruments built by Nash Guitars.

September 24, 2020 at 8:25 am Leave a comment

Minha Musica

“Minha Musica” is one of the first “jazzy” songs I ever wrote. It dates from the late 1970s. I remember trying very hard to create interesting chord progressions, as I was very impressed with the changes in the bridge of Jobim’s “Girl from Ipanema”.

The feel is Bossa Nova.

September 23, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Benny & Barney

“Benny & Barney” is an original composition intended to be in the style of 1960s guitar instrumentals like surf rock or the Ventures.

September 22, 2020 at 7:41 am 1 comment

The Way of the Shadows

“The Way of the Shadows” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

September 21, 2020 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

Comin’ Home Baby

This is my cover of “Comin’ Home Baby”, which was the “B-side” to the Ventures 1966 single, “Blue Star”. The song was written by Ben Tucker and Robert Dorough. As far as I can determine, it was never released on any Ventures album in the 1960s. It has been included on a “collector” album released in Japan in 1980. The Ventures also included it in their live shows.

September 20, 2020 at 7:27 am Leave a comment

Forward Gears

“Forward Gears” is an original instrumental in a classic rock style, with some jazz elements as well. Likely you will hear the influence of Southern Rock and Santana.

September 19, 2020 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Comp Canon Duo

“Comp Canon Duo” is an original instrumental composition intended to be similar in style to the Shadows.

September 18, 2020 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Hey Paula

This is my instrumental cover of “Hey Paula“, originally recorded by the singing duo “Paul & Paula” in 1962. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending February 9, 1963 “Paul” was the song’s writer, Ray Hildebrand, a student at Texas’ Howard Payne University. “Paula” was Jill Jackson, the niece of the owner of the boarding house where Ray lived.

The Ventures have included the song on a number of albums since the late 1980s.

September 17, 2020 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Move Along

“Move Along” is an instrumental track intended to evoke the style of an early 1960s album track by the Ventures.

September 15, 2020 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

Comp Canon

“Comp Canon” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows.

September 14, 2020 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Older Posts


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 157 other followers

Categories

September 2020
S M T W T F S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Archives