Songworks #4: Passenger Pigeons by the Handsome Family

This a beautifully observed, concise jewel of a song with a disturbing twist. This description would be true of many, if not most, of the Handsome Family’s songs, but I find this one especially moving. I’ve considered singing it during a solo set, but was afraid I would choke up – it still gets to … Read more Songworks #4: Passenger Pigeons by the Handsome Family

The Moody Blues – a Lost Chord rediscovered

Not moody, not blue, not cool After their heyday in the early 1970s the Moody Blues never seemed to be a ‘cool’ band. The 1977 punk attack on progressive and hippy music of course put them in the firing line. But even as retrospect has showed artists from the Sex Pistols to Nick Cave and … Read more The Moody Blues – a Lost Chord rediscovered

Multifarious multitracking – your stories

black and white photo of 1925 recording studio

I recently put out an email to my music friends referencing my post about multitrack recording. In it I talked about how I dreamed of copying my musical heroes and multitracking. I’d never set foot in a recording studio, so I tried to approximate it by using two ghettoblaster cassette machines, one recording the output … Read more Multifarious multitracking – your stories