Another Year and Some New Songs

And about once a year I fill up a notebook. By the end, it’ll have pages and pages of random lyrics, choruses, and unfinished songs. But there are always a few actual, coherent pieces I deem worthy of making into a demo with a recording mic or my phone. After I filled up the second book, I made a sort of album (called “Rambling Anthems”) out of the demos.

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I have come to the end of book three, and I’ve decided to post the recordings here. Otherwise, they’ll forever sit in a folder on my computer called “songs”. There’s a line in ““The Sounds of Silence” – Simon and Garfunkel” that goes,

And in the naked light I saw, ten thousand people maybe more,

People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening,

People writing songs that voices never shared, cause no one dared,

Disturb the sounds of silence,

I think that on some level, if you’re making things, you need to share them with people – lest you become part of Paul Simon’s restless nightmare.

All of these songs have a very rough quality. It sounds like someone wrote something, then sat down in front of a mic plugged into a laptop and played it – cause that’s exactly what happened.

This first song is one that I did not write. It’s a cover of  “Ryan’s Song” which is written in “Boyhood”, my second favorite movie of all time. I encourage you to listen to that version by clicking on these words. I’m still finishing up the uploads – the rest of the songs will be posted before too long. You can click on the *follow button to make sure you get an email when they’re posted.

*like most everything in life, it’s better with headphones.

 “Ryan’s Song”

Well, I want for us to be together forever, But to wander wherever I may,

I want you to be easy and casual, But still demand I stay,

I want for you to know me completely, But still remain mysterious,

Consider everything deeply, But still remain fearless,

Climb to the top, look over the ledge,

Dance barefoot on a razor’s edge,

Reach for the stars, grab the tiger by the tail,

If I don’t try, I’ll never fail,

If you go home, you’re rolling the dice, Can’t step in the same river twice,

If you love too much, it’ll turn to hate,

If you never leave home, you’ll never be late,

If you eat too much, you’re gonna get fat,

If you buy a dog, you’ll piss off your cat,

Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride,

Cause arrivals and departures run side by side,

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