Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Song - "Get to You"

If you don't know Andrew Reist, the sole member of the band Umm..., you might want to check him out. Occasionally, he hosts 125-Minute Frenzies, a flash songwriting competition which he advertises on the Songfight message boards.

This evening, at 6:00 CST, one such Frenzy began. The announced title was "Get to You," and by 8:05 CST, I had made This little ditty.

Also, for a change, I've made available the chords for the song, at this link.

Let me know what you think!

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posted by Jon Eric  3:54 AM 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Three new tracks!

It may not look like it, but I've been busy these last two weeks.

First off, if you purchased my EP, ...One Would Hope, you may have noticed a "Thank You" on the back to the Austin Live Music Academy. This was the organization to which the EP doubled as an audition, and I found out last week that I was accepted! I didn't update immediately because I then left immediately to play Songfight Live: Rock and Rocker in Spokane, WA. It was the ninth annual Songfight gathering, and my first.

I'll be sure to keep you updated when higher-quality audio and video becomes available, but you can start with this video feed, which was streamed live as the event happened, and is now available as an archive. My set starts just shy of thirty minutes into the video.

Finally, there's three new songs to show off today. Well, sort of new.

The first is a cover of a song by my fellow Songfighters The Nutwalls. It's called "Crossroads." I also had the priviledge of playing mandolin with Irwin and Mike Lamb (who now perform as Kasper) on the live version of this song, and that experience contributed to my decision to cover it here.

The second new song is a rerecording of "We Keep Them Alive," the track I did for Songfight back during February Album Writing Month. It features Steve Durand on horns, and I've redone the guitar and vocals, as well as remixed and remastered it. I hope you enjoy it.

The third is a rerecording of "St. Expedite," which you may recognize as the closing track from my 2004 Album-A-Day project, Teenager. This new version is completely rerecorded from the ground up, with a revised second verse and bridge as well. I think the new version is good enough to place on my upcoming full-length album, and I hope you agree.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

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posted by Jon Eric  8:08 PM 

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