Okay - I'll put some of my babies - ugly and/or otherwise - out there for you guys to take your shots at. These are demos for the hypothetical upcoming band - not finished productions. But they're all original songs that I have either performed with my old band or hope to perform with my next band when the time comes. They're also how I've learned my way around my recording equipment and how I've tried to learn to not panic when the red "record" light comes on. So while they mostly don't sound anything like I want them to, they are a pretty good representation of what arrangements will be when it's time for the band to learn the toons. Eventually all of these will be rerecorded to be productions, not just demos. But for now they're just songs. Incidentally - my apologies for the chee-zee drum parts. That's the missing link in my recording setup, so if the Adrenalinn doesn't have a pattern I can use, the song doesn't get recorded. I will eventually overdub better fake drums or else have a real drummer play the parts for me. Pretty much everything else is a Chapin guitar (one of several) into a good tube amp (Fargen, TopHat, or Swart) into an AxeTrak. Bass parts are a Danelectro bass direct into the board. Keys are midi. The songs - Chopped Liver Which of us hasn't been there? Yer basic 12 bar. Makes me laugh when I try to teach bands to play it and we get to their parts in the chorus. Welcome to Stunted Hope I recently changed jobs - I was a gun-slinger-style consultant for a software company. This song seems to be about what my assignments were beginning to feel like towards the end - sort of a surrealist western as directed by Robert Altman. I like how the guitar tones on this one fit the song. Apologies for the length - when my old band used to play this, the other guitar player made me cut out 3 verses. Electric Telephone Woman Back in my old job there was a project in Syracuse NY I had to visit numerous times - pure hell. Down the hallway leading to the project room were 3 doors with signs on them: Electric, Telephone, and Women. The song wrote itself. No idea what it's about. I'm Tired Sort of generalized angst, I guess. Once I had the first line, the rest of the lyrics kind of took care of themselves. I'm sure they're deeply meaningful. I wish Joseph (Lucidology) were the player on this one. Whisky Blues I hope it's not a cry for help. The verse riff is crap, but it's what came out when I started playing. I will probably try again on this song. Once Again I've Got the Blues My shot at writing a Mark Knopfler tune. He's not losing sleep worrying about me. Mr. Inquisition Man I keep a bunch of stickies on my desktop with lyrical lines / words / concepts I want to use. This song absorbed about 85% of the backlog. My belief is that this has to be the only rock song ever recorded with the word "trepanned" in it, but I'm sure one of you will point out others. Lock Up Your Daughters Impossible to sing and get the phrasing right, at least for me anyway. But it makes me laugh. I stole the "wanted in 17 states" line from a guitar player in Florida named Craig Bowers. Proof positive that I can't play rockabilly. I Make Fonkay This may be the goofiest song ever recorded. But I love the riff. I wrote the lyrics on my last flight home in my old consulting job and was cracking myself up on the plane. So it gets the nod for you guys to listen to and abuse unmercifully. Unravelling This is the completed song from a song sketch I posted in a thread about the wonders of technology as an aid to song writing. My GF asked if I had any lyrics for it, I said "yeah, but they're not very cheerful." She said "no duh - look who composed them." Guess I need to lighten up a bit. The song's a little high for me (that'll be obvious) but that's what happens when you find a bass part you like in D but your voice works best between G and C. I'm working on others, but these are the ones I've finished that don't actively offend me. Hope you get some enjoyment out of some of them.