Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Toofer Toosday: Death Cab For Cutie and Bon Iver

Hello friends!  Toofer Toosday is back and today I have two songs that are a few years old. Not oldies, really, but before you know it, these songs will be playing at your favorite dentist's office. Actually, I hope not.

This first one is "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab For Cutie.  I first heard this song when Ben Gibbard, the lead singer and main songwriter, played it on one of those late nite talk shows. No band, just him.  On the album it's pretty sparse, too.  Might as well be a Ben Gibbard solo track.  But I liked it just the same, learned it that night, but never recorded it until today.  Enjoy.

Next up is "Skinny Love" by Justin Vernon a.k.a Bon Iver.  He seems to go by both names when he is credited on other works, collaborations, and side projects like Volcano Choir, Gayngs, DeYarmond Edison, etc...  He gets around.  Anyway, this was the first song I heard of his, and I love it.  Even all the nonsensical lyrics.  I changed it up a bit because I did not feel like singing in falsetto all night. I prefer the lower register, thank you.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

American Hearts (A.A. Bondy)

Welcome, Friends!  It's been so long since I've posted any songs, and it's about time I resurrected Toofer Toosday.  So here's two songs I recorded and posted on a Tuesday night. Simple as that. If you happen to be reading this far, feel free to join in and let me know if there's a song you'd like to hear me attempt to cover. Just post a comment below, and I'll do the best I can!

But for now, I will cover whatever songs I want.  First up: "American Hearts" by A.A. Bondy.  He's a folky/americana singer/sonwriter type that many pegged as the latest "New Dylan" a few years ago.  Granted, he does play acoustic with mad harmonica solos thrown in, so he has that sound.  But why does this "New Dylan" thing have to be thrown around.  Let's keep the pressure off this guy for now and just enjoy his albums. He's really good!

Anyway, here is my version of one of his best, thought-provoking tunes. It could be said that this is a political, anti-war piece, which maybe true, but I think there's a little more to it than that. Take a listen and see what you think!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Heaven (Derek Webb)

Here's a cover of Derek Webb's "Heaven," which is one of my favorite tracks from his 2009 art/glitch pop album "Stockholm Syndrome".  Like many of his songs, this one seemed to go vastly unnoticed by the general CCM community, for lack of a better term.  This is neither the time or the place to get into the various reasons why, but the main reason was simple misunderstanding.  It's just not as straight-forward as most "Christian" music singles.  Hint: It's not actually about heaven.  Nonetheless, it's great song, and I like playing it.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Bob Dylan)

Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Bob Dylan) by snewjackswing1983 Another classic Dylan love song. Simple, yet heartbreaking. Best versions of this song are on the official bootlegs. One of them is a piano version. Maybe I'll try my hand at playing Dylan on the piano one of these days...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Let Me Die In My Footsteps (Bob Dylan)

Let Me Die In My Footsteps by snewjackswing1983

Hey Everybody! It's been such a long time since I've posted any songs on here. So, here's some songs! Bob Dylan songs! Hooray!

To start things of is one of those classic tunes of his that somehow is still applicable to life today. At least in my opinion, it is. Hey government: Stop telling me what to do. Stop fighting stupid war. I'll live till I die. I'll die how I want. With my boots on! So there.

(Also, for any of you familiar with this song, I changed the states in the verse to the ones I've actually lived in. Except for one. If you can name the incorrect one, you get a prize!)

Mama, You Been On My Mind (Bob Dylan)

Mama, You Been On My Mind by snewjackswing1983

I just love this song. Whether to a new lover or perhaps an old friend... just a simple reminder that you're being thought of, prayed for, and there's nothing you've done, or can do, to change that.

Also, I get a kick from playing harmonica with my guitar. I need to get better.