A Whiter Shade of Pale

This song has been stuck in my head since I first heard it in college. I love playing the descending bass line on the guitar and had intended to record a version with a melodica or accordion for the organ part. But it’s too beautiful to mess around with. So, here’s my take using a cheap Yamaha keyboard hooked up to GarageBand with the “Lighter Shade” midi organ sound.

If you are somehow not familiar with the amazing original, give it a listen:


John Mayer covers

Here are a couple of recent John Mayer covers. I’m increasingly impressed with him as a songwriter, bad boy personal life aside.

These were recorded a couple of weeks apart and I didn’t realize I wore the same shirt for both. We may not be the Young Ones very long.

Funny Music

Close to Me

A friend of mine draws pictures and will trade them for covers of songs he likes. Here’s the latest.

His drawing, a tribute to my recent struggles with dandelions in the yard:

My video, “Close to Me” by The Cure:



Brandi Carlile cover contest

Brandi Carlile has a cover contest going right now. Top 5 will be picked by YouTube view counts and then judges will select the winner among them. Winner gets a trip to Los Angeles and some time on stage with the band at The Orpheum Theater.

Here’s my entry, which includes some cheezy mini-me effects with a green screen that I hope will win the judges over.

Vote here.

Faith Music

It Is Well With My Soul

This is a favorite Christian hymn, lyrics written by Horatio Spafford in the 1870s after his 2-yr-old son died in the Great Chicago Fire, his finances fell apart, and his four daughters drowned in a shipwreck.

It has been a source of comfort for me. Chris Rice has a great version in his Hymns Project.

(By the way, the music isΒ by Philip Bliss, the same guy who wrote Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy. Oh, and the lyrics mention Trump in the last verse.)