My songs from the 1970's (and the late1960's)
Perhaps it is silly to recall the past, but once upon a time I was kind of a hippie, and I wrote a bunch of songs about my thoughts. These were recorded over 50 years ago using my 1968 Guild D-40 guitar, a 1/4 inch reel to reel tape recorder and a stereo cassette deck. Remember those? I never made a vinyl record, but I made a CD of some of them a few years back, and also converted them into the MP3 files you will find below. I hope you enjoy this amateur song writer's views from yesterday. I made the graphic on the left for iTunes, where you can find my album and download the tracks. If you are a singer and would like to use some of these, please let me know. That would truly be a thrill. I have very low, if any, royalty fees.
How it feels to be dumped using really big words.
Feeling good about being in love.
All the phases of a lifetime.
Tribute to Steve Allen's "Little Black Things."
A nonsense song (I think) words written by a friend.
Oh war! You are so stupid.
What schmaltzy sentiment. I think I have too much feeling.
How college guys perceived women in the late 60's.
Some sarcastic thoughts from a taxpayer.
Contemplating the paradoxical aspects of our body parts.
The entire best selling book in just under 7 minutes.
Being true to one self. I'm kinda preachy.
That damn Viet Nam war!
The life cycle of a toy gun. I'm really down on war.
Well, here's a real downer about our apathy.
Just a warm fuzzy moment.
The trouble with our system.
Giving credit to God for all kinds of things.
Oh Boo Hoo! Living alone isn't all this bad.
Hooray for Jesus!
This is my favorite song and a true story about something that happened because I was so stupid.
Songs from this century
I continued to write songs after the 1970's, but the above songs were the only ones I made into a CD. More recently I used my Yamaha portable grand piano to make music for songs, like the one below. Here's a kind of country tune concerning a relationship that was about to die.
And sure enough, the woman I wrote the above song about, dumped me. To express my feelings I made 2 more videos, which are kind of nasty. For these I just re-wrote the lyrics of some familiar tunes, and used Karaoke tracks. It's really fun trying to do what Weird Al does so well. Recently I've been posting more Karaoke re-writes and posting them on Facebook. I pretty much made all my feelings known about the pandemic.
Here are some more sour grapes, using one of my favorite Beatles tunes. It was fun to utilize a bunch of Final Cut Pro's effects on this one.
Here is another Beatle tune and my thoughts about how some people are reacting to the Covid pandemic.
Here is yet another Beatle tune with my message to Vladimir Putin about the invasion of Ukraine.