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[new blog] my list for Deathbed Records…a contest

Every few months, American Songwriter magazine has what they call their “On My Deathbed” contest – you choose the ten albums that you will bring with you “to the other side.”

When you really start to think of it, ten is NOT that many to bring with you. And you start to try to figure out: “is it greedy to take TWO Pearl Jam albums?” “I can’t forget The Beatles” and “oh! that IS a great album.”

My suggestions: (not that I’m planning on it happening anytime soon, and I’m sure I could have added at least ten more)

not in ANY specific order:

1. Radiohead – The Bends
2. The Beatles – Revolver
3. Frank Turner – Love Ire & Song
4. Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace
5. Pearl Jam – Ten (although I also would like to bring Pearl Jam and Lightning Bolt)
6. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
7. Counting Crows – August & Everything After
8. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
9. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
10. Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction.

Now, this leaves off U2, Mumford, The Who, and the other 5 Frank Turner albums…

What would you add? what do you agree/disagree with? comment away 🙂


“why do we play the same songs? oh, that’s right…”

last night after the show we played at Club Bohemia/The Cantab Lounge in Central Square, Dave, the guitar player, turns to me and says, “I was going to ask you why we play the same songs every time. But I think I’m starting to figure out why…”


We picked each other’s brains and here’s a short list of what we came up with:


1. we’re getting better as a band – listening to each other, finding nuances that weren’t there before

2. there are certain songs people want to hear – to quote the great Joe Perry “we only have 22 songs a night, once you write down the ones you HAVE to play, there’s room for about four more” – and that’s how songs get stuck in people’s heads, how they learn the words, how they pick out a favorite.

3. related to that, it becomes almost like an album, a record, a cd, whatever you want to call it. Certain songs in a certain order that your brain starts getting so used to that you expect the next one before it even starts.


and, since we were offered two more shows after our show last night, maybe with a little time and practice, we can mix up one or two other songs, but that’s what practice is for.

last night was for PERFORMING, for “saving lives… saving souls [and] having fun.” (thanks, Frank Turner)


here’s what you heard:

1. Tomorrow Never Knows (Beatles cover)

2. We Were There

3. My Friends’ Band Play

4. Her Majesty Cry

5. Flowers in Your Hair

6. Lessons Learned

7. Cross The Line

8. On The Floor.


peace, y’all.

“I probably didn’t write this song for you…”

In the past year or so I’ve become obsessed with Frank Turner, a singer/songwriter/acoustic rock god from Winchester, England. ( http://www.frank-turner.com ). His lyrics are amazing, dense, beautiful (although a friend of mine said he sounds like he’s trying to write himself out of a workhouse – I’m not really sure what that means) and his music sounds a lot like what my music sounds like in my head.

He has this great song from an earlier album “Sleep Is For The Weak” (the most recently released album, “Recovery” is amazing – get it now) called “Romantic Fatigue” in which he writes about one of the drawbacks of being a songwriter. “I never know which song I should play her/each melody is/a memory of a not-forgotten failure/when I pull out my guitar tonight/to do what I do/remember I probably didn’t write this song for you.” http://youtu.be/FSq6mxb2PEM 

it’s brilliant. I’m pretty sure that out of all the songs I’ve written about someone, I either didn’t want THEM to know it was about them, or I didn’t want OTHER people to know the song was about them, or, which has happened a great majority of the time, each verse in the song is a different vignette of a moment in life, of a different person, and just might not be about you.

Do other songwriters find this happen? is it always about one person? and, more importantly, do you TELL THEM? 🙂