Friday, April 21, 2017

When U Were Mine

A year ago today, Prince passed away.  It was the middle of National Poetry Writing Month, and while I marked his passing on Twitter by pointing to a Prince song I recorded in 2011, I didn't do anything here.

This year I seem to be posting poems to Twitter (at least for now), and I figured I should give him a tiny amount of his due here. So, I pounded out this Prince-penned classic, which was probably better known as a Cyndi Lauper song until it appeared on Prince's Hits album set.


When U Were Mine

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Annual NaPoWriMo Post, 2017


I'm about to do a bunch of travel--indeed, I'm writing this from an airport lounge.  However, April is about to begin, and that means National Poetry Writing Month. I've been doing this since 2010, and writing an intro post each year. For the last several years I've been doing space poetry specifically. This year, I'm going to do whatever my mood suggests.

For this year's intro post, I'm mostly just going to point to the intro posts from previous years. Have at, and please join me (and my poetry posse) in writing!

2010 NaPoWriMo Post
2011 NaPoWriMo Post
2012 NaPoWriMo Post
2013 NaPoWriMo Post
2014 NaPoWriMo Post
2015 NaPoWriMo Post
2016 NaPoWriMo Post

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Inevitable Album Support Unplugged Set

Hello, everyone.

In lieu of going on a proper tour, the Gedankenband decided to put out a quick acoustic set of songs from the new album This Is My Circus, These Are My Monkeys, and then they left me to actually record it.  Thanks, gang.  It's live and ambient (so to speak), and includes the songs Say You Don't Mind, Replacement Song, and Knight In Faded Denim.  It's about as polished as you'd expect. The album is available for $4 on the Gedankenband Bandcamp site, though I have free download codes available for the needy.  Other work by the Gedankenband remains available to download from the same site at a "name your own price".  And all of our music is available for streaming on Spotify, etc.

Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Link to Three-Song Set

Monday, November 14, 2016

Leonard Cohen takes Manhattan

It's a tumultuous time. I've mostly been off of social media since the election, but obviously heard of the passing of Leonard Cohen. I only know his work through the cover versions of others, and I'll add my name to that list. Rather than his most iconic song I'll post a version of (maybe) a lesser-known one, using REM's arrangement and done solo and live.  I recorded it in 2012 but this is the first time I've released it anywhere (for good reason, perhaps).

First We Take Manhattan

Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Release: This Is My Circus, These Are My Monkeys

On behalf of The Gedankenband, I'm happy to announce the release of our fifth full-length LP: This Is My Circus, These Are My Monkeys. It's available for download at our Bandcamp site, along with the rest of our music including our previous albums, EPs, and "singles".

We've decided to charge a little bit for this music, but hopefully that's not a deterrent.  Each song is individually downloadable for a small cost, and two songs are available for free download: Wrong Place, Wrong Time (Munroe Arrangement) and Middle Of May (album version).  But we'd like to make sure that anyone who wants the music can get it--if you can't pay but still want to listen, I have some free download codes if you get in touch with me.

I don't know when the album will appear on Spotify et al., but it should be within a week.

Thank you for your support and Go Rock Yourselves. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Circus/Monkeys Preview!

I've been finalizing songs for the upcoming near-classic This Is My Circus, These Are My Monkeys, and thought I'd post something here. I've always had trouble singing this one, and was considering solving that problem by making it an instrumental. In the end, I recorded vocals that I think will do the trick (or are good enough), so here's a relic and early preview of the upcoming album!

Straightforward (Instrumental)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hopeful Romantics

I haven't posted here in a little while, and This Is My Circus isn't really any closer than last time.  But I have been able to pick up my guitar just a little bit and I figured I should do some "advance publicity" for myself and my Gedankenbandmates.

So, here's "Hopeful Romantics" solo to one track. A version of this song will appear on the album, but I don't think any versions have appeared anywhere thus far. I'm afraid the title may have been originally inspired by a Barry Manilow quote, but inspiration is what it is.

Hopeful Romantics (solo)