Oct 26, 2018

Billy's Books 16: GRANT


Billy's Books 16 explores Ron Chernow's latest biography, this time Grant.


Fun tidbit I forgot to mention: Ulysses S. Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant. He hated that name because of his initials, which his fellow children had a grand time mocking. When he arrived at West Point, he was incorrectly named U. S. Grant. He tried to get it fixed, but the academy wasn't having it. Relieved to lose the HUG initials, he grew to like it. He confessed to never knowing what the S stood for.

Sep 28, 2018

Remix Dream

While we are celebrating the remix of The Beatles' White Album, let us consider remixng in general. The opening to this song has potential for great vibe and coolness, however when the vocal enters, the heavy delay and other effects upon her voice change the mood considerably, immediately, irreversibly. If her voice were close and intimate like the other instruments, it would be quite a different record.


I should also mention that I really like this Madonna album, Ray of Light.

Aug 28, 2018

Strong Enough To Burn (video)

I just made a simple, contemplative music video. It's just a ride up the Hudson, but can be a lyrics video if you turn on the Closed Caption.



This song is on the 2018 album, Down, available at CDBaby, iTunes, Google Music, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

Strong Enough To Burn
Words and music by Billy Dechand © 2018 Bucktooth Music (ASCAP)

Strong enough to burn
Sun in my eye
Rain was cool 
Wind was warma
If I could take you away, beyond
A window, a door ajar, goodbye
Bricks are courser when your path is bare
You come to know the gaps
Grass or mortar
Bones in sand traps
The breeze that turns the leaves  
Bends the stem
Worms the robins had at dawn 
Rain ran straight through sunset
If I could take you away, beyond 
The window’s ajar my dear, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye...

Aug 15, 2018

Billy's Books 15: Star Wars: Thrash: Alliances

Billy talks about the latest book by Timothy Zahn.
Time for Thrash to face his future.
Time for Vader to face his past.

Aug 5, 2018

That's Your Mama (video)

I spent some time in the country, and made this causal video. Don't mess with Mother Nature.


This song is on the 2018 album, Down, available at CDBaby, iTunes, Google Music, Amazon, Spotify, etc.

That's Your Mama
Words and music by Billy Dechand © 2018 Bucktooth Music (ASCAP)

There's always someone round to take you down 
Always someone smaller to help the tall fall 
Whether it's rain or stars
The cool unsmooths your plume
The rest is jest
Mother nature mocks her flock
But she owns it
That crack in your back as you fall from a tree?
That's your mama
The feeling in your gut when you're in love, or drink too much? 
That's your mama
The wind in your hair as you cross the tarmac? 
That's your mama
When you smell a flower, get a nosebleed, Erupt from a mountain fire?
That's your mama
Don't mess with Mother Nature
That's your mama

Jun 13, 2018

DOWN Album Available Worldwide

Our new album, Down, is now available anywhere, in CD form (always the best sound quality), download, and streaming.
It's a follow-up to the more bouncy seventh release, Innocent Sin. As always, if features musicians from the Saint Louis community, with a few guests from other places. One unexpected guest is Matt Kaden, formerly of Boston's Soothing Sounds for Baby. He plays drums and sings a bit.
I'm excited to announce that the visual artist for the actual CD cover is Tom Moore. The CDs are printed in Digipack format, rather than the usual jewel case.
So order your copy now!

 Down

Choose your medium:
Track Listing:
  • (You Can Take Me) Down
    David Taylor - voice; Jim Warchol - drums; Nathan Williamson - piano; Billy D - voice, guitar, bass, sound effects
  • Sinking
    Micah Johnson - bass; Kenneth Moore - drums; Allison Taylor - voice; David Taylor -  voice; Mark Youngbauer - guitar;  Billy D - voice, guitar, keyboards
  • Applesauce (Always Hungry)
    Frantz Bostick - voice; Micah Johnson - bass; Matt Kaden - voice; Kate Lovelady - voice; Allison Taylor - voice; David Taylor - voice; Jim Warchol - drums; Billy D - voice, guitar, melodica
  • Falling So High
    Scott McGreer - guitar; David Taylor -  voice; Jim Warchol - drums; Billy D - voice, guitar, bass, keyboards
  • The Longest Darkest Night
    Micah Johnson - bass; Kenneth Moore - drums; Allison Taylor - voice; David Taylor - voice; Billy D - voice, guitar, keyboards
  • Squint
    Matt Kaden - drums; Billy D - voice, guitar, bass, keyboards
  • That's Your Mama (see video)
    Kate Lovelady - voice; Billy D - voice, guitar, robot orchesttra
  • Strong Enough To Burn (see video)
    Billy D - voice, guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Secondary
    Micah Johnson - bass; Kenneth Moore - drums; David Taylor - voice; Mark Youngbauer - guitar; Billy D - voice, guitar, keyboards
  • Shut Me Out
    Susan Kopp - piano; Billy D - voice, guitar, bass
  • (Live My Life) Alive
    Micah Johnson - bass; David Taylor - voice; Jim Warchol - drums; Mark Youngbauer - guitar; Billy D - voice, guitar, ukulele, keyboards
  • Top To Bottom
    Matt Kaden - drums; Billy D - voice, bass, piano