Jul 7, 2017

Demo: That's Your Mama

I discovered a new website for music creation, SoundTrap. I like it!
I used this little ditty as a test. "That's Your Mama" philosophizes about Mother Nature.
The moral: don't mess.

Someday it may appear on a polished recording. I imagine the arrangement and performance will be different by then, with a more gradual layering in the orchestration.

That's Your Mama
© 2017 Billy Dechand
||: G | D | Bm | A | F#m :|| G | D |

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

Jul 2, 2017

Book Review: Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Similar to Star Wars: Tarkin, this tells the story of the rise to power of an Imperial badass.

Jun 18, 2017

Score: The Longest Darkest night

Here's a demo of a relatively new song.

Soundcloud Audio

The Noteflight Score
Listen to the song as you read along wth the notes and words. Or print it out and learn it!
(All you pros out there, I don't wanna hear about imperfections and inconsistencies. Just the genius!)

I tried to evoke light in the darkness, amidst the sadness unique to Christmas Eve 2016. In its original form, I ended up joking that I tried to write Christmas song, and ended up writing a Christian song. I tweaked it a little further, and now it has that universal message I like.
My motto: "Vague but true."

Jun 1, 2017

Book Review: The Path Between The Seas

The Path Between The Seas by David McCullough

"A man, a plan, Panama." Ferdinand de Lesseps or Teddy Roosevelt is the man. Or maybe John Stevens. You choose. The Panama Canal was a beast of an undertaking. A big book about a big project.

Two Baseball Book Reviews

Big Hair and Plastic Grass by Dan Epstein
Bucky F*cking Dent by David Duchovny

Baseball! Both of these books focus on baseball in the '70s. Very different focus, though. One is historical, the other fiction. Or historical fiction, though that term makes me nervous.

Mar 16, 2017

Blew To Me

Every now and then I make a video for an older song. The latest is "Blew To Me", from the POST CD.
This the first video I've posted that has Closed Caption embedded. So check those out!