Hannah [revised demo]

This is me in strictly make-it-up-as-you-go-along mode. Even the words changed in the course of the thirty minutes or so I spent on this, so I won’t put them up here yet. The whole thing is quite rough, but at least the tune seems to be all there.

[Original recording removed as the vocal was really rough.]

This is a banjo-ish version, taken down a tone so that the vocal is a little more comfortable. (I’ve practised it a little, too, which helps.) I like the ‘Lowest Pair‘ feel to the accompaniment, but the final version will probably restore the acoustic guitar with some slide and less banjo, and maybe bass or baritone guitar. So right now we’re still in demo mode.

Here’s a redone vocal with the words that I’ve (more or less) settled on.

Words and music copyright David Harley, 2017.

Brain Damage [demo]

Roger Waters’ song for Pink Floyd probably isn’t the most obvious candidate for an old-timey treatment (and frankly, this isn’t very old-timey at all), but I thought it would be interesting to do it with some mandolin and banjo behind the acoustic guitar, and just a little electric guitar. Unusually for me, that really is a banjo, not a guitar pretending to be a banjo. I do intend to come back to it, and the instrumentation might well be different.

Alternate take (but still very much a demo): without the mandolin, banjo and electric guitar, but added some slide (resonator, not electric). Definitely not old-timey. Oh well.

David Harley

Parodies Regained

This is actually a page on this blog that (part-)replicates a blog I set up some time ago but haven’t done much with. The title of the page (and of this article) gives you the general idea. Musical pastiche and parodies, basically.

I needed a break from work and thought it was about time I started tidying up my blogging empire a bit.

And the new page: Parodies Regained

David Harley