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3 Legged Dog

A very short and simple ode to my dog who I love.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 9:53 AM on July 1, 2012 (9 comments)

Dynamite

Just what the world needs: another cover of a hit pop song by a white guy with his guitar.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 12:46 PM on June 25, 2011 (9 comments)

This is That

I have no idea what this is, but at least zephyr_words sent me a great bass track for it.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 9:16 PM on January 31, 2011 (12 comments)

Boots Of Spanish Leather

Another "get me out of this musical funk" cover. The more I hear Dylan sing this, the more I think this may be his most beautiful song. Here's my try.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 9:58 AM on January 25, 2011 (10 comments)

Norwegian Wood

When I'm in a prolonged songwriting funk - which I am now - it can sometime take a cover of a favorite tune to snap me out of it. Let's hope this does.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 6:45 PM on August 24, 2010 (6 comments)

Memo To My Son

I love Randy Newman. Along with the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and Cat Stevens, he was the first musician I fell in love with as a child, thanks to my parents. I've covered him once before on MeFi. Now I'm doing it again.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 6:16 PM on May 16, 2010 (2 comments)

Fall In Silence

Sort of an odd tune, relying primarily on one chord. The lyrics actually mean something but that might not be very obvious. Features my dad on alto sax.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:14 PM on May 10, 2010 (6 comments)

Oh The King

A tune about an odd man who used to roam around my neighborhood as a kid. He wore a crown sometimes. Featuring chococat on drums.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 8:28 PM on March 30, 2010 (13 comments)

Not So Kind

A very short little song wherein I take the harshly honest route toward an old friend.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 3:05 PM on March 20, 2010 (10 comments)

Six is where you take the three and make it two times

I was alone. It was late at night. March was approaching its end and I had to sing a song about the multiplication table. I had no lyrics. I recorded some guitars and then pressed record on the vocals to see what would happen.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 2:15 PM on March 18, 2010 (11 comments)

Headed Home

A song inspired by the time my high school baseball coach instructed me repeatedly to hit the opposing batter in the head.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 11:38 AM on January 4, 2010 (4 comments)

Triple Threat Position

*Yet* another short, syrupy-melancholic instrumental. This time with extra dobro.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:19 AM on December 31, 2009 (4 comments)

Handlebars

Another itty bitty ditty.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 6:10 PM on September 4, 2009 (11 comments)

Run Run Run

My Velvet Underground homework. There's some backing falsetto in here and some piano and stuff.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 1:30 PM on July 7, 2009 (10 comments)

Fingerpickujah

A largely pointless endeavor, a rendition of Hallelujah with quick fingerpicking and banjos (what's new?).
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:10 PM on June 21, 2009 (11 comments)

You're Not Alone

My contribution to the two-chord challenge. A sleepy little song with fingerpickin' guitar, piano, and some three part "harmony." I experiment a little more with my voice on this one.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 11:35 PM on April 7, 2009 (15 comments)

Harpy Go Lurky

A quick, light-spirited, no-frills guitar/banjo instrumental.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 9:55 AM on March 19, 2009 (19 comments)

Way up high

I've decided to face my embarrassment and post this song.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 7:26 PM on December 27, 2008 (10 comments)

The Accursed Hat, Version II

A rendition of Jofus' brilliant cowboy epic.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 8:03 PM on December 17, 2008 (8 comments)

Santa Claus is comin' to town

A cover of the "I'll be watching you" of Christmas songs, recorded with my dear friend okclementine.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 3:52 PM on December 13, 2008 (9 comments)

It's a love song baby

Taking a short break from challenges to make a quick love song.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 4:18 PM on November 20, 2008 (12 comments)

Here comes your man

Because it hath been requested.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:59 AM on November 10, 2008 (25 comments)

Vignette 2

A quick 'n' dirty instrumental with some mute-picking that sort of sounds like violin plucking. But isn't.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 11:53 AM on October 17, 2008 (6 comments)

Elves in Iceland

Sort of a cheating entry to the wildcard challenge - a flowy, stringy instrumental.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 3:16 PM on August 29, 2008 (8 comments)

Flyball's Lament (the cover one)

A version of my still-favorite all-time MeMu song by the inimitable Great Big Mulp, for the June challenge.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 12:42 PM on June 6, 2008 (21 comments)

My little place

A repetitive, driving song featuring my first foray into recording piano-ery. It also has a jammy rockout outro (rockoutro?).
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 4:55 PM on April 8, 2008 (4 comments)

La Tarea

A musical version of an old Spanish assigment from high school that I found in a box.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 3:07 PM on February 25, 2008 (11 comments)

Louis Collins

Quick 'n' dirty cover of Mississippi John Hurt's old song played on my resonator guitar. Levels are a bit off, volume jumps up and down a little... but here it is anyway.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 4:33 PM on February 14, 2008 (8 comments)

As kids

A short instrumental, played over an old tape of me reading something in French as a kid.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 8:09 PM on January 9, 2008 (20 comments)

So Does Everybody Else, Only Not So Much

Adaptation (more or less) of an Ogden Nash poem of the same name. Essentially an apology from an aging man who spends his time boring people with the same stories.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 7:14 PM on December 13, 2007 (7 comments)

Weighin' me down

English, French, backup vocals, slide, banjo, bam!
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:52 PM on November 30, 2007 (20 comments)

A Shrieking Blue

Very short, two sparse verses, some pickin'.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:27 AM on November 10, 2007 (10 comments)

Your Melodies

Basically a song about a failed friendship, which as we all know is best done with several banjo tracks!
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 7:35 PM on November 2, 2007 (10 comments)

Old Man

A cover of my very favorite Randy Newman song, which is also maybe the saddest song I know.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 11:52 AM on July 28, 2007 (6 comments)

Sidewinder

Tuned the guitar way down and added some banjo. This song does this thing where it equates "snake" with "girl." Like a metaphor, see. Also: it seems to play better through headphones (possibly because of the use of stereo). But maybe I just have bad speakers.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 6:52 PM on July 10, 2007 (6 comments)

The most frozenest river around

A song inspired by crossing the frozen river Neva in Saint Petersburg, Russia. This song is short, simple, and basically three choruses and no verses. That's right - screw the verses!
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:21 PM on June 29, 2007 (12 comments)

Every artery

A song mostly inspired by having a stressful job where I deal with lots of nervous/frustrated/severely impolite people, and its effect on me. It's a little rough because the main track is recorded on a boombox with a verrrrry old cassette.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:03 PM on June 11, 2007 (10 comments)

Overheated

I recently dislocated my shoulder, and assumed music was out of the picture for a month or two. But I was getting pissed off at not playing, and discovered if I capoed everything up really high and didn't play anything too fancy, my arm could handle short bursts of pickin'. So I made a simple song, part French and part English.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 2:52 PM on May 6, 2007 (15 comments)

Stuck out on

My lyric-writing "system" has often been dozens of little stickies on the desktop, thoughts, ideas, scribbles... and then sometimes when I'm frustrated I'll make a song made up of various combinations that seem to make sense. Like this one!
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 11:37 AM on April 15, 2007 (8 comments)

Shake your head if yes

A rambling instrumental with banjo, whistling, and a few other ingredients. Mix well and serve chilled.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:34 PM on April 1, 2007 (14 comments)

Little boy

Mildly inspired by a sleepwalking incident when I was about 8. Come to think of it, musically it's somewhat similar to the last song I posted (Oh mon cher) - but this one's in English!
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 10:27 PM on March 11, 2007 (9 comments)

Oh mon cher

A short song in French complete with banjo and an electric chord organ, which thankfully only has a few keys so can be played by a chump like me.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 8:59 PM on February 23, 2007 (9 comments)

Perfect time to take a crap in the sink

And it was the perfect time to post this song, written and recorded when I was too young to know any better. I think I was 16. I hope I was.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 8:37 PM on January 11, 2007 (6 comments)

Big White Horsie

This song is Ridiculous with a capital R. It's sung by a lonely fellow who's setting off to find his love on a big white horsie, with a saddle that he put on there himself.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 2:01 PM on October 28, 2006

The competitors

A song written with my friend Will (who does the main singing, me the secondary) for a movie another friend is making about two guys going after the same girl.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 6:43 PM on August 9, 2006 (2 comments)

Stagecoach

A song about how frustrating it is to really want to be angry at someone, but they keep joking and not letting you be mad. ("you" = "me")
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 12:56 PM on July 16, 2006 (4 comments)

N'entre pas

A rough mix of a few languages and my dad's guitarone.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 6:38 PM on July 13, 2006 (11 comments)

She's confusing (yeah she is)

I kept going on dates with this girl, and whenever people would ask how things were going I'd say, "not bad, but... she's confusing." Finally I decided to throw it down to some music!
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 3:06 PM on July 11, 2006 (10 comments)

The ballad of the chipmunk and the monster

Pretty self-descriptive.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 7:12 PM on July 9, 2006 (5 comments)

The crazy stories

Basically two songs merged together that had the same open C tuning. It involves banging on the desk and clinking a glass.
posted to MeFi Music by ORthey at 11:35 AM on July 8, 2006 (4 comments)

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