Chris Pirillo wrote some lyrics on December 7, 2005 as a blog post. Then he asked me to write a song around them. The result is perhaps the whitest possible white-boy blues, wherein two guys from the Pacific Northwest complain about an unreliable broadband Internet connection. It's "Comcast Connection Blues" (4.8 MB MP3 file), baby. You may download it and cry your broadband nights away. It features me actually singing for a change, and also includes what I must say is some surprisingly fine lead blues guitar, which I recorded using my Stratocaster in only a couple of takes. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give Chris and me me credit.
Free MP3 instrumental tunes, the occasional vocal song, and spoken-word podcast stuff from Derek K. Miller in Vancouver, Canada from 2006-2009. All Creative Commons licensed unless otherwise indicated. Tracks from 2004-2005 are at the archive page.
Writer, editor, web guy, drummer, and dad in Vancouver, Canada.
15 December 2005
12 December 2005
Back in October 2005, I said I would record a Christmas carol, and thought that "We Three Kings" (2.8 MB MP3 file), written by John Hopkins Jr. (1820–1891), would be a good one. So here it is. Unlike any of my other tunes, this has no loops, samples, MIDI instruments, or other fancy stuff. It's just me playing the classical guitar my parents bought for lessons when I was 10 years old. The composition is public domain, and my recording is licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
09 December 2005
"P and P" (2.8 MB MP3 file) is a remix of "Pirilloponzi," a song I put together using sampled voices from Chris and Ponzi on the Chris Pirillo Show earlier in 2005. This version no longer has vocals, but it's the same guitar part I recorded before, with completely different background tracks, and speeded up to 140 beats per minute. Licensed for you to share and reuse, as long as you give me credit.
07 December 2005
"I'm washing off like an aardvark!" said my seven-year-old daughter a few days ago.
"What does that mean?" I asked.
"I dunno. It just sounded silly."
"I like it," I said. "I should use it as the title for my next song" (3.8 MB MP3 file).
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