2020 has not been your typical year. (For one thing, it’s felt more like a decade.) Pandemic cases are on the rise, social distancing remains the order of the day, your uncle can’t figure out how to use his microphone in the family Zoom chat…will your typical Christmas music cut it in these trying times?
I think not. Your typical Christmas song is about people everywhere gathering together to sing about peace and harmony before going back to loathing each other on Boxing Day. “Gathering together to sing” is like the #1 thing we can’t do this year. This demands new songs. Perhaps an EP of new songs, songs that are all about the present moment.
This is my first EP, and I’m very excited about it. (I have a Bandcamp page, y’all! And album art!) And it’s pay-what-you-like, which can include “free,” though if you go for that option, you’re joining my mailing list. (I have a mailing list! And you’ll get another MP3 if you join it!) I hope you enjoy it!
One final note: this was recorded and mixed in less than a week. If you think this is pretty good, wait’ll you hear the album we’ve been putting way more time and effort into. But that’s something for 2021…
Apparently I’m doing these on the fourth Sunday of every month, at 3 PM Eastern Time. Come join me tomorrow for an hour of ukulele songs and rambling!
Also, this just in…I’m going to be a guest on AnthSOLOgy this coming Saturday, May 30! Hosted by Dr. Jessica Hebert of the PDX Broadsides, this is a weekly show, featuring three musicians each time. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it. You can watch that, and all the previous episodes, on the PDX Broadsides’ YouTube channel!
I should probably actually use this website. I did a YouTube livestream yesterday, because we’re all home and need something to do. Some people might have had a plan before doing such a thing, but plans are overrated.
Should you want to check out the replay, you can do so here!
It is a weird feeling, being an evangelist for ABBA—surely they don’t need my help—but this song is one of their lesser-known works.
If you like my musical stylings, please consider backing me on Patreon? I’ve been pouring the funds raised there right back into the music: my patrons have covered the costs of ukuleles, microphone stands, and even a guitar, though I’m still just starting to figure out how to play that. I’m hoping to overhaul my recording setup in the year to come, and you can be a part of that!
I was on the #DoubleclicksLive livestream the other week and made a shameless appeal for more YouTube subscribers, so I could get a custom URL there. (“Like a grown-up!” Laser chimed in.) I am pleased to say that my subscriber count has passed the necessary threshold, and you can now find my videos at https://www.youtube.com/SundayComesAfterwards. If you were a part of that, thank you very much!
If you weren’t part of that, you’re still welcome to subscribe, so that YouTube will present you with my latest videos. The newest one is a rewrite of a jingoist country song. I fixed it!
(This is the sort of canny cross-genre outreach you need to make it big on the small screens. Country music fans are known for their love of liberal politics, right? It worked out so well for the Dixie Chicks…)
I haven’t been keeping this website updated very well, partly because my day job is particularly busy right now, but mostly because I haven’t really figured out what to do with this website. At this point, its primary purpose is to link to my YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, and Patreon page.
But my favorite band covering a song I wrote—particularly a song that I think is Good and Useful, a song I devoutly hoped other people would cover—definitely ranks a post here. I am so thrilled! It racked up more than 2,000 views in its first five days, and it’s gotten lots of positive comments from around the world.
(If you’d like to cover it yourself, please do! Here are the lyrics and chords. Feel free to change all the names and use different pronoun sets, if you’d like.)
A new song to go with the name of my act! Like “Friday” before it, this uses the ’50s chord progression, AKA the Ice Cream Changes, AKA the Heart and Soul chords, among other names.
(In this case, it also uses the same key and strumming pattern as DeAnne Smith’s “Nerdy Love Song.” This wasn’t deliberate, but if you haven’t heard Smith’s song, I commend it to your attention. As a bonus, it features an adorable kitten!)