Sunday, February 28, 2010

Brain Farts

I will be moving away from publishing my music on this site effective immediately. Since Blogger is no longer going to be allowing FTP access to my server, and will exclusively require me to use theirs, I might as well step up my service while migrating.

To that end I'm moving everything to Bandcamp.com! William and I have found it a little unwieldy to type "Dave Leigh & William Hoover" every time we want to identify our music, so collectively we're going to publish under the nom de plume "Dr. Lindyke". Our full URL is
http://drlindyke.bandcamp.com.

Right now, both of our Song Fu submissions are available there, as well as a brand new song for St. Patrick's Day, Brain Farts.

As with this site, Bandcamp supports an RSS feed, so be sure to add that to your newsreader. In addition to allowing you to pick your format, Bandcamp supports album art (it supports albums!) and allows you to preview the song in an embedded player without having to download the whole thing first. I think you'll like it... A LOT.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We Do What We Do

leigh_and_hoover-we_do_what_we_do.mp3

This is our entry for Song Fu #6, Round 2! Click on the MP3 icon above to download it.

VOTING HAS BEGUN! The competition is very stiff in this round, so we need your votes! Visit ASiteCalledFred to listen to all the entries and place your votes for the songs that best met the challenge. You get FIVE (5) votes to submit, so you don't have to agonize over your decision! We (Leigh & Hoover) just hope we're in your top five.

Clarification: You can check up to five boxes, then submit your vote. But you can only click the submit button ONCE. This is enforced by IP address, so the end result is that, generally speaking, only one vote per household is allowed. Voting will END on SATURDAY, February 27th!

This time the challenge was to write a song that doesn't rhyme. You could, however, repeat the same line or word verbatim. Given that the challenge didn't seem terribly difficult, I added a personal challenge for myself. I've never played drums before, so I determined to play live drums on this recording, with no MIDI sequencing and no loops. That I did, for good or bad, and I can tell you that I will never tell another drummer joke. Drumming isn't as easy as it seems.

Oddly, this song changed genres somewhere along the line. Originally, with just the guitar, I'd have sworn it was Country/Western. Now the verses are straight Rock & Roll, and I'm not at all sure what you could call the chorus. I like it, though.

We Do What We Do
william hoover & dave leigh - 15 Feb 2010


June is within me
Yet June is without
So what do I do
So what do I do

Capture the moment
Or withdraw from the fight
I do what I do
I do what I do

There are times... when I think I should have left here
Took... to the road all alone
Erased... the tracks my feet left here in the dirt
And never look back
And never look back

A leaf in the Springtime
A blossom in Summer
They do what they do
They do what they do

In Autumn they die
To be carried away in the wind...
It do what it do...

There are times... when I never should have left there
Took... to the road all alone
Erased... the tracks my feet left there in the dirt
And never look back
And never look back

[organ solo]

Winter provides
The snow and the cold
It do what it do
It do what it do

Along comes the Spring
Then June is there waiting for me...
She do what she do...

There are times.... When I gently kiss her
It seems to me... the seasons move to fast
I know... someday June will up and leave me
And never look back
And never look back

We do what we do
We do what we do
We do what we do
We do what we do
We do what we do

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Updated Song Fu Statistics

Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel OpenOffice.org CalcOpenOffice.org Calc

In the name of all that's anal retentive, I've compiled statistics for ALL of the Song Fu competitions. I have it in Excel and OpenOffice.org formats.

I've updated it to include the Round 2 data for Song Fu #6, in which I'm competing. I would like to thank everyone who voted, and especially those who voted for Leigh & Hoover. We finished round 1 AND round 2 in a VERY respectable 2nd place, with 98 votes each round. THANK YOU.

A not-new-but-finally-completed feature of the spreadsheet is that in the Voting Statistics tab you can hover over a cell to see what the song was.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Angels and Demons

AngelsAndDemons.mp3 (drums)

SONG FU VOTING BEGINS TUESDAY. This competition promises to have some terrific music. You don't have to vote for this, but you owe it to yourself to listen to all the entries and vote for your favorites. I hope I'm among them! This promises to be the very best Song Fu EVER. Visit ASiteCalledFred!

"Angels & Demons" is not a Song Fu entry. I've acquired a digital drum set and was getting used to it. While playing around with a military cadence on the snare I noticed my DVD case of Angels and Demons. This lead to the cliche' of an angel on the right shoulder and a demon on the left. Tying it back to the military cadence, I thought of the two of them actually at war, with the soldier himself as their battlefield. This is a metaphor for the terrible things a person may have to do in a war versus the noble cause he's fighting for. Belief in the cause doesn't necessarily make acts of war easier on your conscience, and therein lies the conflict.

This is also an allusion to C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, and to my own time in the military. Finally, I was fiddling around with that cadence in the first place because I was... as a bit of practice... trying to meet some of the older Song Fu challenges; in this case, "write a march".

That's a lot to fit into a tiny little cadence.

BTW, I know I can not be the first person to have come up with this metaphor, but a Google search for "soldier is a battlefield" came up with 5 hits, none of them relevant. So I'm laying claim to an original thought, or at least an independent one.

Angels & Demons
dfl - 07 Feb 2010


Left!
Left!
Left! Right! Left!
Left!
Left!
Left! Right! Left!

Angel on my shoulder!
(Angel on my shoulder!)
Demon on the other!
(Demon on the other!)
Ain't no one to catch me
(Ain't no one to catch me)
In case I fall
(In case I fall)

Angel on my shoulder!
(Angel on my shoulder!)
Demon on the other!
(Demon on the other!)
Ain't no one to catch me
(Ain't no one to catch me)
In case I fall
(In case I fall)

The Bible tells me, boy you shall not kill!
(But I've been doin' a lot of killin' still!)
Sometimes even angels have to take up swords!
(To stem the tide of the demon hordes!)

Left!
Left!
Left! Right! Left!
Left!
Left!
Left! Right! Left!

An angel and a demon
(An angel and a demon!)
Are warring on my shoulders!
(Are warring on my shoulders!)
The soldier in the middle...
(The soldier in the middle...)
Their battlefield.
(Their battlefield)

Company! HALT!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Summer Rain

SummerRain.mp3 YouTube

This is our entry for Song Fu #6, Round 1! Click on the MP3 icon above to download it.

VOTING HAS BEGUN! This competition has some terrific music. Visit ASiteCalledFred to listen to all the entries and place your votes for the songs that best met the challenge. You get FIVE (5) votes to submit, so you don't have to agonize over your decision! We just hope we're in your top five.

We had hoped for some form of Valentine's Day challenge. So when we heard that our challenge was to write a song about rain, we decided to make it a romantic encounter... two lovers meet for the first time as they take shelter from a storm at the beach.

Summer Rain
william hoover & dave leigh - 02 Feb 2010


Walking by the ocean
There upon the Strand
I heard the pitter patter
Of raindrops on the sand

I ran to find some shelter
'Neath the safety of a pier
And as the storm subsided
I turned to find you here.

Suddenly came that Summer Rain
To melt my heart away
Now the ribbons in your hair
Will tie the knot this coming May

You curtsy, then I follow
As we lay down by the sea
The ocean gulls are all a-chatter
Trying to sing us both to sleep

Your eyes were on the ocean
But you soon made eyes at me
The smile that promised your devotion
Made a captive heart of me

Suddenly came that Summer Rain
To melt my heart away
Now the ribbons in your hair
Will tie the knot this coming May

Perhaps a bit of kismet
Blessed are the powers that be
In that ever magic moment
That captured you and me
And when the rain comes down
The roses start to bloom
Walking on and skipping stones
While the clouds bid us adieu

Oh, I love that Summer Rain
That brought my heart to you
There is no shooting star
That ever fell so far
The way that I just fell for you
Yes, I love that Summer Rain
That brought my heart to you
There is no shooting star
That ever fell so far
The way that I just fell for you
(fade out)