Archive for the 'Songs We Sang- MP3s' Category

A Gene Clark Classic, ‘I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better’ – 1965

Gotta love Facebook! I’ve recently reunited, on FB, with my garage band buddies from junior high school. Here’s my rendition of a Gene Clark (The Byrds) tune that we loved back then… and still do!


Filipino Banduria

Our Aunt Fannie was kind enough to shop for a Filipino banduria during her most-recent stay in Cebu Province, The Philippines. This is the 14-string Filipino banduria adapted from 12-string Spanish banduria. Tunes: G, D, A, E, B, F#. Plays 2 octaves up from spanish guitar in a rondalla (filipino string ensemble). I’ve had the instrument for two months and have recorded 3 tunes to date. I’m putting MP3 files of those tunes, here, for anyone wishing to give a listen or download. Also, I’m putting up lyric sheets and links to ‘video karaokes’ over on YouTube.

  • MP3 FILES (right-click to ‘Save Target As’ download/save)
    Amazing Grace
    Come, Christians, Join to Sing (aka ‘Carmen Ohio’)
    The Water is Wide

    LYRIC SHEETS (click to download/save)
    Amazing Grace Lyric Sheet
    Come, Christians, Join to Sing Lyric Sheet
    The Water is Wide Lyric Sheet

    Amazing Grace
    Come, Christians, Join to Sing
    The Water is Wide

    Here’s a Dusty One

    Bruce Channel

    Bruce Channel

    Oooooooo! 1962! Here’s a tune that helped spark my interest in pop/ rock & roll. Bruce Channel may have had a one-hit wonder with Hey! Baby (I don’t know of any other of his tunes hitting AM radio back in those days). He did tour internationally and brought along his studio harmonica player, Delbert McClinton. Imagine! A couple of Fort Worth Texans loose in Europe!

    Delbert went on to become a preeminent practitioner of Texas blues and roots music as a singer in his own right.

    I built this rendition of Hey! Baby with PC Drums (drum machine), some acoustic guitars, an electric guitar, bass and the world reknown ‘ahhhh-ahhhh chorale’. You can listen here> hey-baby. Disclosure: The tune’s a vocal stretch for a baritone. I promise to not post any Beach Boys falsetto harmony tunes on these pages! Enjoy.

    “Zip, Pop and Whirrrrrrrrrr”

    toyHe doesn’t look like a folk singer, does he! We knew of this great Tom Paxton song back in the mid-sixties, but, for whatever reason, I never learned how to play it.

    It came to mind as I was making a list of songs to ‘interpret’, and my version is here as a MP3> the-marvelous-toy or, simply hit the play button, below.

    From Tom’s website, :

    “Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.”

    To this day, Tom Paxton continues to perform and he’s, truly, an American musical treasure.

    “Get Your Mind Off Wintertime…”

    sweetheartHere’s my rendition of the Bob Dylan tune, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, that kicked off the Byrd’s 1968 Sweetheart of The Rodeo album.

    Listen to the MP3 here> you-aint-goin-nowhere

    Some mystery surrounds this song. It was written during the time following a rumored motorcycle accident which laid Dylan up for some time in his home in upstate New York. Sorta has that ‘cabin fever’ vibe to it, maybe?