SEEKINGBand to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Flute, Other, Mandolin.
I wouldn't mind jamming, just for fun, on some classic rock, Floyd, Zeppelin, Sabbath, BOC, etc. Cell 228-383-5992 (prefer text for first contact, or leave voice-mail message if no answer).
My main interest right now is in songwriting/collaboration. I have the basic (amateur-level) means for it (decent laptop with several different recording platforms, such as Reaper and Cakewalk Guitar Tracks); and I consider myself a competent rhythm guitarist, not much on lead outside of simple melodic stuff, as on "Gunslinger" or "Small Hours." Most of what I do is through Kompoz, but I would have no problem with straight person-to-person file-sharing, online or otherwise. So what I'm looking for is folks who want to do original music- mine if you think you have something to contribute, yours if you think I might.
I've been dealing with a hearing loss issue for the last few years, so the songs here may be mixed too loud. Adjust volume accordingly. Sound is best through headphones, I think. The only songs properly mixed and mastered are "Presque Vu" (by "pseudoambient" at Kompoz) and "Solace" (by Tony McFarland); the rest are my amateur rough mixes. All songs written and performed by me, with exceptions in notes. Drums/percussion are clips/samples, unless otherwise specified.
- Screen name:
- Cry Uncle
- Member since:
- Feb 24 2012
- Active within 24 hours
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 6-7 nights a week
David Gilmour (definitely my #1), Mark Knopfler, Steve Morse, Buck Dharma, Robin Trower, Alex Lifeson, Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson
Lately I've been getting into more basic blues stuff, Warren Haynes and big time into Joe Bonamassa, though I'll never be able to play like those guys. (See also "David Gerald" in Michigan, on my Music List, and his video versions of "The Thrill Is Gone" and "I'll Play The Blues For You" for the sort of thing I mean)
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III, PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow Body, Ibanez RG something-or-other, 80's Fender Strat, Epiphone SG, and a cheapo Jay Turser Les Paul copy (used for alternate tunings- e.g., Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" and my "Dream Coda"); Boss GT-10, Line 6 HX Stomp (which I mix in tandem stereo with the GT10 to thicken the sound, esp. for clean sounds). Odds and ends effects (including Rocktron Banshee talkbox). 20W Raven practice amp + 40W Fender Champ= 60 watts sort-of stereo. Running Reaper and CakeWalk Guitar Tracks Pro 3 on a new laptop my wife just bought for me. Kind of equipment poor for live sound, but ok for basic recording purposes.
Between Shadows And A Dark Place (short version)
Between Shadows And A Dark Place (short version) Genre: Classic Rock
Shortened version of something I've just (5/11/20) begun working on. The bit at the end, where it tails off, is the start of an extended "outro" sort of thing, a repeated four-chord progression that will, at some point (I hope) include choral-like vocals, a lead guitar, keyboards maybe- still way up in the air at this point. Photo is by Lonny Holman.
Solace Genre: Classic Rock
A Kompoz collaboration that's just about done. My guitar composition, rhythm guitars, arrangement, and initial mix; the incomparable Kim Noble with her lyrics and vocal melody; bass by "stnbrgrbass"; piano by "kaysirrah"; "dwfreak" on drums; lead guitar solos by "Graiouf." Final mix/master by Tony McFarland (fantastic job, Tony, thanks so much).
Cry Uncle! Genre: Classic Rock
Really just kind of an exercise in rhythm guitar- how many guitars can you layer before the shape of the song is lost?. All drums/percussion are clips. Bass line by "engels" at Kompoz.
Gunslinger Genre: Classic Rock
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." This tune just sounded like "western theme" as it came out, so...5/19/19, added bass line contributed by Kompoz collaborator "mattbwatts"; 9/15/19, added keys by "Dominkus" from Kompoz. Re-mixed 10/16, getting where I want it to be.
The Clearing At The End Of The Path
The Clearing At The End Of The Path Genre: Classic Rock
A companion piece to "Gunslinger." My composition and guitars; bass line by "stnbrgrbass" at Kompoz (makes the song, IMO, the sort of countermelody John Paul Jones might have come up with); flute by "Jooiing," also at Kompoz. (Drums/percussion are clips pasted together) Still kind of rough, plenty of room for improvement.
Mrs Grales (Chance Of A Ghost)
Mrs Grales (Chance Of A Ghost) Genre: Classic Rock
"Mrs Grales" from the classic SF novel "A Canticle For Liebowitz." My song concept, guitars, arrangement, and mix. Vocals, vocal melody and (IMO brilliant) lyrics by Kim Noble. Standout bass line by "stnbrgrbass." Drums/percussion are clips.
Presque Vu Genre: Classic Rock
A Kompoz collaboration- my title/concept, rhythm guitars, arrangement and mix; "Wire-and-Wood" on vocals, his melody and lyrics; piano by "Labodaz" (intro is his composition); bass by "p-bass-player": lead guitar by "JB2012"; drums and final mix/master by "pseudoambient." Title is a reference to (from Wikipedia)- "French, meaning 'almost seen'... the intense feeling of being on the very brink of a powerful epiphany, insight, or revelation, without actually achieving the revelation. The feeling is often therefore associated with a frustrating, tantalizing sense of incompleteness or near-completeness"- the way I feel about politics in America today.
Small Hours/Dream Coda
Small Hours/Dream Coda Genre: Other
...drifting off to sleep in the small hours of the morning; then a distinct but incomprehensible voice leads you into a dream that becomes a bit more frantic, begins to fragment, one you don't want to leave as sleep wears off; then the climax of sleep and dreams, the wakening- first disoriented, then gradually, like a radio being tuned, finding the focus you will need to face the big hours of the day. Is the dream over only because you've awakened? Or have you only awakened because the dream is over? This is really (and pretty obviously) two tunes I've clumsily stitched into one, but I think it works ok, with room for improvement.
Fiat Lux (WYSIWYG)
Fiat Lux (WYSIWYG) Genre: Other
"Let there be light"- I'm not a religious person by any means (WYSIWYG), but I do like the imagery of the phrase; "Fiat Lux" from the second section of the novel "A Canticle For Liebowitz." Another one where I cobbled together a couple of ideas into one song, with what hopefully isn't too jarring a transition. Open for ideas...
Secrets/Abandoned/Secrets Reprise Genre: Classic Rock
A ghost story, whispered from the old shed in my backyard- it's bigger inside there than everywhere else is outside. Drums by drumdawg, bass by danlizhot, keyboards by Dominkus, from the Kompoz website for songwriting collaboration. This is one where the structure of the song is pretty well set, it just kind of flowed out like that and seems to work. Plenty of room for improvement though...(especially with the mixing, which I just cannot seem to get right)
Down There Genre: Classic Rock
Not a nice place to visit, and you damn sure don't want to live there- Down There is where they play with dead horses. The title is an idea derived (very loosely) from Stephen King's "Hearts In Atlantis." Bass guitar by "stnbrgrbass" at Kompoz.