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Oct. 9th, 2007



I don't know how you ended up on this journal page, but here you are.

What is visible to the unfriended or unlogged-in are original recordings of myself (some original songs, some not). Please feel free to enjoy them at will.

You can visit my website at http://www.mudotrue.com.

I will not promise to add you back if you add me, but would rather ask you post a comment telling me who you are and how you got here if you want to see more. All entries by non-friends are screened from view excepting myself until unscreened by me, so feel free to spout off.

So, that's how that works!

Go me!
New song, recorded entirely in GarageBand. The more astute of you will be able to tell, I'm sure.

Dear Prudence.

Wow, I'm shocked this is so easy.

(c) Lennon/McCartney.

Holy crap.

Edit: I'm really blown away by how easy this was. I did the whole thing start to finish in about an hour. Half of that hour was "how do I do ... oh". This is three tracks ("bass", rhythm, vox), all three on first take. All I can see is the fact that with the Tascam hooked up it will be even easier and better and most of all cleaner. holycrapholycrapholycraaaaap

Jun. 8th, 2006


Ah, Look at all ...

So, after a twenty-five month hiatus, I give you my rendition of Elenor Rigby.

It should be said that this is an extremely rough cut and not mastered the way my previous tracks were: for those of you who are interested in such minutae, I had to dump it directly into my trusty iRiver H340's line in and then record it from there. On previous recordings, I captured as .wav and converted to .mp3. The main difference is the quality of the end product in terms of effects and volume; I'm working on getting Windows to recognize my soundcard again (may have to just yank the sucker out physically and reinstall it by hand) so I can use the soundcard's recorder function to capture (and hear) a better quality original.

Short version: boost the bass slightly, and turn it up a little bit for your enhanced listening enjoyment. Watch this space for repost.

Words & Music (c) Lennon/McCartney. Don't think for a second I had anything to do with this trying to make money from it, because I fully acknowledge I'm nothing but an amateur.

May. 18th, 2004


You wouldn't believe how hard it was to put this ...

Untogether. I suppose it really is true what they say; magnetic tape leaves a lot of crap on the heads. I couldn't figure out why track three (where I attempted to bounce acoustic, then bounce vocal, then new vocal, then guitar, then screaming in frustration - cleaned the head - problem solved) wasn't printing at all. It was reading on the deck like it was taking fine, but there'd be nothing there in playback.

So anyway, I know I said no more boo-hoo songs, but as I also said - I didn't have a whole lot of choice in this one.

I hope I did the original some justice, and I laugh at the thought because I know somewhere Tanya Donelly is weeping. I mean, how on earth can I compete with someone who has been in Throwing Muses, worked with members of L7 before they were L7 (Gail Greenwood), formed a side project band with Kim Deal (of The Pixies, in case you needed to know), and to top it off - Belly was nominated as Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album in '94... which is where this song comes in. It's from Belly's Star, which has to be one of the better alternative albums of the 90s.

This song belongs to and is (c) Belly, or Tanya Donelly, or whoever the thing is copywritten by, which is to say : not me.

Anyway, here you go. Enjoy, and remember...

Apr. 1st, 2004


Y Can't Johnny Rock?

Ok, so, here's something that's got two things different about it:
1. distorted guitar
2. a bass line.

I used the new Washburn for this, and although that's not my amp you're hearing, it could be. It's an effects unit I borrowed from Roger around the same time I got the recorder. The bass you hear is also Roger's; he left it over here accidentally some nights ago when we were playing. I wrote the bass line pretty much on the fly, and it's the first time I've played a five-string bass ever, and the first time I've played any bass at all in years.

I know I posted the lyrics to this around the same time I wrote it, but just to have it all neat and concise, they are included under hereCollapse )

So without further ado, here is Blacksburg Blues.

Boring stuff: The above referenced song and lyrics (c)2004 John Vile. All rights expressly reserved. No reproduction without prior written permission from the copyright holder. It's mine, you can't have it, and if you take it, you suck.

Righto. :)

Mar. 12th, 2004

up yours

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The Universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.

-- Carl Sagan

Mar. 7th, 2004


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It's been a while since I fooled with the recorder, excluding the 24 mins of the Easy Chair show I managed to capture. About four days ago or so, Roger and I were watching a tribute to George Harrison where for an encore Ringo Starr got up and sang a song he co-wrote with George. This song inspired me to set up the rigging again and get moving.

Some of you might have noticed a theme running through these recordings, and in fact some of you I suspect pass these up because you know far too much about the theme and don't want to hear it anymore.

I've grown a lot in the last year or so; different ideas about who I am and who I want to be. These things look painful, but I am sure it's no more pain than what the crysalis requires to make its transformation as well. These things I must excise somehow; lance the poison lurking beneath the surface. I feel I can say with some assurance at this point that with this song, the blood peeps through the infection. The cleansing and powerful blood, finally defeating the pain.

So, this chapter closes.

And all I've got is a photograph, a slice of memory, and hope.

Feb. 1st, 2004


Rolling, One, Two.

Have some drugs ala The Verve (copyright them), pseudo White Ben Harper style.

Jan. 3rd, 2004


Because it is my heart

I had a few people tell me they were sort of surprized by the other version of Hurt I did, so I decided to redo it, this time a little more in keeping with the original.

So, because I still hurt, here's take two.

(c) Trent Reznor.

Tired of this yet?

Well, I'm not.
And I certainly don't have anything to hide.

La de dah.

Oh yeah. (c)Lennon/McCartney. (yep, more Beatles. Didn't butcher the vox on this one quite so badly. Starting to think that double tracked unique vocals is the way to go.)

Gimme a tamborine and a harmonica and I'm set.

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