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Live at the ccM Convention

July 14, 2010

Nice place for a Convention

Last year I organised the first annual ccmixter convention.
We trashed the Beverley Hills Hotel but managed to get away with it because we are all really just fictitious people located somewhere in cyberspace.
The hotel wasn’t happy but we did manage to leave the tape running to capture 8 tracks of creative commons madness.
Guest performers included Brad Sucks, Bill Ray, UnrealDM, Panu Moon, SackJo22, Anchor Mejans, Calender Girl, Admiral Bob, John Anealeo and CiggiBurns.

A full rundown and the music is located here

Things I Love, Things I Hate

July 13, 2010

“Things I Love, Things I Hate”

A while ago I enticed my 8 year old daughter, Scomberella into the studio.
I set up a mic and asked her to tell me about the things she liked and the things she hated.

Totally unscripted she rattled off her likes and dislikes, tracking against a fine Do Kashiteru piece.

Scomberella pouring it out

I posted the pella on ccmixter and its been remixed many times (listen at the bottom of this page).

You’d have to agree with me that she packs some emotion behind the mic with a healthy dose of naive bravado.

Her thoughts are somewhat universal. I’m still scared of the dark and don’t like vomiting.  I  don’t fancy  cockroaches either.
I’m not sure about kissing boys at parties on rollerskates though.
When she gets a bit older I’ll be the one waiting in the carpark at discos to pick her up and frightening the crap out of any potential boyfriends. LOL

Things I Love, Things I Hate

These are the things I love
These are the things I hate

I love dogs and cats
but I don’t like black
I hate houses with mouses

and trees with bees
because they sting my knees
as I climb up reaching for my favourite rainbow

I love Barbie
especially when she kisses Ken
I don’t like going to bed
I don’t like showoff boys
or being bored…

I love my Dad
I love my Mum
But I hate my annoying brother.

I’m scared off the dark
I hate scary shadows
My favourite colours are
pink, yellow and blue

I love disco dancing
but I hate boys that make noise
and I don’t like vomiting….

I hate runny ink
and cats that scratch
I love kissing boys at parties
on my roller skates

I love lunchtime at school
but I don’t like homework

I’m scared of the dark
but I love playing in the park

I love Santa Claus
and hot English mustard
but I hate chilli

I hate flies
but I love butterflies
(with teeth)

I love the beach
with sand in my feet

I hate headaches
I love yellow roses
I wish I had a pet unicorn
how I can tie him up on the back lawn

I don’t like cockroaches
I’m scared of heights
and dogs that bite

I love holidays
and my best friends;
Paige and Sophie Brown…

These are the things I love and hate.

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Remixes of this Song

MC Jack in the Box

One of my favourite remixers and curators of all that is good is my Californian mate MC Jack in the BoxHere he puts Scomberella in a seedy Jazz Club. I’m in the back alley sitting in the car waiting for the child protection agency to swoop lol.


Debbizo

I was equally impressed with ccmixter artist and fellow Aussie Debbizo when she created a father/daughter mashup with a song I wrote for Scomberella for her 7th Birthday.





Two Sides – Why?

July 13, 2010

Two Sides – Why?

My fave  site ccmixter.org has a regular remix exercise called “Secret Mixter”.

Randomly and anonymously,  each participant is paired with another like a “secret santa”.

The results are often surprising and totally unexpected.

I was very pleased when I got Colin Mutchler as my Secret Mixter
His phrasing, lyrics  and style is very Bob Dylanish (if there is such a description).
Mykle provided the glue. I then sniffed it for an hour or two adding the sax and accents on the guitar and beats.
The hardest thing was maintaining Colin’s style while dumping the guy with guitar thing that Colin does so well.

Two Sides – Why?

In the multi-trans-new local spaces
we are speaking for more than two sides.
We got colourful faces
and virtual spaces that mix between truth and lies.

I wonder how I could I have been lost
couldn’t find my way
freedom comes from who we be
not what we say!
take your time
be OK
take your time

And I say
we got two sides believing that their all alone
while most of the people are  just trying to get home
we got two sides believing that their all alone
while most of the people are just trying to get along
(take your time)

And I am telling what I know
and I am singing what I see
and I see that
we got to do more than we’ve done before
cause we are
we are speaking for freedom today,
yes this is Independence Day
yes these are our Independence Days

and I wonder why
people are fighting?
Why?
For the right
to keep on remixing?
Why?
cause maybe they might,
they might retell my story
Why?
that’s alright with me
cause we got to keep on telling our stories.

I said –
we got two sides fighting about drugs on TV
while millions are dying from HIV
Two sides fighting about who owns the sea
while a new generation is just trying to live free.
Why? Why?
Take your time
Why?

In the multi-trans new local spaces
we are speaking for more than two sides.
We got colourful faces
and virtual spaces that mix between truth and lies.
yes we mix between wrong and right
yes we mix between black and white
and gay and straight
and left and right
and I wonder how I could have been lost
couldn’t find my way
freedom comes from who we be
not what we say
take your time
be Ok

And I say
we got two sides believing that their all alone
while most of the people just wanna have fun
we got two sides believing that their all alone
while most of the people are just trying to get along
Why? Why? Why?

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“The Savvy & the Chic”

July 13, 2010

“The Savvy & the Chic”

Its happy hour at the Savvy & the Chic.
Big thanks to Hektor and Melody for leaving my name at the door.
My shout.

Welcome to the Savvy & the Chic!

If I told you it was a luxurious bar and nightclub
in an exotic location of the world,
if I told you there was valet parking,
overpriced finger food,
fruity drinks,
and a sinful socialite debauchery, I’d have an address for you
But never mind that!
Let’s pretend

Ive called you all together
to the savvy and chic
where bodies pumping
music thumping
feel it from the street

there’s fruit fruity drinks
and finger food
socialing too
dogs are barking
valet parking
put you in the mood

Come in out of the weather
to the savvy and the chic
let the music blind you
groove inside you
slap you on the cheek

there’s gucci smoochie federucci
if that is what you seek
there’s bodies pumping
music thumping
feel it from the street

Welcome to the Savvy and the Chic

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“Got me a Woman”

July 13, 2010

“Got me a Woman”

Sometimes it all seems to come together.
Once I’d rearranged oldDog’s fine piece (just a little) I recorded these vocals with absolutely no idea of what was ahead or where it was ending. Just stream of consciousness with the marimba putting the image of a seaside carnival in my head.
I guess its about the feeling you get with a seaside summer romance.

Got me a Woman

I watched you ride up
high on that Ferris wheel
through the flashing of light
this warm summer night
at the edge of the pier

The carnival sounds
dance in cool summer breeze
for the time of our lives
its the end of the year.

Got me a woman to love

The laughing clowns smile
they take the best of me
though I tried once or twice
for your love to entice
way to tentatively

I bet it tastes nice
nowhere I’d rather be
than to play with the dice
carousel by the lights
glow of the sea.

Finally,
Got me a woman to love
Suddenly,
rains cotton candy
from heavens above

got me a woman to love
woman to love

My stomach it turns
its got the best of me
roller coaster my heart
to the end from the start
way too suddenly

with tickets I bought
punch out the best of me
held your hand for a while
for a kiss and a smile
felt so good to me

Cause finally,
Got me a woman to love

solo

Suddenly,
Got me a woman to love
Finally
got me a woman to love
woman to love
Suddenly
rains cotton candy
from heavens above
Got me a woman to love..


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“I am Stretched on your Grave”

July 13, 2010

“I am Stretched on your Grave”

Thank you Queenie for such a beautiful interpretation of one of my fav Sinead O’Connor songs.
I kept the original elements fairly in check, but couldn’t help myself to dust off the bongos and some assorted noises with the drum kit.
Added some more bass, mandolin and a distant sitar.

Quite a haunting lyric that I kept very upfront in the mix.

(Phillip King/Frank O’Connor adapted by Queeniemusic)

I Am Stretched on Your Grave

I am stretched on your grave and will lie there forever,
If your hands were in mine, I’d be sure they’d not sever,
My appletree, my brightness ‘tis time we were together,
For I smell of the earth and am worn by the weather.

When my family thinks that I’m safe in my bed,
From night until morning I am stretched at your head.
Calling out in to the air with tears hot and wild,
My grief for the boy that I loved as a child.

Do you remember the night we were lost?
In the shade of the blackthorn and the chill of the frost.
Thanks be to Jesus we did what was right
And my maidenhood still is my pillar of light.

The priests and the friars approach me in dread,
Because I still love you, my love, and you are dead.
And I  still would be your shelter through rain and through storm
For with you in the cold ground I can never sleep warm.

I am stretched on your grave and will lie there forever,
If your hands were in mine, I’d be sure they would not sever.
My appletree, my brightness ‘tis time we were together,
For I smell of all the earth and am worn by the weather.

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“Reason to Smile”

July 13, 2010

“Reason to Smile”


Sassygal and I set ourselves a challenge to write a new song each based on the musical bed of Shannon’s great track “Shame”.
The only other part of the brief was the theme of “Smile”;
Something we are both doing a lot of lately, so it had to be a duet.
You may be able to hear the smiles as we sing it.

Anyway, Sassygal’s version came up on top – so here it is.
I sounded too much like Kermit the frog in my version.
I guess its my reason to smile.

“Reason to Smile”

Makes me feel like im in heaven
makes me feel like im a woman
baby when i wake up watching you
i know the skies gonna be blue

you make it all feel so real
you make it all feel so right
Baby won’t you stay just a little while
Cause u are my reason to smile.

Life moves in circles doesn’t it now
here we are together, don’t know, somehow
Tell me now baby, if you want it too
cause i am your reason to smile

I know that sometimes you cry
I know its tough can we try?
with that smile
to keep me here
to stay just a little while
a smile cant lie
you cant deny

That life moves in circles doesn’t it now
here we are together, don’t know, somehow
Tell me now baby, if you want it too
if i am your reason to smile

Late at night
we’re holding tight
its too dark to see a smile
the morning breaks
my breath it takes
when I see you smile

If I can wait
wont hesitate
to look to your eyes
and my heart remains
yours for a smile
I’d walk a hundred miles
for your smile

Life moves in circles doesn’t it now
here we are together, don’t know, somehow
I’ll tell you now baby, that I want it too
cause you are my reason to smile

Thanks for smiling 🙂 x

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