Our hard-working moderator @Richard_close2u has put in such sterling work, ‘curating’ members’ contributions, tagging and re-categorising that I decided to piggyback my ‘older originals’ from our previous address, chronologically under one heading. (is that a no-no? )
The very first song I shared in AVOYP (and still possibly my finest work to date ) was an original I wrote, recorded and performed one morning, only six weeks after picking up a guitar.
The encouragement I received from the forum sent me down a spiral I shall never recover from…
I was sorely tempted to omit this, but it is part of my journey. It serves as useful lesson to cut down on ‘waffle’, as well as invest more time in, well, everything. Really, just swipe and move on. Sigh…
I’m a bellringer in the local CofE church. I have some ‘unorthodox’ theological ideation rearing its head in this song, which I’ve reworked a number of times. (This is the latest version). It could just as well have been categorized as a collaboration
Lyrics, blurb and bellringing terminology on the YouTube page.
Back to thieving. More altered lyrics and gimmickry. Meh
Killing You Softly
I think this was to celebrate my first year on JustinGuitar Some of the name-checked playas are still in-house, some have drifted off, some have checked out altogether, RIP Hilts
(One of my rare recordings without visuals)
Another song competition attempt to try and grab ‘my guru’s’ attention.
More visual gimmickry, but listening again, I might have another bash at this one day…
There’s quite rightly a no discussing religion/politics policy in our Community. When the lyrics are part of the ‘art’, we turn a blind eye. Not a particularly successful song, but I must have been quite annoyed at the state things at the time. Bring out the uke!
Actually, this is probably my favourite song. It was worth learning the guitar for by itself. Not because it is objectively any good, but because of its personal nature.
A close friend had died after long illness with breast cancer (I sang this song at her funeral).
I sat down one day and wrote a long list of amazing things that I had experienced in life (not all happy). Although there was no rhyme or rhythm, I wondered what it would sound like to a repetitive guitar in the background. It made my wife and sister-in-law cry. ‘Nuff said.
Ha! I was ahead of the curve on this one! Way back at the beginning of the pandemic when the evil virus was making its way to our green and pleasant land, I scribbled some topical lyrics to a great tune by the Dead South . It was my first foray into assembling a whole audio-visual extravaganza!
Covid 19 Blues (Judas Mix)
Again, something to swipe. I joined in one of the guitar challenges, an ‘attempt’ at improvisation (from someone who didn’t really understand what that meant)
Interesting visuals though
I just had a quick search on Google and can’t find anything in this category.
This might be a true original… It really works!
Brian’s Brown Bread (the Soda mix)
Creating something personal for someone you love is special. Here’s a song I wrote for my father-in-law’s 80th birthday. There are personal references that won’t make sense to the casual listener, but that’s not the point.
Happy Birthday, Grampa John
Christy Moore has a song where he quotes a passage by Samuel Becket. I decided to have a go myself with a similar passage and this was the result. Oooh… wasn’t I arty?
I was learning one of my favourite songs by a little-known Norwegian band, St. Thomas, but the lyrics made no sense to me, so I had to write my own A one-day-effort
Goodbye Emily Lang
This doesn’t really belong here, as the only original bit is another ‘name-check-fest’ tagged on at the end. But it is good fun and sort of book-ends the forum one above