You Should Surf

A few words about my upcoming ten instrumental (tenstrumental?) podcasts…

As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been working on some instrumentals. When I get to number ten, I will podcast them, one a day for 10 days. I’m currently up to eight.


    Reason #1: I am a person who enjoys fun. I find it much easier to bang out an instrumental than a song with lyrics. Instrumentals are typically just playtime for me. Experimenting with sounds on the keyboard, creating new sounds from scratch with a bunch of different synthesizers, messing around until a little melody or rhythm catches my ear. Once I get two or three tracks down for a few measures, most of the work is done. It’s like surfing. Which I did once. The hard work is paddling at the beginning, but once the wave grabs you, you’re just going. You have to balance, but the forward movement is out of your hands. Someone should really write a song about that.

    It’s really good
    You should try it
    I said it’s good
    Have a snack
    Take a nap
    And then surf
    And then more naps

    How’s that?

    Also, it seems like instrumentals don’t so much have to be A Song. They can be one idea. One feeling. Even one chord if you have an interesting sound. Especially given my intended purpose for this music, which is…

    Reason #2: This music is made to be ignored. Well, at least not to be the primary focus. My hope for the next year is to begin licensing my music to TV shows, radio talk shows, films, ads, etc. This is how I plan to make a living in the music industry. I may also grow a beard. I have a number of instrumentals already, but I wanted to put together a 10-song demo of short (under two-minute) songs expressly for this purpose. To that end, many of these songs are very simple. To even call some of them songs may be an overstatement. The radio industry calls music that plays underneath the DJ/host/newscaster a “music bed” which I think is a good description. Good music bed material fills in the space between words and affects the mood of the piece in a powerful, but almost subconscious way. The music in This American Life is a great example (and also the show I dream of being on. You know your sense of ambition is a little screwy when you fantasize about being talked over on public radio).

    I’ve also written and recorded these in such a way that they are very easy to shorten or extend to any length required.

    Reason #3: For use in other people’s podcasts. Indie music, indie broadcasting, indie media of all kinds are the antidote to doomed, dying, fighting like a cornered mongoose corporate homogeneity. I’m proud to be part of it, and I want to do my part to contribute.

    This definitely overlaps with reason #2. The main difference here is that most podcasts are not making money yet. To that end, all these songs will be released with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. That means that anyone, anywhere can use this music however they want, for free, as long as they give me credit and release their content with this same license, unless they are making money from their content. If they are a money-making enterprise, they can contact me and I will be delighted to do bidness witchoo. I think podcasting is extremely cool, not to mention the way of the future way of the future way of the future (Anyone else see “The Aviator“?)

So, that’s the basic idea and a little about what to expect. If I come up with a reason #4, I’ll let you know. At the current rate, I should hit ten songs sometime this week, and then will start podcasting them right away. So, subscribe now, before it’s too late!*

* It will never be too late.


I’m unreasonably proud to announce that my cover of ZZ Top’s “Legs” is in the most recent episode of Coverville, one of my favorite podcasts. If you didn’t guess from the name, Coverville is a show of all cover songs.

You can listen to the show quite easily with iTunes. Just go to the Coverville site and click that button in the upper right-hand corner that says “subscribe in iTunes.”

Perhaps you’ve noticed some new “subscribe to podcast” buttons on this very website here (down on the right). Perhaps you haven’t. More likely, perhaps no one except my mother is reading this. Hi Mom.

Going forward, all my new music will be available by podcast. That means that, if you subscribe, new tracks will be automatically downloaded to iTunes (or whatever podcast listening software you use). Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a bunch of new instrumental tracks — seven so far. When I get to ten, I will begin making them available by podcast only (at least for now), one a day for ten days. So, subscribe to my podcast!

I’m sorry I yelled just then. I wasn’t yelling at you. I just got excited.

Check out some other podcasts too. Here are some of my favorites:
Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything
They Might Be Giants podcast
The Ricky Gervais Show
It’s Jerry Time
Evil Genius Chronicles

Once you find a few you like (or don’t) AmigoFish is a great place to discover other podcasts you might enjoy. You can rate shows and it gives you recommendations based on your ratings, like Netflix.

I’ll admit that it took me a while to “get” podcasts. But now I’ve really been enjoying them. The short description is: It’s indie radio that you can listen to on your own schedule. The other short description is: It’s an audio blog.

The long description is: It’s indie radio that you can listen to on your own schedule and also it’s an audio blog.

Podcasting and you…Perfect together!

That Stands for Pool

I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but there’s been some Trouble. Right here on With a capital T and that rhymes with P and…uh…anyway, so my RSS feed died. Well, after much searching, forum posting, discussion with my webhost, and general agony, I came across a post on the WordPress support forum from someone who experienced the same problem as me and finally tracked it down to interference from a plugin called ShortStat — a plugin I use(d) as well. I disabled it a few moments ago, and my RSS feed came back immediately.

If this means nothing to you, don’t worry. I’m really just posting this here in hopes that the next person to have this problem finds this post in a search and, as a result, suffers slightly less agony than I did.

If you got my “Music Man” reference, you probably should worry.