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MUSICOLOGY

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Musicology is a curated playlist of me performing songs by my favourite composers, tunes that are considered standards or that I believe should be considered standards. It is a selection of tunes I have spent almost two decades learning how to play. These songs are more familiar in their full-band arrangement incarnations. I do my best to distill down to voice and piano keyboard what I believe are the essential components of each composition.

Included with each performance video is an essay contextualizing some history behind the song, my reasons for determining its quality and uniqueness, and how the song has inspired, nurtured, transformed, affected, or resonated with me. All of these selections have allowed me to grow as a musician and a composer.

Early entries were shot and recorded in compressed mono. In later productions, the music was subsequently recorded and mixed in Pro Tools, with the video shot in a higher resolution, with both components edited in iMovie.

Modest though they may be, as they live in the fair use/fair share universe of YouTube, they represent years of playing at home, learning—mostly by ear—what makes these songs so beautiful: constructively, thematically, and soulfully.

My passion for music lies in these captured moments of time.

BW Medley: Bicycle Rider | Meant For You | Caroline No ( Beach Boys Covers ) (Cassette Demo 1996)
The Dark Is Rising ( Mercury Rev Cover ) (Cassette Demo 2002)
Hello ( Lionel Richie Cover ) 02.26.09
This Guy’s In Love With You ( Burt Bacharach / Hal David Cover ) 03.04.09
For No One ( Beatles Cover ) 03.08.09
Poor Fractured Atlas ( Elvis Costello Cover ) 03.17.09
There’s A Rhythm ( Ron Sexsmith Cover ) 04.02.09
Wrapped In Grey ( XTC Andy Partridge Cover ) 04.14.09
Seasons ( Elton John / Bernie Taupin Cover ) 04.28.09
The Walking (And Constantly) ( Jane Siberry Cover ) 05.20.09
The Best Of My Love ( Eagles Cover ) 08.08.09, 01.26.10
My Heart ( Neil Young Cover ) 08.16.09
Waltz #1 ( Elliott Smith Cover ) 08.25.09
Nobody Told Me ( John Lennon Cover ) 08.31.09
Still The Same ( Bob Seger Cover ) 09.04.09
The Fool On The Hill ( Beatles Cover ) 09.09.09
Here Today ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Tony Asher Cover ) 09.10.09
I’ll Be There ( The Jackson 5 Cover ) 10.03.09
Rain ( The Cult Cover ) 10.06.09
(They Long To Be) Close To You ( The Carpenters Bacharach / David Cover ) 10.10.09
Julia ( Beatles Cover ) 10.18.09
April After All ( Ron Sexsmith Cover ) 10.20.09
Storms ( Fleetwood Mac Stevie Nicks Cover ) 10.29.09
God Only Knows ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Tony Asher Cover ) 11.22.09
My Diane ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Cover ) 01.15.10
Over And Over ( Fleetwood Mac Christine McVie Cover ) 02.09.10
Waiting For That Day ( George Michael Cover ) 04.08.10
‘Til I Die ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Cover ) 04.10.10
The Only Living Boy In New York ( Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel Cover ) 04.17.10
Devoted To You ( Boudleaux Bryant Everly Brothers Cover ) 05.08.10
For The Good Times ( Kris Kristofferson Ray Price Cover ) ( First Version ) 06.07.10
Paparazzi ( Lady Gaga Rob Fusari Cover ) 07.12.10
I Went To Sleep ( Brian Wilson And Carl Wilson Beach Boys Cover ) 08.04.10
The Scientist ( Coldplay Cover ) 09.27.10
Underground ( Tom Waits Cover ) 10.03.10
Moments Of Pleasure ( Kate Bush Cover ) 11.01.10
Something True ( Harry Nilsson Perry Botkin Jr. Cover ) 11.07.10
The Best Was Yet To Come ( Bryan Adams Jim Vallance Cover ) 11.27.10
Medley: I Know How You Love Me / The End Of The World / The Lonely Sea 12.05.10
Forever ( Dennis Wilson Gregg Jacobson Beach Boys Cover ) 02.05.11
Surf’s Up ( Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks Beach Boys Cover ) 02.06.11
Colour My World ( James Pankow Chicago Cover ) 04.13.11
Evergreen ( Paul Williams Barbra Streisand Cover ) 05.07.11
Ode To Billie Joe ( Bobbie Gentry Cover ) 07.07.11
Sundown ( Gordon Lightfoot Cover ) 07.14.11
One ( U2 Cover ) 09.01.11
Busy Doin’ Nothin’ ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Cover ) 10.18.11
Shadows Down On Snow ( Willy Ashworth Dropjaw Cover ) 10.18.11
Body And Soul ( Edward Heyman Robert Sour Frank Eyton Johnny Green Cover ) 10.18.11
Wonderful ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Van Dyke Parks Cover ) 10.17.12
You Know What I Mean ( Phil Collins Cover ) 04.12.16
Something True ( Harry Nilsson Perry Botkin Jr. Cover ) – The ehMTee Show version 06.15.16
For The Good Times ( Kris Kristofferson Cover ) – The ehMTee Show version 06.22.16

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