Archive for January, 2009

The Wild Mountain Thyme

Posted on January 5, 2009, under creative commons, music.

The Wild Mountain Thyme is a well-known folk song from Scotland that I’ve been playing for a few years now, with various singers. It’s always been one of my favourite songs, it’s got a wonderfully simple melody, so I’ve recorded it.


That’s me singing, and the arrangement is my own, which I’ve tried to make more interesting than the usual version.

The guitar and vocal were recorded simultaneously, with a dodgy USB attachment that won’t let me record two channels without it being a stereo pair, which is why the vocal is in the left channel. The bouzouki part was recorded later (it’s what you can hear in the right channel). The guitar is tuned DADGAD, the Bouzouki is in ADAD, and the song is in F major.

The ticking cat

Posted on January 4, 2009, under creative commons, music.

I’ve been playing with Garageband again, and trying to get more music recorded, with some success. First up, is a new tune, called “The Ticking Cat”, a nice (hopefully) simple reel.


This time the melody was played first, on a banjo (which I’m steadily learning, so excuse the poor playing), and accompaniment recorded over – on a DADGAD guitar. The tune is in A-major, and it’s named after a funky-looking metronome.