Head on over to Music to Swear By to listen to this weeks’ podcast featuring Ryan, John, and me. Over the course of the podcast we talk about our experiences playing in this band. I learned a lot about Ryan and John – things they never told me about life, love, the universe. Like yesterday,… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #8 – Mason Jennings' "Nothing"
Unfortunately, arcane publishing rules that plague our creative community make publishing this recording a legal liability. So, if you really want to hear me play Cake’s “I Bombed Korea”, you will have to email me. Sorry about that. Stupid Congress. Stupid media conglomerates (Disney, I’m looking at you…). BUUUUT, you can listen to me play… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #7 – "I Bombed Korea"
This song, as you know, is about a song. The title of both songs is, “Let’s get funky!”. A few days ago, I stumbled across an old recording of the original song from 1997. While it has lost the rich horns and Bob’s voice that accompanied the original recording, I am pleased to say that… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #6 – "Let's get funky!"
“Monster” is mostly written by my sister, Liana, who is the most beautiful, charismatic, and wonderful human being on the planet. Listen to my band play it in Music to Swear By host, Tony’s, basement. And tune in to the Music to Swear By podcast featuring Cryns #3 next Wednesday! http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Monster.mp3Podcast: Play in new window… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #5 – "Monster"
RunnNNnnNNN!!! Here is a solo rendition of our hit music video’s soundtrack, as recorded for the Music to Swear By podcast. Check out the podcast next Wednesday! In fact, check out other Music to Swear By podcasts right now! It truly is an entertaining listen! http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/runrunrunrunrun.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Check out this fabulous rendition of Cryns #3’s “Tonight was a wonderful night!”, performed by Cryns #3 on the Music to Swear By podcast! The full podcast will air next Wednesday. http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/tonight.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
In this recording from our session at the Music to Swear By podcast, the band plays, “Duluth”. Enjoy! The full podcast will air next Wednesday. http://www.cryns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Duluth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
I recently travelled to Shoreview, MN to record an episode of the Music to Swear By podcast with with co-hosts, Tony, Paul, and Dave. The guys were gentlemanly and smart despite their penchant for the F-word (or maybe because of it). Over the next 8 days, I will be releasing a series of 8 recordings… Continue reading Music to Swear By Preview #1 – "Kirsten Dunst"
“So Just Be” is one of the first songs recorded for Faraway Farm & The Bird. The song features some nice organs that were conceptualized by Ryan Arnholt (who also plays bass guitar in this band). I remember hearing it a couple of years ago and thinking, “Wow!”. I still feel that way when I… Continue reading "So Just Be" Audio Commentary
I just got back from Singapore yesterday. It was weird, because I left Japan at 4 p.m. on Friday and landed in Minneapolis at 1 p.m. on Friday. Did I just time travel? I don’t know. But it is 5:30 a.m. now, and I have been up for a long time on account of jetlag… Continue reading I'm Back! *Free MP3 to Celebrate*
“You’re all that I want.” is one of the oldest songs in my current playing repertoire. It has seen a number of variations since its first appearance back in 2001 or so. The most recent version, featured on “Faraway Farm & The Bird”, has all sorts of voices coming together to form a powerful message.… Continue reading "You're all that I want." Audio Commentary
“It’s time to decide.” is one of my favorite tracks on Faraway Farm & The Bird. It is probably the most forward-thinking of all the songs in the sense that it offers a choice that I can make today (and not a decision that I made in the past). Originally crafted for …if Howard Roark… Continue reading "It's time to decide." Audio Commentary
This is my first podcast about Faraway Farm. It might turn into a series. Please let me know how it works for you! http://www.cryns.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/podcast-quittin-my-job.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Wow! “Leaving L.A.” was featured on an episode of NPR’s “The Story”. Awesome! The song is played at the end of the first segment and can be listened to here. The song is played for 17 seconds about 1/4 of the way through the episode. Yahoo!!!
The recording process takes place in 3 stages: Recording Re-mixing Mastering Noah just sent me the first masters, and they sound awesome! We are really in the home stretch now, because this means that we are done with the recording and re-recording of things. In all actuality, the recording process is a bit more disjointed… Continue reading Noah Kicks Ass! First Masters are In!!!
Last night at played what can be considered a “secret show” at the Dubliner Pub on University Ave. It was secret, because nobody was there to see it. Sometimes it is nice playing to a small, quiet crowd. When I took the stage, there were 6 people in the bar, including the bartender and me.… Continue reading The Value of Small Crowds
I spent a few hours last night with Nathaniel recording bass, keys, and the shaker on our version of The Meat Purveyor’s “Hey Little Sister”. Listen to it here!
We are doing some brand-positioning research for our forthcoming album, and we need your help! Give this mp3 a listen, then take this survey.
This week’s songwriting assignment was to describe a time you took a chance on something. I didn’t follow the assignment. But that’s totally cool! You don’t need to either! 🙂 This week’s submissions include Ryan B’s first submission, a beautifully-crafted song called Love Me AND my submission, a spiritual story about ascending to heaven, called… Continue reading Songwriting Workshop #2 Result
[quote] I finally turned on the computer yesterday to churn out my first song for the Cryns #3 Songwriting Workshop. Ever since recording Boulder back in 2005, I have had this dream of recording a whole album of gospel songs that a church choir could sing. In fact, some day I hope to gather a… Continue reading Songwriting Workshop #1 Result – "Salvation"