This is a song by the Pousette-Dart Band from 1977. They were a Cambridge, MA based band. @mojoespage plays the electric rhythm and the slide guitar on this one.
Here’s a video to go along with my song Apology to Topology. May 19th through June 6 2022. From eggs until they flew the
I recently re-read a book called the Joy of X. One of the chapters dealt with Möbius strips. There was information about somebody who put together a strip where they punched in a song, like they do with those music boxes. When the strip came around and flipped (as Möbius strips do), the holes were inverted leading to another melody where the lower notes were now higher and the higher notes lower. This of course intrigued me, and I found a site online where you could invert midi.
A recent song I wrote, ‘A Minuet to Three’ seemed a prime candidate. I took several inverted sections and used them as a prelude to the song. The first 58 seconds of this song are the verses of the original song inverted. I put some bass guitar and violin/cello over the top and voila (pun totally not intended) – this is how it came out.
My friend Joe did the new vocal track. Much better than mine. This is an Elvis Costello song from the 70s.
Performed, recorded and produced by Steve Keith at Baselines Designs Studio in Boston, MA.
This song was a coming of age song for me – I remember waking up on sunny summer days and hearing it play on the top 40 radio station in my area. Rock music changed my young life!
“Summer in the City” is a song by the American pop band the Lovin’ Spoonful, written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian and Steve Boone. It was released as a single in July 1966 and was included on the album Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful later that year. The single was the Lovin’ Spoonful’s fifth to break the top ten in the US and their only to reach No.?1. A departure from the band’s lighter sound, the recording features a harder rock style. The lyrics differ from most songs about the summer by lamenting the heat, contrasting the unpleasant warmth and noise of the daytime with the relief offered by the cool night, which allows for the nightlife to begin.
John Sebastian reworked the lyrics and melody of “Summer in the City” from a song written by his teenage brother, Mark. Boone contributed the song’s bridge while in the studio. The Lovin’ Spoonful recorded “Summer in the City” in two sessions at Columbia Studios in New York in March 1966. Erik Jacobsen produced the sessions with assistance from engineer Roy Halee, while Artie Schroeck performed as a session musician on a Wurlitzer electric piano. The recording is an early instance in pop music of added sound effects, made up of car horns and a pneumatic drill to replicate the sounds of the city.
“Summer in the City” has since received praise from several music critics and musicologists for its changing major-minor keys and its inventive use of sound effects. The song has been covered by several artists, including Quincy Jones, whose 1973 version won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement and has since been sampled by numerous hip hop artists.
This is my cover of a single released in 1974 by Steely Dan and the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic. It was the most successful single of the group’s career, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1974.
This version performed, recorded and produced at Baselines Designs Studio by Steve Keith.
A song from 1979. Elvis Costello, from his 3rd album ‘Armed Forces’. Inspired by the rise of the National Front and the Quisling Clinic in Wisconsin. Elvis recorded his vocal after a “night of carousing”. Original Produced by Nick Lowe. This version performed and produced by Steve Keith at Baselines Designs Studio.
Performed, recorded and produced at Baselines Designs Studio. Elizabeth Darcel on vocals, Bill Farr adds some acoustic guitar.
An old King Harvest cover. Performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at Baselines Designs studio. Video done by Megan Smith on Youtube.
This is a new song completed Jan. 19, 2022. My wonderful family gave me a new piano for Christmas and this is the first song composed on it. Thank you!
An album of my versions of some great cover songs. I had help from several people on this. Most notably, Chrysalynn Calder, Doug Cross, Dave Overland, Darren Garrett and Elizabeth Darcel.
Great old Duke Ellington song redone by Steely Dan on their Pretzel Logic album, and now redone by me for my upcoming Cover Story album. The tune is accompanied by some great Buster Keaton moments.
Finally – after a few months of diligent work the album is now available on BandCamp. Soon to be on all of the major streaming services.
You can get it here!
This is another release from the album ‘The Instrumentalist’ – the song is completely remastered with some new tracks added.
Re-built from the ground up for The Instrumentalist album.
Updated to make this more on-point.
This is a revamped pumped up version of a previous release, Dream a Life, to be included on the new album The Instrumentalist.
Here’s a new song called Please Saint Peter. It’s my look into the future for when the bill comes due. Written, Performed and Produced by Steve Keith.
This song is an interpretation of the whole String Theory idea, pretty much just made up from what I have read. The video is from various sources on line and the music was written, performed and produced by Steve Keith at Baselines Designs studio.
Written, performed and produced by Steve Keith at Baselines Designs Studio.
Music written, performed and produced by Steve Keith at Baselines Designs studio. This is a song about fighting back sometimes against incredible odds no matter what part of the animal kingdom you belong to.
This is a song written, preformed and produced by Steve Keith.
Fighting Entropy – Every Day – and Losing.
This song is made up of some live tracks and also some loops. The video tries to portray the feeling of the song with a bunch of still images.
Here is song 2 side 1 from my new album due out shortly. This song is called Bounce. I’m a proponent of the big bounce theory and this video and song are about that.
Here is a link to the audio if you don’t want to watch the video.
This song, ‘Shine, Shine’ was written back a few years ago and refined several times. I played all the instruments and programmed the ones I don’t know how to play (horns). I always was proud of the way this song came out. This will be the first cut on my new instrumental album.
Here’s a video that goes with this song.
I worked on the song, completely revising it with new guitars and bass. It was a blast looking at this old video of our dog Rudy through the years. He’s now 10 and still acts like a pup, albeit a little slower and one tooth less.
New Release by Steve Keith, former Bassist for Private Lightning
I wrote and performed this music. The video clips are things I found around the Internet.
My son helped me set up his video server at home and connect it to use my phone as a camera.
In my back yard, a robin built a nest under my picnic table. I set up the phone to capture the videos that you can see below.
I included my version of Blackbird as the music accompaniment. It wasn’t long enough, so I added in a reversed section in the middle to space it out.
You can see close to the end that one of the robins was none too happy with the phone capturing his actions. He gives it the evil eye and then flies into it.
This is my version of the song Because from the Beatles Abbey Road album. It is accompanied by some pictures from the Abbey Road sessions. I play the instruments and do some vocal work on this. @kiwichrys helps out on vocals.
This is a Beatles song from the Revolver album. Dave Overland (@eipi) on vocals. I do the rest.
This is an original composition, classical in nature. You can build your own story based on your thoughts while listening.
A cover of a song from the third album by Warren Zevon (Excitable Boy) released in 1978.
This is from the Private Lightning album released in the early 80s. I play bass on this. The picture is three band members on top of the volcano on the island of Montserrat where we recorded.
A new release by Without Focus. Dave Overland wrote and sings. Robert Foy on Keys, Mike ‘Smokey Toobz’ on Guitars. I’m on Bass, drums and production.
Another Private Lightning song – I’m on bass guitar. The picture is the drum setup in the studio that was used on this song and the rest of the album. Recorded at AIR studios in Montserrat (before it was destroyed by a hurricane).
Another song from the Private Lightning album.
From the eponymous Private Lightning album from 1980 = remastered to correct the horrendous mastering job when transferring to vinyl.
Another track from the Private Lightning album. Thriller is cut three. I finally got tired of listening to all of the problems caused in the production of this album. Here is a much better version.
Here’s an update to the Private Lightning song Physical Speed. I’m trying to fix the bad things that happened to this album. This is the first of many posts.
This is a George Harrison song from his Cloud 9 album in 1987. @mojoespage from Bandlab asked me to sing and play the piano on it – everything else is his work.
Fiona’s new album was produced right here at Baselines Designs Studio. Get in touch with us for all your sound production needs.
Check out the new album, ‘I Gave You My Heart’ on Spotify or all the other major outlets.
Fiona is also a member of the vocal group The Treblettes who perform throughout the Melbourne area.
This is a song that developed from a keyboard pounding session at 3 in the morning when I was in my 20s and fairly inebriated. Fortunately I pressed record on the old cassette player. I found it years later and have been developing it further ever since.
I wanted to make it about a serial killer, how he developed into such. This was based on a book I read back then called By Reason of Insanity. The main character, Thomas Bishop, thought that Caryl Chessman was his real dad because his mom got raped up on lover’s lane.
Anyway, I never got around to writing the lyrics. I tried, but they just wouldn’t come. Maybe I will try again at some time.
But for now, here it is.