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thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Jan 18, 2019

No Fake Friday - City of Wet Angels (Funland Cover)

My friend Rob Storrs turned me on to the band Funland in the 90s when we both worked for a retailer that sold CDs, and he suggested I buy their "Sweetness" E.P. because I had been buying Air Supply albums at the time.  There is a fantastic Alternative/Grunge medley of Air Supply songs on the album called "Obligatory Cover for the Kids" that is fantastic! 


I ended up falling in love with this original composition by Funland, which leads off the album. The main guitar riff is super fun to play, and I love the lyrics, too.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Jan 13, 2019

Guitar Lesson - Jazz Chords

Add some 7th, 9th and other extensions to your chord vocabulary. If you like it then you shoulda put a #5 on it! Or was it I've got #5 on it?

Either way, here's a lesson on the most common chords and voicings you'll need to get started playing some jazz guitar. Complete with incorrect chord changes to I Will Survive (correct chords in the attached file).

Also, shoutout to Jer Roque for creating https://vgleadsheats.com

Enjoy!
Ailsean

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Jan 11, 2019

No Fake Friday - Possum Kingdom (Toadies Cover)

This song is ridiculously fun to play. The intensity, the changes in dynamics, the verses that alternate between measures of 7 beats and 8 beats. 

Years ago I recorded a cover of this song with a swing beat, and I alternated between 10 and 11 beats instead. This time it's a little more straight-forward.

Still showing off that Predatory Loans t-shirt because I love it.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Jan 10, 2019

#Jamuary Day 9 - Glenn Case - Anticipation

In lieu of my USUAL Thursday thing, I am sharing this #Jamuary selection. Hope that's okay, y'all. I may not get to an additional Thursday song today because of #Jamuary, but I will attempt to.

#Jamuary? Well, I am attempting to write and record a song a day for 31 days in January. It's called #Jamuary, and I have been posting the songs on the Glenn Case Patreon.

I feel like I am getting very close to having my songs selected for "Fighter #6", which is the album I intend to release of June of this year. "Anticipation" feels like a contender for the album. No pun intended.


"Fighter #6" seems like it could be one of the most solid albums I have put together in some time. I have been listening to a number of the songs on repeat without getting sick of them, and that's a great sign. 


I once asked Cory McAbee (of "The American Astronaut" and "Stingray Sam" fame) for a good method for choosing the songs that should be on an album. His reply was amazingly simple, yet helpful - Listen to the songs on repeat, and the ones that you start skipping are the ones you should remove from the album. It was almost a "DUH" moment after the advice was given. 


At any rate, that's precisely what I have been doing. Listening to some of these songs over and over. The beauty of #Jamuary is that I should have a LOT of songs to choose from by the end of this month.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Jan 04, 2019

No Fake Friday - Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Smashing Pumpkins cover)

Had to show off my Predatory Loans t-shirt that my nephew gifted to me. I like it so much that I filmed the recording of 5 songs that day. So, you're going to be seeing a lot of this shirt this month.

Smashing Pumpkins is considered Grunge, right? I honestly lost track.

Hell of a composition, regardless. A great example of dynamics put to use for ridiculous fun. Hope you enjoy this as much as I had fun playing it.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Jan 02, 2019

Lasagna Silence - Fearing For Our Lives

I am having way too much making these. I probably should have worked on a No-Fake Friday on the night I made this, but this is what my subconscious needed to work on instead.

No joke, I am fairly certain I have concept in mind for 7 albums worth of Lasagna Silence releases now. We will see if I feel like following through on all of them.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Jan 02, 2019

#Jamuary Day 1 - Glenn Case - Going Home

Many of you may know about Jonathan Mann and his song-a-day project. He has written and recorded a song every day for about 10 years now! 

Jonathan has started a new thing called #Jamuary where people are encouraged to write and record a song a day for the month of January. I am attempting to take part this year, and this is my first submission.

Read more about #Jamuary here. 

Album art - Rachael Layne

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Dec 28, 2018

No Fake Friday - All Over the World (Electric Light Orchestra cover)

Requested by my friend Brian C. Baer. I just call him Bruab.  

"Xanadu" (the movie) has its fair share of detractors. I enjoyed the film at a young age, but have not revisited it recently.

The soundtrack to the film is fantastic. Half Olivia Newton-John, and half ELO. This composition is one of the many highlights on the album.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Dec 27, 2018

Sean's Christmas "CD" 2018

Hello, Friends, Fans, and Family!

It's time for my yearly Christmas CD. Starting last year, I'm releasing these via Patreon rather than burning discs and hand-distributing them. Since last year was the first time doing it this way, I just stuck with the Christmas songs and nothing else. This year's collection is more like what I did from 2004-2016. I've added another Christmas song, added a couple softer tunes from past years, and included a few examples of what I've been up to in 2018 (including a couple songs with help from other members of The Grammar Club). Most of this has been released throughout the year, but I also recorded a Beach Boys cover just for this collection. I hope you all enjoy it

Merry Christmas!
Ailsean

P.S. If you're coming here from somewhere else and/or you're unfamiliar with Patreon, you can download the album by clicking the orange "Christmas CD 2018" link below.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Dec 21, 2018

No Fake Friday - Phone (Louis Cole Cover)

Do I have the technical skills to pull this off? No. No, I do not. 


Did I do this anyway? Yes. Yes, I did. 


Unlike this cover - Louis Cole's album "Time" is flawless. Please check it out. Thanks!  

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Dec 14, 2018

No Fake Friday - Talking in Your Sleep (Romantics Cover)

This was requested by David Youd. David is the first (and currently only) patron on the Glenn Case Patreon page. David has many magnificent YouTube videos, including a Legend of Zelda Otamatone cover that I particularly recommend. Otamatone #2 gets a little bitey, but is also my favorite.

thegrammarclub

The Grammar Club

Dec 07, 2018

No Fake Friday - The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny (Lemon Demon Cover)

Neil Cicierega is far too clever. He's at least a decade younger than me, and I still want to be like him when I grow up.

Outside of creating great original music under pseudonyms like Lemon Demon, he has also been responsible for things like "Potter Puppet Pals", "The Song of the Count", and three magnificent mashup albums among seemingly countless other creative projects.

In short - The man is brilliant. I support his Patreon page, and I would encourage you to do the same.

"The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny" was my introduction to the genius of Neil Cicierega, and it remains one of my favorites in his catalog to this day. I was all too happy to attempt to tackle this song when my friend and Patreon patron David Youd requested it. Still, to say it was a challenge is an understatement. I insisted on attempting to sing the lead vocal at the same time as playing the bass part, which lead to over 100 takes over the course of two nights for the bass/lead vocal alone! I finally nailed it (close enough) when I decided to livestream the recording on Facebook for added pressure.

I hope you enjoy it.