30 Burl: Big Red Blues

A couple weeks back, I posted a link to a dirty-ish Xmas song, sung by Miss Ella Fitzgerald.  Little did I remember that Spingo and I had done a blues song inspired by the same basic silly joke about chimneys.

I believe you can guess that joke, yes?

However, I do remember enjoying this one ins particular, because Spingo had a handheld loudspeaker, which had a handset like a cop radio.  So we stuck the speaker end of that up near a mic, and wailed away.  Still sounds cool to me, like a thumpy Christmas blues carol sung in a basement in 1953, and only recorded by accident.

Big Red Blues

30 Burl: Xmas Eve Posting

So yes, I’ve been posting like an elf, getting a bunch of files up after a week.

However, I will not be putting up a plethora of songs, including

– More Jingle Bells covers

– Covers like  “Holly Jolly Xmas”  (because I don’t like it)

– And some originals like “Happy Merry” (which has aged poorly to my ears) and “Surfin’ Santa” (because I like “Let It Surf” better).  I will link to “Big Red Blues”, though, because of our use of a loudspeaker to sing and record through still entertains me.

The final upload will be “Auld Lang Syne”, in a classic Burl thump-thump style.

30 Burl: We Three Kings

As a concept band, Burl quickly discovered the benefits of guest artists.  When you have talented friends, including their work next to yours makes you look smart, if nothing else.

Here’s one by Clive “The Robot” Thompson, whom I would later collaborate with on a different project, the Greencard Cowboys.  Clive’s day job is as award-winning technology journalist.  But when he first got out of college in Toronto, so the story goes, he paid a lot of his rent by playing guitar constantly at various gigs all around the city.

He primarily plays guitar, but can also program drums, play bass, a bit of keyboard, and a killer harmonica.  Once I saw Clive teach himself banjo in a day, well enough to record a song with me in the evening.  So he’s a prodigy, the bastard.

Here he is making pretty instrumental Xmas music, like a prodigy should.

We Three Kings