Song Journal

If you do something all the time, you can only get better, right? To get the creative juices flowing, and to keep life interesting, I post what I call, “musical croquis.”  We used to make croquis (kro-kees) in drawing class from live models. The teacher would ask the model to change position every few minutes, which forced us to make our sketches fast and without any judgement. They are like quick, rough drafts. Here are mine, in the form of music:

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April 19, 2013: The Not Really Supposed to Go Outside Blues:

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October 29th, 2012: Math Homework Blues:

I am in a special math class run by the “Poincare Institute.” Here is what happened one night when I was frustrated with my homework.

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June 9th, 2012: Tiny Barking Dog:

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April 12, 2012: George Fox:

This is an old classic written by Sydney Carter in 1964. We used to sing it in Quaker school and I always loved it.

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Jan 15, 2012: Three O’Clock:

Seems these cold, short days just make me want to sit inside and play music.

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July 25, 2011 The Phases of the Moon:

With Charley Eiseman on lead guitar and male vocals!

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June 22 2011, Juice Bar Patty:

I wrote this song for my friend, Patty, back in 2003 when we were both working for the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket. I am only now recording it, as I promised her I would years ago! We went to the Juice Bar almost every night that summer, for ice cream.

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May 21, 2011 Already Been Done:

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May 20, 2011 Biking Song: Written while riding down the lovely streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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May 8, 2011 Mother’s Day:

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April 25, 2011 Have You Seen My Hat?

Written for my dear old Papa (based on a very true story):

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April 14, 2011 Shopping List:

I wrote this while running.

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April 11, 2011, Every Monday Morning:

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March 31, 2011 A Song Every Day:

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March 30, 2011 On Hold:

I wrote this while on hold with MassHealth. No joke. Listen til the end to hear a strange twist.

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No song for a while. My mom passed away on February 26, 2011.

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Feb 20, 2011 Cold Hands:

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Feb 16, 2011: The Park Street Pickers played live again at Woodman’s. Recording coming soon form Farlin!

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Feb 15, 2011 Jam on a D Shape:

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Feb 14, 2011 Valentine’s Day:

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Feb 13, 2011 Do You Need to Use the Bathroom? (a round):

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Feb 11th and 12th had no song of the day :( I was in Boston, apartment hunting.

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Feb 10, 2011 Salad Power Ballad. Also known as, “Is it long? because I have to shower.” Dedicated to my lovely roommate, Aleks K.

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Feb 9, 2011 Played out with the Park Street Pickers at Woodman’s. Farlin recorded it, but I’ll have to wait for an mp3 from him. Coming soon!

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Feb 8, 2011 Headache. Well, not all of them can be gems. G’night.

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Feb 7, 2011 Back Again:

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Feb 6, 2011 Beating a Dead Horse. Another collaboration with Dave E. We’ve got this running joke with proverbs. See how many you can recognize:

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Feb 5, 2011 Nothing Works.  Collaborating with friends inspires me to explore new musical genres. This is not my style (yet?), but it was a lot of fun! My best friend from college, Dave Eisenstadter, and I joke about writing a book called,  “Nothing Works: Dave and Anya’s Useless Guide to Dating.” This would be the promo song for that book:

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Feb 4, 2011 Mega Jam, with my friend Dave Forney:

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Feb 3, 2011 Fie Nay Prithee John. This is a song from the late 1600s about two men at a pub having a argument. My mother learned it from two women in Maine in 1981, and it has since become a family favorite. We have tried to teach it to others, but it’s hard to learn! I remember singing in the bathroom with her, while I was in the shower and she was sorting laundry. It takes a lot of careful breathing, difficult for anyone, and especially for someone who just got out of the hospital.

Incidentally, I found another version of the song recorded here.

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Feb 2, 2011 Black Socks. This is a traditional song that my mom and I used to sing all the time when I was a kid.  It’s  from the book, “Rise Up Singing.” My mother was a Recreational Therapist, which meant she would sing for hospital and nursing home patients to cheer them up.  She recently got out of the hospital herself, so now it is her turn to be cheered up. This is a recording of the two of us, trying to do the song in a round. But she was getting tired and there wasn’t much time to rehearse. Tomorrow we will practice up another family favorite, “Fie Nay Prithee John.” But for now, Black Socks:

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Feb 1, 2011 Thank You Jan and Karen:

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January 31, 2011 Complaining Philadelphian:

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January 30, 2011 The Artist:

This song comes to you with a drawing, sketched by a dear friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous. She “confessed” to me that she carries around a tiny notebook in which she sketches people in passing. She reluctantly showed me some of these notebooks, and I was reminded of  the way in which a few simple lines can convey a personality or an emotion. I was also struck by the stories her drawings helped her to recount. She said she has to draw fast, or else people begin to notice and feel intruded upon. But sometimes fast is good, and sketches can give you ideas for bigger paintings… which is exactly my intention with this music project. My other intentions are to collaborate with people, and to be more comfortable with the crazy things that come out of my head. I showed her my song-a-day page and asked if I could make a musical sketch with one of her drawings. She agreed to let me photograph one, and only one, page of her sketchbook. So here it is.

Artists are vulnerable, it’s true, but we should not be embarrassed by the things we can’t help but create!

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January 29, 2011 The Teen I Never Was:

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January 28, 2011 Welcome Song from Cameroon. My friend James Erickson brought this song, and its story, back from Cameroon:

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January 27, 2011 Wait a Minute:

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January 26, 2011 Sun Storm Comin’:

~January 25, 2011 Eight Bars From Bruce, featuring my step-dad, who was giving me a hard time:

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January 24, 2011 Hutchinson Parkway:

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January 23, 2011 A Nice Guitar:

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January 22, 2011 Pushing Forward:

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January 21, 2011 One of My Clocks:

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January 20, 2011 My Dog Has Fleas:

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All songs below here are also from 2011.

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January 19, 2011 Wednesday With a Bass. This one features John Ryan on bass, Sam Furth and Scott Johnson on guitars, and me on shaker. You never know what you’re gonna get at our Wednesday jam sessions:

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January 17, I Don’t Feel Like Writing a Song:

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January 16, Just Be Blue:

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January 15, Sleeping Roommates:

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January 14, Runaway Pagination:

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January 13, Regarde-Moi:

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January 12, Not Too Far:

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January 11, Hey There, Mr. Softee:

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January 10, How:

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January 9, What to Do:

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January 8, Snow Falling Down:

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January 7, Hot Water Heater:

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January 6, Testing the Microphone:

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© 2011 and 2012: All songs composed and recorded by Anya Rose, unless otherwise stated.

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