A Song I Dug Up From the Archives, “I Know”

Stephen Pickering “I Know”

iPhone Link

As I was laying on the couch watching the Jet’s Colt’s game, I decided to dig through this old laptop to see what kind of “Easter Eggs” I would fine. Well to my surprise I found this song I recorded 5 years ago that I had thought I’d lost forever. I made it on an old Boss-900, one of the first DAWS that didn’t even have a hard drive, it used these expensive Iomega Zip Drives that were expensive and would only hold about a song each. I got hundreds of these old zip drives around here with pieces of song ideas on them.


Anyway, I was happy I found this. I always liked the energy of the guitar. I remember at the time I was so influenced by Pete Townshend, and there’s where the relentless driving rhythm of the guitar came from. I played the bass and keyboards very rudimentarily, and then used the drum machine, which sounds cheap, but I always thought it was fun. I’m made I erased the original zip drive the song was on, so that I could listen to the individual instruments and see what I was playing, and maybe even drag the .wavs into Garageband and do something interesting.  The solo is sloppy and drags on way to long. That’s at least one thing I could do with it, if I had the original master, tighten that up. And there’s about a hundred too many “Whoa oh’s” at the end that drag out for about 2 minutes.

But, I’m happy I found the .mp3. It’s not that great, but I remember that I had fun making it, and that’s what counts the most. :-))))))


A New Original Song “Get Through the Day”

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Get Through the Day by spickeringlr

Just another song I wrote the other day. Acousticy of course, mellow, or should i say “smooth.” Worked in Garageband to add some loops for flavor. I think it came out alright, although, the vocals were through the computer built in mic, so I’m not going to be a happy camper until I get an interface for my studio mic, but even then I’m not sure. It seems in Garagband if I use the “Auto Normalize” feature the track volume is too low, if I don’t, I get the loudness I want, but the track is too rough. Anyone got any solutions that will help me? Thanks.


“Get Through the Day”

Get through the day
Make everything o.k.
Don’t walk away
‘Cause there’s something I wanna say
We’re gonna be alright
We’ll make it though the night
I think its the right time
To just let go and fly
And angels are on the horizon
Looking for someone new to drive ‘um
What can I say, when you walk away?
I’m trying hard should I just look down and pray?
Are you looking for someone to race?
If so I’ll drift away

Hard in the night
Looking forward to the light
I want to say the right things
I want to feel your warm embrace
A chance again to feel the Sun
All our habits have been done
I want to look up to the sky
Make everything be alright



Music Video

Cotton Eye Joe Cover


Cover of a Cover. Cover of Josh Rouse covering “Cotton Eye Joe.” Damn, I keep forgetting to turn the iPhone sideways for video. Will remember next time. Vocals not very clear because P.A. is way in the background and the iPhone mic is picking up mostly the guitar. Oh well just a test. Not bad.

Damn, I also just realized I left out a whole verse!!! The one that goes, “I’ve been laughing in the sunshine. I’ve been lying in the rain. You know that living is easy, and I ain’t feelin’ no pain.”

Oh well, do over. And next time I’ll have the camera sideways, and maybe try to play picking with my fingers, Brazilian style, like Josh plays it.



A New Song: “In Their Glow”

In Their Glow by spickeringlr (Click the Down Arrow on the Player to Download Song)

“In Their Glow” Lyrics

We’ll stake the embodiment.
A deadly priestess dresses the aisle during Lent.
Depressing as it may seem,
the little lecterns take their places in the scene.

Washing Mary cold and foot,
the diesel engines blast down to the blessed root.
Actual fire stretches the islands leg,
and individual pieces can only stray out and beg.

It wasn’t their fault in the beginning.
They thought this ritual had an ending.
A pitied the boy dressed up in a mask
He answered questions that no one had the courage to ask.

Watch the candles out there. Watch the candles fall.
Dressed up like an Angel. Dressed up like a doll.
All winter she waited for the snow dove’s feathery song.
It flew through the flickery flame the darkest, most silent of them all.

©2009 Stephen Pickering. Creative Commons

What do you think of this song? Good, so-so, bad? Don’t be afraid to critical. I have a thousand things I want to change with all my songs. So your criticism (as well as compliments 🙂 are welcome and helpful. Love to here your comments.

Link to “In Their Glow” poem by Stephen Pickering (i.e., the lyrics)

Album Art Credit: Renata Spiazzi “Autumn Glow” 48×36′ Digital Art Glycee
Expressions of Mexico Gallery


The Darkest Hour Comes


Free mp3 Download: My Song “Through The Night”

Through the Night by spickeringlr

Link to File. (Hover over the link and Right Click on Windows or Ctrl+Click on Mac to download to your computer, or you can just click the down arrow on the player above.)

I think the production quality on this one is good enough to enjoy on your mp3 player, so I felt like encouraging people to download it if they like it. I hope you do! There’s a few things I want to work on with the track in the future, add some strings, lengthen the intro (I cut it very short because this song was originally submitted to an in flight radio service that required it) and patch the vocals in a couple spots. When I do that I’ll let you know so you can download the latest version. This is better than a beta, so I’ll call it version 1.o.

Love to hear your feedback, positive or critical. Leave a comment! 🙂