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<h1>Music</h1>
<p>Here’s a list of <strong>ALL of my recordings</strong> (1989-1999).  Many are quite embarrassing.  Some are pretty good!</p>
<p><strong>Everything you hear is just me in the home studio, playing all instruments</strong>, except occasional female vocals by Christine Clarke and live drums by Rodney Ledbetter.</p>
<p><strong>All songs, words and music by Derek Sivers</strong>, unless it says otherwise (the songs by Christine Clarke, Brian MC, and Camille).</p>
<p><strong>They're all free</strong> for the taking. If you'd like to record and sell your own version of any of these songs, you have my advance permission, and I'd love to hear the final result!</p>
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<h2>My Favorites</h2>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Ready_to_Live-1997-01.mp3" title="Ready to Live by DEREK SIVERS">Ready to Live</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Ready_to_Live-1997-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1997 : maybe my favorite song I ever wrote. I would usually struggle with songs for months, perfecting them, but this just popped out in an hour, lyrics and all. Afterwards I realized it was about life-after-death stuff that I was really interested in, then. That's me playing real clarinet. Yes I know it's out of tune.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Flexible-1998-07.mp3" title="Flexible by DEREK SIVERS">Flexible</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Flexible-1998-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1998 : stupid dumb-fun pop song, but my favorite vocal performance, which was a real achievement for me, since I was never a very good singer.  (As you can hear further down the list of recordings here.)  Really unfortunate awkwardly extended 3rd verse, but oh well. The It’s Cool background vocals remind me of Ziggy Stardust Bowie, somehow.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Answers-1997-02.mp3" title="Answers by DEREK SIVERS">Answers</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Answers-1997-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1997 : one of my favorite songs, as recorded with the full band, as we always had a blast with it live. Compare to the other home-demo of the same song from 1993, if you're interested in that kinda thing. (Hahah... I forgot about Christine's nonsense lyrics in the bridge: Caught up in the bathtub... tryin' to pee.)  Wow I had forgotten about that outro, too!  This makes me nostalgic for my band.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Get_Famous_Fast-1999-02.mp3" title="Get Famous Fast by DEREK SIVERS">Get Famous Fast</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Get_Famous_Fast-1999-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1999 : last song I wrote for myself after CD Baby took over my life, recorded in my Woodstock house.  Listen closely how the drums and bass just build and build with each song-section, never hitting full layers until mid-song. In the talking bit, I was trying to imitate George Clinton, like in the P-Funk song Chocolate City. All crowd sounds are me, having fun putting on different voices then blending them all together. Virus synth solo sounds alot like early-70s Stevie Wonder. In the 2nd verse when I sing Again and again and again and again and again I had to really practice that line for a couple hours to enunciate it right.  One of my favorite recordings.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-02-Cant_Sing_You_This_Song.mp3" title="Cant Sing You This Song by DEREK SIVERS">Cant Sing You This Song</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-02-Cant_Sing_You_This_Song.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - me doing my funk thing. Using those guitars as a horn section. Fun bass.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-03-Karaoke_Promises.mp3" title="Karaoke Promises by DEREK SIVERS">Karaoke Promises</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-03-Karaoke_Promises.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - my most-requested song, and the closest I had to a hit. Fun pop song brought on by writing exercise called compact metaphor, where instead of saying, Her promises were like karaoke, you just say, Karaoke Promises. Fun Tribe Called Quest style bassline. Entire song is just A7-D7.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-04-Kiss_Me_Here.mp3" title="Kiss Me Here by DEREK SIVERS">Kiss Me Here</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-04-Kiss_Me_Here.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - my other most-requested song, but I never got the down-n-dirty Cheech-and-Chong Low Rider production I was aiming for</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-05-Light_in_Morning.mp3" title="Light in Morning by DEREK SIVERS">Light in Morning</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-05-Light_in_Morning.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - my Eleanor Rigby attempt</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-06-Everything_I_Love_is_Taken_Away.mp3" title="Everything I Love is Taken Away by DEREK SIVERS">Everything I Love is Taken Away</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-06-Everything_I_Love_is_Taken_Away.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - about my old house in Illinois, gone. Like Blake Babies’ song Cesspool</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-07-Perfect_Place_to_Hide.mp3" title="Perfect Place to Hide by DEREK SIVERS">Perfect Place to Hide</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-07-Perfect_Place_to_Hide.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - really strong melody and chord progression and lyrics, even if the arrangement came out sappy. Whole-tones coming out of bridge.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-08-Try_It_Try_It.mp3" title="Try It Try It by DEREK SIVERS">Try It Try It</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-08-Try_It_Try_It.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - lyrics about being famous, inspired by the movie The Idolmaker</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-09-Answering_Machine.mp3" title="Answering Machine by DEREK SIVERS">Answering Machine</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-09-Answering_Machine.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - real recordings of friends’ voicemail messages</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-10-Tell_Me_Something_New.mp3" title="Tell Me Something New by DEREK SIVERS">Tell Me Something New</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-10-Tell_Me_Something_New.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - about media overload. I like the tom-toms</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-11-Could_It_Be.mp3" title="Could It Be by DEREK SIVERS">Could It Be</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-11-Could_It_Be.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - a fun exercise in making a 6/8 groove, but also a pretty nice song</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-12-Everyones_Watching_You.mp3" title="Everyones Watching You by DEREK SIVERS">Everyones Watching You</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-12-Everyones_Watching_You.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - real Indian tambura, I love this groove and paranoid lyrics, but my vocals don’t do it justice</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-13-Please_Dont_Die.mp3" title="Please Dont Die by DEREK SIVERS">Please Dont Die</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-13-Please_Dont_Die.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - from a nightmare. Everyone hates this song, but it was a fun experiment in syncing up the drums with the spoken word.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-14-Must_Love_Me_By_Now.mp3" title="Must Love Me By Now by DEREK SIVERS">Must Love Me By Now</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Hit_Me_Greatest_Hits_Vol_17-14-Must_Love_Me_By_Now.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1995 - just a fun song.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mary_Knows-1997-02.mp3" title="Mary Knows by DEREK SIVERS">Mary Knows</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mary_Knows-1997-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1997 : great groove, unfinished lyrics. Worked great live. Decided to record it with the nonsense lyrics, because who cares, anyway? Not sure about those distorted drums, though. Was going to be part of the next Hit Me CD.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Not_So_Far-1993-07.mp3" title="Not So Far by DEREK SIVERS">Not So Far</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Not_So_Far-1993-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1993 : written while living alone in a little house on the Oregon coast, while my girlfriend was in Boston.  There was a map on the wall where I could just reach my hand across the states to put my middle-finger on Boston and thumb on Oregon. To me, this song really captures my 6 months of living in solitude on the deserted Oregon coast in the winter.  Plus I love the bassline, and had fun screaming in the outro.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Think_Fast-1993-06.mp3" title="Think Fast by DEREK SIVERS">Think Fast</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Think_Fast-1993-06.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1993 : hyenas and other fun loops, written for the circus jugglers</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tambura_Jam-1993-04.mp3" title="Tambura Jam by DEREK SIVERS">Tambura Jam</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tambura_Jam-1993-04.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>April 1993 : had a real Indian tambura, little drums from Ecuador, an egg-shaker, a bass, a guitar, a synth, a Fela Kuti influence, and a circus that needed a 3.5 minute instrumental piece for the mimes.</p>

<img src="/images/NakedHiWhite.jpg" width="513" height="632" alt="Derek naked behind guitar" /><br />


<h2>ALL recordings, newest to oldest - FOR ARCHIVE'S SAKE</h2>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Captured-1999-02.mp3" title="Captured by CHRISTINE CLARKE">Captured by CHRISTINE CLARKE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Captured-1999-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1999 : last song I produced for Christine, after we had broken up. I like the lazy drum groove and sound.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Get_Famous_Fast-1999-02.mp3" title="Get Famous Fast by DEREK SIVERS">Get Famous Fast</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Get_Famous_Fast-1999-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1999 : last song I wrote for myself after CD Baby took over my life, recorded in my Woodstock house.  Listen closely how the drums and bass just build and build with each song-section, never hitting full layers until mid-song. In the talking bit, I was trying to imitate George Clinton, like in the P-Funk song Chocolate City. All crowd sounds are me, having fun putting on different voices then blending them all together. Virus synth solo sounds alot like early-70s Stevie Wonder. In the 2nd verse when I sing Again and again and again and again and again I had to really practice that line for a couple hours to enunciate it right.  One of my favorite recordings.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-RunJumpPlay-1998-10.mp3" title="RunJumpPlay by DEREK SIVERS">RunJumpPlay</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-RunJumpPlay-1998-10.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>October 1998 : just a junky thing I threw together for a Nike commercial pitch.  Given specific instructions to imitate Ready to Go by Elastica.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-She_Was_Life-1998-10.mp3" title="She Was Life by CHRISTINE CLARKE">She Was Life by CHRISTINE CLARKE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-She_Was_Life-1998-10.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>October 1998 : had fun with filtering echoing and panning soft snaredrum, switching to full unfiltered drums in chorus.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Cute_Goa_Groove-1998-10.mp3" title="Cute Goa Groove by DEREK SIVERS">Cute Goa Groove</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Cute_Goa_Groove-1998-10.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>October 1998 : bought a new synth (Access Virus).  Just playing with it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Poor_Lost_Jane-1998-10.mp3" title="Poor Lost Jane by DEREK SIVERS">Poor Lost Jane</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Poor_Lost_Jane-1998-10.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>October 1998 : unfinished song. Never liked this, but felt I just had to hit record on it, and fix it some other day.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Still_Too_Soon_to_Tell-1998-08.mp3" title="Still Too Soon to Tell by DEREK SIVERS">Still Too Soon to Tell</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Still_Too_Soon_to_Tell-1998-08.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>August 1998 : chord progression and melody I'd been wanting to use for years: F6 to A. Read Chinese fable with this tale and refrain, then wrote lyrics to retell it. Had fun with the arrangement : Gipsy Kings style guitar then intentionally tiny casio drum machines, then flamenco claps later, and sad sustaining synths.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Time_to_Live-1998-07.mp3" title="Time to Live by CHRISTINE CLARKE">Time to Live by CHRISTINE CLARKE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Time_to_Live-1998-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1998 : my best Brian Eno imitation. Rode the high-pass filter on the drums. Love the high strings that come in a full measure before the chorus, anticipating it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Flexible-1998-07.mp3" title="Flexible by DEREK SIVERS">Flexible</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Flexible-1998-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1998 : stupid dumb-fun pop song, but my favorite vocal performance, which was a real achievement for me, since I was never a very good singer.  (As you can hear further down the list of recordings here.)  Really unfortunate awkwardly extended 3rd verse, but oh well. The It’s Cool background vocals remind me of Ziggy Stardust Bowie, somehow.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Detoxify-1998-06.mp3" title="Detoxify by CHRISTINE CLARKE">Detoxify by CHRISTINE CLARKE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Detoxify-1998-06.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1998 : influenced by Madonna's Ray of Light album, I think. I like the 8th-note delayed background vocals.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-3_Years_Pregnant-1997-07.mp3" title="3 Years Pregnant by DEREK SIVERS">3 Years Pregnant</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-3_Years_Pregnant-1997-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1997 : shame this didn't work.  I was going to do an entire fake movie soundtrack, with each song apprently by a different artist, but really just me.  Was going to use it as a challenge to completely change all habits and sounds, but also to try to sound like a different person, vocally, on every track.  I only got 2 songs into it (this, and 7F with Buckles) then CD Baby took over my life. Oh well. I still like the song. Good metaphor for writer's block.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Kiss_Me_Here-1997-06.mp3" title="Kiss Me Here by DEREK SIVERS">Kiss Me Here</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Kiss_Me_Here-1997-06.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1997 : ouch. Bad too-fast arrangement of a song that never did find its definitive recording. Ignore this to listen to other versions instead, please.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-7F_with_Buckles-1997-03.mp3" title="7F with Buckles by DEREK SIVERS">7F with Buckles</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-7F_with_Buckles-1997-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1997 : I was listening to a lot of pure-noise music, and wanted to make something in that vein.  It was meant to be part of the fake soundtrack (with 3 Years Pregnant, above).  Good audio nightmare.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Save_My_Horizon-1997-02.mp3" title="Save My Horizon by DEREK SIVERS">Save My Horizon</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Save_My_Horizon-1997-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1997 : a breakup song about Camille. Maybe the only time I wrote a song for me, but had someone else sing it. Tried to sound like Cowboy Junkies. Was going to be part of the next Hit Me CD.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mary_Knows-1997-02.mp3" title="Mary Knows by DEREK SIVERS">Mary Knows</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mary_Knows-1997-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1997 : great groove, unfinished lyrics. Worked great live. Decided to record it with the nonsense lyrics, because who cares, anyway? Not sure about those distorted drums, though. Was going to be part of the next Hit Me CD.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Answers-1997-02.mp3" title="Answers by DEREK SIVERS">Answers</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Answers-1997-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1997 : one of my favorite songs, as recorded with the full band, as we always had a blast with it live. Compare to the other home-demo of the same song from 1993, if you're interested in that kinda thing. (Hahah... I forgot about Christine's nonsense lyrics in the bridge: Caught up in the bathtub... tryin' to pee.)  Wow I had forgotten about that outro, too!  This makes me nostalgic for my band.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Ready_to_Live_REPRISE-1997-01.mp3" title="Ready to Live REPRISE by DEREK SIVERS">Ready to Live REPRISE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Ready_to_Live_REPRISE-1997-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1997 : same as other version, but with live-band outro.  Trying to imitate the end of Paul McCartney's Hello Goodbye, with the Hey-La, Hey-la Lo-ha!</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Ready_to_Live-1997-01.mp3" title="Ready to Live by DEREK SIVERS">Ready to Live</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Ready_to_Live-1997-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1997 : maybe my favorite song I ever wrote. I would usually struggle with songs for months, perfecting them, but this just popped out in an hour, lyrics and all. Afterwards I realized it was about life-after-death stuff that I was really interested in, then. That's me playing real clarinet. Yes I know it's out of tune.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Aint_Nobody_Like_You-1996-06.mp3" title="Ain't Nobody Like You by CHRISTINE CLARKE">Ain't Nobody Like You by CHRISTINE CLARKE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Aint_Nobody_Like_You-1996-06.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1996 : nice bass! Christine in fine form.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Keep_Me_Wondering-1996-03.mp3" title="Keep Me Wondering by CHRISTINE CLARKE">Keep Me Wondering by CHRISTINE CLARKE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Keep_Me_Wondering-1996-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1996 : I'm just not very good with sappy arrangements.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Cold_Day-1996-02.mp3" title="Cold Day by CHRISTINE CLARKE">Cold Day by CHRISTINE CLARKE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CHRISTINE_CLARKE-Cold_Day-1996-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1996 : first song I recorded for Christine, the other singer in my band. We traded gigs for studio time.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/CAMILLE-Tight_Dress-1994-09.mp3" title="Tight Dress by CAMILLE">Tight Dress by CAMILLE</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/CAMILLE-Tight_Dress-1994-09.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>September 1994 : girlfriend Camille wanted to record a song with found kitchen sounds. Playing with pots, whisks, cheese graters.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Never_Needed_Anyone-1994-04.mp3" title="Never Needed Anyone by DEREK SIVERS">Never Needed Anyone</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Never_Needed_Anyone-1994-04.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>April 1994 : oh angst. Trying to do a Nashville-style refrain reversing the meaning of words. Had fun with the chord changes in chorus.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Long_Time_No_Soul-1994-03.mp3" title="Long Time No Soul by DEREK SIVERS">Long Time No Soul</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Long_Time_No_Soul-1994-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1994 : oof. This hurts to hear. Never could get the vocals right. Was studying with a voice coach then, and we kept using this song as practice, so I sang it 1000 times to the point of overthinking it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Learn_to_Like_It-1994-03.mp3" title="Learn to Like It by DEREK SIVERS">Learn to Like It</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Learn_to_Like_It-1994-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1994 : always loved this guitar part, but the song never worked out. Love the verses. Took old micro-cassette recording of groove my old drummer roommate had done, imitated it on the drum machine, then mixed in the micro-cassette version behind the drum machine for a little staticy ambience. Tried to do this with the band for years and kept changing the chorus.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-All_the_Same_to_Me-1994-03.mp3" title="All the Same to Me by DEREK SIVERS">All the Same to Me</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-All_the_Same_to_Me-1994-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1994 : I'll stay in my own world - they can stay in theirs - keep me from their problems - I can't pretend to care anymore.  Admitting this, I set myself free. (Shoveling snow looped in background.) Nice song with an unpopular point of view.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Kiss_Me_Here-1994-02.mp3" title="Kiss Me Here by DEREK SIVERS">Kiss Me Here</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Kiss_Me_Here-1994-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1994 : though I recorded this song many times over 8 years, this is about as good as it got. Hybrid of real drums and samples. Never did get the real down-n-dirty Cheech-and-Chong Low Rider arrangement or production I was after, though.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Karaoke_Promises-1994-02.mp3" title="Karaoke Promises by DEREK SIVERS">Karaoke Promises</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Karaoke_Promises-1994-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1994 : my most-requested song, and the closest I had to a hit. Fun pop song brought on by writing exercise called compact metaphor, where instead of saying, Her promises were like karaoke, you just say, Karaoke Promises. Fun Tribe Called Quest style bassline. Entire song is just A7-D7.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Fly_By_Night-1994-01.mp3" title="Fly By Night by DEREK SIVERS">Fly By Night</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Fly_By_Night-1994-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1994 : juggling duo from the circus called Fly By Night asked me to write them a theme song. Pretty cool, I think! Nice Chili Peppers groove. Man I love playing bass. I wonder if they still use this.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Fly_By_Fire-1994-01.mp3" title="Fly By Fire by DEREK SIVERS">Fly By Fire</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Fly_By_Fire-1994-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1994 : juggling piece created by request to match their pre-existing fire-juggling routine.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mallets_Groove-1994-01.mp3" title="Mallets Groove by DEREK SIVERS">Mallets Groove</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mallets_Groove-1994-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1994 : looped sample from who-knows-where, just having fun playing over it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-At_Least_Its_Beating-1994-01.mp3" title="At Least It's Beating by DEREK SIVERS">At Least It's Beating</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-At_Least_Its_Beating-1994-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1994 : my attempt at the super-syncopation like the song In Time by Sly and the Family Stone from the album Fresh. Lyrics about Camille's friend who endured a horrible relationship because it made her feel alive.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Try_It_Try_It-1993-11.mp3" title="Try It Try It by DEREK SIVERS">Try It Try It</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Try_It_Try_It-1993-11.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>November 1993 : lyrics about being famous, inspired by the movie The Idolmaker. Lorraine Ferro on background vocals. One of my better songs.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-What_Else_Do_I_Need-1993-11.mp3" title="What Else Do I Need? by DEREK SIVERS">What Else Do I Need?</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-What_Else_Do_I_Need-1993-11.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>November 1993 : fun quirky song answering the question in the title, then mixing in a chorus from a different song that I never finished. Vocals remind me of Prince in Sign o' the Times. I like the envelope filter on the bass and slightly-overdriven vocals.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Perfect_Place_to_Hide-1993-11.mp3" title="Perfect Place to Hide by DEREK SIVERS">Perfect Place to Hide</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Perfect_Place_to_Hide-1993-11.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>November 1993 : nice sentimental recording of one of my best songs. I always thought is was a really strong melody and chord progression and lyrics, even if the arrangement came out sappy. Whole-tones coming out of bridge.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-No_Im_Serious-1993-10.mp3" title="No I’m Serious by DEREK SIVERS">No I’m Serious</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-No_Im_Serious-1993-10.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>October 1993 : 2nd attempt at recording this hopelessly-cheezy song.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Lets_Stay_Like_This-1993-09.mp3" title="Let’s Stay Like This by DEREK SIVERS">Let’s Stay Like This</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Lets_Stay_Like_This-1993-09.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>September 1993 : I always liked this cute pop song (and its reedy synth melody) about the moment after sex. Pretty good vocals for that time! Yeah I like this, even if you don't. Subtle modulation out of the bridge, an idea taken from Here We Are by Gloria Estefan.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Barney-1993-08.mp3" title="Barney by DEREK SIVERS">Barney</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Barney-1993-08.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>August 1993 : My boss at the circus hated Barney.  We already had a big giant dragon puppet for the Ordinary Dragon piece, below, so he asked me to write this as a way for the dragon to kill Barney, before going into that piece.  This would always get huge cheers from half the audience (usually the older kids), and the occasional crying 2-year-old who really thought we had killed Barney.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Light_in_Morning-1993-07.mp3" title="Light in Morning by DEREK SIVERS">Light in Morning</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Light_in_Morning-1993-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1993 : great song (my Eleanor Rigby attempt), but better recording came a few years later, on my Hit Me CD</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-No_Im_Serious-1993-07.mp3" title="No I’m Serious by DEREK SIVERS">No I’m Serious</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-No_Im_Serious-1993-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1993 : hopelessly-cheezy song, but I was learning how to play blues/boogie piano, so this was just an excuse to practice</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Not_So_Far-1993-07.mp3" title="Not So Far by DEREK SIVERS">Not So Far</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Not_So_Far-1993-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1993 : song about lonliness, written while living alone in a little house on the Oregon coast, while my girlfriend was in Boston.  There was a map on the wall where I could just reach my hand across the states to put my middle-finger on Boston and thumb on Oregon. To me, this song really captures my 6 months of living in solitude on the deserted Oregon coast in the winter.  Plus I love the bassline, and had fun screaming in the outro.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-John_Hat_Piece-1993-07.mp3" title="John Hat Piece by DEREK SIVERS">John Hat Piece</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-John_Hat_Piece-1993-07.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>July 1993 : a panting dog, a shrieking monkey, a cow, baby Camille, a goat, and a quick bouncy groove for Jugglin' John in the circus to do his 90-second juggling intro</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Think_Fast-1993-06.mp3" title="Think Fast by DEREK SIVERS">Think Fast</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Think_Fast-1993-06.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>June 1993 : hyenas and other fun loops, written for the circus jugglers</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-This_is_the_Life-1993-04.mp3" title="This is the Life by DEREK SIVERS">This is the Life</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-This_is_the_Life-1993-04.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>April 1993 : bad verse, good chorus, which is why I re-used the chorus in What Else Do I Need?, 6 months later.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tambura_Jam-1993-04.mp3" title="Tambura Jam by DEREK SIVERS">Tambura Jam</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tambura_Jam-1993-04.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>April 1993 : extended re-arrangement of same piece from a year before (see previous version below)</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mime_Circus_Techno-1993-04.mp3" title="Mime Circus Techno by DEREK SIVERS">Mime Circus Techno</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mime_Circus_Techno-1993-04.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>April 1993 : the Mime Circus needed an opening theme song, so I had fun with car noises (slamming door, gas cap, engine starting), Ketjak monkey chant samples, and a high-pass filter on the background vocals</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-BoogaTwang-1993-03.mp3" title="BoogaTwang by DEREK SIVERS">BoogaTwang</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-BoogaTwang-1993-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1993 : nothing, just playing with call-and-answer between drums and guitar</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-So_Now_You_Know-1993-03.mp3" title="So Now You Know by DEREK SIVERS">So Now You Know</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-So_Now_You_Know-1993-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1993 : a scoundrel confesses. The real point of this song was a melody experiment: notice that each phrase in the verse is 2 notes longer than the previous one. I love little music-as-math exercises like that.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Could_It_Be-1993-03.mp3" title="Could It Be by DEREK SIVERS">Could It Be</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Could_It_Be-1993-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1993 : a fun exercise in making a 6/8 groove, but also a pretty nice song!  Recorded better on my CD, 2 years later.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Take_Advantage_of_Me-1993-03.mp3" title="Take Advantage of Me by DEREK SIVERS">Take Advantage of Me</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Take_Advantage_of_Me-1993-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1993 : panting dog, James Brown drum sample, using guitars as a horn section, trying a Ketjak thing after the bridge. Not a great song, but it was fun to arrange and record.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Answers-1993-03.mp3" title="Answers by DEREK SIVERS">Answers</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Answers-1993-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1993 : good song, recorded better 4 years later with the band. Listen to that version instead.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Gonna_Start_Tomorrow-1993-03.mp3" title="Gonna Start Tomorrow by DEREK SIVERS">Gonna Start Tomorrow</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Gonna_Start_Tomorrow-1993-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1993 : nice guitar on a weak but well-intentioned song. Vocals meant to sound weary but just sound wimpy.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mime_Circus_Quiet_Theme-1993-03.mp3" title="Mime Circus Quiet Theme by DEREK SIVERS">Mime Circus Quiet Theme</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mime_Circus_Quiet_Theme-1993-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1993 : circus music : for Tarleton, for a magic piece</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-SOS-1993-02.mp3" title="SOS by DEREK SIVERS">SOS</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-SOS-1993-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1993 : experiment with a Remain In Light / Fela Kuti style arrangement on a weak song with surprisingly bad vocals</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Naaayy-1993-02.mp3" title="Naaayy by DEREK SIVERS">Naaayy</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Naaayy-1993-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1993 : little groove with Bulgaria and Fela sample loops. Goes nowhere, did nothing.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-So_Many_Tears-1993-02.mp3" title="So Many Tears by DEREK SIVERS">So Many Tears</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-So_Many_Tears-1993-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1993 : awful vocals on one of those songs that gets thrown out for good reason</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Walking_and_Throwing-1993-01.mp3" title="Walking and Throwing by DEREK SIVERS">Walking and Throwing</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Walking_and_Throwing-1993-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1993 : circus music : just written for a simple juggling piece</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mime_Circus_Theme-1993-01.mp3" title="Mime Circus Theme by DEREK SIVERS">Mime Circus Theme</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mime_Circus_Theme-1993-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1993 : circus music : re-recording of the 1990 version</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Churchbell_Rock-1993-01.mp3" title="Churchbell Rock by DEREK SIVERS">Churchbell Rock</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Churchbell_Rock-1993-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1993 : little groove, goes nowhere.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Blank_Page-1993-01.mp3" title="Blank Page by DEREK SIVERS">Blank Page</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Blank_Page-1993-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1993 : a song that never worked</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Behind_this_Mask-1993-01.mp3" title="Behind this Mask by DEREK SIVERS">Behind this Mask</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Behind_this_Mask-1993-01.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>January 1993 : trying to imitate that over-dramatic early Peter Gabriel, with a little mideast influence. Pretty embarassing to listen to again now.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Your_Babys_Not_a_Baby_Anymore-1992-12.mp3" title="Your Baby’s Not a Baby Anymore by DEREK SIVERS">Your Baby’s Not a Baby Anymore</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Your_Babys_Not_a_Baby_Anymore-1992-12.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>December 1992 : Sadé-style, written for two friends that had just broken up. I like the guitar solo.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Keep_Away-1992-12.mp3" title="Keep Away by DEREK SIVERS">Keep Away</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Keep_Away-1992-12.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>December 1992 : there's something I really like about this song, despite the wimpy vocals. I like the idea of keep away from my girl as being said to the cruel world and its dangers, instead of to one person.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-How_Could_You_Do_This_to_Me-1992-12.mp3" title="How Could You Do This to Me? by DEREK SIVERS">How Could You Do This to Me?</a></h3>
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<p>December 1992 : imitating Bonnie Raitt's Too Soon to Tell, I had never written this kind of song before, and it was a pretty good attempt, despite the death-twist in the last verse.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Second_Chance-1992-12.mp3" title="Second Chance by DEREK SIVERS">Second Chance</a></h3>
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<p>December 1992 : opening cello sounds came from a MIDI mistake, where the kick-snare was accidentally sent to the wrong patch/instrument.  Unfortunately the rest of the song sucks after that.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Irresistable_Groove-1992-11.mp3" title="Irresistable Groove by DEREK SIVERS">Irresistable Groove</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Irresistable_Groove-1992-11.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>November 1992 : took the groove-track Tambura Jam from a few months and tried to turn it into a song.  Not terrible, but bad vocals wreck it for me.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-PingPongDream-1992-11.mp3" title="PingPongDream by DEREK SIVERS">PingPongDream</a></h3>
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<p>November 1992 : an experiment, not meant to be good for listening. I was living alone at the Oregon coast in the winter, writing down all my dreams in great detail each morning. Had this vivid fascinating dream too long to write here, and this piece is a literal soundtrack to the dream. An successful experiment in connecting my waking life and dream life, even if it's not so listenable.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Star_Knight-1992-10.mp3" title="Star Knight by DEREK SIVERS">Star Knight</a></h3>
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<p>October 1992 : circus music : something made specifically for Tarleton for a magic piece she was doing</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-The_Jugglers-1992-08.mp3" title="The Jugglers by DEREK SIVERS">The Jugglers</a></h3>
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<p>August 1992 : circus music for the Jugglers, imitating Gett Off by Prince, but they loved it so I'm proud of it</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Enter_Mall-1992-08.mp3" title="Enter Mall by DEREK SIVERS">Enter Mall</a></h3>
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<p>August 1992 : circus music for a TV show where the cast is entering the local shopping mall</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Basketball-1992-08.mp3" title="Basketball by DEREK SIVERS">Basketball</a></h3>
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<p>August 1992 : circus music for a TV show</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tambura_Jam-1992-07.mp3" title="Tambura Jam by DEREK SIVERS">Tambura Jam</a></h3>
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<p>July 1992 : leave me alone in a room for a night with a real Indian tambura, little drums from Ecuador, an egg-shaker, a bass, a guitar, a synth, a Fela Kuti influence, and a circus that needed an instrumental piece for the mimes.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Kid_Caveman-1992-07.mp3" title="Kid Caveman by DEREK SIVERS">Kid Caveman</a></h3>
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<p>July 1992 : circus music for Jeff Rask in a caveman outfit.  In the pause he would just grunt.  That was the joke.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Masque_Dance-1992-05.mp3" title="Masque Dance by DEREK SIVERS">Masque Dance</a></h3>
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<p>May 1992 : circus music : I was listening to a lot of belly-dance music then and I'm pretty proud of this piece as my good imitation of it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Paint_the_Town_Blue-1992-05.mp3" title="Paint the Town Blue by DEREK SIVERS">Paint the Town Blue</a></h3>
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<p>May 1992 : awful vocals but nice try for a smoky torch song about depressed revenge. Probably the only time I ever mic'd a real piano.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Jungle_Rings-1992-05.mp3" title="Jungle Rings by DEREK SIVERS">Jungle Rings</a></h3>
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<p>May 1992 : circus music : had these little drums from Ecuador, playing with a 12/8 groove</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Footprints_in_the_Wind-1992-03.mp3" title="Footprints in the Wind by DEREK SIVERS">Footprints in the Wind</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Footprints_in_the_Wind-1992-03.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>March 1992 : oh wow I forgot this was here!  This song was re-written later as Still Too Soon to Tell.  These are just nonsense lyrics.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Arabic_Moon_Dance-1992-02.mp3" title="Arabic Moon Dance by DEREK SIVERS">Arabic Moon Dance</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Arabic_Moon_Dance-1992-02.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>February 1992 : circus music : I was listening to a lot of belly-dance music then and I'm pretty proud of this piece as my good imitation of it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-My_Hero-1992-01.mp3" title="My Hero by DEREK SIVERS">My Hero</a></h3>
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<p>January 1992 : really just a guitar riff and hyperactive groove that never really worked, but I like the lyrics</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Camille-1992-01.mp3" title="Camille by DEREK SIVERS">Camille</a></h3>
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<p>January 1992 : circus music : 8 bars that repeats with building instrumentation. Nice, though.  I like the bassline.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tell_Me_Something_New-1991-12.mp3" title="Tell Me Something New by DEREK SIVERS">Tell Me Something New</a></h3>
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<p>December 1991 : feeling media overload, having been in New York City for a year.  Got the tom-tom groove from my roommate.  Re-recorded this 5 years later on my CD.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/BRIAN_MC-Thats_How_Bad_You_Hurt_Me-1991-10.mp3" title="Thats How Bad You Hurt Me by BRIAN MC">Thats How Bad You Hurt Me by BRIAN MC</a></h3>
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<p>October 1991 : Keren from U2's management company asked me if I could add more instrumentation to this raw demo they were given. Pretty good guitar/bass arrangements! They were impressed, at least. Brian and I recorded a few songs together, then lost touch.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Ordinary_Dragon-1991-09.mp3" title="Ordinary Dragon by DEREK SIVERS">Ordinary Dragon</a></h3>
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<p>September 1991 : circus music, and practically became our theme song.  A big dragon emerged from backstage in a scary way, then went into this pompous rap.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Light_in_Morning-1991-08.mp3" title="Light in Morning by DEREK SIVERS">Light in Morning</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Light_in_Morning-1991-08.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>August 1991 : first recording of one of my best songs. Best version was on my CD.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Fire_Temple-1991-06.mp3" title="Fire Temple by DEREK SIVERS">Fire Temple</a></h3>
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<p>June 1991 : circus music : I was listening to a lot of belly-dance music then and I'm pretty proud of this piece as my good imitation of it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Cant_Sing_You_This_Song-1991-06.mp3" title="Can’t Sing You This Song by DEREK SIVERS">Can’t Sing You This Song</a></h3>
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<p>June 1991 : first recording of one of my better songs that was done much better 4 years later on my CD. Nice bass! Using those guitars as a horn section.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Must_Love_Me-1991-05.mp3" title="Must Love Me by DEREK SIVERS">Must Love Me</a></h3>
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<p>May 1991 : first recording of a song done better 4 years later on my CD. OK raw material, but bad groove and bad vocals.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Admit_It-1991-03.mp3" title="Admit It by DEREK SIVERS">Admit It</a></h3>
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<p>March 1991 : just playing around with a fun bassline and enveloped guitar.  Not much of a song, but also had fun doing James Brown screams.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tulip_and_2_Lucky_Strikes-1991-03.mp3" title="Tulip and 2 Lucky Strikes by DEREK SIVERS">Tulip and 2 Lucky Strikes</a></h3>
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<p>March 1991 : had a crush on Megan (who if you see videos on this website, you can see me floating with in zero-gravity, 16 years later).  I asked her what I should write a song about.  She said a tulip, and two Lucky Strike cigarettes.  Not a bad writing exercise!  I think I pulled it off OK, even if the vocals are pained.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Close_the_Door-1991-02.mp3" title="Close the Door by DEREK SIVERS">Close the Door</a></h3>
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<p>February 1991 : not much to say about this. Interesting verses in a left-brain kinda way. Bad chorus. Bad vocals. I like the droning guitar and bass with changing chords behind.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Worth_Every_Hurt-1990-04.mp3" title="Worth Every Hurt by DEREK SIVERS">Worth Every Hurt</a></h3>
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<p>April 1990 : it's all about the guitar on this one. The song itself is merely acceptable.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Tryin_to_Find-1990-04.mp3" title="Tryin’ to Find by DEREK SIVERS">Tryin’ to Find</a></h3>
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<p>April 1990 : one of my better songs (considering I was only 20 years old), though a cheezy arrangement and recording. Just a writing exercise from Berklee College. Divide an 8 bar verse into 3+3+2.  A three bar phrase, a three bar phrase, and a two bar phrase. Bridge really goes somewhere interesting, though. Songwriting teacher held this song up to the class as a brilliant example, which really boosted my ego.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Give_and_Take-1990-04.mp3" title="Give and Take by DEREK SIVERS">Give and Take</a></h3>
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<p>April 1990 : oof. I was so proud of this. Now unlistenablly dated. Back then Paula Abdul was a musician! Weird, huh?</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Kiss_Me_Here-1990-04.mp3" title="Kiss Me Here by DEREK SIVERS">Kiss Me Here</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Kiss_Me_Here-1990-04.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>April 1990 : bad too-fast recording of a song I have many other versions of, here.  So go listen to those instead.  One of the first songs I ever wrote.  Idea came from a Souxie song with lyrics like Don’t Touch Me There I think. I liked how the listener doesn't know where there is.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Mime_Circus_Theme-1990-04.mp3" title="Mime Circus Theme by DEREK SIVERS">Mime Circus Theme</a></h3>
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<p>April 1990 : circus music : the theme for the Mime Circus.  I didn't write it! Not my fault! But we needed a recording of it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-I_Gotta_Go-1990-04.mp3" title="I Gotta Go by DEREK SIVERS">I Gotta Go</a></h3>
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<p>April 1990 : hey I was really proud of this when I was 20!  Cool funky arrangement, guitars as horn-section.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Juggle_Chimes-1990-04.mp3" title="Juggle Chimes by DEREK SIVERS">Juggle Chimes</a></h3>
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<p>April 1990 : circus music for Jugglin' John, as he balanced water on his head while juggling knives, blindfolded</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-How_Do_You_Do_It-1990-04.mp3" title="How Do You Do It by DEREK SIVERS">How Do You Do It</a></h3>
<audio src="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-How_Do_You_Do_It-1990-04.mp3" preload="none" controls="controls"></audio>
<p>April 1990 : please don't ever make me listen to this song again, even though I liked it then.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Start_Over_Again-1990-04.mp3" title="Start Over Again by DEREK SIVERS">Start Over Again</a></h3>
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<p>April 1990 : don't most songwriters start out by writing sappy over-sentimental songs, then get to the good stuff later?  I think I wrote this when I was 17. Maybe the 3rd song I ever wrote.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Definitely_Different-1989-08.mp3" title="Definitely Different by DEREK SIVERS">Definitely Different</a></h3>
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<p>August 1989 : as cheezy as can be, sounds like a shoe commercial, but I was learning blues/boogie piano, and this was just an outlet for it.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-My_Pocket-1989-07.mp3" title="My Pocket by DEREK SIVERS">My Pocket</a></h3>
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<p>July 1989 : James Brown, much? Recorded at Berklee College recording studio for someone's final project.  Real instruments.  Lyrics inspired by a Paul Simon interview in Song Talk magazine, where he said he likes to write about things from the other person's point of view. What's in my pocket is more interesting to me than what's in your pocket.  Guitar influenced by Herbie Hancock song Doin’ It.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Waiting_at_the_Station-1989-07.mp3" title="Waiting at the Station by DEREK SIVERS">Waiting at the Station</a></h3>
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<p>July 1989 : not bad for an 18-year-old!  I was touring with the circus and spending a lot of time at bus and train stations.  Instead of a verse-chorus A-B structure, it goes in some kind of an A-B-C A-B-C A-B-C A-B-C structure, building the arrangement as it goes. Pretty good afro-pop arrangement considering I was playing everything myself.</p>

<h3><a href="https://m.sive.rs/DEREK_SIVERS-Perfect_Place_to_Hide-1989-06.mp3" title="Perfect Place to Hide by DEREK SIVERS">Perfect Place to Hide</a></h3>
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<p>June 1989 : one of my first songs, but this first recording is too pop-reggae. Recorded better in 1993, then better again in 1996.</p>
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