Anonymous asked: You are so great you should sing song covers not silly tumblr ones!
Thank you very much. I usually don’t like to do covers because most covers are either 1) boring or 2) overdone. Plus, I’m getting wonderful requests from all of you, and it’s more fun and challenging to write originals for real, beautiful people. But you’re welcome to put in a request that I do a cover, and I’ll consider it. — KC
I want to write a song
called Cry, Baby, Cry.
I’m too sad to list
the reasons why.
But I’m curious. I bet some of you Tumblr bloggers have encouraged a friend or lover to cry—just to let it all out. Why? What was the pain or joy they had to cry out? I’m going to think of your stories while I write the lyrics for my next song. Thanks for sharing! — Kavalier Calm
I was born in a smoked barrel.
My mouth was full of barley and rye.
Now I done grown up and run away from home,
but I will always be a momma’s boy.
People ask me: “Why whiskey?”
And I tell them why:
“Because whiskey is my favorite way to die.”
When your work’s no good,
and your woman’s even worse,
call up a single malt doctor:
the world has never seen a better nurse.
Comrades want vodka,
and foodies, they want good wine.
But I’ll take a drink that’s always there for me
when I need to forget the time.
My brief hiatus from writing #gaming-themed songs is at an end. With this post, I am announcing my intention to write a series of songs centered on The Walking Dead: The Game, which recently won Game of the Year at Spike TV’s Video Game Awards. I credit Eric at the fantastic On The Level Gaming blog for the idea; knowing my penchant for storytelling through song, he correctly assumed I would enjoy digesting Telltale’s epic story and adding to it in my own way. I was familiar with the graphic novels and the show before Eric made the suggestion, but I was admittedly unaware that I could participate in the story as a gamer. After a bit of research, I downloaded the first episode onto my Xbox last night, and it only took a few exchanges between Lee and Clementine before my brain started puzzling out lyrics and song structures. This is really a win, win opportunity for me, as the only thing I have enjoyed writing as much as my #gaming songs are my #zombie songs.
Right now, I think a logical way to approach this is to write a song for each episode in the five episode series. The titles of each episode are already begging to be song titles or parts of a chorus; for example, “Long Road Ahead” has a Johnny Cash-luster about it. I also imagine these tunes will stylistically be minimalistic folk because 1) that fits my strengths and my budget and because 2) I think it fits a post-apocalyptic subject matter. The quantity and style are still very much up in the air, though. In the end, I may release the set as an EP on my Bandcamp page for free download, depending on public interest.
I would be thrilled to work with fans of the The Walking Dead on the lyrics, the songs, the album art, etc. If you would enjoy collaborating in any way, shoot me an email at email@example.com. Don’t be shy!
Thanks in advance for playing along, zombie lovers!
Brains! — Kavalier Calm