“B. Obama” (Teaser Trailer)

I’d hoped to have the real tune ready for today, but I’m settling for a “semi-excerpt”, which means that it’s a small section of the final tune, which will contain more instruments, a tighter mix, and be much longer. I’m going a little out on a limb, because instrumental music –with solos?!?– isn’t my strong suit. But people, I gotta tell you, the final version of this tune has been haunting me for three years now, and it needs to get out of my head once and for all. Its day is coming up quickly.

“Hoodie-Footie Valentine”

Did I mention that working at Vermont Teddy Bear Company (i.e., PajamaGram) was a wonderful excuse for coming up with songs?

Here’s one that I put some time into getting to sound the way I wanted. However, I didn’t have time to do a “proper” video, so the twirling circle of Hoodie-Foodie women was the best I could do. I am rather fond of the tune, though. Hall and Oates were primary musical inspirations with Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” in mind during the bridge. Let the ersatz ’70s soft-rock balladry float you away.

“Hoodie-Footie #2”

Vermont Teddy Bear Company may be the closest thing Vermont has to a Disney company, a place that cultivates a sense of whimsical possibilities. Being part of The Bear certainly gave me plenty of excuses to come up with…goofy songs. I wrote one for the company’s 2008 Burlington Mardi Gras float (“I wanna give the world a beeeeear huuuuuug!”), and I wrote a few promoting Hoodie-Footie, one of the flagship products of its daughter company, PajamaGram.

Here’s the second song I wrote for Hoodie-Footie (so I called it, uh, “Hoodie-Footie #2”). A ham such as I has no qualms about getting into a pink adult onesie and losing what little dignity he has left, but I have to give my appreciation to my coworkers who dared to don very warm, hooded PJs and dance their way into…immortality…

(Cheers to PajamaGram for the video!)