Category Archives: Covers

Barbershop Metal?

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

After posting a picture of my brothers and I for National Siblings Day, one of my younger brother’s friends posed the question, “So what does barbershop metal sound like?

barbershop metal

Who could resist a challenge like that. I found a great track on youtube by a fellow named Toby Ireland and his friends that would work for the vocals and built the rest around it. Enjoy!

The original youtube video can be found here

While my guitar gently weeps (instrumental)

While my guitar gently weeps (instrumental)

One Tuesday afternoon at the end of a business day, I received news that a colleague in Ottawa was retiring and his co- workers had asked that everyone who knew him could send a farewell message at the same time – noon eastern that Thursday, and that every message should have a creative spin to the message that somehow involved the Beatles, Bryan’s favourite band.

I mulled it over and came up with a plan, and given my busy Wednesday didn’t get a chance to sit down and actually start putting my idea together until about 10:30 at night. I pushed hard until 3, and this is the result that appeared in his inbox the next morning.

I have tried to keep as much feel of the original together through the rhythm and melody lines, and then added my own flavour on the lead parts. I ended up using three guitars: steel string for strummed rhythm, hollow body electric for picked rhythm and melody, and my trusty Baretta for the lead work.

Shred the Halls

Shred the Halls

Being Christmas and all, I had a few hours to spare and thought I’d record a seasonal ditty to go with a video montage for my food website, looking back at 2007.

Watch the video here:

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

This is a recording I did for my son's 16th birthday as a surprise for him on my MySpace page. He also plays guitar and I though he'd get a kick out of a “shred” version of Happy Birthday, so I stayed up late the night before the big occasion and cranked this off.