Firetruck: In which I write and record my first song…

Ian asked me for a firetruck song tonight for bedtime songs. I thought maybe there might be some kind of melody hiding in the fire truck siren sound, so I started there and half-assed my way through a melody. After he went down, I thought I might have enough to make a “real” song. It only has one chord progression and melody, due to it being a kid’s song and the first song I’ve ever written, but I found a surprisingly good loop to match against, and it kind of came out as a ballad for firefighters from a kid’s perspective.

Like I said, be gentle, it’s supposed to be a little lame. And I’ve never recorded a song before either.

Here are the lyrics:’m releasing the recording and the lyrics as creative commons share-alike (


New shoes and no keys

Today is day 1 of our grand tour of the Pacific Northwest. We are on our layover at Minneapolis/St. Paul. It’s odd to not have my keys with me, but we got a ride to the airport, we’re getting a ride back, and the only thing to do with them is lose them.