...in 2014

17th December 2014

You And Me and Worn Out Tune are two Elizabeth Ziman songs that you can find on her 2010 album Other Side Of Zero by Elizabeth & The Catapult. You’ll find them on the Elizabeth Ziman page.

I’m away now until after the New Year, so I wish all of you seasons greetings. Thank you all for your support and kind words during the year. I hope you enjoyed playing some favourite songs.Enjoy the holiday and...

14th December 2014

Two new, and as yet unreleased songs by Elizabeth Ziman... Here are Belly Of The Wolf and Song Stands Alone 2014

9th December 2014

Elizabeth Ziman’s 2008 debut album, Taller Children (as Elizabeth & The Catapult) was full of astonishingly cool songs. Just check out Perfectly Perfect, The Hang Up, Momma’s Boy and the wonderful Golden Ink. You’ll find them on the Elizabeth Ziman page.

5th December 2014

One more Greg Laswell song for the road - Come Back Down is from his 2012 album Landline. Check it out Check them out on the Greg Laswell page!

4th December 2014

Here are five songs by Greg Laswell from his extraordinary 2008 album, Three Flights From Alto Nido. Hope you like: The One I Love, Comes And Goes (In Waves), Sweet Dream, And Then You, and Days Go On. Check them out on the Greg Laswell page!

30th November 2014

I’m Yours, written by Jason Mraz was a 2008 hit single that you can find on the album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things. Here, too is a transcription, in the key of C, for ukulele. Check them out in Odd Ditties!

20th November 2014

Another cool Train song - Meet Virginia, credited to the whole band. The song featured on the band’s 2009 album Save Me, San Francisco. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

17th November 2014

Hey, Soul Sister, written by Patrick Monahan, Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund of San Francisco rock band Train, is a really cool song showcasing the ukulele, which I’ve transcribed for guitar. But, in this key, it’s great for either instrument. From the 2009 album Save Me, San Francisco. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

9th November 2014

I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, written by the legendary Diane Warren, was performed by Aerosmith in the film Armageddon. It is featured on the film’s soundtrack album. Check it out on the Diane Warren page.

5th November 2014

Believe was a 1998 Euro-dance hit for Cher that can find on her album of the same name. It seems to have been written by a committee, judging by the writing credits - Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, and Timothy Powell. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Hospital, written by Jonathan Richman in 1971/72, you can find on the 1976 album The Modern Lovers. Check it out on the Modern Lovers (via Jonathan Richman) page.

27th October 2014

As part of my Ingrid Michaelson blitz, here are some songs from her latest (2014) album Lights Out. Hope you like You Got Me, Girls Chase Boys, Home, Ready To Lose, Everyone Is Gonna Love Me Now, Afterlife, Over You, Wonderful Unknown. Check them out on the Ingrid Michaelson page!

20th October 2014

To break up the time a bit, here is White Lies And Alibis from Neil Finn’s 2014 album Dizzy Heights. Check it out on the Neil Finn page.

If I Could Turn Back Time, written by the legendary Diane Warren, was a come-back mega-hit for Cher in 1989. It featured on her album Heart Of Stone. Check it out in Odd Ditties.

15th October 2014

The Ingrid Michaelson blitz continues with some songs from my fave album of hers Human Again (2012). Here are How We Love, the wonderful Palm Of Your Hand, Blood Brothers, End Of The World, Ghost, I’m Through, This Is War, Ribbons and So Long. Check them out on the Ingrid Michaelson page!

7th October 2014

Me And My Broken Heart was a 2014 download for UK band Rixton, credited to all band members. Quite nice-sounding piano chords, but the song starts to get interesting with the switch to reggae. Why not check it out in Odd Ditties...?

Here, too, is The Way I Am, a really lovely Ingrid Michaelson from her 2006 album Girls And Boys, that you can find on the Ingrid Michaelson page. Enjoy!

2nd October 2014

Here, as part of my Ingrid Michaelson blitz, are six great songs from her 2009 album Everybody.  Hope you like the title track plus Maybe, Locked Up, Once Was Love and Are We There Yet? and Sort Of. Check them out on the Ingrid Michaelson page!

28th September 2014

Words Of Wisdom is a song, with gorgeous chords, that was written by Jay Clifford for his then-band Jump, Little Children, that you can find on the 2001album Vertigo. Check it out on the Jay Clifford page!

And here, too, are You And I and Be OK from Ingrid Michaelson’s 2008 album Be OK. Check it out on the Ingrid Michaelson page!

23rd September 2014

My Allie Moss blitz continues...! So, here are the remaining songs, some of which appeared on her 2009 debut EP Passerby, and all of which appeared on her 2011 debut album Late Bloomer.

So, here are Late Bloomer, Make Your Move, Melancholy Astronautic Man, Leave It All BehindWay With Words, Anywhere To Find You and Dig With Me. Check them out on the new Allie Moss page!

18th September 2014

Have been having something of an extended and intense session with Allie Moss...! She is definitely deserving of her own page. So, here are a few songs, some of which appeared on her 2009 debut EP Passerby, and all of which appeared on her 2011 debut album Late Bloomer.

So, here are Corner, Something To Hold Onto, Rally, Prisoner Of Hope, Days I Regret, Let It Go and the title track from the EP: Passerby. Check them out on the new Allie Moss page!

11th September 2014

Three very different songs for you to check out today... First up is Lovin’ You, a 1975 hit for the late, great Minnie Ripperton, that was written by her and her husband Richard Rudolph. It showcases Minnie’s astonishing vocal range that reaches into the whistle-register.

Then a Cat Stevens classic Here Comes My Baby from 1967 that you can find on Cat’s album    Matthew And Son. And finally, American Girl, Tom Petty’s 1977 classic performed by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and featured on their eponymous album that year. Check them out in Odd Ditties!

6th September 2014

Living Life is  a 1981 song, written by Daniel Johnston, and famously covered by Kathy McCarty. It was featured in the soundtrack to the 1995 film Before Sunrise. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Sink To The Bottom is a 1996 song written by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood for their band Fountains Of Wayne, and featured on the album of the album of the same name. Check it out on the Adam Schlesinger page.

31st August 2014

Here are two more Ben Gibbard songs for your playing pleasure. Someday You Will Be Loved is a gorgeous song from the 2005 album Plans by Ben’s band Death Cab For Cutie.

And here is Transatlanticism from Death Cab For Cutie’s 2003 album of the same name. Check them out on the Ben Gibbard page.

16th August 2014

Salome is an old Rhett Miller song that the Old 97’s used to play. It’s from the 1997 album Too Far To Care. Check it out on the Rhett Miller page

Soul Meets Body, written by Ben Gibbard, is a cool song you can find on the 2005 album Plans by Ben’s band Death Cab For Cutie. Check it out on the Ben Gibbard page.

10th August 2014

Happy birthday to us! The Blind Guitarist was first published  four years ago today. Back then I was converting fifty-or-so old transcriptions that I had on scraps of paper kept in a ring-pull binder.

To celebrate, here’s something a bit more recent – Wish I Was Here, the title song from the soundtrack of Zach Braff’s latest film of the same name, which was released in the U.S. last month. Written by Cat Power and Chris Martin, it’s performed by Cat and Coldplay. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

5th August 2014

Here are Such Great Heights and Brand New Colony, both co-written by Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, that you can find on the 2003 album Give Up by The Postal Service. Check them both out on the Ben Gibbard page

1st August 2014

Falling Slowly is a song written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová that you can find on the 2006 soundtrack album of the film Once. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

Hate To See You Like This, from the 2011 Sky Full Of Holes, was written by Adam Schlesinger  and Chris Collingwood of the band Fountains of Wayne. Check it out on the Adam Schlesinger page!

28th July 2014

Feel Like Making Love was a hit single in 1975 for Bad Company. You can find it on the album of that year, Straight Shooter. Written by Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

24th July 2014

When Free broke up after the death of guitarist Paul Kossoff, Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke got together with Mick Ralphs of Mott The Hoople and bassist Boz Burrell of King Crimson to form Bad Company. The band had considerable success during the 70s.

Can’t Get Enough (1974), written by Paul Rodgers and Mick Ralphs, was their first single. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

19th July 2014

All Right Now was a 1970 hit single for the UK band Free. Written by Andy Fraser and Paul Rodgers, it featured on Free’s album Fire And Water. The late Paul Kossoff played lead guitar for Free during this period and, for this song, is responsible for that great guitar solo. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

14th July 2014

Crazier is a 2009 song written by Taylor Swift and Robert Ellis Orrall for the film Hanna Montana. Check out my transcription in Odd Ditties!

11th July 2014

Luka is a song recorded by Suzanne Vega and released as a single in 1987. It remains one of my favourite songs despite its grim subject (child abuse). The lyrics, narrated from the child’s point-of-view, are simply heartbreaking.

It remains her highest-charting hit in the U.S., reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song is surprisingly easy to play with gorgeous jangly chords. Vega plays this on a 12-string so, if you have one, the song sounds gorgeous (and spot on).

Check out my transcription in Odd Ditties!

4th July 2014

So Now What is a gorgeous, uplifting song by James Mercer, performed by The Shins, for the soundtrack of the 2014 film Wish I Was Here. Check it out on the James Mercer page..

Probably not one you’d want to busk, but you might want to impress a loved one with this.

28th June 2014

I Will Take Care Of You, written by Susanna Hoffs and Dillon O’Brian is featured on the 2003 album Doll Revolution by The Bangles. Hope you like!

If She Knew What She Wants is a Jules Shear song that you can find on his 1985 album The Eternal Return. It was covered the same year by The Bangles and is featured on their 1985 album Different Light.

Check out both songs in Odd Ditties!

22nd June 2014

Here are two songs, written by Kimberley Rew, the founder-member of UK indie band The Waves (later to become Katrina and The Waves).

Going Down To Liverpool was a 1982 song that was on The Waves’ original EP Shock Horror! This song was famously covered by The Bangles.

And here is the song that everyone has heard - Walking On Sunshine from 1985, as performed by Katrina and The Waves. You can find both songs on the album All Over The Place. Check out both songs in Odd Ditties!

16th June 2014

A Hazy Shade Of Winter is a Paul Simon song that you can  find on Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 album Bookends. Check it out on the Simon and Garfunkel page.

The Bangles were asked to record a song for the 1987 film Less Than Zero and they chose this song, recording it as Hazy Shade Of Winter (lopping off the song’s initial “A”). Their version is much rockier and most of Simon’s original bridge has gone. A really cool version. Stroll over to Odd Ditties and check it out.

11th June 2014

The Whole World Lost Its Head, written by Kathy Valentine and Jane Wiedlin, and performed by The Go Go’s, is featured on their 1994 album Return To The Valley Of The Go Go’s. Check it out in Odd Ditties.

6th June 2014

Vacation was a hit song, written by Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin from the hit album of the same name by The Go-Go’s. And here, too, from Jane Wiedlin’s debut 1988 solo album Fur is her hit single Rush Hour. Check them both out in Odd Ditties.

31st May 2014

Leave A Light On was written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley for Belinda Carlisle’s third solo album Runaway Horses (1989) and was one of the major hits from that album.

Our Lips Are Sealed, written by Jane Wiedlin and Terry Hall, was the first hit single for The Go Go’s which you can find on their debut album Beauty And The Beat.

Check them both out in Odd Ditties.

21st May 2014

The Drugs Don’t Work and Sonnet are two songs, written by Richard Ashcroft, that you can find on The Verve’s 1997 album Urban Hymns. Check them both out in Odd Ditties.

16th May 2014

Frankenstein is yet another cool Aimee Mann song, this time from the 1995 album I’m With Stupid. Check it out on the new Aimee Mann page.

Bittersweet Melody, written by Richard Ashcroft, was a 1997 hit for The Verve. From their album Urban Hymns. Check them both out in Odd Ditties.

11th May 2014

Red Vines is a cool Aimee Mann song from her 2002 album Bachelor No. 2 or The Remains of the Dodo. Check it out on the new Aimee Mann page.

Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, from the 1982 album Thriller, has one of the greatest openings of all time. It kicks off like a threat, with metronomic beat, gliding bass and haunting  strings, and then that voice floats in, high and breathless and desperate... Check them both out in Odd Ditties.

3rd May 2014

I Heard It Through The Grapevine was a 1968 song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Tamla Motown. Marvin Gaye had a hit with this in 1969.

Smells Like Teen Spirit was a 1991 song written by Kurt Cobain, Dave Grolsch and Krist Novoselic and featured on Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind. Check them both out in Odd Ditties.

29th April 2014

Some more Aimee Mann for your playing pleasure... Here are Looking For Nothing and Stranger Into Starman from her 2008 album @#%&*! Smilers. Check them out on the new Aimee Mann page.

22nd April 2014

Here are two great songs from Aimee Mann’s 1993 debut album Whatever. Hope you like 4th July and Mr Harris. Check them out on the new Aimee Mann page!

18th April 2014

Charmer was a 2012 album by Aimee Mann that featured a bunch of cool songs. I have transcribed seven of them for your playing pleasure. So here are Living A Lie, Red Flag Diver, Slip And Roll, Soon Enough, Disappeared, Charmer and Labrador. Check them out on the new Aimee Mann page!

11th April 2014

The Air That I Breathe, written by Albert Hammond  and Mike Hazelwood for Albert’s 1972 album It Never Rains In Southern California. It’s been widely covered since, but The Hollies’ richly orchestrated and sensitive version is the definitive one. Check it out in Odd Ditties.

6th April 2014

Here are four songs from Aimee Mann’s 2002 album Lost In Space. Hope you like Guys Like Me, Pavlov’s Bell, It’s Not and Lost In Space. Check it out on the new Aimee Mann page.

31st March 2014

Naked As We Came is a 2004 song, written by Samuel Beam, from Iron & Wine’s album Our Endless Numbered Days. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

26th March 2014

Here are two really cool songs for your playing pleasure. Sweet Gene Vincent is a classic by Ian Dury and The Blockheads from their 1976 album New Boots and Panties!! Sweet rock ‘n’ roll. Very easy chords and sounds magnificent.

And then there’s Heart Of Glass by Blondie from the 1979 album Parallel Lines. Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Check them both out in Odd Ditties!

20th March 2014

Two more songs from My Name Is You’s debut album. Here is Tonight (written by Joshua Radin), Fortunate Ones and  I’ll Be Waiting. Check them out on the brand new Anne Williamson & Brandon Walters page.

16th March 2014

Here, from My Name Is You’s  2013 debut album, The Fortunate Ones, are the songs Come Back, What You Mean and One Thing. Check them out on the brand new Anne Williamson & Brandon Walters page.

12th March 2014

My Name Is You was my band of 2013, the year of their debut album The Fortunate Ones. MNIY is a duo of married singer-songwriters Anne Williamson (Vocals, Keys) and Brandon Walters (Vocals, Guitars). Here, from their eponymous 2011 EP are We’re Alive, Release Me and Everything That. Check them out on the brand new Anne Williamson & Brandon Walters page.

7th March 2014

Here are two soul classics from the pens of Otis Redding and Steve Cropper. Mr Pitiful was a 1964 single that you can find on The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads. Respect, from 1965, became a major 1967 hit, and signature song, for Aretha Franklin. Check them out on the Otis Redding & Steve Cropper page!

2nd March 2014

Welcome to the brand new Aimee Mann page! Aimee was Academy award and Grammy award nominated for the songs she wrote for the 1999 film Magnolia.

Hope you like them! Here they all are: Momentum, Build That Wall, You Do, Driving Sideways, Wise Up and Save Me. Check it out on the brand new Aimee Mann page!

26th February 2014

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long was a 1965 song, written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler, that became a soul classic. It has been covered several times, notably by Ike and Tina Turner. Check it out on the Otis Redding & Steve Cropper page!

19th February 2014

Me And You is a Jake Bugg song from his 2013 album Shangri La. It’s upbeat with a slight “country” feel. Would be a great busker! Check it out in Odd Ditties!

14th February 2014

Substitute, written by Pete Townshend, was released as a single for The Who in 1966. It was later to be found on the 1971 compilation album Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy. Very catchy with one of the great intros in recorded popular music. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

11th February 2014

Here, for your playing pleasure, is the bass tab for Valley Girl from Frank Zappa’s 1982 album Ship Arriving Too Late To Save a Drowning Witch. The song comprises only bass, drums and vocals. I transcribed this using a 6-string, as I no longer have a bass, so bass players may need to shift the tab an octave to compensate. See what you make of it. It was my best shot...

Written by Frank Zappa and his then 14-year-old daughter Moon, this was a parody of the teenage girls who lived in the San Fernando Valley in the early 80s and became an unexpected hit. Check it out on the Frank Zappa page.

6th February 2014

Here is a gorgeous George Harrison song from his 1970 album All Things Must Pass. What Is Life would be the perfect busker! Check it out in Odd Ditties!

31st January 2014

GONG  XI  FA  CAI ! 恭ア喜發￿獟 (Or however you transliterate it...) Happy Chinese New Year!

If you’re celebrating Golden Week and you need a break from the relatives, or even if you’re not (and don’t), have a play of these great songs from the pens of Leslie Mendelson and Steve McEwan. Easy Love and the gorgeous Rest Of London you can find on Leslie’s 2009 album Swan Feathers. Check them out on the Leslie Mendelson & Steve McEwan page!

27th January 2014

Be My Baby was written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. It was a huge hit for The Ronettes in 1963. This was the recording that started it all for Phil, and was the sound that became known as his “Wall of Sound”. Check it out in Odd Ditties!

23rd January 2014

To Love Somebody€ť was written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb, originally for Otis Redding. It featured on the Bee Gees’ 1967 debut album Bee Gees 1st. It has been covered dozens of times by various notable artists e.g. Lulu, Janis Joplin, and Nina Simone. Check this one out in Odd Ditties!

I Know You Better Than That and If I Don’t Stop Loving You are two more songs that are written by Leslie Mendelson  and Steve McEwan. They are released on Leslie’s 2009 album Swan Feathers. Check these on the Leslie Mendelson & Steve McEwan page!

18th January 2014

Gap is a gorgeous, funky song written by Paul Garred, Hugh Harris and Luke Pritchard, that you can find on the 2008 album Konk by The Kooks. Check out my tab of this on the Luke Pritchard page.

16th January 2014

Here are two new (-ish) songs from the pens of Leslie Mendelson and Steve McEwan. They’ll probably appear on the new album due for release this year but, for now, you can find them on YouTube or on a self-released CD that Leslie sells at her gigs. Hope you like Coney Island and Jericho. Check them out on the Leslie Mendelson & Steve McEwan page.

12th January 2014

How’d You Like That?, written by Hugh Harris and Luke Pritchard, and Junk Of The Heart (Happy) written by Luke Pritchard and producer Tom Hoffer, are featured on The Kooks’ 2011 album Junk Of The Heart. Check them out on the Luke Pritchard page.

8th January 2014

In memory of Lou Reed who passed away in 2013, I’ve re-vamped his page, updated the transcriptions and added two more from his 1972 album Transformer. Here are Vicious and New York Telephone Conversation. Check them out on the Lou Reed page!

4th January 2014

Here are two versions of See The Sun, one of which is a tab for acoustic guitar. Written by  Luke Pritchard and Paul Garred, this song was featured on The Kooks’ 2008 album, Konk.

And here, too, from the same album is Always Where I Need To Be, written by Luke Pritchard. Check them out on the Luke Pritchard page!

1st January 2014

She Moves In Her Own Way and Jackie Big Tits are two songs from The Kooks’ 2006 debut album, Inside In / Inside Out.

This album, had all its songs credited to all band members: Hugh Harris, Luke Pritchard, Max Rafferty and Paul Garred. Subsequent albums had songs credited to individual members but Pritchard became the principal writer.

Check them out on the Luke Pritchard page!

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