Category: Demos

demos of new songs by Thomas Oliver

Signs (a demo)

    Signs is what is called a “list” song.     In this case, lists of all the ideas people have of this mysterious stranger, who is never identified.     Better left to the listener’s imagination.    …

Love in the Time of War (a demo)

Here’s how the song “Love in the Time of War” came to be:    Several years back, Melissa and I scoured Pennsylvania’s courthouses and graveyards looking for her ancestors. We visited the Pond Eddy Bridge, a two-span, one-lane steel structure…

Trying to Keep the Record Straight
(a demo)

I love to write story songs. Seeing as mine are totally fiction, I get to imagine things outside my life: like murder and gambling and philanders and mesdames. (See Getaway Smile). Here’s the latest, about a man lured into a night that changed…

Somebody’s Gotta Pay (a demo)

     The origin and title came directly from being knee deep in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and wondering who was going pay for all this mess. Not just clearing and cleaning and repairing our place, but the whole…

It’s Always Monday (a demo)

This little ditty uses Monday as a metaphor for when life doesn’t seem to be working out just right. And in this case, all bad things seem to happen on Monday. It also speaks to that particular day of the…