Category: Demos

demos of new songs by Thomas Oliver

Where Angels Fear to Tread
(a demo)

This song came out of discovering some new ways to play old chords, in this case, playing a traditional blues shuffle pattern up on the neck of the guitar. (Funny, only recently have the directions on a fretboard become second…

The Way You Do (a demo)

A little rhythm & blues. Somewhat outside my norm, but not so that it feels unnatural. Just the opposite in fact. I’m trying here for a romantic tune immersed in the real world. Describing love beyond the hot fires of…

Hiding Out in Paradise Lost
(a demo)

There is a mysterious, mystic part of the creative process that is outside the individual artist. It’s what makes creating so intoxicating, and why one can get lost for hours in the process. You look up and wonder two things:…

I Miss My Friend (a demo)

What if? That’s how a lot of songs get written. Asking the what-if question about this or that situation.  You don’t always have to write from strictly personal experience.  You can imagine, and in this case: What would happen if…

Slow Trains,
South-Bound Women (a demo)

“Slow Trains, South-Bound Women” says it all in the title. In the tradition of the blues, “Slow Trains” is a first-person lament over the loss of a lover. She done gone. The melody, too, is strictly old-time blues, with its…

Blue Lights (a demo)

This one is special. When I was in high school in College Park and beginning to date, there were two main places where couples would go parking. (Remember parking? Making out?)   One was down Virginia Ave. toward the Atlanta Airport.…