Category: Demos

demos of new songs by Thomas Oliver

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.…

Walk Around Blind (a demo)

It’s been said that everything is memory. Without memories, there is no real life. But sometimes our memories, even the most important, are partly truth and partly fiction. Retelling them doesn’t necessarily clarify the thin line between reality and fantasy,…

Where Promises Are Kept (a demo)

This song is not about my family. And yet it is, just as it is about your family. There is something real, something experiential in the three examples in this song. That’s what an artist tries to do. Draws on…

Heaven Began to Fall (a demo)

The rain in Atlanta started the day we moved to Tybee. And it didn’t stop until a 500-year flood had inundated the metro area. The yard at the house Melissa left behind became a lake. Luckily the water didn’t make it…