Category: Demos

demos of new songs by Thomas Oliver

Give in to Love (a demo)

As an exercise, I initially wrote most of these lyrics to the melody of Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehaving.” But I liked the lyrics and the story too much to simply file them away as an exercise, so I had to…

Don’t Worry about Me (a demo)

During a two-month period I lost my brother-in-law and a dear friend. Pete Williams was very much like a brother to me, and while he had not been healthy for a while, his death was nevertheless unexpected. Lynn Boykin, the…

The Counting Song (a demo)

This is a light little tune with some playful lyrics. To me it has the feel of a little show tune, something that could be part of a musical. I felt this even before I realized its mysterious connection to…

When You Kissed Me (a demo)

This is a grownups’ love song. Not for the faint of heart are love and its vagaries. Especially during the time of great desire and burning jealousy. Musically, this is a melody that I have been playing around with for…