Category: Demos

demos of new songs by Thomas Oliver

Got the Blues Last Night (a demo)

This is not so much a blues song in the strictest sense, as it is a country cheating song in the tradition of Hank Williams: “I Got a Feeling Called the Blues.” (If only I could yodel! Seriously.) The cheating…

The Bullet (a demo)

The Bullet I’m partial to this haunting blues number. Melissa claims it crept out of the night, spawned by having watched HBO’s “True Detective.” We didn’t take HBO at the time the show morphed into a cult hit, so we had…

Better than Ever (a demo)

I was told it is ill advised to write an ironic song. The point you’re criticizing might be taken as something you actually admire rather than something deserving ridicule. Unless you have a blog to explain the deeper, hidden meaning!!…

Rescue Me ( a demo)

This is the “old” song in this batch of demos. It was written eight years ago, or a year or two before Melissa and I married. And it reflects the growing frustration that we still weren’t married and living together.…

That Cold Dark Hour (a demo)

The prophets of the Old Testaments were my first, early immersion into the blues. Bemoaning their condition, blaming others, praying for relief from any more tests of their faith and crying out for the death to their enemies. If that…

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…