Category: Demos

demos of new songs by Thomas Oliver

I Got a Witness (a demo)

This is my attempt at gospel music. Gospel music, like the blues, has it origins in the early 1800s and comes from the black oral tradition. Its rhythmic history is rooted in the handclapping and stomping when the singing was…

Never Been to Austin (a demo)

In Atlanta, Melissa and I liked to attend house concerts, where lesser known but incredibly talented singer/songwriters earn most of their living. It’s an intimate setting, usually in the living rooms of super hosts, who invite friends and neighbors to…

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.…