Category: Demos

demos of new songs by Thomas Oliver

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…

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…