Category: About my songs

about the songs written by Thomas Oliver

You’re in New Orleans (a demo)

    Where do songs come from? The ideas and particularly the lines that jump out and grab at the listener often baffle the writer as to their origins. I’ve written before about “catching” songs as they float by.  This…

Through a Glass Darkly (a demo)

      In this song, I’ve taken three real, though disparate situations and weaved them together to underscore the often inexplicable, serendipitous nature of life. Some see a hidden hand in some such occurrences, using such plain words as…

The re-writing of Blue Lights

       Few of my songs have resonated so quickly and consistently with family, friends and fans as has “Blue Lights.”        From the first tryout at a weekly jam, to playing it at other venues with band or solo, in front…

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…