Home Grown Songs from a 1980’s Lounge Room

In the 1980’s, as a hobby, I’d write poems & then transform them into lyrics with music making songs. Most of the music was written by a friend, Henry, and there are some I wrote the music. I wasn’t a great guitarist, just knew a few chords & made do with them for my music to the lyrics. Apart from Henry there was also Dennis who played lead guitar and Willie, my brother, who also played guitar.

I scored a cheap Casio player and there are some jams we recorded with me playing the Casio. It was one of the first players that had programmed polyphonic auto accompaniment. “Playing” implies I knew what I was doing. I didn’t. I just pressed some keys in rhythm hoping it’d make some semblance of a tune. It provided the “metronome” drum beat & the programmed beats/notes. These acted as “guard rails” to the jam.

The Casiotone we used was like this. It was the first to have programmed polyphonic auto accompaniment

It was a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night. We didn’t have any plans to perform, we just liked hanging together making music for ourselves. I’m so glad we took out the microphones to record them on cassette.

It all is SO long ago.

I’m uploading these recordings for posterity sake. No, I’m not putting them up on YouTube or SoundCloud because this blog is good enough for my purpose. My purpose? Why do I bother? Simple – for my kids & grand kids to have easy access to what I was up to, musically. It’s also a part of my Journey in this World Within Worlds.

I have already posted some of the songs’ lyrics so I thought, once I overcame my cringe factor, to complete the outing by posting some of the songs – complete with my singing & mates’ music. Writing a poem is very different to writing a song lyric. Transforming a poem into a song lyric is an interesting exercise, especially if someone else writes the music.

So, step back in time – come into my lounge room & get a taste of some home grown songs from Sydney in 1980’s.

By the way – if there’s anybody interested in updating these songs to 2022 let me know by messaging me at dodona777@yahoo.com.au

I think some of these may work with right mixing even 40 years later.

This is the simple & cheap transformer from cassette tape to mp3 I used to digitise tapes about 40 years old!
“Julia” Words by Stavros, Music by Henry. Recorded on cassette in lounge room.
Stavros – singing, Dennis – Lead Guitar , Henry – Rhythm Guitar
“Prison of Time” Words by Stavros, Music by Henry. Recorded on cassette in lounge room.
Stavros – singing, Dennis – Lead Guitar, Henry – Rhythm Guitar
“Games of Solitaire” Instrumental jam Stavros – Casiotone, Dennis – Lead Guitar, Willie – Rhythm Guitar
“One Son of a Gun” Words & Music by Stavros,
Dennis – Lead Guitar, Stavros – Singing & Rhythm Guitar
“Pilgrimage of Minutes” Words & Music by Stavros,
Dennis – Lead Guitar, Stavros – Singing & Rhythm Guitar
“Lines of Crazy Fortune” Words by Stavros, Music by Henry,
Stavros – singing, Henry – Guitar
“Once” Words & Music by Stavros
Dennis – Lead Guitar, Stavros – Singing & Rhythm Guitar
“Magdalene” Words by Stavros, Music by Henry,
Stavros – singing, Dennis – Lead Guitar, Henry – Rhythm Guitar
“Forgotten Madonna On the Run” Words & Music by Stavros
Dennis – Lead Guitar, Stavros – Singing & Rhythm Guitar
“Do You Remember” Words & Music by Stavros
Dennis – Lead Guitar, Stavros – Singing & Rhythm Guitar
“Fortune of Unloaded Hips” Words by Stavros, Music by Henry,
Henry Singing & Guitar

One Response to Home Grown Songs from a 1980’s Lounge Room

  1. thurayya says:

    Good on you for having a go at things that interest you. Your grandchildren have some absorbing times ahead of them!

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