Here’s where you can listen to stuff that’s not on my official releases. (To listen to samples from my albums, check out my Listen page.)
I’ve recently started working to make 20 to 40 or so songs presentable. Some are already recorded, some are still in the seed-of-an-idea phase. Some are earlier versions of songs that were later released on one of my albums (as Dan Wallace or with my old band, The Pindrops). Most have never been released. All of these will, for the foreseeable future, exist only as “demos,” which I’ll share here on a YouTube playlist.
I’ll also share some extra stuff. Scroll further down for that.
Dan Wallace Demos
Here’s the YouTube playlist. Right now it includes five songs (see below for notes):
(1) “Minds of Children“: Rough mix, recorded in 2011 as part of a set of “electronic” songs I wrote for me and my sister sing on. See this blog post for more info.
(2) “Shadowbread“: Another 2002 rough mix demo/demo from Verbum Sap in. (Below, under “Extras,” there’s a sort-of cover of this one.)
(3) “Kid Candy and the Crowns“: Rough mix/demo from an unreleased 2002 album called Verbum Sap, many songs from which have shown up on later albums. The song’s title is an homage to one of my favorite bands, Kid Creole and the Coconuts. And my song’s verse bears some formal (or child’s) resemblance to the verse of that band’s song “Dancin’ at the Bains Douches.” Artwork by Joseph Derr.
(4) “Zwerserd“: A rough demo (or sketch, maybe). I wrote most of this in 1993. Recently dug up the sheet music and recorded it, adding a probably overlong guitar solo in the middle. Maybe will use it as a basis for something more developed later.
(5) “Turning“: Recorded around 2000 on a four-track, during a very prolific time. Many of those songs are unreleased, so I’ll be remixing them, including this one, once I can get a four-track to transfer them to digital. I thought this one was presentable enough to share. My favorite section is its ending.
Extras with Dan Wallace and Friends
High School Guitar Sampler
Here’s a small sampling of the many terribly produced guitar-centric four-track recordings I made as a teenager. I assembled this collage to show what a self-taught guitarist in the 1980s might sound like in their first couple of years of learning the instrument. It primarily showcases my influences from people like Cacophony (Jason Becker, Marty Friedman), Randy Rhoads, and Steve Vai.
I believe these recordings are from ages 14 to 16. I was also at the time exploring other genres, so that by 17 or 18, in fact, I was barely touching the guitar. I write more about this in my Goals 2020 blog post.
If I get ahold of a four-track, I might clean some of these up.
Nicholas Windsor Howard’s Dreams of Pneuma
I performed on two songs for Nicholas Windsor Howard’s wonderful 2015 album Dreams of Pneuma. On “In the Middle Time,” I contributed a layered guitar solo. On “Magic Hands,” I sing:
Johnny Fly Covers (sort of)
Back in 2003 or ’04, on the long-since-retired GarageBand website, I met a guy named Johnny Fly (operating under the moniker 31Flies), a fantastically gifted songwriter who used to send me home-recordings of songs that I’ve never stopped loving.
In ’04 (I believe), he surprised me by covering two of my songs. They’re sort of covers. He kept my lyrics, but wrote new music. This made me very happy.
The songs were known to John from an album called The Pindrops, which has only three tracks I like (they are, for the record: “What I Know,” “Until I Find,” and “Between the Lines”; though they could do with a remix).
I don’t like the original Pindrops versions of the two songs John reworked. I’ve done better versions of them elsewhere. They are “Shadowbread” (which is included the above “Demos” playlist) and “The Low Road” (which appears on my album Culture of Self; you can hear that on my Listen page).
Mind you, I’m talking there about versions of the songs that feature my music. I adore John’s versions, which, again, have my lyrics, but the music is John’s. (Who, by the way, was the singer-songwriter for His Boy Elroy.)
Here are the songs (maybe closer to “collaborations” than “covers”):