The Ivan Variations

When I first put out my solo album, “Ivan in Paris“, back in 1998, the title track was intended to be a total afterthought, buried at track 14; at the time, I had no reason to think it had any future at all. Here’s that original version, played by myself with Tim Dickey on dobro:

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Merry Christmas 2017 from Chandler – Christmas Is A Foot!

 

Here’s the link for this year’s Christmas mix, “Christmas Is A Foot”, which includes my demos of both “I Used To Like Christmas” and the as-yet-unreleased “Merry Christmas, There You Go”, and a bunch of other stuff by a whole bunch of other folks, too!

Download here from Dropbox.

Enjoy!

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I Used To Like Christmas

“I Used To Like Christmas“- Chandler Travis ROUGH demo

It has recently dawned on me that, for a guy who actually loves Christmas, I have written way too many really grouchy Christmas songs. That said, sometimes it’s hard not to; here’s another.

Song of the Weak!!! – Christmas Edition by Chandler Travis

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Sally’s Christmas Finery

“Sally’s Christmas Finery” -the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at the Midway Cafe, Dec. 18, 2016, recorded by the Valet.

Well, what the hell it’s Christmas, kids! This is a rather long free improv, but kinda fun… exactly the kind of crazy thing that happens at the Midway, which we’ll be returning to next year (!!) on […]

That’s Nerve

“That’s Nerve” – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, recorded by Chris Blood, Feb. 26, 2007.

I’ve always loved this one! Great lyric by David Greenberger; the recording is from 2007, I think bundled in with the recording sessions for my solo album, “After She Left” -still lots of outtakes from those sessions we fully intend to […]

O Pinchy We Hardly New Ye

 

“O Pinchy We Hardly Knew Ye” – Chandler Travis, recorded and mixed by me, here, with surprise drum and bass programming and additional mixing by Christopher G. Brown, at his place.

My girlfriend has crabs, and a couple starfish, and a mantis shrimp, and too much algae, in an aquarium near her desk […]

I Viborate

“I Viborate” – the Catbirds at the Wellfleet Oyster Fest, Oct. 15, 2017; recorded and mixed by Chris Blood.

The Catbirds had a fabulous time making their Oyster Fest debut a couple weeks ago, as you can hear; this is our version of a song that was recorded by both Conway Twitty and Bobby […]

Cooties

“Cooties” – the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at the Musica 20th anniversary party, Oct. 1st, 2017, recorded by The Valet aka Fred Jodsworth T. Boak.

Musica is a fabulous music store in Hudson, NY, owned by our good friend Rob Caldwell. I bought a perfectly good guitar there once, and I’d rather do just about anything […]

How Do You Keep Your Hair So Fluffy?

 

“Fluffy“- the Chandler Travis Philharmonic at Valentine’s in Albany, NY, recorded Nov. 3rd, 2012 by The Valet (F.J. Boak)

Ok, so imagine you’ve just been hired to play a few gigs with the Philharmonic, most of whom you’ve never met, and one of your first tasks is to recreate controlled chaos in general, […]

Why You Been Gone So Long?

“Why You Been Gone So Long” -the Catbirds with Sarah Swain (bass and lead vocal) at O’Shea’s Olde Inn, Dennis, MA., March 18, 2017, recorded by Mark Usher.

We’ve been playing this old David Allen Coe chestnut in the Catbirds for ages, and Steve Wood’s been playing it even longer; this is the slow version, […]