I cannot read or write a note of music, I am self-taught on numerous instruments by ear.
Back when I was a musician I generally wrote and arranged all the words and music.
These songs cross a number of styles and genres and include work I composed for instruments I cannot play, such as violin, cello, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano, others.
I was listening to The Jam and The Buzzcocks quite a bit when I wrote this one...
...it's hard to get a song in under 2 minutes, I came close, but...
recorded by The Revellaires.
(© music by John Carmody, words by John Carmody & Kevin Johnson)
This song combines elements of surf, pop & psychedelia in a lamentation about commuting to work and wishing you were in an idealized place instead. Influenced by XTC, The Who, The Beatles, Crowded House, REM and Dick Dale, it is performed here by Casey's Brain (audio only.)
A brooding, pretty piece about being a kid during World War II, and then going back to your 50th grade school reunion. Influenced by Crowded House, Simon & Garfunkel & REM, this song was performed by Casey's Brain (audio only)
A song about not getting what you need when you could've used it, "Your Polite Applause" was influenced by the Everley Brothers, the Cars, the Osbourne Brothers, The Who, the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel. Recorded by Casey's Brain. (audio only)