December – Amadeus

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Friends, we made it! Hooray! It’s been another magical year and I’ve loved very minute of it. Like last year, I thought it would be fun to end with an unexpected cover song. Something you’d never think would be played on a cello. Something inspired by a movie. Something in German. The only song I could think of that fit all of those criteria was “Rock Me, Amadeus” by “Falco” (aka Johann Hölzel). I remember this song as a kid, thinking that it made classical music “cool”, not realizing that it was played entirely on synthesizers. Well, I guess I finally got revenge for that – I swapped out the electronic instruments for banjos, mandolins and, of course, my cello.

Writing songs each month has been an exciting adventure. Like seeing a mountain on a map, but not knowing the best way to get there, I knew what I wanted the songs to be like, but had to explore different combinations of instruments to make the right sounds. It was a lot of fun and I learned a whole lot in the process. I guess it’s no surprise that a lot of the songs were written during, or were inspired by, real life adventures to Cambodia (Up In The Air), the Galapagos (Puzzle Pieces), Long Island (Dance Party) and Colorado (You and Cabin Pressure). And since I sing in the shower, it’s no surprise that a few were written there (That Dude (in the movies), Right Here, Right NowTurn On Your Radio). The rest were written on my bike ride to work (The Chariot, That Dress, Winter), where the rhythm of pedaling provides a constant beat to try ideas against.

The ukulele is hard at work learning "Turn on the Radio".

The ukulele is hard at work learning “Turn on the Radio”. He can’t wait to play it live!

Just like last year, I’m going to make final mixes of this year’s tunes, plus a bonus track, and compile them into an album. This one will be called “Germany Zulu”, after the last two phonetic alphabet letters in my father’s old ham radio handle. The first three and middle two letters were coded in the song sheets for Puzzle Pieces and Turn On Your Radio.

I’ll keep you posted with progress on the new album and the release show for it. The band has already been hard at work learning these songs, plus favorites from 2013. And who knows, we might toss a few of the newest songs from 2015 into the mix. I think it will be a blast.

All of the other instruments  super excited about band practice, too!

All of the other instruments are super excited about band practice, too!

Folks! I hope you enjoy this last tune for 2014 and that 2015 will be full of awesome things for you. I know it will be for me. This adventure isn’t over yet and you can look forward to another new song at the end of January.

p.s. Bonus points to anyone who can guess who my father’s favorite composer is. Feel free to put your guesses in the comments!

12 thoughts on “December – Amadeus

  1. Barbara and Tim Kelley says:


  2. Tim Kelley says:

    And, to think, Ich habe ein musikaliches genius in mein Haus. And, he can cook, too. The music just keeps getting better and better, and the background singers really have a future. This months song deserves a chili hotdog festival. Great piece, Josh.

    1. Josh says:

      I can’t wait for the chili dogs! What a perfect way to celebrate!

  3. Great Song. I would have never guessed you could have done a string cover of Rock Me Amadeus!

    1. Josh says:

      I wouldn’t have, either, until all the parts started to come together.

  4. This one is the best yet – has life, energy and just plain fun. And of course, there was Mozart

    1. Josh says:

      Thanks! And you guessed correctly! Your favorite composer is Mozart!

  5. Shannon says:

    Hearing you play always makes me smile. This one, especially!

    1. Josh says:

      Reading that makes me smile, too! I’m glad you liked it!

  6. Danielle says:

    You should think about making a music video in the future!!!

    1. Josh says:

      I’d love to! I’ve got some folks working on one that will come out soon. I can’t wait.

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