I’ve never been great at musicking. But I’ve occasionally been surrounded by friends who are and who’ve pointed out that I’m not. But when I hung out at a friend’s studio in Cleveland for too long, I was “gravelly” (heh) informed that I had a good singing voice and that if I expected to keep hanging around I should pick up a mike and do backup vocals. Early on I worked up a first good song of my own, we recorded it and called it something — I think it was “Back to Square One” — but that one got lost in the shuffle. The only song I currently find is a short (0:24) (called Twamblin’) chuckler that I made Pete record at the end of a long day. I may yet be able to find some more examples of stuff from the old days, but I’ll definitely try to post original new stuff here. For now, I’m just adding my personal playlist and links to songs from friends who [seriously] recorded at the Apartment One Studio in Cleveland. I can also probably dig up some material from old blogs wherein I wrote about fun times with music while I was in Ohio. I’ve set up a basic (skeletal) artist page on Reverbnation. Might as well. Pete encouraged me a lot and listed me as one of his many friends and colleagues on the Apartment One page at “Reverb”. He’s also the one who introduced me to the music of Garbage.

[MP3] Twamblin’  (also posted at my Reverb page)

Recently I’ve experimented with a few short a cappella ditties, posted on Facebook (MP4 blacked-out vid since FB disallows MP3). I think I killed them for now, but that is the type of thing I intend to post here and on Reverb. As far as stuff like Mixcloud, Spotify, etc. that’s for real musicians like Bernie, and Adam, and Ben, and everybody else I know who’s good. I harbor no illusions about becoming an A-Lister, Vegas Lounge Act, or what have you.

• songs recorded by friends at Apartment One appear below ... I may’ve even emitted a background grunt on a few.
  (note: some songs below might also listed on Apartment One page at Reverbnation)


 Peter Ball, in the old Apartment One studio
Peter Ball, old Apartment One studio (photo I took of my TV screen, him appearing in a video playing thereon)


 Peter Ball, again in the old Apartment One studio
Ditto, but this photo was taken right in his studio


[MP3] Sluggard (music/lyrics: Peter Ball; my favorite Apartment One song)

[MP3] Wet With You (music/lyrics: Peter Ball; featuring my brother Ben Burdick on lead guitar)

[MP3] Takin’ The Lead (music: Scott Connors, Peter Ball; lyrics, Scott Connors; Connors, lead vocals)

[MP3] End of the Beginning (music, Peter Ball; lyrics, Scott Brotherton; Brotherton, vocals)

[MP3] Oil in the Soil (music by Peter Ball; lyrics, Scott Brotherton; Brotherton, vocals)

[MP3] Bonus Track: Regurgitate (Scott Connors, Peter Ball; lyrics / lead vocals, Connors)
            (ca. 1980, when they were The Basiks) It might make a nice movie scene intro.


• My Playlist mostly doesn’t change (“lazy evaluation”). I dig the Sony Cordless Walkman.

Red Delicious   ...  Want Me
Blondie   ...   Fade Away and Radiate
DEVO   ...   Blockhead
DEVO   ...   Big Mess
DEVO   ...   Girl U Want
DEVO   ...   Going Under
Elvis Costello   ...   Big Boys
Elvis Costello   ...   Watching the Detectives
Elvis Costello   ...   New Amsterdam
Elvis Costello   ...   Oliver’s Army
Elvis Costello   ...   Green Shirt
Garbage   ...   Subhuman
Garbage   ...   Supervixen
Garbage   ...   Can’t Cry These Tears Anymore
Garbage   ...   Stupid Girl
Garbage   ...   I Think I’m Paranoid
Garbage   ...   Dumb
Garbage   ...   So Like A Rose
Vitamin C   ...   Dangerous Girl
Vitamin C   ...   She Talks About Love
Carolyn Arends   ...   Big Deal
Carolyn Arends   ...   Do What You Do
Beth Orton   ...   Carmella (Four Tet remix)
Sneaker Pimps   ...   6 Underground
Nina Hagen   ...   Springtime in Paris
Nina Hagen   ...   T.V. Snooze
Nina Hagen   ...   Universal Radio
Captain & Tennille   ...   Can’t Stop Dancing
Captain & Tennille   ...   The Way I Want To Touch You
Paula Abdul   ...   Straight Up
ABBA   ...   Dancing Queen
Apartment One   ...   Sluggard
Apartment One   ...   End of The Beginning
B52s   ...   Deadbeat Club
B52s   ...   Give Me Back My Man
Deee Lite   ...   Groove Is In The Heart
Deee Lite   ...   Fuddy Duddy Judge
Missing Persons   ...   Destination Unknown

  (stay tuned / more to follow)


page last updated: 12-25-2018