62 tracks by Robert Palomo

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Just something I've been working on for an audio production course. Very early Stan, and as far as I know the only track to feature a banjo. It's the story of a tragic shipwreck that also says 'tis an ill wind as blow no one any good! Ability…read more
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While wiring up a new FX processor in my studio I was messing around with this classic traditional sea shanty. Probably because at this time last week I was playing at the Harwich (UK) International Sea Shanty Festival. Anyway, while messing around…read more
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It has long been the role of the troubadour to challenge and lampoon Authority through music. This is one such piece, written following a speech by the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in which he spoke of African slaves…read more
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Where I live, International Women's Day is a big holiday and has been for decades. I write in a genre where the traditional songs are pretty much BY men, FOR men, and ABOUT men. If they're about women, it's a certain sort o' wimmen, if you gets…read more
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Ahoy, shipmates, it's that there time of year again, when yer ready to hang over the lee rail on account of all them insipid Christmas songs they've been blatting at you everywhere you turn ever since Halloween, if not before. Well, I've got…read more
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I set out to make this lyric a sea shanty, but it didn't work. So it became more of a bluesy Negro Spiritual type song (if it's not a social faux pas to name that genre that way these days). This will not be the final cut of the song. I was…read more
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This nonsense rhyme by English poet Edward Lear is one of my earliest childhood memories. I've kind of turned it into a slightly piratical sounding sea shanty. I hope Mr. Lear would not take it amiss. ![a photo](http://www.robertpalomo.com…
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I'm invited to play at Moscow's Banjofest next month. I decided to do a clawhammer banjo set, as nobody much is playing that style over here. I'm recording backing tracks so I can play the tunes with a virtual band, and this mix of this old traditional…read more
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On April 3, 2017 the metro of my adopted home town was attacked by fanatical scum of that variety which, in delusional arrogance in the face of their cosmic insignificance, thinks that an almighty supreme creator of the universe somehow needs…read more
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Styled after the classic sea songs of yesteryear, here's a salt-flavored ballad about an old orange-haired pirate who's proud of his big "shillelagh", who abuses women, who wreaks havoc among travelers from many nations, and who sinks perfectly…read more
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Gary "Cap'n Fatty" Goodlander has lived aboard his sailboat for over 50 years, and he's currently doing his third circumnavigation. He's the author of "Creative Anchoring" and other books for sailors. This song is based on a true story, recounted…read more
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Butt-kickng classic style rock-n-roll for the New Resistance. Acerbic sociopolitical criticism a la CS&N that will no doubt piss some people off. So be it. ![a photo](http://www.robertpalomo.com/img/songart/henchman-song-art-300x300.jpg)
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Sorry I was so busy with my International Talk Like a Pirate Day live show and website update that I'm a day late getting my pirate song uploaded. This song was directly inspired by the presidential election process of the United States of…read more
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Thickened from my original concept of banjo and voices only. I may still like that version more, but the big shanty choir I perform with wanted to do it and I needed to arrange it with parts for banjo AND accordion (!!!) plus a whistle. No bass…read more
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Salt-flavored folk: a capstan shanty in the old style, but with lyrics inspired by some contemporary American lunacy, combined into a crusty sailor's version of the Noah's Ark story. I've already been informed I'm going to hell for this, so…read more
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I earn my daily bread with a company that makes software than can help auto makers, and other companies rushing headlong to make internet connected products to do a better job on the software engineering side. There's more software in the average…read more
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Well, my fans, such as they be (they be great, if few in numbers) encouraged me to "really" record this from Greg Connor's songwriting challenge. So off into the Total Chaos studio I went, and now this is out on CD Baby (sales proceeds go to benefit…read more
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Another "new old sea song" that just hit me out of nowhere as I was busily engaged in something else. Here's an echo of an older time - no fancy instrumentation, no fancy studio tricks, no autotune. Just an old banjo and voices. I tried more instrument…read more
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a.k.a. "The Ballad of Big Celine" What ever happened to ballads - stories told in song? The internet and TV have reduced attention spans, and long songs a la Don McLean, Harry Chapin, and Gordon Lightfoot have fallen by the wayside. If you…read more
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Just happened to run across Greg Connor's challenge to write a song around the words "who knew". I knew right off I wanted to include some characteristics of Greg's songs: romance, humor, and Las Cruces leaped to mind. I thought about it for a…read more
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