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The Cobbler’s Musical Bio in a Pleasant Tabular Format

rewind
Rewind is a Seattle-area ‘80s cover band with whom I played guitar from 2007-2010. All the classic synth-pop you remember. Hungry Like the Wolf? We were, at a club near you.
redcats
Mike McAlpine and I comprise The Red Cats, an up-and-coming musical project formed from 50% of the ashes of Stinter. Join us on our journey of feline musical discovery.
ch
I played bass with Careless Hearts (vintage Americana/rock) from 2005-2006, and on CH’s self-titled debut album. Also sang a little backup and wrote one of the album tracks.
tse
I played bass with The Sound Effect (pop covers, parties, weddings, etc.) from 2005-2006. Also sang a little backup, and some lead on songs the singer hated.
dan and sachin
I played in an acoustic duo at Stanford from 2005-2006; as you can see we never got far enough to have a logo or a name. We did, however, rock Stanford with acoustic classics like “War Pigs” and “Larger Than Life”.
dunkailo
I played bass for The Greg Dunkailo Band (alternative pop) for a few shows in 2004.
harmonics
I sang baritone/tenor/percussion for the Stanford Harmonics from 2000-2001, and on their 2001 album Phonoshop.
stinter
I played guitar for Stinter in high school (~1995). Stinter was — and remains — the legitimate worst band on the Internet.

Lessons

Acoustic Slap Rock, published in Guitar Player, July 2006, page 124.

mp3   |   lesson pdf   |   jpeg tab   |   at gp online

Covers

The Dan and Sachin Recordings

  • [mp3] Imagine (John Lennon)
  • [mp3] Larger Than Life (The Backstreet Boys)

Random half-finished covers (just me)

  • [mp3] Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
  • [mp3] You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles)

A Live Sampler from Rewind (w/Dan on guitar)

  • [mp3] Heartbreaker (Halloween at the High Dive, October 2010)
  • [mp3] Thriller (Halloween at the High Dive, October 2010)
  • [mp3] Holding Out For a Hero (Halloween at the High Dive, October 2010)
  • [mp3] I Hate Myself for Loving You (Halloween at the High Dive, October 2010)
  • [mp3] Goodbye To You (Halloween at the High Dive, October 2010)
  • [mp3] Ghostbusters (Halloween at the High Dive, October 2010)
  • [mp3] Kids in America (live at Wilde Rover, October 2010)

Videos (YouTube)


Original Music

All songs written and recorded by dmorris (The Cobbler), unless otherwise indicated...


[mp3] Track 1 : Lincoln Tunnel (2:54) (Lyrics)

Written by Dan Morris, produced by Mike McAlpine
Lead vocals, acoustic guitar, piano: Dan Morris
Backing vocals, electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards: Mike McAlpine


[mp3] Track 2 : Unusually Blue Bluebird (2:49) (Lyrics)

totd [mp3] Track 3 : Why Should It Be You? (3:20) (Lyrics)

Written by Dan Morris, produced by Mike McAlpine
Lead vocals, acoustic guitar: Dan Morris
Backing vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards: Mike McAlpine

[mp3] Track 4 : Everything You’re Not (2:35) (Lyrics)

Some production ideas were stolen from Mike McAlpine (see below)

Also check out The Red Cats’ Version, which has me on lead vox, guitars, and bass, and Mike on backing vocals, drums, keyboards, and production (slightly NSFW).

[mp3] Track 5 : Flowers in the Rain (1:52) (Lyrics) (Tab)

Backing vocals: Sara P. Grady

[mp3] Track 6 : Another Thanks I’m Doing Fine (2:51) (Lyrics)

Written and recorded by Dan Morris, remastered by Mike McAlpine

[mp3] Track 7 : Personal Picasso (2:16) (Lyrics)

Careless Hearts also recorded a version of this song. You can listen to the whole track — and buy our album — at cdbaby, but I’ve posted a snippet here for your listening enjoyment.

[mp3] Track 8 : For Every Dream (2:17) (Morris/Mayer) (Lyrics)

This was my entry into the John Mayer songwriting contest. JM wrote some lyrics and posted them on the web for folks to compose songs with. I think it’s awesome that he did that. I’ve heard people say this was lame, but I think he’s a friggin’ genius.

[mp3] Track 9 : Seasons (3:18) (Lyrics)

[mp3] Track 10 : I was on my way home following a gathering to celebrate the new year when I noticed that I lacked a certain primate with which I had left my home earlier that evening. (2:35) (Lyrics)

The Stinter Answering Machine Series

Before Stinter was at the peak of their popularity, they were forced into making various commercial jingles and other sorts of musical prostitution. Among those endeavors was the now-famous “Stinter Answering Machine Series”, known worldwide as the greatest answering messages of all time. The Cobbler re-created those classics and made them available to you, the Stinter web-fan.
  • [mp3] Dan’s Not Here
  • [mp3] There’s Nobody Home
  • [mp3] Do You Want to Leave A Message?
  • [mp3] I’m Not Here to Take Your Phone Call

Miscellaneous Clips


Unfinished Bits

Folks who aren't quite songwriters but aren't quite not songwriters often accumulate piles of scraps that never see the world. In the promised World Without Walls (someone must have a tm on that, right?), one wants to believe you could post scraps and get great ideas from other folks out there to help you finish songs. So... here's where I'll put scraps. If you like it, do whatever you want with it. Steal it and use it in a Gatorade commercial. Steal it and use it in a "the worst crap you can make with a home computer" tutorial on Youtube. Send me thoughts if you like. Tell me about your pile of unfinished scraps and maybe I'll steal yours and either provide constructive feedback or use them in a Gatorade commercial.

  • California Time... literally, the drums cut out halfway in, but give some idea of what I was thinking. I also wrote this on piano and go back and forth on whether it should be piano or guitar. Hmmmm.

Shows The Cobbler has played or will be playing...

Date Location Band
10/30/2010 The High Dive, Seattle, WA Rewind
10/9/2010 Wilde Rover, Kirkland, WA Rewind
9/24/2010 Fremont Oktoberfest, Woodinville, WA Rewind
9/18/2010 Private Event (wedding), Woodinville, WA Rewind
9/11/2010 Private Event (wedding), Seattle, WA Rewind
8/14/2010 Private Event, Snoqualmie, WA Rewind
7/17/2010 Bite of Seattle Festival, Seattle, WA Rewind
7/17/2010 The High Dive, Seattle, WA Rewind
5/1/2010 Private Event (wedding), Seattle, WA Rewind
3/18/2010 The Baltic Room, Seattle, WA Rewind
3/10/2010 ToST, Seattle, WA Rewind
2/12/2010 Station 56, Tacoma, WA Rewind
10/31/2009 Goldie’s on 45th, Tacoma, WA Rewind
10/21/2009 Tulalip Casino, Tulalip, WA Rewind
9/5/2009 Private Event (wedding), Sammamish, WA Rewind
7/29/2009 Tulalip Casino, Tulalip, WA Rewind
7/18/2009 Bite of Seattle Festival, Seattle, WA Rewind
6/20/2009 Meeker Days Festival, Puyallup, WA Rewind
5/27/2009 Tulalip Casino, Tulalip, WA Rewind
3/27/2009 Private Party, Bellevue, WA Rewind
1/31/2009 Seamonster Lounge, Seattle, WA Rewind
1/10/2009 Private Party, Bellevue, WA Rewind
12/31/2008 Private Party, Seattle, WA Rewind
12/15/2008 Private Party, Seattle, WA Rewind
9/19/2008 Fremont Oktoberfest, Seattle, WA Rewind
9/6/2008 Private party, Woodinville, WA Rewind
8/2/2008 Goldie’s on 45th, Seattle, WA Rewind
7/26/2008 Private party, Seattle, WA Rewind
7/19/2008 Bite of Seattle festival, Seattle, WA Rewind
6/22/2008 Meeker Days festival, Puyallup, WA Rewind
5/18/2008 Benefit for Ginger’s Pet Rescue, Fuel, Seattle Rewind
12/31/2007 Goldie’s on 45th, Seattle, WA Rewind
12/7/2007 Private party, Seattle, WA Rewind
11/13/2007 Goldie’s on 45th, Seattle, WA Rewind
10/27/2007 Dante’s, Seattle, WA Rewind
10/2/2007 El Corazon, Seattle, WA Rewind
9/22/2007 The Monkey Pub, Seattle, WA Rewind
8/6/2007 Dante’s, Seattle, WA Rewind
2006 Stanford CS Geekapalooza Bass, hype guy, and
backup vox for Monzy [video]
8/4/2006 Johhny V’s, San Jose, CA Careless Hearts
7/29/2006 Private Party, Mountain View, CA The Sound Effect
7/27/2006 Naglee Park Garage, San Jose, CA Careless Hearts
7/19/2006 San Jose Tech Museum, San Jose, CA The Sound Effect
7/8/2006 Wedding, Monterey, CA The Sound Effect
7/6/2006 Annie’s Social Club, San Francisco, CA Careless Hearts
6/16/2006 Johnny V’s, San Jose, CA Careless Hearts
6/7/2006 Stanford Coffee House, Stanford, CA Solo
6/6/2006 Post-election rally, San Jose, CA Careless Hearts
6/2/2006 The Blank Club, San Jose, CA Careless Hearts
5/24/2006 Stanford Coffee House, Stanford, CA w/Sachin
5/17/2006 750 Pub, Stanford, CA w/Sachin
5/13/2006 The Quarter Note, Sunnyvale, CA Careless Hearts
5/10/2006 Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA The Sound Effect (jazz quartet)
4/28/2006 The Knockout, San Francisco, CA Careless Hearts
4/21/2006 Johnny V’s, San Jose, CA Careless Hearts
4/8/2006 The Bank, Saratoga, CA The Sound Effect
4/6/2006 Annie’s Social Club, San Francisco, CA Careless Hearts
2/1/2006 750 Pub, Stanford, CA w/Sachin
1/26/2006 Brookdale Lodge, Brookdale, CA Careless Hearts
12/16/2005 The Bank, Saratoga, CA The Sound Effect
12/17/2005 Johnny V’s, San Jose, CA Careless Hearts
10/15/2005 The Bank, Saratoga, CA The Sound Effect
7/8/2005 The Cherry Bar, San Francisco, CA The Greg Dunkailo Band
6/15/2005 The Cherry Bar, San Francisco, CA The Greg Dunkailo Band
4/16/2005 The Cherry Bar, San Francisco, CA The Greg Dunkailo Band
4/6/2005 The Timeout, Concord, CA Seven Secrets

Transcriptions

I maintain a Big Awesome Acoustic Songbook full of curated chord sheets. Code was involved in making this songbook.

I have also posted a few tabs to the Interwebz: