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Beatnik Turtle - Commuter Railway Blues

"Commuter Railway Blues" is part of, a project by Beatnik Turtle. During 2007 they posted 365 songs in 365 days. Mostly audio but some, like this one, also had a video. In 2008 they've slowed down a little bit. At least on today's page, Friday Oct. 24, they say check back Monday for a new song. It looks like they've gone to once a week. Still amazing.


They post their lyrics too.

Fat guy takes the door seat
With an old lady standing there
Treated like slabs of meat
And we paid a two-dollar fare
Yeah a two dollar fare
Yeah, that ain't fair


I got the commuter
The commuter railway blues
Yeah I got the commuter
Commuter railway blues
I guess I got my walking shoes
And my commuter blues

- Beatnik Turtle - Commuter Railway Blues

And here's some from "Dam Herbert Hoover", this weeks song.

The economy began to crumble
And the stocks went into a tumble
But he stood tall and he stood firm
Did nothing during his only term

Dam Herbert Hoover
Dam Herbert Hoover
Dam Herbert Hoover
Dam Herbert Hoover

- Beatnik Turtle - Dam Herbert Hoover

They make all of their songs available under a Creative Commons Attribution license so you can use them in your podcasts and other projects. More details about how this works here.

Use Songs For Podcasts

They even send you their .wav files to assure that when you use their stuff for free you can use the highest quality versions.

Beatnik Turtle is part of the new generation of indie bands that promote themselves without relying on major label support. And they've taken what they learned about how to do this and written a book about it.

Download the original Indie Band Survival Guide from this web page

There's a print version that's cheap. And they still keep their online version free on the internet along with an evolving resource directory for indie bands and labels.

The Indie Band Survival Guide - The Complete Resource for the Do-It-Yourself Musician

This book and resource is the point of this Pimp Your Song diary. It was this resource that got me started writing my change the world with music diaries. They said something that made a lot of sense to me.

Popular Non-Music Websites
Any website at all can post an MP3 file. It does not have to be a music site. In fact, sometimes being posted on a non-music site can make you stand out.

- Indie Band Survival Guide

Before I read that I had mostly lurked at DailyKos with only an occasional post or comment. And it got me to thinking. Progressive music for DailyKos. Protest songs and other topical music. And thus was born music that changed the world, change the world with music, and Pimp Your Song!

What a great idea.

And once I got started these diaries have taken on a life of their own. I enjoy writing and I found my topic. After a lifetime in music I became a musicologist. And I found an audience for what I have to say.

For more about Beatnik Turtle visit their website.

Please Pimp Your Song in the comments. I'm going to. I finished three new CDs this fall and I just uploaded them to Open Source Audio at Continue to the comments for links to my new HairyLarryLand CDs and while you're at it post some music for me to hear. I like to listen to music.


Hairy Larry

Originally posted to hairylarry on Fri Oct 24, 2008 at 11:32 AM PDT.

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