New Music – “Tri” A three part invention of sorts

I just posted a new ambient, electronic piece that was recorded this week. It is three parts that are gradually manipulated in various ways over the course of the piece. I hope you like it!

If you can’t see the player, click here to take a listen.

New Music – “Seens”

I released new music today. For the past few months I’ve been in a deep dive into the world of sound design and synthesis. It’s pretty overwhelming but I thought I would share a song I made a few days ago while learning some new equipment.

This one took a cinematic turn as I was improvising over the original chord progression. I hope you enjoy!

 

If you can’t see the player and want to check it out, click this link – https://michaelstegner.bandcamp.com/track/seens

New Music Monday Letters IV

The fourth installment of “Letters” is out now.

This one has two songs, one about heartbreak and time travel. The other one is about the perils of comparing ourselves too much to others.

If you can’t play the songs in your email – click here.

Here are the lyrics to “It’s Tomorrow (Everywhere but Here)”

The sun climbs the trees
along the River Ij in Amsterdam.
Where a pretty girl from Athens
Walks canal-lined streets.

An afternoon train rolls through Tokyo.
Where a jazz man from New York
unloads for an early show.

It’s getting late here
but I can’t sleep.
I drove down to the place we met,
hoping we’d meet again.

It’s tomorrow everywhere but here.

I got your message late yesterday.
Your voice is so different.
I guess I am too.
I had to listen twice
Or maybe it was five times.
I forgot how bad it hurts
to hear the words you never say.

It’s tomorrow everywhere but here.

I had lunch in the park.
I think it was last Tuesday.
A girl walked by with a smile like yours.
It stole my heart away.

It’s tomorrow everywhere but here.

Michael Stegner

New Music Wednesday

Today I’ve released two new songs… One is rock and roll (Migration to Divine) and the other is a mostly piano-based song (Find My Way). These songs feature some of Seattle’s finest. They continue the series of letters set to music.

Give a listen, purchase and share with your friends here (If you’re getting this via email and can’t listen, click here)…

Find My Way Lyrics…

I see yesterday laid before me
in a hotel room.
Somewhere my phone rings
but I can’t find another “hello.”
I hear that you will love me.

My shoes get so worn
trying to carry this heavy smile.
My voice gets so weak
trying to scream above my head.

I’m trying to find my way.
Trying to find my way back home.

Afternoon church bells ring
for a wedding that may be mine.
My words have never changed
in the rain a yellow leaf falls.
It may be time. It may be time.

A train leaves tomorrow
for another time and place.
Don’t wait for my answer
I won’t be here anyway.

I’m trying to find my way.
Trying to find my way back home.

 

Credits:

Michael Stegner – Vocals, Piano, Producer, Mixer
Flora McGill – Vocals
Katie Jacobson – Vocals
Anna Freedman – Vocals
Colin Higgins – Guitars
Andy Sells – Drums
Forrest Giberson – Bass
Mark Fung – Percussion
Robin Holcomb – Pre-production
Paul Kimble – Recording Engineer
Marcel Fernandez – Recording Engineer

New Music Release – Letters II

Two new songs are out now through my Bandcamp page

This is the second installment of Letters…

The sun comes o’er the mountains
Night sky turns red
Fog lies in the valley
Blue hills still wet

Birds sing songs of morning
Green trees still gray
House light on the hillside
Farmer’s awake

Frog outlasts the cricket
Old dog still sleeps
Cold grass in the backyard
Crawdads in the creek

Life seemed much bigger
when I stood here before now.

I want you to see through my eyes
Hear as I hear
All that’s lost
when I’m without you.

These songs are letters put to music. They are the culmination of trying to not only lyrically and musically tell a story, but sonically. I hope I came close to hitting the mark.

And I hope you like them and share them with all your people.

If you can’t see the player, you can click here to listen.

Here are the credits…

Michael Stegner – music, lyrics, voice, piano, shuitar (Dead Man Blues), accordions, production, mixing & mastering
Forrest Giberson – bass, pedal steel
Colin Higgins – Guitar (Through My Eyes)
Jeff Fielder – Guitars (Dead Man Blues)
Robin Holcom – Voice (Dead Man Blues)
Ehssan Karimi – Hang (Through My Eyes)
Noah Frank – Violins (Through My Eyes)

New Music – Letters I

It’s always a little intimidating to sing/release songs that are raw and emotional. But it’s time for me to start sharing. Over the past few years I’ve been writing and recording a series of songs that are essentially letters set to music. They are written from one person to another and they loosely tell a story.

I’ve been so fortunate to have some of my favorite musicians contribute to this project. On this first set I have Rachel Eckroth singing the lead of the opening song, “A Believer”. Rachel is a remarkable keyboard player who also sings at the highest level (as you’ll hear on the recording).

Here is a link to the recording so you can stream, share and/or purchase. You can also check out the lyrics and credits here – https://michaelstegner.bandcamp.com/album/letters-i

All social media and email shares are greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy these!

Live Performance and New Links for Sleeping New Music

Just wanted to give a quick heads up that I’m playing tonight… Monday, 2/25 at the amazing Hotel Cafe as part of a long-running songwriter night. The room is legendary and it’s an honor to play there. I go on at 9:30 for a short set on the second stage – the night is called Monday Monday. I’ll be singing and playing some new stuff.

I’m excited to share a new record that I’ve really enjoyed working on. The title pretty much sums it up… It’s a record about the plight of sleeping in the 21st century. So if you’re reading this in a different century, you probably won’t get it.

You can listen, purchase and share it with the player here…

You can check it out on all major online platforms by clicking here.

New Music – “Fell From You” with Rachel Eckroth & Michael Stegner

Here’s some new music for you this weekend…

Keyboard and vocal wizard, Rachel Eckroth, came over with her Moog synth to make fun sounds. We organized the blips and added some things which turned into this track. Rachel has toured the world with Chris Botti and is currently touring with and opening for Rufus Wainwright. She is a powerhouse keyboard player and vocalist who was an honor to collaborate with. Check out her latest album, it’s amazing.

You can listen to and buy the song through the Bandcamp Player here…

You can stream or download from all the major music sites by following the link below…
http://hyperurl.co/2km0m4

Here is a lyric video for the song – https://vimeo.com/307982064

You can click these links to find the song on the various streaming platforms…

On another note, here’s a recent remix I’ve done of the Charli XCX song called “Focus”. This was very fun to make and I hope it inspires you to move and groove a little. You can download it for free.

If you’re getting this via email and can’t play it from your inbox, here is the link – https://soundcloud.com/michaelstegner/focus-remixcx

“Stephen Goes Sailing” (two versions) – Now on all streaming platforms

“Stephen Goes Sailing” is a new song that I’ve released and it is now available on all major streaming services. There is a fully produced version and a piano/voice demo version as well.

You can stream, buy or download through this Bandcamp player…

Here are the links to the major online streaming platforms…

 

“Stephen Goes Sailing” – New Music

This video is a piano and voice demo of a song that I’ve been working on called “Stephen Goes Sailing”.

There is a fully produced version of it coming soon. But there is something nice about sitting at the piano and just singing without all the production elements… It’s also a lot less work!

If you like the song and video, it would be appreciated if you shared it with friends on social media.

Here is the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/An0fV5_xyMM

Here is the Facebook Video link: https://www.facebook.com/michaelstegnermusic/videos/10155779645637998/

 

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