Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

Death Letter Blues (Son House cover)


No artwork

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
Experimental electronica track overlaid with a house synth loop, overlaid with drums, overlaid with layers of harmonica, overlaid with my rather choosy vocal rendition of Son House's classic "Death Letter Blues." This was too much fun to make. I'm excited to continue exploring the dubstep fusion stuff, but this was equally amusing to compose and play. I felt like Junior Wells in space (I wish I was as awesome as Mr. Wells...). Enjoy!
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
These are the ones I...I skipped some verses from the original:

Hey, I solemnly swear, Lord, I raise my right hand
That I'm goin' get me a woman, you get you another man.
I solemnly swear, Lord, I raise my right hand
That I'm goin' get me a woman, you get you another man.

I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read?
"Oh, hurry, hurry, gal, you love is dead."
I got a letter this morning, how do you reckon it read?
"Oh, hurry, hurry, gal, you love is dead."

Well, I walked up close, I looked down in her face.
Good old gal, you got to lay here till Judgment Day.
I walked up close, and I looked down in her face.
Yes, been a good old gal, got to lay here till Judgment Day.

Oh, some people tell me the worried blues ain't bad,
It's the worst old feelin' that I ever had.
Some people tell me the worried blues ain't bad,
Buddy, the worst old feelin', Lord, I ever had.

I fold my arms, Lord, I walked away
Song Stats
Hits: 2400
Comments: 34
Fans: 12
Plays: 158
Downloads: 0
Votes: 2
Uploaded: Nov 19, 2010 - 02:20:29 AM
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2010 - 02:20:29 AM Last Played: Sep 15, 2017 - 01:14:15 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter
Comments
hackneybloke said 2557 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
death letter blues
this works....but it could do with some technical stuff to enrich it.
Check out my latest song called If Symptoms Persist
tf10music said 2557 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
thanks!
I'm all ears...

As Junior Wells says ever single time he sings "Messin' With The Kid" live, "hit me!"

Cheers
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
hackneybloke said 2557 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
jesus macjams
i posted more...but it done gone.
what i meant was mixing and mastering...things i know nothing about. but it's cool...you're always weird cool.
stay away from drugs.
Check out my latest song called If Symptoms Persist
tf10music said 2557 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
i too
am ignorant of that side of music. I can dig being weird cool -- thanks!

It might be because it's 1:30 am, but that last quip of yours actually made me chuckle. Please....
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
RochaMalhada said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
yeah
this piece totally works, some other stuff to polish it
Check out my latest song called Ascent of a Tree (w Mike_D & FEEL)
dantimmermans said 2527 days ago (December 18th, 2010)
hahahaha
'stay away from drugs'!
gold.
Check out my latest song called One Way Street
alackbass said 2557 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
Death Letter Blues
Yeah, this is sick in a very cool way. The very cool thing is that someone as young as you is influenced by Son House. I don't need to tell you most guys your age are unaware of all those delta blues masters.

I'm with Julian! Stay away from drugs!
Check out my latest song called Mean Miss Teacher
tf10music said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
son house
blows my mind more than any drug could ever possibly hope to. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
shavingronaldscar said 2557 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
Wow...
Is that a 4/4 5/16 switch time signature I hear? Seriously weird, Ornette Coleman stuff. Seriously disturbed soundscape. Seek help. Or better yet, don't, and keep making this crazy awesome music! ;)
Check out my latest song called Ascent of the Houselickers
tf10music said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
time shift
is something along those lines. i think it might seem more dramatic than it actually is because my emphasis also shifts. Anyways, very glad you liked it, and even more glad that it was disturbing haha. Thanks for taking the time!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
guygrooves said 2557 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
I would guess
Son House is groovin with this where ever he is. This is good but I have to agree with hackneybloke about a good mix and master on it.. AND to stay away from drugs they would just mess up the weird cool vibe you got goin Ben.
Peace
Guy
Check out my latest song called Summer Bossa with awigze
tf10music said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
if mr. house
is indeed grooving, then he must be pissed off at the gravestone getting him down. Probably writing some killer blues about it. I would love a mix/master, I need to find some software/expertise in that realm. Thanks for the feedback!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
crissew said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
Death Letter Blues
Quite a dramatic reformulation of this old blues classic. Pretty crazy experimental stuff here. I always look forward to your posts because I never know what to expect. Pretty intense rhythm changes in this one. Enjoyed it.
Check out my latest song called Dollar Store Christmas w/ Jerry Rissew
tf10music said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
I tried to
do something new and different -- how else do we grow? Glad you liked it, and glad that I'm unpredictable. Thanks for the support!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
mandolinquent said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
Brilliant
... really inspired. I loved that.
Check out my latest song called Fair Jenny's Jig and Matthew Briggs
tf10music said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
wow!
that was validating. Thanks so much!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
smokey bacon jnr said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
quirky goodness
Love the mixture of elements. Really works,even though it shouldn't! Needs the percussion pumping up a bit, and the vocals bringing down a lot in the mix. If you do that, you'll have a great tune. In my opinion. And take loads of drugs.

Only kidding.
Check out my latest song called Bassbump
tf10music said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
the specificity
of your comment really helped! Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed.
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
Saltaireguru77 said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
Death Letter Blues
Always coming from left field Ben! But with a take you just can't ignore. The harp is cool on this and the whole electronica thing brings it right up to date. The timing crossover just makes you sit up and listen to try and get your head around it. I think this your best vocal I've heard to date and the fact that you dig Son House (and all that other stuff that weaves it's way through your music) is way cool. My mixing skills are appalling as many here will attest, but maybe you could run it past some of the more experience mixers here. But other than a few volume adjustments I'd leave this be. Quality stuff mate.
Check out my latest song called Tomorrow
tf10music said 2556 days ago (November 19th, 2010)
thanks
for the in-depth response! Glad you dig my vocals here. I may just run this by a more experienced mixer here. Re: digging musicians -- whatever sounds good, man, whatever sounds good.

Cheers!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
RosaLinda said 2556 days ago (November 20th, 2010)
Love harmonica!
and you have a good voice!! Lovely!:)
Check out my latest song called When You Sing With Me/ Clay Potts
tf10music said 2555 days ago (November 20th, 2010)
thanks!
very glad you enjoyed, thanks for the listen.
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
easyesteemer said 2555 days ago (November 20th, 2010)
Like it
Vocals kind of hit you in the face. And interesting and unusual mix.
Check out my latest song called Give Me Peace
tf10music said 2554 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
vey glad you liked it!
Interesting take on the vocals. I'm thinking of tweaking the mix, but I'll always have this one!

Thanks for stopping by.
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
Outtaorbit said 2555 days ago (November 20th, 2010)
Sure...
It's a train... very cool... or

i'4 crazed
Check out my latest song called My Last Great Depression
tf10music said 2554 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
it's a
crazy train. Thanks for the listen and the unique comment haha.
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
bud said 2554 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
Excellent work
keep it freaky - don't second guess - go further.
Check out my latest song called Oh Coast
tf10music said 2554 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
further I shall
wander into...some other stuff...

Very glad you dug it. Thanks for the support!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
fasteddie said 2554 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
Yep
What outrageous progessions. You have created something totally unique.

Drugs... yep.
Check out my latest song called On Borrowed Time
tf10music said 2554 days ago (November 21st, 2010)
I actually didn't count
them out at first...and then I realized...

Unique is a huge compliment. Thanks so much for the support and the listen!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
jiguma said 2553 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
This is pretty amazing
there are lots of possible ways of making this more accessible from a mix point of view B e n, but apart from dropping the volume of the vocal a few dB, the rest are probably superfluous. "Delta techno" - new genre.
Very inventive and very cool. I'd be very happy to do a remix if you're interested.
Neil
Check out my latest song called We End Up Being All The Same (42)
tf10music said 2553 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
hey!
I like the B e n thing you've got goin' on here. It could catch on, who knows?
Very glad you like this, and thanks for the offer. I HAVE attempted a remix -- I doubled up the drums (with one track fading in so that they build subtly into the groove), upped the soundbed in comparison to the vocals, and inserted some subtle accent points to help the polyrhythmic groove set in.

It's on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZzCa4SJ5FI

If you have any ideas, I'd totally love a remix. I plan on exploring this new beast much further. Thanks for the offer, and for the listen!
Check out my latest song called If The Body Fades
Carrie71 said 2552 days ago (November 23rd, 2010)
Wow
Sensory overload. I can't even begin to understand how you did this or even concieved of this piece...hence the artist!
VillageIdiot said 2548 days ago (November 28th, 2010)
jig's "delta techno"
... is almost getting there as a genre name. I've already commented under another alias, but I just want to say how this kind of stuff sounds every bit as "authentic" as a dobro and a double bass would be, whatever "authentic" means. It's gorgeous.
Check out my latest song called The Sinking Man
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: tf10music
Location: Portland Oregon United States
send a note
I haven't been playing music for too long. I've dabbled with the guitar for years, but it was only late in 2009 when I started writing my own stuff, and I've loved it ever since. I had always been inventing riffs or short melodies on the guitar, but ... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Genre Info
The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on a pentatonic scale and a characteristic twelve-bar chord progression. The form evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, field

More songs in Blues (contemporary):

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 94