Self Portrait

Self Portrait

nancyrost's picture



Liner Notes: 

Hadn't used the cigar-box guitar yet, so that had to go in. New solo instrument in a pinch? Kazoo!

Edited to add: I worked really fast and unfiltered. I know it's super-derivative. Apologies to Merle Travis.


Some people are made out of muscle and blood
I’m ink and sound and pies made of mud
Can’t stand still waiting for paint to dry
I got an eye for color and a colorful eye

Do it again and it can’t be wrong
Make it up as I go along
I’m makeup artist by self-decree
I draw myself, and myself draws me

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


cindyrella's picture

Nice little song and I love that kazoo! Great blues song!

Roddy's picture

The lyrics are really good, complete, insightful and very clever. 'Muscle and blood' is really good.

Zeekle's picture

Short and sweet with some great lines. And the kazoo really is a cool instrument for a solo.

mikehex's picture

Oh man I love this. Those last two lines made me laugh out loud, and Captain Beefheart feel makes every line seem like a revelation waiting to be made

Which is not to say that they're not.

Great skirmish write

mike skliar's picture

ha! this is great!!! great, wise and hilarious lyric, all at the same time, and that cigar box meets bass meets kazoo is perfect for this!

kahlo2013's picture

Nancy! Love that cigar box sound and bit of kazoo with that jazzy groove. And the lyrics are great - the last lines of the each stanza are really brilliant!

tjeff's picture

Love the new cigar box geetar, and cool kazoo stuff! "Muscle and blood" and "pies made of mud" are fantastic lines.

Marilisa's picture

Fabulous and so fun! The instrumentation is perfect. Smile And what a good take on the topic!

barbara's picture

Love this free-spirited and witty approach to the prompt. Twisty meanings make it extra fun!

musicsongwriter's picture

Very nice, sweet song. Lovely take on the skirmish prompt. Enjoyed listening very much.

corinne54's picture

This is such fun and free wheeling music. The last line wraps it up nicely!

Chip Withrow's picture

A real I-am-there coffeehouse feel to this one! Your recognizable jazzy vocals singing amazing lyrics, and the uniqueness of guitar/kazoo. Good one!

wobbie wobbit's picture

love the kronky feel of this with the cbg and the kazoo, the rough take suits the lyrics perfectly, some really nice lines - muscle and blood and also ink and sound, really nice skirmish

standup's picture

That is such a cool, scratchy sound, that cigar box.

I like ink and sound. Not sure about mud pies.

I like the second verse quite a bit too.

cts's picture

I had no idea one can "slide" with a kazoo. My lord, woman, your magic is far-reaching!! Smile I like the rough, demo-y sound and feel of this. Ultra cool.