Twenty Aught Eight, V1
01/13/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This was the first track of my Twenty Aught Eight project, and was inspired by the idea that any good country song is no more than three chords and the truth.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
01/20/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is about maintaining faith in one's self in the face of adversity, in its many forms.

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
01/26/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This was largely inspired by "Boogie with Stu" is just supposed to be funny, if slightly risque.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
02/04/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is largely about my belief that the universe naturally strives for balance in all things.

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
02/10/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This a blues about a relationship gone south...go figure.

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
02/18/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is sort about putting your past behind you. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
02/25/2008
Todd Lorenz

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Moonbeams is an instrumental of which my wife is particularly fond. I was practicing one night, and she actually called me from bed (our bedroom is above my office/music room) and asked that I "play that song that sounds like moonbeams." She was referring to an exercise I had created to help with my fingerpicking, but somehow, I knew exactly which piece she meant.

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
03/03/2008
Todd Lorenz

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I suppose you could say this is about feeling down on one's self and not really doing anything about it.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
03/10/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is an instrumental that I wrote and found myself unable to name.  I played it for my wife, asked her what it should be called, and she said "The Meanderin' Hound." 

Done. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
03/17/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is a blues about how any given bad situation often feels like the worst thing ever to befall a human being.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
03/24/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This remains one of my favorites; I enjoy it immensely.  It's about how people deal with life, sometimes succumb to their vices, and the joy that can be found before we all die.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
03/31/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is about trying to get past the BS we all have as human beings.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V1
04/07/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is a blues about losing one's wife. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
04/14/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This song is a fictional account about a bluesman choosing life on the road over staying with his family.  This track eventually inspired a complete album, The Life & Times of Snuffy Wilson.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
04/21/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is about my belief that our troops should be in one place, and one place only.  Home, defending our borders.  Bring them home.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
04/27/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is about how we tend to focus on our own problems above those of others, regardless of what we see before our own eyes.

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
05/05/2008
Todd Lorenz

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I wrote this about the need we sometimes have for...physical release.  "...it's a piece of heaven, at least for now..tomorrow can fix itself."  

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
05/12/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This was inspired by a high level of personal frustration.  At the time, I was extremely tired of trying to figure out how to be honest and myself, while still being "acceptable" or "appropriate" with others.  It was complicated by a situation where people would laugh and smile at something I said, then complain about it behind my back.  

I'm still trying to figure out where that fucking line is. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
05/19/08
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This is about, oddly enough, change.  In this case, on a deeper, personal level.  I suppose that this was written the week after I'm Tired is not a coincidence.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
05/26/08
Todd Lorenz

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This is a down and dirty blues about a man who screwed up his relationship and desperately wants his woman to take him back.  He wants her to come back home.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
06/02/08
Todd Lorenz

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This is an instrumental where, to me, it sounds like a couple of guitarists sitting on a porch, having a conversation, and just enjoying each other.  I play all the parts.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
06/09/08
Todd Lorenz

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This always felt kind of like a Fat Domino tune to me; I can practically hear the piano in the background.  This is about a guy, probably a blues musician, who is worried that the relationship with his woman might change while he's on the road. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
06/16/2008
Todd Lorenz

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Sometimes life is good, and this song reflects that.

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
06/23/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is an instrumental; the first thing I composed on an instrument I had built.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
06/30/08
Todd Lorenz

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This was written about a woman who uses her physical attributes to get what she wants.

She's got a school girl smile and a mistress' eyes...she's got the kind of body that makes a grown man cry...

Twenty Aught Eight, V2
07/07/08
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This is about what we do to soothe our pain.

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
07/14/08
Todd Lorenz

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The melody and chorus for this came to me while I was driving home from work.  I actually recorded the idea on my cell phone.  The song's title is indicative of its content; we all seek relief at one time or another. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
07/21/2008
Todd Lorenz

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I continue to have a soft spot for this song.  It's about how we sometimes fight to keep bad relationships going, regardless of whether or not doing so is really in our best interest.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
06/28/2008
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The title says it all. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
08/04/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is an instrumental that turned out differently than I expected.  I set out to write a free-form sort of country blues, and wound up with something that I think sounds sort of Spanish or Egyptian.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
08/11/08
Todd Lorenz

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This is about always getting up when you fall; not giving up.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
08/18/08
Todd Lorenz

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Yep; it's a blues about not trusting women.  But, the ending is a bit different than you might expect. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
08/25/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is about dealing with adversity.  In large quantities.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
09/01/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is an instrumental I love.  It features sounds of nature I recorded by pointing a microphone at my back yard, and you can hear a car drive by at the very end of the song.  I was going to edit it out, but it just seemed to fit.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
09/08/2008
Todd Lorenz

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Is a goal always worth the effort required?  

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
09/15/08
Todd Lorenz

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I call this a conspiracy-minded protest song.  I offer some strong opinions, but before you start to become offended, remember the title of the song. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
09/22/08
Todd Lorenz

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This was written from the perspective of someone who is dying at a relatively young age; 30 something.  He has the chance to look back and reflect as the end approaches and the lyrics represent some of his thoughts.

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
09/29/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is a blues/blues rock song that I picture being played by a really good bar band, perhaps in the middle of their last set.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V3
10/05/13
Todd Lorenz

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This is a quiet, acoustic song about having faith in one's self.  It's one of my favorites.

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
10/13/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is my take on the style of song epitomized by Hoochie Coochie Man and I'm a Man.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
10/20/08
Todd Lorenz

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It's a love song written for my wife, and one of my favorites among everything I've done.  I love nearly everything about it, and it always brings a smile to my face.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
10/27/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This is an instrumental I recorded with my Taylor electric guitar, which I'd only had for 2-3 weeks at the time.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
11/02/2008
Todd Lorenz

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This was written from the perspective of someone who believes he is making his last decision about religious faith.  He agonizes over the same issues many have and will. 

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
11/10/08
Todd Lorenz

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This song came from the phrase which serves as its title, which was something that popped out off my mouth while shopping for a couch.  Three different people insisted that it needed to become a song.  Who am I to argue?  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
11/17/08
Todd Lorenz

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This is a song in which express a few opinions.   They may or may not be just a tad controversial.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
11/24/2008
Todd Lorenz

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I wrote this as a way of honoring the contributions of teachers to our lives.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
12/01/08
Todd Lorenz

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This features what I believe to be the strongest chorus I've ever written.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
12/08/08
Todd Lorenz

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Just a man and his resonator having some fun.

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
12/15/08
Todd Lorenz

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This wound up feeling rather melancholy, but I really like the song.  I'm particularly fond of the arrangement.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
12/22/08
Todd Lorenz

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This song is intensely personal, and I feel that the lyrics are superb. The guitar work ain't bad either.

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
12/29/2008
Todd Lorenz

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An instrumental that combines blues, rock, and a bit of surf music.

No, seriously.  

Twenty Aught Eight, V4
01/05/09
Todd Lorenz

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This song marks the end of Twenty Aught Eight, and does so in what I feel is an appropriate way.  The idea is that no matter what I accomplish in life, it's still just another mile.  And hopefully, there will be more to come.  

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