Introducing, and The Guitar-Chord Closet

My recent project with Tom was a lot of fun, and when I posted the album here to this site it got me thinking. Tom hasn’t been online with his music since the old went belly up in about 2003, but he has made dozens of great recordings over the years. Why not offer to host his tunes on my site? In fact, why not make this a place where all of my family members can post their songs?

The more I thought of this idea, the more I liked it, but then it occurred to me that my siblings, cousins, and others probably don’t want to post their tunes to a site with my name on it. So I changed the url to “”. Tom has joined the ranks and is planning to post tunes from his discography. My brother Mark, who was my high school songwriting partner, is also planning to post here.

To celebrate this change I want to share with you some old recordings Tom made of songs written by me and Mark. These date to the early 2000’s, when Tom was already a seasoned veteran at home recording and I was just cutting my teeth at it. I remember at the time feeling, envious of his skills and recording technology, jealous of my songs, guilty that I hadn’t done the same with his tunes, and extremely flattered that he would spend so much time recording my music. I was struggling to learn this craft, and had a huge back log of songs to record, and Tom just smiled and dumped an entire album of them on my lap! Here is one of my favorites, probably the best version of “Tylia’s Microphone Toothpick” ever recorded:

Head on over to The Guitar-Chord Closet album page for more info. If any of these songs are stupid, then please blame me (and Mark). Also remember that we were teenagers at the time, and have mercy on us. If any of these songs are awesome, then it’s because Tom did such a good job of arranging and recording them.

Alan Sanderson

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