nathan lyle
Sundry & Assorted

High School (Up to 1991)

A wide range of efforts from the very late 1980s and very early 1990s. I started playing piano in my junior year of highschool, and spent much of that and my senior year paying way more attention to music than class. (My grades reflected that very clearly.) At various points I wanted to be a rock star, or an old-style classical composer. I was fascinated with music theory. Any drums that aren't recorded on the highschool's set are from a casio keyboard. And I used my mom's boom box as my recording device. I had a second cassette player, and I would record one thing, then play it back on the other while playing along to it, if I needed more than one track. I've put them here in alphabetical order, since I don't know the dates many were written so can't organize them by time.

Angel's Wings

Written at the very beginning my brief fundamentalist religious phase. I always felt like piano and heavy metal guitar belonged together.

A Part of My Life

I spent a LOT of time improvising depressing piano music in my later highschool years. This was recorded on the highschool's grand piano, where I often spent my lunch hours.

Behind Yesterday

For some reason I was more into instrumentals back in high school. I was also into trying to sound profound with the names I picked for my music. :-)

Can't Take It With You

At the time I thought this was my best rock and roll song. :-) Using the boom box and seondary cassette recorder, I recorded the drums at school and then the guitars and vocals at home. I'm always fascinated when I listen to these early recordings, in that my singing doesn't sound much different than my speaking. Even now, decades later, I wrestle with my voice as an instrument.

E Flat Minor Thingy

I was in love with the Eb minor pentatonic scale, mostly because it was easy to play on the piano... you just hit random black keys and you've got instant melancholy.

For 4 Flutes

One of my first efforts to arrange a more classical style of composition. I had four flute players from band class help me record this at lunch.

For The Spirit

This was my main highschool musical idea (the melody)... originally written on a small tenor guitar I'd gotten from my grandpa's house after he died, while sitting on my back porch and listening to mourning doves.

For The Spirit (Graduation)

Slightly different arrangement, with a little shock factor at the end. People didn't quite know what to make of some guitar shredding at the formal graduation ceremony (played at my graduation in 1991.)

Funk It

Me being funky in my bedroom after having my first bass guitar to play with.

I Hate to Say Goodbye

Written for our highschool graduation ceremony.

I Watched You Walk Away

Another broken heart song recorded at a choral concert. I sometimes wonder if they ever realized back then (if they were there and heard it) that I was so quick to overshare long before the era of Facebook.

Lost Dreams

Maybe the epitome of my highschool drama expression... piano and metal guitar felt like two sides to the same coin to me.

Lost Dreams (Original)

The original piano version of the more involved song. Probably my second most favorite musical idea during those years.

Love

Me singing and playing guitar, and Paul (a guy who worked at the music store I hung out at) was helping with the recording equipment and bass line.

Our Song

Written for the girlfriend who would become my first exwife. The first time I'd written and recorded a song where I was singing.

Piano Improvisation 1

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 2

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 3

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 4

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 5

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 6

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 7

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 8

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Piano Improvisation 9

A snippet of my lunchtime highschool piano improvisations...

Remembering

This possibly contains the most wrong note in any guitar solo I have ever played. Other than that it was a fun smushing of piano and heavy guitar.

Remembering The Dream

Another one of my more regularly played and worked on highschool emo pieces... this one and a few others felt like I was somehow expressing my feelings in a way words never could.

Remembering The Dream (Original)

This was the original version (just piano) of the song.

Riding the Wind

I'd brought an orchestral arrangement of one of my songs to choral practice to see if the teacher would let me try it out after class with some volunteers, which he did. He then suggested we play it at some of our concerts, which was my teenage fifteen minutes of fame. I even got a short interview/clip on TV6 where I first learned I had a yooper accent.

Sky Visions

When Van Halen's "Right Now" came out I felt a little cheated, there's a lot of similarity to the note pattern I was playing with here. (I also came up with the idea of Gregorian chant and pop music working together just before Enigma hit the scene... I was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.)

Synth Funk

More fun with synthesizers...

The Waiting

Half written, half improvised piano music...

Together Again

Written for my graduation in 1991... sung by a couple of classmates (I played the piano). I'd hoped to write our class song, because I'd written the one for the class before us, but didn't manage it. I did get to play several songs during the ceremony though.

Together Forever

The class song for Ishpeming's graduating class of 1990. Written to be intentionally easy to sing, and it turned out to be a lot of fun.

You Never Know

Written for a girl I had a crush on. She was a foreign exchange student, and nothing ever had a chance to happen... though there was a fun evening with her and a couple of other folks where we drove around Marquette tricking vending machines with her equivalent of pennies and then hit up a briefly in business dance club.

You Never Said Goodbye

Written for a girlfriend that was only a girlfriend for about a week or so. (I tended to fall hard and fast.) This was recorded at a choral concert.