It's the little things that get you down... Song for Odin: yes it's that time again, Wodnesdæg that is. And as has become traditional, I shall post a song and comment on it. For various reasons this is rather a fraught week and I considered hanging a "gone fishin'" sign on the Odin shop. But, though I daresay it matters to few if any of the tiny handful of people paying attention, I made a commitment to the gods. And, as an aside, this is, according to my records, the 100th entry in the Song for Odin series. Skipping it seems risky, like bad luck, tempting fate. So here we go... https://youtu.be/R-9OZsUOzoQ What we have here is yours truly doing "Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba" solo somewhere in Europe in 2012, for a series called the Sunglass Sessions, where guys like me played songs wearing sunglasses. The guys strolling through in back and singing the final chorus are members of the band Dee Cracks. It looks like a classroom, but it was probably a side room in the "youth center" where the show was held -- punk rock in Europe has always been, perhaps a bit ironically depending on how seriously anyone ever took all that anarchism / rebellion stuff, tied to state-funded institutional settings like this. Sometimes the shows themselves took place in the "classrooms." And there's lots of paperwork to fill out. Anyhow, this was on my little solo Euro "art tour" with Kepi and Stefan, which was a real catalyst to rekindling my interest in doing music again: I'd largely given up on it at the time. When I think of it, Kepi has played that role several times over the course of the years, breaking down my skepticism about the prospect and egging me on (if egging is the word I want) to give it all another go. In a way it's like how Bowie searched Berlin for Iggy, found him, pulled him out of his squalid hole, and brought him and his career back to life, except, of course, I'm no Iggy and what I was being pulled out of was nothing like Romantic rock n roll dissolution but mere lethargy and pessimism. It's not a coincidence that 2012 marks the time when I started investigating the old records, listening to them for the first time in years and years and trying to assess the validity and worth of the songs and such. This was the beginning of the "rescue and reissue" project I'm now engaged in, and it's possible that without that Euro tour I'd have let the "legacy" lie and stopped the songwriting etc. altogether. So, thanks be to Kepi. Songs are important, I see that now. Here's the poster for that tour: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/1023613083791130624?referrer=frankportman As for the song, this is the third time it has appeared as a Song for Odin, and here's what I said then: 'In "primordial" form this song pre-dates most of the Love Is Dead songs. It was not-yet-finished but buzzing in my head during the lengthy, procrastinatory lag between the recording and release of ...and the Women Who Love Them. I'd considered trying to throw together a quickie acoustic version to stick on one of the formats as a hidden track, in fact (because it seemed likely that that release was to be the MTX's last hurrah: and it would have been fitting ) In the event it was saved for the band's subsequent incarnation. I'm not sure it was ever really "finished." 'People who have followed some of my recent and not so recent complaints about rhymes and such will notice that this breaks most of my dumb little rules repeatedly and flagrantly. I was only just realizing I had an effective lyric-writing rulebook, but it wasn't like I was unaware of it at the time either. Maybe I could have done it better, but it just seemed okay the way it was somehow. And it is, after all, a slightly rueful celebration of imperfection so...' Also (from the description box of my fingerpicked version): 'The original title of this song was "The Little Things". I was informed by my band that there was at that time (94-95 ish) a song called "The Little Things" already on the radio, by some grunge band or other. That wasn't something that ever bothered me -- there are around ten thousand songs called "I Believe in You" for instance. In that situation I always figured, why not one more? But for some reason I started the song once on stage by saying "this song is called 'Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba'..." and then immediately launching into singing "Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba." It got a laugh so I kept doing it and it had got stuck as the song's title by the time it was recorded. 'As for the song itself, I'd imagined it with a sort of 60s folk-pop-psych sound, at least on the chorus. Kind of a semi-ironic hippie vibe. But of course I didn't happen to have the capability to produce much of a 60s folk-pop-psych sound with a kind of semi-ironic hippie vibe so... it came out how it did, became part of history, and is still one my most popular songs. It's fun playing it this way too, though. (I've found the songs that lend themselves to being played like this also happen to be the most popular ones. Not sure if that's a coincidence, or if so what kind of coincidence it is.)' and finally: 'I have been asked what the song "means." And why the "lyrics are so good but the chorus is so stupid." If you have to ask...' Here are the links to the other ones posted, with "minor secrets" links in their descriptions: -- from Nov. 1998 at the RKCNDY in Seattle: https://youtu.be/Tbkt6oaZ1H8 -- from March 1996 at the PalaEur in Rome: https://youtu.be/n-hbSUITpT4 -- fingerpicked: https://youtu.be/XKku8BwC6V0 -- and here's the official video: https://youtu.be/kZkYdgIryqw And that'll do it really. Please like, subscribe, link, comment, etc. etc. etc. My dumb little channel needs all the help it can get. 100 entries! See you next week. #music #songs #video #mtxforever #minds
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