Earliest Led Zeppelin memory: In the car with my mom and sisters, driving past a wall on which someone had spraypainted: LED ZEPPELIN. "Mom," we asked, "who's Led Zeppelin?" She turned right off El Camino and said: "He was a very bad man."
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When the song emerged it made me laugh enough to shake me out of the despair zone if ever so slightly. Thank God for songs, amirite? I was still recording my demos on the Tascam four track cassette "porta-studio" trying to make the most of what little I had and this song was really suited to that, just a voice and a strum, all close-up and utterly dry, plus some distant bending guitar notes. It wound up on a home made CDR called eight little songs, basically just some of my demos pulled together so I'd have some merch for this singer-songwriter RV tour organized by Ian Brennan that I did in (I think) 2003. Though it wasn't the plan, that turned out to be a sort of trial run for the subsequent proper MTX album Yesterday Rules. It's the same recording. btw, one of the other singer-songwriters on that RV tour was the great Chuck Prophet. We became friends, and "Jill" was a hit among my tourmates. And believe it or not, Chuck actually recorded a version of "Jill" later that year. 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But interrupting the song and breaking character like that isn't the best way to get the song across, and I probably shouldn't have done it. It is a rather good song, one that, despite/because of its simplicity, I still like a lot and that to be honest I'm pretty proud of. And I'm not sure this rendition is the best way to hear it for the first time, if there is indeed anyone within the reach of Song for Odin who doesn't already know it. Highly doubtful, I know. We're a close, tight-knit, elite group and this song has been kicking around among us for years. Fortunately, it doesn't really matter much anyway. I mean, obviously. "I can't stop not knowing why I never don't feel like crying..." still kinda kills me, and the whole conceit of the narrator addressing his mournful apologia to a lost love who may or may not have hung up on his answering machine is just... well, maybe it's just me but that about as good as things get around here, conceit-wise. The scene-setting narrative "voice" and its clumsy only-slightly-self-aware rhetoric is the sort of thing you strive for as a writer. I should do more like this. Except, it's actually kind of hard. When it happens, it's almost like it's beyond your control. It "clicks" and you just have to catch it. Later on you think, how'd I do that? It's a weird process, not very process-like at all. If I remember correctly, this song dates to around 1999-2000, just post Alcatraz. It was written in a state of deep despair -- not romantic melancholy as depicted in the song, but rather just that general existential deep despair that hits you from time to time. Oh it doesn't? Lucky you, then. Well it hits me. I remember lying on my back on the living room floor that I'm looking at right now, strumming dolefully and randomly, staring at the ceiling wondering if some more of it was going to fall down on me. When the song emerged it made me laugh enough to shake me out of the despair zone if ever so slightly. Thank God for songs, amirite? I was still recording my demos on the Tascam four track cassette "porta-studio" trying to make the most of what little I had and this song was really suited to that, just a voice and a strum, all close-up and utterly dry, plus some distant bending guitar notes. It wound up on a home made CDR called eight little songs, basically just some of my demos pulled together so I'd have some merch for this singer-songwriter RV tour organized by Ian Brennan that I did in (I think) 2003. Though it wasn't the plan, that turned out to be a sort of trial run for the subsequent proper MTX album Yesterday Rules. It's the same recording. btw, one of the other singer-songwriters on that RV tour was the great Chuck Prophet. We became friends, and "Jill" was a hit among my tourmates. And believe it or not, Chuck actually recorded a version of "Jill" later that year. It didn't make it on the album, but it's great. Maybe I'll try to get his permission to share it one of these days, it's really cool. So, that's about all I got to say about "Jill," an old song that still has some life in it. Thanks once again to Arjan (aka iheartweakerthans) for the video, which is nice to have. I had biggish plans for some newly-created "content" for this week, but it all kind of fizzled. Sometimes one's fingers are all thumbs; and sometimes one's voice is all thumbs, too. Contrary to what you may have heard, I can actually sort of sing. It's just that my voice sounds really really weird. And some days are weirder than others. I was having a bad voice day, basically. Maybe I'll try again some time, who knows? Either way, I expect I will see you next week, so to speak. 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