Sometimes ya gotta: Heya friends and foes, I hope your Wednesday thing is going alright. As for my Wednesday thing -- posting a song with a comment and calling it Odin -- I'm just getting to it now. And what it is is me doing "She Turned Out to Be Crazy" in an old cemetery in Bergamo, Italy, in 2006. https://youtu.be/ti3jx5ZDMOU I've posted a few tunes from this show already and you can read all about how this unlikely event came about (see playlist in the notes below -- links to the "minor secrets" posts are in their respective descriptions.) This particular one is a bit of a wild ride visually, sonically, and performance-ly (I think because it was because it was at the beginning when kinks were being worked out) but it has a certain something, and gets the song across even if I can't always manage to find where the C is on the guitar and each and every time. It's loose, baby, but loose can be good. I often begin these entries saying I don't have the time and the mental equilibrium to write much, after which I wind up with a thousand words of babble, but today I really genuinely must keep it rushed, so just a couple of quick "minor secrets" and them I'm out. -- My hero Mike Batt, of Wombles fame, recently tweeted about lyrics that rhyme a word to itself, citing "Do You Want to Know a Secret" calling it a careless "songwriting nightmare." (See notes below.) Of course I agree, and I responded: "Really regret rhyming "stand" with "understand" in "Sackcloth and Ashes" (though at the time it didn't seem that important to me.) "It turns out that to knock a guy out" however - that one was intentional." It was indeed intentional, or rather deliberate, to rhyme "out" with "out", in that when it came out that way and I wondered how much to fret about it I decided to let it stand rather than try to fix it because it was a good line fully in character with the narrator's voice and because because of that it was funny on a whole other sort of meta level simultaneously. As I always say, real rhymes are always going to be better than non-rhymes masquerading as real rhymes and you should try to avoid the bad ones but... sometimes ya gotta. (It helped in this case that it was an internal rhyme in the line, more or less an optional flourish, rather an end rhyme, which would have been terrible and ultimately self-defeating which is an awful thing to do to a self.) Point being, sometimes you do bad things for a good reason. If you must, that's the way to do them. But I can't defend "understand" and "stand," which was pure, slovenly carelessness. -- The recording that leads off Show Business Is My Life is one of those cases of everything coming together in the studio perfectly with very little effort or struggle, and it still works great after all these years. (Link below.) That's Aaren Cometbus on the drums, Kepi on bass, and Joe King doing backup vox. I'd wanted Joe to do more but he was just stopping by real quick before a show and had to rush off after just a couple of tracks. I thought of filling in with my own tracks the big back-up arrangement I had in mind but found that the stark, minimal, bare-bones track worked just fine on its own. I wish we'd done more songs with this "band" it would have been great. And... gotta run. That was more typing than I should have done, which always happens somehow. Till next time. notes: -- studio recording: https://youtu.be/tN0honWRugA -- that Mike Batt tweet: https://twitter.com/Mike_Batt/status/1276867008039190528?s=20 -- playlist of live at Bergamo songs posted so far: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnARpxgQ1SER49c2NUyxsNgpv -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #video #minds
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