Well now, it's Wodnesdæg again and Song for Odin time. (If you don't know what that means, go to the playlist link below and it'll become pretty clear.)
So here it is, me doing "Population: Us" at 1234Go! Records in Oakland, California, November 9, 2012, on cell phone video from Marisa:
I came really close to including this one on the Lookout Zoomout III set list but it got crowded out by requests. Also it's quite a bit longer than the usual two minutes and a bit and time was of the essence.
When people ask which of my songs I like best or am most proud of and such, this is usually what I say. And the reason is, mainly, that it thoroughly does what it's meant to do and lives up to what it promises. That's not the easiest thing to accomplish. Some writers are, I suppose, praeternaturally gifted and do it all the time without too much trouble; but most of us, and maybe especially even I, must let fly scores of misfires before anything lands. When something hits the target, it's often something of a surprise and you think: did I really write that? It seems so unlikely.
I wrote this one up a couple years back (bouncing off the version of it I did with the Bye Bye Blackbirds) and you can read more about it at the link below. Here's a snip from it, about the original recording (linked below as well:
'It was originally one of the large batch of songs in contention for inclusion on the 1997 album Revenge Is Sweet and So Are You, but I never introduced it to the band or producer at the time because I doubted my ability to get across how I wanted it to come out. (That was a pretty solid doubt; I didn't have the capability to do demos at that time and my strum-and-shout method wouldn't have managed to do it.) In the aftermath of the that album, though, I'd acquired a Tascam four track cassette "portastudio" and I did do a rudimentary demo to suggest the direction I'd imagine some future MTX recording of it might take. It was acoustic guitar, an electric part played through one of the those cigarette box practice amps, a lead vocal, and back up vocal.
'When we were reviewing my various demos to choose songs for my subsequent solo album Show Business Is My Life, Kevin Army said "I know you probably intend this one for your band but..." He wanted basically to recreate the demo arrangement in the studio, exactly as it was but with higher fidelity. I was skeptical (and I hadn't thought much of the demo version as such) but that's what we did, and that's what ended up on the album.'
The minimalism freaked me out and disappointed me at the time, but now I quite like it.
I don't have a whole lot more to say about it all at the moment. Maybe if there's ever another occasion for playing songs I'll do it. It'll be pretty much like this. And when it happens I hope you all do the backups from the floor like here because that's fun.
Bye for now.
-- studio recording from Show Business Is My Life: https://youtu.be/EmSFX-n8KHc
-- Dr Frank & the Bye Bye Blackbirds version: https://youtu.be/xdq1SEAPdVc
-- previous "minor secrets" write-up: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/955125708251271168
-- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_#music#songs#video#punkrock#minds