Scattered everywhere out on the floor today... I've been slacking on the Song for Odin front lately, as you may or may not have noticed. Though I'm sure nobody misses it all that much, or at all, when it is skipped, the self-imposed obligation does weigh on me, even when the lapse is unavoidable. I did it religiously each week for the better part of three years, for no earthy reason, really, except maybe to draw attention to the songs in order to promote this or that release. An earthly reason if ever there were one, I suppose. And reason enough to wind up the machine once more, since Shards vol. 3 is now out, officially, and the deluxe "dibs" copies should be arriving basically now. That's all by way of introducing: "You Today" live at the Rivoli in Toronto, October 5, 1997. https://youtu.be/zhUzcmqis_8 This is how we used to do it back then, beginning as a solo song with the band kicking in on "you said goodbye..." (If you want to see how this looked and sounded, sort of, in a great big huge stadium, check out the previous entry for this song, link in notes below.) But this song is arguably better suited as a quietly strummed solo lament. Like a fair few other acoustic tunes, the recording was thrown together as a quick addition to add some filler, in this case, as a third bonus song for the CD of the "Alternative Is Here to Stay" single. "Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend" was like that too, recorded as a solo tune because there wasn't time or resources to develop it as a full band arrangement. In each case, it was probably better they stayed solo-acoustic. Ultimately the point of a recording is the get the song across and I doubt layering either of these with guitars and drums would have helped. It sure makes sequencing an album easier to have at least a few tracks available that don't sound like all the other tracks. Diversity is our strength, or would have been had we had a bit more of it: but you go to war with the sonic diversity you have. Counterpoint: if my so-called recording career has taught me anything, it's this: people hate sonic diversity, they just hate it. Find a single sound and stick with it with rigid consistency, you'll move more units and people will like and respect you more, or at all. All that said, this is a song people love, the most-covered after "...Hitler..." -- hm, noticing a pattern here. All that stuff I said about people hating sonic diversity isn't wrong, but people also seem to like simple songs, readily understood and easy to play. Shoulda done more of those maybe, too. At any rate, "You Today," in all its thrown-together but painstakingly re-mastered glory, may be found on Shards vol. 3 as I said. Have fun with it. (Currently, the only way to get the vinyl release for those who are not "dibs" subscribers is to find the retail version in a real or virtual shop -- Amazon, for example, link below. At some point, the third pressing will materialize. Sounds Rad currently does have the CD in stock, if you're into that sort of thing. Plus it's on all those streaming services if you want to put it on in the background without paying it too much attention or money while you do your taxes or the dishes.) To conclude, I will be back some other Wednesday with another Song for Odin, quite possibly. Till then, I'm sure you have my warmest regards. notes: -- studio recording, remastered for Shards vol. 3: https://youtu.be/edFX9cRJb_U -- previous Song for Odin entry for "You Today," live at the PalaEur sports arena in Rome: https://youtu.be/VDml43FPq8c -- the "minor secrets" write-up for that video: https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/863813758623551488?referrer=frankportman -- playlist of songs posted from this Toronto show so far: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATIFNLGLZctcdWvAihK-Zkx -- Shards vol. 3 on discogs: https://www.discogs.com/The-Mr-T-Experience-Shards-Vol-3-/master/2194996 -- The Shards vol. 3 CD at Sounds Radical: https://www.soundsradical.com/store/p219/Mr_T_Experience_-_Shards_Vol_3_CD.html -- Shards vol. 3 vinyl at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3lp6HeN -- the Shards vol. 1 story: https://drankf.medium.com/rad-003-1-the-mtx-shards-vol-1-story-2b71fbf4b766 -- the Shards vol. 2 story: https://drankf.medium.com/rad-004-1-the-mtx-shards-vol-2-story-fa37a02d4764 -- playlist of Shards vol. 3 songs posted so far: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnARTDEDVm1RGl2wzubnlxd0J -- Songs for Odin playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnATopffORs0YkspebJHka2o_ #music #songs #video #product #minds
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