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Another Wednesday, another song for Odin, who sacrificed an eye for knowledge and hanged himself from Yggdrasil for nine days and nine nights, whereon he was fertilized and made wise. What I'm saying is, dedicating some rock and roll to him once a week is the least we can do. And "least" is, for my part, what I do best. https://youtu.be/ia53NmFj1gg This is another tune from that set in Southampton, UK, Summer of '92. "Dictionary Girl," a song we didn't play all that often as I recall because it really didn't lend itself to being played too fast, which we tended to do with everything we could get our hands on. This is a surprisingly competent performance of it, and I still find that drone riff thing (with the bent note going from E to F on the D minor) fairly compelling. It's a pretty nice chord progression and melody in the verses as well. That said, I was obviously still groping clumsily toward songwriting competence, or at least towards figuring out what I wanted to try make the words and music do. I did a much better job, I think, on the same precise topic, ten years later with "Suicide Watch." (Which, if you'll notice, actually echoes the general rhythm here... that was intentional, if you can believe that.) But I can appreciate that there's some emotional impact in the inarticulateness that wouldn't be there otherwise. At least it manages to stay on topic, even when out of focus. I think my songwriting improved as it got less vague, but that doesn't mean there isn't some value in the vagueness. Side note: I love that stylin' move where Aaron positions the bass perpendicular to the stage, headstock down, and then raises it triumphantly skyward. One of the highlights of the act in those days. Another side note: this is the eleventh posted of the eighteen songs in that set. Not sure if they're all performances that warrant individual treatment like this, but some of them do and maybe I'll do all of them anyhow because the Wodensdaegs keep piling up and time is relentless and ravenous like Fenrir's maw. Like, subscribe, upvote, comment, share, and dance your little legs off, if only in your imagination. See you next week.
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Another Wednesday, another song for Odin, who sacrificed an eye for knowledge and hanged himself from Yggdrasil for nine days and nine nights, whereon he was fertilized and made wise. What I'm saying is, dedicating some rock and roll to him once a week is the least we can do. And "least" is, for my part, what I do best. https://youtu.be/ia53NmFj1gg This is another tune from that set in Southampton, UK, Summer of '92. "Dictionary Girl," a song we didn't play all that often as I recall because it really didn't lend itself to being played too fast, which we tended to do with everything we could get our hands on. This is a surprisingly competent performance of it, and I still find that drone riff thing (with the bent note going from E to F on the D minor) fairly compelling. It's a pretty nice chord progression and melody in the verses as well. That said, I was obviously still groping clumsily toward songwriting competence, or at least towards figuring out what I wanted to try make the words and music do. I did a much better job, I think, on the same precise topic, ten years later with "Suicide Watch." (Which, if you'll notice, actually echoes the general rhythm here... that was intentional, if you can believe that.) But I can appreciate that there's some emotional impact in the inarticulateness that wouldn't be there otherwise. At least it manages to stay on topic, even when out of focus. I think my songwriting improved as it got less vague, but that doesn't mean there isn't some value in the vagueness. Side note: I love that stylin' move where Aaron positions the bass perpendicular to the stage, headstock down, and then raises it triumphantly skyward. One of the highlights of the act in those days. Another side note: this is the eleventh posted of the eighteen songs in that set. Not sure if they're all performances that warrant individual treatment like this, but some of them do and maybe I'll do all of them anyhow because the Wodensdaegs keep piling up and time is relentless and ravenous like Fenrir's maw. Like, subscribe, upvote, comment, share, and dance your little legs off, if only in your imagination. See you next week.
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