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Two of Clubs: Let It Rain

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Here is the Two of Clubs. It's late, I know. This is because our apartment was broken into over the weekend while I was in Boston and Hillary was also out of town. I meant to record this song, which was already written (I finished the lyrics in Boston) on Sunday when I got home but I had to deal with the aftermath of the burglary. The Police came, then the Detectives, and finally the officers that took fingerprints. It was an action-packed evening, that's for sure.

It seems that the subject of this song was eerily appropriate. The basic idea is that sometimes, when we are in a situation that we can't change, we need to not worry about what's already happened and concentrate on what we can do now and in the future to make things better. I didn't know that this would apply to one's apartment being burglarized. But I guess it can apply to that too.

Ace of Clubs: A Proposal

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Over the weekend I asked my girlfriend the question. Yes, the question. I wrote this song on the Monday before last weekend and had a plan for the way it was going to happen. It didn't happen exactly like this because it was raining and I couldn't bring her up to the roof. But it's basically right.

She said yes.

King of Spades

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Wow, I've made it through one suit. This is the King of Spades, another african-influenced song. This I did at the space with the electric guitar and some percussion.

Queen of Spades: Darn These Walls

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Here is another acoustic guitar based instrumental. I like the drone music. I added a few more ambient parts on top of the two acoustic guitar parts with electric guitar and a bunch of effects. One ambient track is a cymbal with the mic real close.

The name is derived from the "soundproof" walls that we have at the space. That premise (promise) is false. It's hard to record an acoustic guitar in a room next to one of the louder bands around. They were covering a Pavement song for some of the time, so I have to give points to that. So, with those points, they are at negative 25. I just gotta live with it. Serendipitously, they ended a song right after I had ended mine so there was a little bow tied on the end of that noise gift.

Jack of Spades: A Man A Plan A Canal Panama

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Face Card! That means I've made it to week eleven.

This song is another instrumental but instead of acoustic guitar, I went with electric. There are three guitar parts on here and some percussion tracks as well. This started with the original riff on the first guitar and I added a couple other parts. This may be one of the ones that could be built upon at another time to make something more out of it. But I do also like it how it is. I did this at the space on Saturday.

Nine of Spades: Road Song in the Key of We

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Nine of Spades is a road song. Road trips are awesome and I wish I was able to take more of them. I still haven't done a cross-country drive and I really want to do it someday. There is so much to see and do basically anywhere you go. So, that's what this is about. I did this at home with the acoustic guitar and reason drums. I finished the vocals at the space this weekend.

Now, I'm gonna get in a zip car and go to Long Island.

Seven of Spades: O Captain

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The Seven of Spades is a song I wrote to a poem by Walt Whitman. A collection called "Leaves of Grass" contains this poem. It's a bit like what Billy Bragg and Wilco did to Woody Guthrie lyrics except that this poem was published and wasn't intended to be lyrics (as far as I know).

I did this at home with the acoustic guitar.

Six of Spades: The Sun Rises, But Shines Not

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

"The sun rises, but shines not," is a quote from Walt Whitman about a certain battle early in the Civil War. The Union lost this one and it set everybody in Washington in a pretty bad mood. This was Whitman's assessment of the morning that followed the battle. Because the battle was so close to Washington, civilians, including Congressmen and their families had picnics on a bluff from which they could see the battle in action in the distance. As the Union Army retreated they panicked and the streets back to Washington were clogged with soldiers and the spectators alike.

President Lincoln told General McDowell before the battle that "You are green, it is true, but they are green also; you are all green alike." I used part of this quote in the song as well.

This is the second song that I have used eight tracks of vocals (5 and 3). It's definitely "something."

Five of Spades

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

The Five of Spades is an instrumental track. It's mostly an acoustic guitar piece but I've added a bunch more acoustic and electric guitar tracks near the end. This is getting closer to being something that I actually would like to listen to myself. If that sounds weird, I understand. I really like droning and repetitive acoustic guitar stuff. And, while I don't have the skills that I love in John Fahey, Elizabeth Cotten and Doug Keith and nor am I playing in that fingerpicking style, I really like where this is going.

Four of Spades: Song Of The Sea

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

The Four of spades is my first foray into the wetter side of life.

Wouldn't it be nice to be a fish in the sea? To swim around willy-nilly. Join a school and zip around with your friends. It would be fun to explore the depths and see all the pretty things that oceanic life has to offer. Swimming to any point in the wet earth might just be possible. Time wouldn't be an issue. What does a fish have to do all day except for eating smaller marine life and avoiding the jaws of the larger? Have mass amounts of fun, is what!

Or what about a crustacean? The insects of the sea. Swimming backwards might not be so bad and maybe kinda fun. And some have the added bonus of having claws. What I could do with a pair of claws! Nuts would not be a problem anymore; I wouldn't need that ballet-related Christmas ornament if I had claws. How exciting to not have internal bones! Oh, to be a mass of slime contained by a shell. Barnacles can go anywhere a ship takes them and they don't even have to expend the energy to get there. A leisurely life, indeed.

Squids and Octopi? Not too bad either. So many tendrils! The mystery! The ink! Escape under a cloud of darkness and confusion. Cram into that little nook, this cranny. How easy it would be to hide and be safe. And the lucky ones get to grow to immense proportion and have show-downs with the masters of the sea: whales!

Shellfish. I admit that is not as exciting. How to mobilize? Can they even vote? Are there elections in the sea? If not, maybe a clam or scallop could organize the first. That would be a good way to make a name for oneself.

Just listen to the song.