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in the cans

April 24, 2008

hello faithful readers/listeners. thanks for stopping by!

this weeks song, “in the cans” (mp3), centers loosely around my Christian faith, the commandments, death, and wanting to KNOW things that ultimately require FAITH because we they’re not provable. it’s an old dilemma for me, and an old one for humans in general i rekon. i don’t think i bring any fresh insight to this necessarily, but it’s been on my mind.

MUSIC

guitar, bass, drums, a coupla synths, and strings. the strings are new samples i’ve been working with, trying to get to sound realistic, which is tough. they’re a little fake in this one too, but i’m excited about figuring out ways to make ’em more believable. this music was written primarily from the piano, which often, for me, means that it moves around a fair amount harmonically.

LYRICS

i used a recording session as my backdrop or metaphor this time, which was fun. the main idea is that the process of learning how to live is similar to making music. the trial and error, the listening (through headphones in this case), copying others, and making mistakes on your way to a salvageable or even excellent take or idea. your guidance can be other stuff you’ve heard, friends who listen to your drafts, and rules for harmony, rhythm, line, etc. all the while though, there’s something you can’t explain about what you like. what sounds good or feels right.

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the weakness weakness

February 28, 2008

the weakenss weakness” (mp3)

WORDY WORDS

i’ve been thinking recently about my Christian faith, and about the Christian church more lately than usual. in part, having been reminded how lazy (wimpy) i am about knowing WHAT i believe and why. i won’t get into my theology here in the blog, but this thought process has inspired the lyrics for this weeks song, “the weakness weakness.”

the main idea behind the song is that myself and so many people have opinions and beliefs that we know so little about, but still tote around and try to have firm stances on. we do it with politics, religion, etc…the BIG topics that we feel are important. important enough to take stances on, but i think rarely more important in our daily lives or pursuits than television, diet, drinks with friends, our jobs, money, etc…

i had a conversation about this with a friend last night, and it inspired the phrase “everyone’s arguing on things they havn’t read about,” which doesn’t appear in the song, but is kind of a thesis for it. here are the lyrics:

in AD 2008 (twenty 08)
i don’t know You

Anno Domini i’m a
busy dude

can’t read
don’t read
i wouldn’t know
don’t sing
outloud
until the show

AAHHH

but now i know i don’t know now
but as we speak i’m getting through
to me…i think

i hardly know my family
without pictures

God has an uncle Larry
Holy Cow

praise god
praise god
grey saab
chase card
gay wad
hot rod

can’t read
don’t read
i wouldn’t know
don’t sing
outloud
until the show

AAHHH

the middle, “bridge section, of the song is my joke about how exclaiming “Praise God” can feel so meaningless when i say it or hear it…partly because those two specific words are just part of the Christian vocabulary, almost like slang. the motivation for proclaiming such a thing might naturally take different forms, but this one is easy, common, and widely accepted. my point is that it can be an example of not really engaging with your faith, but merely going through the motions. doing “the things christians do.” in my own experience.

MUSIC

i went for variety in this doodad. more material, more sections. it started with a decending guitar line that i doubled on piano and used in the intro. the guitar was my writing instrument on this one for the most part, laying out the groundwork, melodies and chords with it before arranging it for a bigger “band.”

listening to some of my older material recently, i realized that i don’t have a lot of patience with endings sometimes. they often just, sort of…end. i intentionally repeated the last phrase of this tune more times than i would probably have to combat that tendency, realizing that when i’m listening on my commute home in traffic i sometimes want that groove to just sit for a while. in this case it still feels a bit short to me, but the idea is there. the “boys choir” sample is pretty satisfying to me too, albeit a bit fake. 🙂

i hope you like the song! thanks for listening.

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love,

j