Archive for November, 2008
I always liked the sound of this one. Deep bass. Sweet. Sad. But it’s really sad. It makes me sad to listen to it now. It’s all about the past. Past dead relationships of Larry’s that sound just like past dead relationships of mine.
But then again, I think there’s something else in it, Larry would probably say. The idea of “I’m still not gone” - or something. This is one of those songs that doesn’t necessarily take a side. It just presents the story of it, in a way.
I sang back up on this and I played the drums. I think me and Larry played the drums and bass together live. I remember when I would do the soft tom roll into the chorus, Larry said how professional that sounded and he was all amazed. That was awesome. Oh yeah - it just went into the chorus - man that’s awesome!! *laugh* I think this is actually the first drumming I did on this record, which means it’s the 2nd song I ever drummed on.
How fun! I remember our friend Daryl heard this final mix and said it wasn’t there yet - said was sparse. But we said “oh good, we wanted it to be sparse.” and we left it.
We heard people’s feedback on stuff, but we didn’t necessarily do what they said. In fact I think in most cases we didn’t. Because honestly, it would have been a lot of trouble in most cases so we usually said “meh I think we can live with that.”
It’s sort of like that line that Mitch Hedberg had, which I just saw again on youtube yesterday. “I think of a joke, and I write it down. If there’s not a pen close enough, I have to convince myself that joke ain’t funny.” (that’s a paraphrase)
*LAUGHS AND LAUGHS*
Here I’ll include that in the post!
Meanwhile, here’s the Numen buy link again, as always:
This is another one about Larry’s travels, I think. Driving across the country for 36 hours and not stopping. He’s the rest stop junkie.
Let’s see. We have machine drums on this I think, plus some real drums in places, a couple of Larry guitars, his bass, and me on piano. That was nice to have in the studio, a nice Samick grand piano. Yum. I think we actually did a little bit of playing one drum at a time action on this one, if I remember correctly. At some point during either this one or Red Backed Spider, we were doing that and Larry kept talking about the drummer from Fleetwood Mac doing that. That’s when I kept thinking how Larry knows a lot more about music and musicians than me. Being older is part of that. All I really know about Fleetwood Mac is they were like my second ever tape that I had, and when I was 8, some older boy I was riding in the back of my dad’s brown truck with, under a camper, travelling from Taos to Colorado Springs for a Taekwondo tournament, had held up a solo tape of Stevie Nicks and said “you know about Stevie Nicks? Her pussy’s so hot you could fry an egg on it.”
I didn’t really know what the hell THAT was supposed to mean.
It’s funny. This song couldn’t happen without cars. This is all about that very American sense of freedom that we all have where we can just drive across the country. Pick up and leave and not have to tell anyone or apply to anything or anything. And not really have to get all prepared like when you had to do it in a wagon and go into the frontier.
I really like the dry guitar going back and forth between the left and right speakers at the beginning. It sort of sends a jolt of comfort through me.
This was the second song we did, I think. I think we did Cat In The Desert first, then this one. You can tell because it uses other methods besides the straight real drums, bass, guitar shtick.
I sing on this one! It’s featuring Aaron Trumm! Aaron Trumm! This one’s also got some Larry poetry in it. Man I’m really likin this song right now. *boom chacka dance dance dance dance* hell yah!
SHE OWNS ME!! eeeyyyyeeesss gooooooo ssstaaaaiirrr (or is it stare?)
I remember really likin singin this. It has that tight rhythm. I like the tight - — rhythm.
I don’t really know what else to say about this one. I think I did a keyboard solo. Sounds like it. Lots of cool guitars. Heavy low end. Song about freakin out over a girl.
I like the line “her body’s in stereo” - that’s awesome.
Holy shit there’s so many guitars in here. Larry’s all over it, yo. Oh we had a nice outtake too - we had fun leaving things in like when there was feedback in the headphones or something and Larry’s all “whoa holy shit what was that??” or in Cat In The Desert where he’s like “dude punch out” - I love outtakes man!