monday underground #5: “the 10 o’clock news”

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this song has been a favorite of mine since i posted it back in august of 2010. i tried to make a video for it the following year as a follow up to my first “ghost story” video (monday song #1), but i kept grinding to a heavy-handed halt. i almost gave up again this time, when i stumbled upon a slo-mo wet dog video. it just worked for me, and started a path toward a less literal reading of the song after the first chorus.

i should thank earth unplugged for the slo-mo animals (check out their youtube channel) and gopro for the ridiculous pelicam shots at the end (buy one, they’re great!). can’t mention the movie that the kisses are from, as it will spoil the ending.  and if you haven’t seen the fredrick march version of dr. jekyll and mr. hyde, rent it. it’s a real work of art…

want to say happy birthday to my brother, gary. i’d make a joke about him entering old age, etc, but since he’s three years younger than me, who would really be the punchline there?

also, it’s 30 years to the day since i first met my wife, kristin. after so many years wearing each other down, it can be difficult to know just where she ends and i begin. i wouldn’t change a minute of it.

 

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monday underground #3: “lullaby (for m & w)”

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i’ve had this idea for a few months, though i had pictured it all in front of a tree in the middle of some park. when it came down to it, the mechanics of doing this outside were prohibitive and pushed me in another direction. it was only after i had successfully cloned myself that i considered putting us on a bedside table.

this is one of the monday songs i am most proud of. i just love the harmonies, all of which were improvised in the original recording, until i had parts that worked. when you listen to the song alone, the harmonies make a sweet backdrop, but i felt that showing the parts being sung leant a behind the scenes quality, and made each part distinct to the listener. by placing each version of myself in the same place that the voice falls in the stereo spread, you get a cool experience in headphones.

i like the low fidelity look, which is a important, since lo-fi is the best i can do, and i can only get there through many hours of cutting and pasting and syncing and throwing the occasional temper tantrum.

as i consider the next steps in my career, i’ve been considering starting a lullaby service, though i confess i’m not entirely sure what that entails. i have written many songs in this vein, and it would be a cool project to pull them together, and share the soothing vibes with frazzled moms who need some kid music that won’t drive them nuts. i could even write new lyrics for some of the darker tunes, creating sleep-friendly versions that currently read more like nightmares. it’s that kind of capitalistic thinking that really gets my creativity pumping…

 

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