monday song #42: punk

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james lives on fenton street down the block from the empty lot that once held the 7-11. a firehouse is going up slowly.

he’s a teenager, but you’d only know it from the library books in his backpack: salinger, the autobiography of malcolm x, arthur c clarke. his looks would place him in elementary school, his placement test would have him in high school. but he’s trapped in the middle world, the boiling limbo of junior high. read more >

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monday song #23: first communion

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number 23. a mystical number for fans of psychic tv and throbbing gristle. and the chicago bulls.

i realized after i posted last week’s song that that the memory parade of our protagonist had begun in the late 30s with a 30s style song. figured the next milestone should happen in the early 50s, and so i went with a ‘kansas city’ style boogie-woogie early 50s song. a high school memory of his first foray into the world of comingling.

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monday song #19: high dive

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[show note: i’m playing at the pub at vios next monday, april 6. corner of 20th ave and 65th street. kids welcome. great food. and my music. see you there. 7 to 9pm. no cover. can you beat it?]

number 19. not much to say about the number. but the song is a sad one.

last week my mother asked why the last set of songs were so sad. i hadn’t noticed. they are monday songs after all. but I listened and thought, there isn’t the little pithy number to break up the flow. or a straight funny song. so i set out this week to write an unflinchingly happy song.

i failed miserably. read more >

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monday song #18: you and only me

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eighteen. voting age. no longer a minor, but not yet a drinker.

this would fit nicely in the real life high school musical world begun in number 16, “lowe valley high.” hell, the subject of this crush could even be meghan. it’s a small world after all.

on this one, there might be a warrant out for my arrest for musical thievery. though i think i satisfactorily made the song “my own,” there is a substantial influence from joe jackson’s “look sharp,” which my wife has been blasting in the kitchen for the last couple of weeks. read more >

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monday song #16: lowe valley high

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[show note: see you all tonight at the pub at Vios (65th st. and 20th ave; below third place books in north seattle). i’ll be going on around 7pm. as usual, it’s free, kids are welcome, and there is excellent food served there.]

this is one of the darker songs i’ve done. as with “bells” last week, the song parts came pretty spontaneously. i named the sound file “ollivander high” for no particular reason (i did not have the choruses fleshed out yet). the high school focus of the random title sent me deep into the heart of darkness. read more >

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