monday song #20: the devil’s dictionary

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[show note: i’m playing tonight at the pub below vios in north seattle – 65th street and 20th ave. i’m going on at 7. no cover. kids fly free. excellent food. see all you seattle-ites there. this will probably be the last show for a while.]

song twenty. it took me ten years to release 24 songs on two albums, and it has taken five months to release 20 songs. i am really enjoying this process.

so i had the general idea “shy is just another word for unfriendly” for at least three years now. i just couldn’t turn it into anything. so i decided that this week i would tackle it. it proved to be a formidable opponent. the fact i hadn’t recorded anything by 5pm on sunday says a lot. but there was a late drive that decided the game. read more >

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monday song #12: swept away

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[special note: i hope to see all of you seattle-ites tonight at the pub at vios. 65th st and 20th ave in north seattle. its free. kids welcome. i start at 7pm. see you there.]

with number twelve, we complete the first album. and free at that.

i couldn’t make up my mind between two song ideas this week. then i realized that one fragment opened with the line “in the summer sun, praying for the rain.” since last week’s song ended with emily jane praying for rain, i figured i’d pick up the thread in this latest song. instead of the manic enthusiasm, we have the stewing resentment and a wish to be somewhere else. read more >

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monday song #6: the start of something big

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number six. that’s an album side so far…

i had it in mind to write something with a new year’s theme. and with the world in the state it is and obama promising a sincere effort but no guarantees, i stuck on the subject of change and how it rarely comes without anxiety. read more >

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monday song #4: walking away

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after starting with three heavy songs in a row, number four is something of a palette cleanser.

it’s an homage to homages: a kind of 20s music hall number that was a favorite of the psychedelic popsters of the later 60s. mccartney was a master of the style (“when i’m 64,” “honey pie”), as was harry nilsson (“1941”). in the 70s, queen followed suit with authentic oldies, tongue firmly in cheek (“lazing on a sunday afternoon,” “seaside rendezvous”). read more >

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monday song #3: birthday (part one)

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number three.

the guts of this song – chords, melody, the phrase “it’s your birthday” – came to me a couple years ago on a family camping trip, playing it over and over by the campfire. i imagined paul mccartney singing it, solo, with an acoustic guitar, but as i fleshed out the lyrics and tackled the arrangement last week, things went in a different direction. read more >

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