“don’t move. i’ve almost got your left eye.”
kevin does as he’s told, watching rachel scribble and erase, scribble and erase.
“are you almost done?”
she focuses on the sheet of paper in front of her, “every time you move, you make it take longer.” read more >
[special note: i’m playing a show on monday, feb 2 at the pub at Vios. it’s at 65th st and 20th ave below third place books in north seattle. show starts at 7pm. i’ll be playing some billie burke estate tunes, a few monday songs and some covers. it’s free, and all ages are welcome. see you there.]
number ten has a bit of a country twang.
i really like songs where there is a simple story, with a more complicated reality lurking underneath. if you take the words at face value, this tune, like “winston please” before it, is a simple heartfelt love song. but after a bit of listening and examination, a second story emerges. it’s like a trojan horse, with the sweet uncomplicated feelings drawing you in, only to reveal a sour and uncomfortable reality. read more >
i’ve had the basic melody and chords for this song for some months now. the original chorus ended “she’s a star of stage and shingles vaccines,” which i still enjoy, but try as i might, it just wouldn’t spawn any lyrics i liked.
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the seventh installment and first of 2009.
i wrote and recorded this one a week before the first monday song was released. the musical idea that kicked this off was the opening piano with the A moving up to an unstable Dmaj7. (it’s somewhat rare for me to come up with the beginning of the song first.) the implied urgency in the chugging rhythm suggested some desperation and panic, and when the first line came – “there she goes and here i’m standing” – the arc of the story came all at once. read more >
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 >