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An ode to the midlife ๐ŸŽถ

The Talking Heads used to annoy me. They seemed too self-consciously nerdy, as if to say, “Hey, look how weird and nerdy we are! Come on, our music is so weird and confusing!” And David Byrne’s dance moves were super annoying!

Years later, I have come to realize two things:

  1. David Byrne’s dance moves were so annoying because those are my dance moves. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. I’ll show you if you don’t believe me.
  2. The song Once In a Lifetime is absolutely brilliant. ๐Ÿคฏ

This song is all about time flowing relentlessly under your feet as you try to figure out what the hell you’re doing in your life.

At least that’s my take, thank you very much.

The tight, precise beat underneath emphasizes the odd arrangement layered on top, with perfect midlife observations like this:

You may ask yourself, “What is that beautiful house?”
You may ask yourself, “Where does that highway go to?”
And you may ask yourself, “Am I right? Am I wrong?”
And you may say to yourself, “My God! What have I done?”

But time doesn’t care. It just flows on.

Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground

I guess we all hit a 500-foot waterfall eventually. The only question is what happens between here and there. Do you learn to swim with the river and enjoy the journey, or do you let the water knock and bruise you on the rocks?

Good luck out there. ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

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“Iโ€™ll tear my heart out before I get out” ๐ŸŽถ

It’s been a while since I’ve felt the grunge vibe. But lately I’ve been into Nirvana’s All Apologies and the Smashing Pumpkin’s Today.

Sometimes you have to earn your today, and you have to tear your own heart out to get it. If this doesn’t make sense to you, ask me later. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Today is the greatest
Day Iโ€™ve ever known
Canโ€™t wait for tomorrow
I might not have that long
Iโ€™ll tear my heart out
Before I get out

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“The Sad Moon Above” (karaoke edition)

Erin and I have struggled to record an official version of The Sad Moon Above. Working remotely with the pandemic has been a challenge.

Plus we’re new to all this recording-fancy-songs stuff. This is a lot harder than recording a song with a guitar in the backyard as we did in our demo. Gah!

Our timing is off whenever we try to do this song. So I decided to record a “karaoke” backing track on my iPad in my kitchen Thank you, GarageBand! ๐Ÿ™

This edition has limited style but perfect timing for Erin to sing to at her house. It’s the best I could do with a Saturday afternoon to myself. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

The idea was that Erin can sing to this version, get the timing down, and then I can go back and re-record a few different musical versions with her vocals. I’m thinking a “dreamy” version, a “noisy” version, a 50’s version, a Weezer version, and a Walkmen version.

We shall see where this ends up…

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“I Want It All” ๐ŸŽถ

Here is Japanese Breakfast’s perfect companion to The Walkmen singing โ€œBaby, I want everythingโ€.

I want it all.

Japanese Breakfast – Diving Woman

I’m feeling this vibe. I do want it all.

I don’t want six cars, a mansion, a helicopter, or even a fancy watch. Please, no. Just no.

I do want to travel, but not all the time. I could probably spend 1000 years happily just goofing around Central Texas.

But I do want to write a novel, make some music, raise some amazing kids, have a long and challenging career, learn to tell good stories and jokes, improve the world a bit, take care of myself, and be a good friend.

Am I asking too much? We shall see. ๐Ÿ˜†

We’re only given this one life, so you might as well at least try to make the most of it.

You’ll have it all
I’ll have it all
We’ll have it all

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“Never look back…” ๐ŸŽถ

I don’t think I’ve heard anything quite like “Whale”, such an odd song. It’s inspiring, beautiful, and a little dark.

Yellow Ostrich is kind of blowing my mind here. ๐Ÿคฏ

I think “the whale” is all about letting go and (literally) going deep to find your best self.

It gets off to a slow start.

Whale, swim with me whale
We will go far into the sea

Then it builds up and comes crashing down again around 2:00.

I’ve been swimming for a thousand years and I’ve
Seen more than you can realize

And finally all comes together in a soaring climax starting around 2:35.

You will take me
Onto your back

Never look back
Never look back
Never look back…

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“So I died and went to work…” ๐ŸŽถ

A great song by Neko Case about burning yourself out over the people…

Tired of trying to make everyone happy
Too tired to sing your own songs

Reclaiming your energy…

Do you wish you could stop everything
And take back your love
Say you’re sorry you gave it up so easy
And cry like you’re trying to be born

And getting to the work you were always meant to do.

So I died and went to work
So I died and went to work

Thank you, Neko. ๐Ÿ™