Oh, out of tune piano…we meet again to make music.
This track starts the more “positive” portion of the EP. Sure, I acknowledge the hatred in this world that I hold onto, but I wanted to use a war metaphor to fight back against these dark thoughts. I used the term incomplete specters because some of them still haunt my mind after thinking that they went away. I’ve asked myself “Am I REALLY over this yet?”. I also have really good long-term memory by remembering random things, but I never forget the bad things people have done to me. I just wanted to be free from this hatred.
Meet Ben + Vesper.
They are a married couple from New Jersey that make some quirky experimental pop music. I saw them back at Cornerstone Festival 2011 where they played one heck of a show. They were discovered by Danielson Famile and were signed to Sounds Familyre Records. I own all their albums, by the way. 🙂
They haven’t been active that much in music lately, but Vesper does illustrations though.
I busted out the Stylophone for this brief katauta.
This is a Jeremiad of sorts against the Prosperity Gospel. I absolutely despite this logic of wealthiness being godliness (or at least close to it).
After listening to my buddy Dave Emmerson’s projects with The Old-Timers and Their Throats Are Open Tombs, I feel like I had to throw in my take on that subject. This even goes back farther when I heard Derek Webb’s song “Ballad in Plain Red” which is a sarcastic take on that same subject.
The Prosperity Gospel has saddened me with people buying in (metaphorically and literally) into it and ties into the Servile Fear/Theophobia track.
This week’s edition of Friendship Friday involves George Hugo.
He’s a musician from South Africa. I was introduced to him through our mutual friend Dave from The Old-Timers, Their Throats Are Open Tombs, and the founder of ZAP Records. George is a really cool guy that makes some nice folk tunes. He also just told me about his photography on his Blogspot, so I’ll be promoting both links of his. George Hugo’s debut EP Rainwet Morning is available for free or pay-what-you-want on ZAP Records’ Bandcamp page.
I was lacking in time, so I did something acapella for this katauta. At least it’s something new.
I’m a man of several regrets.
Not going to lie to anyone here. I get shamed when I do wrong while also desiring to shame others for their vices. I used to have several interests and hobbies, but I’ve given them up in some way shape or forms. Even I’m surprised whenever I go back to previous hobbies like independent films or anime of all things.
By the way, that “shimmering fire of May” line isn’t a typo. It’s a metaphor for graduation since schools get out in May assuming if there aren’t any snow days. It can mean both high school and college graduations which can be relatable and I’ve graduated both.
My pick for this week’s Friendship Friday is Oceans & Oceans!
I’ve known them for years and they have an awesome live show. They are a humble bunch that make some fantastic genre-blending music. If you ever get the chance to see them play, then please go. You won’t be disappointed.
Check out their split with fellow Elginites Home Burial here (it’s free or pay-what-you-want) : https://oceansandoceans.bandcamp.com/releases
I did another percussion based piece despite some audio issues.