It seems none of my songs are under 10mb anymore :/ uploaded to soundcloud as per the new norm.
Aright, let’s do it. Whole damn album. All four songs.
Actually the last one is kinda shit. I’ll only do three. As in, this is the last one.
So keeping with my blatant musical thievery of hugely prominent 1960s pop icons, I decided to take a smack at the long dead and decaying horse that is the John Lennon sounding ballad.
To be honest, this song was originally going to be a ripoff of a Verve track. It all came out of the Ooo’s, which was “inspired” by the Verve’s The Drugs Don’t Work, where they actually also do the exact same little line. The entire thing began as me trying to do a Verve ballad. You got the strings and the ambiance and acoustic guitars and stuff. Of course, everything I do is just a bit too plastic to sound like Richard Ashcroft’s sweet soulful pure ballads. If I had panties, they’d be dropped. The bottom line is that I really like that little bit with the ooo’s and the shalalala’s. It’s the second time I’ve attempted (and failed) to rip it off. The entire thing ended up sounding nothing like a Verve song and ended up working in a completely different way though, so I’m alright with that. I’m not cool enough to write songs like Richard Ashcroft.
Other than that, I also wrote this song as to add another ballad to any potential sets that I do play. I’ve got a single ballad which has some really difficult to reach notes in it. It’s cool if I pull off the song, but there’s a bunch of parts where it can suddenly crash and burn. As much as I enjoy the risk-reward feeling of people coming up to me and going “whoa, I can’t believe you nailed that one part, man”, I get really sick of playing my songs, really fast. I’m already sick of songs that I wrote a year ago. It makes me wonder how Paul McCartney feels after singing Yesterday, year after year, for literally fifty years.
This entire album is just sugar sweet love songs with me jerking off my Halifax Pop Explosion lyric dick, so this song is mostly more of the same lyrical content. After thinking about it, the order of the four songs on the album kind of works out to falling in and out of love with someone. You got the first song which is really naive and cutesy and energetic. That’s like, you’re totally infatuated with this person. Then there’s the next song (this one) which is a bit calmer, but like, totally devoted. Right? You feel like this person is the greatest person in the world and nothing is wrong with them. I tried to not take it too seriously and take some sappiness out of it with “I’m only laughing ‘cause I know you’re glad, that you’re here ‘cause you wanna be/and if you looked like Godzilla, then I’d still be in love with what I see” (actually the basis for the song). I’ve also got “Your friends are stupid, I’m sorry to say but I’m starting ike them anyway” which I feel like is a common theme when you fall for someone and then you end up liking all these people that you’d normally hate because you’re totally infatuated with this person. I realize there’s a totally cynical angle that you could take on that, but I figure there’s already more than enough cynical pop songs being made right now. Cynical pop songs are totally for tryhards and losers anyway. The third song is the stage where you actually can interact like human beings and you’re totally around each other all the time and your brain is going apeshit with dopamine, and then you got the last song which is the inevitable crash that follows when it ends and everything sucks ass and you get all existential. Does this mean it counts as a concept album? The previous paragraph is about 90% bullshit btw.
In recording this song, I made the deliberate choice of zero compression on anything (except the piano, which has brickwall compression because that sounds cool). The thinking behind this was that it was an acoustic guitar driven song, and I absolutely hate the prominent sound of compressed acoustic guitars. I’m aware that just about everything is compressed to some degree, but when you’ve got terrible douchebags like Nevershoutnever running around brickwalling acoustic guitars and it sounds like ass, and they sound like huge shitheads, it just … eghgh. I’ve come to associate that sound with guys who are named chad and seriously need to do a few more buttons up on their shirt. I’m aware that this song is extremely produced, but I think the sound of brickwalled acoustic guitars sounds way too produced in a robotic unnatural kind of way. It takes away any warmth. I’m not 100% on the guitar sound that I got here, but I think it’s got a certain amount of sweetness that is missing from those asshats playing their get-me-laid shit. Granted, I’m not above shoving some turn of a phrase in specifically to hear some girl in the audience go “awww”. (I swear this has happened. (once.))
All in all, I sort of wish I spent a bit more time on this mixdown. It’s alright on headphones, but it sounds a bit weak on speakers, and more importantly, the ooo’s aren’t prominent enough. I probably should’ve done like, four overdubs of that.
Oh, and I did like five takes and for the life of me could NOT get rid of my fucked up accent on “starts and ends”. I sound like I’m trying to a Jerry-Seinfeld-doing-an-impression-of-John-Lennon impression.
Like, what the fuck is up with that?