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Sending A Firecracker to NPR


Last friday afternoon, NPR’s Monitor Mix, a blog written by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and devoted to deep thoughts about today’s music, noted that many musicians these days have their own recording setups, and issued a “Write And Record A Song In A Weekend” challenge.

Short version: I wrote a brand new song and you can hear it on their blog page here: just scroll down in their black & white player widget until you see “Radio Nowhere – “Firecracker” – it’s the sixth song in the list. Read on for the rest of the story…

Their ground rules:
a) The song and recording had to be brand new, started from scratch
b) The song had to contain at least one of these five words: dog, lampshade, firecracker, NPR, Japan
c) The track had to be uploaded to Monitor Mix by 5pm Sunday night.
Sounds like fun, right? I thought so, plus something about the percussive nature of the word “firecracker” instantly had my musical wheels turning. I briefly toyed with a rock opera based on an NPR report about a Japanese dog who brought a lampshade and some firecrackers to a house party, but…um, no.
Unfortunately, I had unbreakable plans for Friday night, Saturday night, and all day Sunday, which whittled NPR’s generous 48 hour bequest down to a 10 hour sprint: 8.5 hours straight on Saturday and 90 minutes of triaged insanity between 3:30 and 5pm on Sunday.

I ended up getting the song in to Monitor Mix at 5 o’clock on the dot.

You can hear it on their blog page here: just scroll down in their player until you see “Radio Nowhere – “Firecracker” – it’s the sixth song in the list.

Hope you like it [and if you dig it enough to leave a comment on their blog, thus inciting other visitors to check out the song, well, I wouldn’t mind that at all ;)…]

P.S. If you like this whole idea and want to hear more about it, I just found out that NPR’s “Weekend Edition” will be airing a piece on the project – and interviewing some of the musicians involved – tomorrow morning (Saturday 11/21).

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Sending A Firecracker To NPR


Last friday afternoon, NPR’s Monitor Mix, a blog concerning today’s music written by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein, noted that many musicians these days have their own recording setups, and issued a “Write And Record A Song In A Weekend” challenge.
The ground rules:
a) The song and recording had to be brand new, started from scratch
b) The song had to contain at least one of these five words: dog, lampshade, firecracker, NPR, Japan
c) The track had to be uploaded to Monitor Mix by 5pm Sunday night.
Sounds like fun, right? I thought so, plus something about the percussive nature of the word “firecracker” instantly had my musical wheels turning. I briefly toyed with a rock opera based on an NPR report on a Japanese dog who brought a lampshade and some firecrackers to a house party, but…um, no.
Unfortunately, I had unbreakable plans for Friday night, Saturday night, and all day Sunday, which whittled NPR’s generous 48 hour bequest down to a 10 hour sprint: 8.5 hours straight on Saturday and 90 minutes of triaged insanity between 3:30 and 5pm on Sunday.
I ended up getting the song in to Monitor Mix at 5 o’clock on the dot. You can hear it on their blog page here: just scroll down in their player until you see “Radio Nowhere – “Firecracker”. Hope you like it [and if you dig it enough to leave a comment on their blog, thus inciting other visitors to check out the song, well, I wouldn’t mind that at all ;)…]
P.S. If you like this whole idea and want to hear more about it, I just found out that NPR’s “Weekend Edition” will be airing a piece on the project – and interviewing some of the musicians involved – tomorrow morning (Saturday 11/21).

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Polaroids: Here's The Next Demo!

I posted a snippet of the beat. I posted the lyrics. Now, finally – it’s the whole song! Here’s the next demo for the Polaroids project, a song called…called…actually, I still don’t know what it’s called (despite some excellent suggestions – thanks, e$).

What’s it about? When did you write it? Where did those sounds come from? What the hell is going on here? All these questions and more answered later – I just wanted to get this out to you before Thanksgiving rolled around….

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Polaroids: What Is This Thing Called?

Ithink I mentioned a few days ago that this song was on the boil. Well, if it’s still on the metaphorical stove, then now the lid is jumping around and rogue puffs of steam are escaping.
There’s one major unchecked item remaining on the list: what to call the thing?
If you’d like to take a crack at the title, here are some lyrics to guide your brainstorming:
untie your shoes, take off your clothes
for the last plane out / last plane
nobody wants to be the one to watch it all blow sky high
it won’t be long ’cause we’re counting down
take the runway out / runway
gravity comes and goes
wave goodbye
so you wait outside
’til the car gets parked
and the hardest part
is just believing
that you’re faster than your feet can fly
tell me who are you to live forever?
don’t say that they’ll never come for you
my heart doesn’t know it’s a lie
strike a match and bolt the door
shoot the lights clean out / lights out
you never want to let it go when you get so high
say a prayer, pick up the phone
get a dial tone out / dial tone
operator can you help me please
there’s no reply
so you wait outside
’til the car gets parked
and the hardest part
is just believing
that you’re faster than your feet can fly
tell me who are you to live forever?
don’t say that they’ll never come for you
my heart doesn’t know it’s a lie