Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2. Basic Cable

I really dislike love songs.  Let me rephrase - I dislike the obligation of having to write love songs.  I have no insights on the subject.  Plus, I roundly hate most love songs that have come out over the last 30 years or so.  Probably the worst sort is the super-idealized drivel that seems to sell the best.  We're talking the "I'll never let you go" or the "I just want to spend the rest of my life lost in your eyes" or the "I feel so safe in your arms" varieties of garbage.  There are many other types.  I've just named a few off the top of my head.  There are other topics to write songs about, you know.  And I try to plumb those depths as best I can.  After five albums, I think I've done a pretty good job.  I've written tunes about resurrecting wooly mammoths ("Mammoths and Ma$todons"), intellectual property ("Creeps") and awful architecture ("Mercer Island") with many other subjects in between.  But occasionally, you're going to write something about a relationship.  This is one of those tunes.  I try for a realistic portrayal; life is a struggle, when we're not out struggling, we're at home watching TV and projecting our lives onto what we're watching.  The word "love" is never mentioned, nor should it be.  It's just a tune about living life with somebody else and escaping with them for a short time.  Alicia Dara joins me on this tune.  Her excellent pipes really make this song into something special.          

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