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Musical: Recording "Rain"

Well, I finished recording a demo of another song late last night/early this morning. "Rain" is once again a harder, rock tune, which is what I've been recording more of so far in this set. Partially, that's out of a reaction to the album, as Life and Other Impossibilities is a gentler, more mellow album whose "hard" end is pop/rock, electronica or anthemic, and not flat-out rock. It's also probably the case that I'll find the quieter stuff more difficult to record because of its need for precision and a skill that I do not possess. I was trying to do an orchestra string arrangement last night and found myself at times baffled (while still having fun, of course). We'll see. Right now, though, I'm having a blast doing this rock stuff, although I'm hoping not to bother the other people in the building while recording.

So, "Rain." "Rain" came about as a bit of a lyrical experiment. I had the initial melody idea a few years ago and then a thematic idea for which I wrote two incompatible verse lyrics. I then ran them by P.J. McCurry the next morning as we were driving in to St. Joe, and he encouraged me to run with the more abstract set, so I'll be interested if anyone actually gets what I'm trying to say.

Anyway, as a songwriter, it's been fun to go in this harder direction, in contrast to some of my earlier, quieter material like "On My Way" or "What They Have". So I give you "Rain".


Rain

Planned obsolescence
Heatwave economy
Collateral damage bones
Straining out the sea
Revolving credit undertow
Media philosophy
Every hand in the world’s
got its hold on me

Sympathetic overdrive
her voice kept in a can
Homogenated happiness
the shadow of a man
Suitcase child running wild
no curfew––she has a key
Living life on their own
because they choose, they think they’re free

And the rain came pouring down
pouring down on you
The rain came pouring down
simple, clean and true
The rain came crashing down
suddenly one day
The rain came lashing down
washing it all away

Koan logic exonerates
the man in the mirror
Augustine’s on my case again
now who’s the one to fear?
Closed eyes, stone heart
turn around lock the door
Wipe that smile from my face
I forget what it’s for.

Desert lands under the sky
Cracks across the ground
Standing at the accident scene
Guilty bystanders all around
Point the finger, point the gun
Cruise missile diplomacy
Cancer’s spreading out of control
Now what will it be?

And the rain came pouring down
pouring down on you
The rain came pouring down
simple, clean and true
The rain came crashing down
suddenly one day
The rain came lashing down
washing it all away
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