One of the reasons I have missed a few weeks in this challenge is that I have been working on new songs with my band, Cartoon Violence. WeeklyBeats is something I am excited to participate in. Jonathon Coulton's song-a-week project was a major influence in my attempt to redirect my career from software development to musicianship. However, my first priority in music right now is the band, and the way the band started was in 2009, as part of the RPM Challenge, which dares its participants to write 10 songs (or 35 minutes of music) in February.
I had first participated in the RPM Challenge during 2007, where I released a solo album called The Swear Jar under the name Regular Gonzalez. 2008 proved too job-intensive to make an album, but in 2009 I collaborated with @ProfRobot to create what became Cartoon Violence's Demo. Since it's been two years since our last official studio album, we are using this February as an excuse to get our ass in gear, via RPM, to make enough songs for our sophomore album.
That's a long way of saying that my Weeklybeats progress as a solo artist has been sidetracked by my RPM progress as a band member. That being said, this week's beat is a piece I've had in my head for a while, with the hopes that it becomes a song for the band.
The original idea for this song came from an old radio commercial I remember from the 90's where they offered to teach you Spanish through simple tricks like spelling out S.O.C.K.S. to say "Eso Si Que Es" or "That is what it is." Anyhow, the whole idea of it stuck in my mind for some reason, and two decades later I'm reviving that idea to make a song about things which say something, but still don't say much at all.
My hope is that this song eventually works its way into the Cartoon Violence catalog, hopefully with backing vocals from a prominent bay area punk band (fingers crossed), but for now it's all me in my secret underground music lab, double-tracking my own vocals and harmonies, and sequencing the non-guitar tracks in LSDJ on a GameBoy emulator. My ultimate goal is that this other as-yet-unnamed band helps add to the lyric ideas so I'm not repeating so many lyrics, but whether or not this turns into a band song or a collaboration, it's all I had time for this week, so it will have do to as my WeeklyBeats contribution.
BTW, you may want to google "tautology" to fully grasp the oxymoronic nonsequiturial nature of this song.
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