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Never Learned the Rules

By CosmicCairns on September 29, 2020 11:31 pm

I wanted to add some randomness to my lyrics this week, so I picked up a bunch of different books at random, opened to a random page, and grabbed the first phrase or sentence I saw.  I had a lot of options to choose from because I went a little overboard checking out books from the library once it re-opened after the quarantine.  I wasn't sure if it was going to close again or how long it might be closed and I like to kind of always be reading a book, so I went and just got a big old stack of them.  So it was easy to just grab different ones since there's a pile of them sitting by my desk.  I've utilized all sorts of genres including fantasy, mystery, non-fiction, biography, and just to add another layer I also grabbed a sentence from a magazine for x-ray techs and from a notebook I found from a psychology class I took like 16 years ago or something.  Weirdly, the results aren't quite as random sounding as I thought they would be.  It almost kind of makes sense.  Especially when I got back to back sentences about a feud raging on and then something about both sides wanting to be right.  I wasn't cherry-picking for sentences that would "work" I literally used the first thing I looked at when I opened up to a random page.  That was definitely a coincidence and because those sentences went so well together I feel like the rest of it kind of makes an odd sort of sense as well.  Either that or the brain just wants to make sense out of things no matter what.  Anyway it was a fun exercise.  I might try it again or do some sort of stream-of-consciousness lyric writing sometime.

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I just need some air
A mistake in perception
Meanwhile the feud still raged
Both sides placed great value on being seriously right on a range of issues
In the 1970's we thought that was ancient history
But we used technology that might also seem strange to young radiographers
To defend people so they aren't hung on trees by their hands
Aren't impaled and left to die
And this was a whole thing I did
And I barely remember it at all
No I barely remember it at all
Never learned the rules
Never learned the rules 

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October 5, 2020 1:24 am

What a cool experiment. Sometimes those experiments are interesting because (reportedly) they can tell you something about your subconscious state; like what is random consciously is not so random subconsciously.

Anyway, really dig that guitar solo.

October 5, 2020 1:27 am

Cool track man, your vocals sound awesome in this.  Did you do something different when recording/mixing?

October 5, 2020 1:35 am

This feels like jazz punk. Neat idea.

October 5, 2020 2:35 am

The lyrics are really really awesome, this is such a weird random mix of lyrics that the brain is looking for a logic there and can find them. Now Nirvana and the Doors make a lot more sense. smile This is cool and with the simple bass behind and the rhythm, it's like a post punk spoken words session in front of a bonfire. The guitar solo is on point. Maybe even more fuzz (fuzz is always a good thing) smile

October 5, 2020 5:03 pm
hent03 wrote:

What a cool experiment. Sometimes those experiments are interesting because (reportedly) they can tell you something about your subconscious state; like what is random consciously is not so random subconsciously.

Anyway, really dig that guitar solo.

I imagine that dreams probably reveal a lot about one's subconscious.  I think it would be more difficult to make the case with random books, because it theory it should be totally random, but as you say maybe my subconscious IS somehow guiding what page I open up to and where my eyes go on the page.  It's an interesting idea anyway.



Chrisfoo wrote:

Cool track man, your vocals sound awesome in this.  Did you do something different when recording/mixing?

There's nothing specific I did.  I don't totally have a set formula how I do things.  I mean, I do a little bit, but I'm also kind of constantly tinkering with stuff and then I don't always know what I did.  For instance I don't think I would be able to exactly reproduce this if I started it again from scratch.  I might be able to get pretty close, but it would be different I'm sure.



Devieus wrote:

This feels like jazz punk. Neat idea.

Thanks!  Having to fit in phrases with different lengths and meters meant I had to be a little looser with the singing structure.  That probably contributes a bit to the jazz feel.



Kedbreak136 wrote:

The lyrics are really really awesome, this is such a weird random mix of lyrics that the brain is looking for a logic there and can find them. Now Nirvana and the Doors make a lot more sense. smile This is cool and with the simple bass behind and the rhythm, it's like a post punk spoken words session in front of a bonfire. The guitar solo is on point. Maybe even more fuzz (fuzz is always a good thing) smile

I think I read somewhere that Kurt Cobain did write a lot of his lyrics in a similar method to this.  And it wouldn't surprise me at all if Jim Morrison did also.  I thought it was going to be completely nonsensical.  I mean, it still doesn't make total literal sense, but some of the phrases feel more connected than I would have expected and I do think the brain fills in a lot the blanks trying to make sense out of things.  And I agree, I like fuzz.

October 5, 2020 8:10 pm

What a cool idea to use the first line you see. Good choice on the X-Ray tech mag. for variety. Smart thinking. Your vocals have a more prominent clarity in this track, and they sound a little thicker. Did you change how you processed them here as opposed to other tracks?

October 5, 2020 8:19 pm
Anon_Buster wrote:

What a cool idea to use the first line you see. Good choice on the X-Ray tech mag. for variety. Smart thinking. Your vocals have a more prominent clarity in this track, and they sound a little thicker. Did you change how you processed them here as opposed to other tracks?

I probably did change it a little bit, but it wasn't totally by intentional design.  I mess around a lot from week to week.  Also, it was a relatively bare-bones backing.  I think just bass and percussion while the singing is going on, so maybe that helped the vocals stand out in the mix a little more.

October 6, 2020 12:04 am

> But we used technology that might also seem strange to young radiographers

Best lyric ever. Nice work!

October 6, 2020 9:09 pm
Mission Crossing wrote:

> But we used technology that might also seem strange to young radiographers

Best lyric ever. Nice work!

Yeah, that's the one I pulled out of the x-ray tech magazine.  It's not a lyric I probably ever would have thought of on my own, but I like it, too.

October 7, 2020 9:58 am

WOW. This track is the burner. Beside the lyric trick you used, it contains so many different styles, that make it hard to classify. I hear a punky bassline, an eighties drumset, soul-funky vocals, psychedelic guitars and a krautrocky monotonicity. terrific.

October 7, 2020 9:27 pm
Q-Rosh wrote:

WOW. This track is the burner. Beside the lyric trick you used, it contains so many different styles, that make it hard to classify. I hear a punky bassline, an eighties drumset, soul-funky vocals, psychedelic guitars and a krautrocky monotonicity. terrific.

Thanks!  It was fun to play with a few different elements on this one.

October 7, 2020 10:30 pm

Oooh, this is one of my faves of yours I think. Love the smooth ride of just the bass drums and voice. I thought of something ... am I thinking of Yo La Tengo a little ... I think I am.
Voice does sound great, nice recording. Cool when guitar comes in too, makes for good contrast.

October 9, 2020 2:54 pm

Really cool idea using the random books.  The pulsing bassline and drums def give it a sort of spoken word feel.  Sweet sounding guitar lines too. 

October 10, 2020 12:54 am
miraclemiles wrote:

Oooh, this is one of my faves of yours I think. Love the smooth ride of just the bass drums and voice. I thought of something ... am I thinking of Yo La Tengo a little ... I think I am.
Voice does sound great, nice recording. Cool when guitar comes in too, makes for good contrast.

Thanks!  I can hear the Yo La Tengo a little bit.  Or maybe I can hear the heart beating as one.  smile



Tone Matrix wrote:

Really cool idea using the random books.  The pulsing bassline and drums def give it a sort of spoken word feel.  Sweet sounding guitar lines too.

I still have a big stack of books.  I might have to try it again.

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