Where ya been? - 10/9/18

 

Down that lonesome valley, lighting the lanterns, one if - two if, diving into the lines of bayonets, kneeling at the altar, empty handed, overburdened, scorned, grateful, burned, re-birthed. 

I think we are finally rounding the corner on the new recordings of "Deeper" and "Truth, Justice, and the American Way Blues". Lyrics have been rewritten, arrangements rearranged, recordings retaken - all in service of the songs and in an attempt to distill and focus. One, Deeper, is one of the oldest songs I still play in front of people and visiting those lyrics and treating them involved a lot of scrapping. It's arrived at a place that I like though, it's still a tough cookie, a little older, a little more accepting but still has bite, probably even more than it used to - given these uncertain times filled with jokers and thieves. 

With Truth, Justice - honestly, i wrote this one on the way to work one day and sometimes you just get sent stuff like that. This one was more an exercise in not messing with it - trusting that initial gift more than any "nifty" ideas I have right now. That's not to say we haven't found ways to play it and deliver it more effectively, I also am very happy with where this one is at - each of the stanza sets go to really different places but they all feel like the same world and it finally has a connection to the sound from Deeper. 

That's not much of a road journal for the past few months.  To be honest, it's been a hell of a few months. I'll have more as we go. Like the man in the sweater says though, "i'll have stories and so will you".  How bout you?

2 comments

  • Kirk

    Kirk Bartlett, Texas

    Good to read you David about what was, is and will be. Remember we are always arriving even as we leave.

    Good to read you David about what was, is and will be. Remember we are always arriving even as we leave.

  • David Diers

    David Diers

    Thanks Kirk, the cycles within cycles, I get a lot of juice imagining time as one big record with the needle hugging coincidence on either side of this moment, and any groove just as likely as the next. Miss you, as ever.

    Thanks Kirk, the cycles within cycles, I get a lot of juice imagining time as one big record with the needle hugging coincidence on either side of this moment, and any groove just as likely as the next. Miss you, as ever.

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