Friday, November 20, 2009


Tried an experimental version of "The Bottomlands". My compositions are generally fairly hooky verse-chorus format, which is what the original version of "The Bottomlands" (or, rather, the two verses and chorus that I have at the moment) are. But with "The Bottomlands" that format always seemed wrong because it required doing a reveal up front that I don't really want to have happen until the end for the effect I want. So I went back and started pulling apart some lyrics to songs that go for a minimalist effect, lyrics that seem almost anti-lyrics in their refusal to adhere to conventional structure. Call it anti-folk or whatever. These are songs that shouldn't work, but do, and I can't figure out why. So I'm experimenting with my own song to see if I can figure out WTF is going on here, and chose one that was giving me trouble because after all what better way to experiment?

Still waiting for this weekend for a block of time to do all this...

-- Badtux the Music Penguin

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