March 28th, 2008

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Andrew Bird is keeping a blog at the NYTimes where, presumably, he will discuss his songwriting process.  It's utterly fascinating, and to a certain extent we think very much alike, especially when he says things like:

I’ve got 11 songs mostly written and several dozen distinct melodies. I never worry about the melodies drying up. Since I can remember, I’ve had melodies in my head. I chew my food to them.

Almost every breath contains some fragments of an escaping melody. If I shape my lips so as to whistle, my breath will take on a musical shape like sonic vapor. Words are much trickier. I would forgo words altogether if I didn’t love singing them so much. My choice of words and my voice betray so much and that’s what’s so terrifying and attractive about it.

I’m not the most forthcoming person — I only speak when I have something to say. What is becoming more challenging of late is dealing with so many fully formed melodies that are unwilling to change their shape for any word. So writing lyrics becomes like running multiple code-breaking programs in your head until just the right word with just the right number of syllables, tone of vowel and finally some semblance of meaning all snap into place.

I’m kind of the opposite of the confessional singer-songwriter who fills notebooks full of poetry and intones them over a bed of chords. Meaning or “the truth what’s in my heart” usually reveals itself well after the record is released. I’m often surprised that the things I care about actually end up in my songs. Until then I’m mostly concerned with shape, tone and texture. I’m really an instrumentalist who sings words and if you care to pay attention you might enjoy them.

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As a follow-up to yesterday's hilarity-filled Creationism video, my bro e-mailed this along to me this morning, and I have to say: this is a pretty awesome coloring book. (click for larger version)


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I've been trying very hard to curb my spending habits this year, as Priority #1 is to get rid of my credit card debt.  Currently I'm a little over $3K, which is as low as it's been in years, but obviously not low enough.  I'm paying $250 every other week, which is just about as aggressive as I can get without starving to death.  More to the point, though, I'm refraining from making impulsive iTunes and Amazon purchases. 

However, I did succumb last night and iTune'd Dosh, "The Lost Take".  Thank you, Stereogum, for fucking up my plans.  Check out "Um, Circles and Squares" on this page.  For those of you who don't know, Peter Dosh has been Andrew Bird's main collaborator of late, and Bird appears on "The Lost Take" more than a few times. 

It should be noted, however, that I still have not purchased the new Raconteurs or the new Gnarls Barkley.

Kath is out tonight and tomorrow night; not quite sure yet how I'm filling those hours. 

This week has been horrendously long and I would be more thrilled about it being Friday if I had any energy at all.

Hey Baird, are you still alive?

Finally, please to enjoy this absolutely fantastic video of a hunter getting his ass thoroughly kicked by a deer he was trying to kill.  Karmic retribution in action.