Back in February of 2006, Jefferson Pitcher, J. Matthew Gerken, and I set about writing and recording the original demos for these Presidents songs as part of the February Album Writing Month challenge (www.fawm.org). We wrote and did demo recordings of 42 songs (all but G.W. Bush) in Februrary–28 days and 42 songs. Sheesh.
In any case, as part of that, we wrote little texts to accompany each new song as we got them up on the FAWM website. I like looking through them now as they seem part of a crazy, crazy time.
Burr Settles, a fine songwriter in his own right and the FAWM-lord, was kind enough to get me an html backup of all the original texts we wrote, and it includes the comments other songwriters wrote on the demos as we got them up. I’m including those as well.
23 Harrison (Sleep at Nighttime)
I think the lyrics on this one are self explanatory. Besides, I am getting weary doing this liner note part. The songwriting part is hard enough. There is a lot of historical stuff about the political economy at the time in this one. Benjamin Harrison. This was an interesting time with anti trust laws getting going and the recognition of the inherent contraditions of capitalism… etc. etc…
- jroberts | 2006-02-22 @ 12:24pm (EST)Surprisingly straight-forward. Very pretty melody. I don’t know about sexy and vulnerable. Maybe if you shaved.
- jeff pitcher | 2006-02-22 @ 01:02pm (EST)i’m not quite sure how you put songs together, as they are so different from mine, but i know that i really like them quite a bit. most of your work seems to have this wonderful languid quality…like someone who limps beautifully, if that makes any sense. and the melody, oh the melody.