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.
29 Harding (Warren G)
This song describes the earliest version of corporate cronyism, as we obviously suffer under today with the current regime, complete with spin and lies, agency heads that are former lobbyists for the industries they purport to regulate, and the wholesale replacement of policy experts with business leaders with no knowledge of their mission (i.e. FEMA’s Michael Brown, just one of many many examples).
- AXL | 2006-02-26 @ 12:09pm (EST)The 7/8 rhythm is cool. Maybe this part would gain even more if the melody was doubled by a womans voice one octave up. I think that probably because I had a hard time understanding the words.
- AXL | 2006-02-26 @ 12:25pm (EST)Oops, the above comment belongs to the Bush song. I’m having too many tabs open. What’s sticking in my head right now is the “making sure life is harder for the rest of us.” line. As for the rest, I’m still having a hard time understanding the words but maybe that’s just because I’m german. For my ears, it stays on that one chord a little too long. This time I didn’t get the rhythm at all. The combination of soothing music and angry lyrics works well for me.
- friendof | 2006-02-27 @ 02:18am (EST)I love your voice so much. It’s so hushed and beautiful. This song is really pretty. I love the doubled vocals on the chorus and their mix in the song. They really draw the listener into the song. Fantastic job (as always).