The genesis of this little guy was actually a riff from (don’t laugh) a Zelda game that got stuck in my head and I turned it into a song, but it wasn’t really working, so I scrapped it. Sometime later my friend Phil sent me this choppy rhythm track, it sounded like waves made of Legos struggling against each other, and I put about 100 echo-y guitars on it and it really did start to sound like lapping water. Lo and behold the Zelda riff sort of naturally appeared again and sort of floats over the top of everything. Seemed fitting for an intro to an imaginary place called Winnogrand.
I had this simple two-chord sequence lying around from literally years ago that all of a sudden seemed viable again, so after playing it on acoustic I channeled my inner Johnny Marr/Paul Maroon and came up with these messy little counter-melodies. The vocal melody and lyrics are sort of a playground taunt inspired by the childlike, nightmare imagery of Jonathan Donahue.
When making a to-do list, you should consider making a “not-to-do” list at the same time. The “not-to-do list” isn’t about critiquing yourself, it’s simply about prioritizing. Pick a few things that you really don’t have to do today (but perhaps usually do) and write them down. You’ll be amused at what you find.
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EC:Which Woody Allen movie makes you the most uncomfortable?
BC:Manhattan. By far.
BC:I mean come on... it's Woody Allen and a teenage girl. How can you not shudder?
EC:I think at the time no one really knew that he had those kind of hang-ups in real life though. Well I mean, I guess it wouldn't have been hard to figure out, but still... I feel like there's no way the average viewer could have known it was all that biographical.
BC:I know it's iconic and everything, I just can't. I really don't like any of his black and white movies, to be honest. "Celebrity?" That was the worst. And what was Ken Branagh doing in that movie?
EC:You mean why was he in it?
BC:No, I mean what was he doing?
EC:It was supposed to be a Woody Allen impersonation.