Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Two Wills

TheTwoWills.ogg TheTwoWills.mp3 (live demo - piano)

As to what this one's about, your guess is as good as mine
. William told me, or tried too... but my head exploded.

Then he asked me what genre this is, and I didn't really know, but said "
something like Reggae." (If it doesn't sound like that to you, it's because there's no instrumentation. Just trust me... in my head it sounds like that). Actually, with proper instrumentation this would probably be in the neighborhood of Third Wave Ska. That's a fusion of Reggae, Punk, R&B, and Big Band. Yeah, I know... sounds like some kind of bastard love-child, but it's kind of appealing, like a mongrel puppy.

Just so you know how different the drafts I post here are from what I actually have in my head, here's an example of the sound, kind of close to what I have in mind. Keep in mind that the sound can vary wildly from band to band. These guys are fairly typical (I think), but it can sound anywhere from gritty punk to Smash Mouth... the Jamaican heavy off-beat is the key. Anyway, keep that in mind when imagining background instrumentals and rhythm. I imagine it as not being too polished... sort of a "trashcan band" sound, with unusual instrumentation. For instance, where a lot of Ska bands would use brass, I'm thinking accordion. So in this song you can yank out the punk and some of the Big Band influence and replace it with Zydeco.

No, really.


The Two Wills
wmh - 2o November 2006

In my tiny workshop
I manufacture many stories
None of which is of the important kind
It could be the satisfaction that I receive
When I read other peoples' minds

Call it a mirrored self-portrait
Of memories and time
A life played out in dreams I guess
Through guerrillas and pantomime

But i
n my tiny workshop
I manufacture many stories
None of which is of the important kind
It could be the satisfaction that I receive
When I read other peoples' minds

I know you can't fool everyone
But Lord knows how I've tried
And when it comes down to faith and truth
I worshiped, I've dodged and lied

But i
n my tiny workshop
I manufacture many stories
None of which is of the important kind
It could be the satisfaction that I receive
When I read other peoples' minds

The two wills tug at one another
One is day, the other is twilight
Hunting down the devil darkness
But looking forward to the morning light

And i
n my tiny workshop
I manufacture many stories
None of which is of the important kind
It could be the satisfaction that I receive
When I read other peoples' minds

I read their minds
I read your mind
I read your mind
I read your mind

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