Things I Never Had

January 15, 2017 6:52 PM

New track recorded today in Ableton. Solo, original, home recording. First attempt at playing with vocal delay (delay delay).

Lyrics

I love the things I never had
almost as much as things I have no more
cause too much of a good thing
too much of a good thing can be a bore

If you’re never scared
if you're never hurt
what are you living for?

Throw it down and see if it blows
See if you learn something you don't already know
Send it up · see if it flies
See if you stay or you go or you hide
Throw it up · see if it blows
See if you learn something you don't already know
Send it up · see if it flies
See if you stay or you go or you hide

The love of things I never had
Almost gets stuck with things I’ve had before
a ship in port is safe
but that's not what ships are built for

If you're always warm
if you're always tucked in
where you gonna go?
where you gonna go?

Throw it down and see if it blows
see if you learn something you don't already know
Send it up · see if it flies
See if you stay or you go or you hide
Throw it down and see if it blows
see if you learn something you don't already know
Send it up · see if it flies
See if you stay or you go or you hide

Falling is not like dancing the tango
falling is not like dancing alone
we don't fall together in lockstep
sometimes we don't fall at all

If you’re never scared (If you're always safe)
if you're never hurt
what are you living for?
what are you living for?

Throw it down and see if it blows
See if you learn something you don't already know
Send it up · see if it flies
See if you stay or you go or hide

posted by acridrabbit (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

This lands in my brain at the intersection of a lot of great music. That bass line and the wahwah sound is just chewy like bubblegum. Your voice and that guitar part paired with that bass reminds me of the Tom Tom Club; the calm delivery of the vocals gets me thinking of Laurie Anderson. It's like if Kramer from Bongwater produced a Luscious Jackson song. But then you take those influences and add that little piano lick, loose and spare, like someone invited some jazz pianist to one of the sessions. And then, what?! trombones? Wicked awesome. Those touches help the song, which is already good, rise out of the realm of "reminds me of..." and take it to "this sounds like itself." Like it's the whole, bigger than the sum of its parts.

And that was a good drum break!
posted by not_on_display at 10:47 PM on January 15


Thank you! Really appreciate the feedback.
posted by acridrabbit at 7:40 AM on January 16


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