March 4, 2007 8:59 PM

Another track from my RPM Challenge Effort. I was apparently channeling my poor man's Tom Waits that night. My impoverished, destitute, homeless alcoholic's Tom Waits.

posted by nanojath (4 comments total)


The eccentric stutter
in the orbit oh so subtle
the captain simply won’t believe
how badly it will scuttle
every inkling of the mission
the obsession the white whale
like so many before who missed
the forest for their holy grail
the worm that turned inside
eccentric in its winding
and homespun truth in homely garb
is surely what I’m finding
I didn’t set out to be eccentric
though you’ll disbelieve
and to this day I’m shocked
by this dire cup I chose to receive
and though my knees both buckled
at the slightest draught
nevertheless I stand there still
propped up by my eccentric craft
posted by nanojath at 9:00 PM on March 4, 2007

Cool, nanojath! I think it was a good call on your part to do this as a spoken-word rather than singing it. I like what happens with the melody instruments after the vox are gone, too. Nice! And I made the same comment a few songs down, so I hope I don't sound like a broken record (skipping CD?), but I wish this could've been done with real cymbals, cowbells and other percussion rather than samples: you'd get more grit and texture in there with actual things getting hit and struck for real, as opposed to the sound-the-same-every-time samples. Still, cool piece!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:40 PM on March 4, 2007 [1 favorite]

I like the spoken vocal too. Very fun to listen to.
posted by snsranch at 4:46 PM on March 5, 2007 [1 favorite]

Too true, flapjax... my problem is, despite my habit of writing a lyric every day, making music for me is a s-l-o-w process. When I decided to commit to the RPM project I knew I was going to have to find a shortcut to have any chance of bringing it in under the wire. Which is why I dusted off the copy of Voice of the Goatcactus I bought years ago - not only are the instruments all synthesized, the music is all generated by relatively random algorithms...

After I'm done putting up a couple more RPM tracks maybe just for you I'll dig up some of the old stuff, from back when I had no responsibilities and was frequently unemployed, featuring improvised percussion with glass heads full of change and suchlike analog delights. Thanks for the nice words though!
posted by nanojath at 9:07 PM on March 5, 2007

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