DK goes song-by-song thru Twirling Like a Hurricane: Auditory Man

Yo! DK again. In the last post I made a claim that I expect readers to view skeptically, namely, that I am not praising myself when I praise a song I have written or a part I have played. Honestly, Dear Reader, it’s critical judgment, not boasting. Auditory Man is a very good song, so I guess it follows that whoever wrote it is a good songwriter. I don’t really believe it. I mean, I think I’m a good songwriter, but it’s is not really true that the song or the part is the result of what the creator of it has put into it. I know this to be the case with improvised solo, of which Auditory Man provides an excellent example. Quite simply, while I’m playing the part, I’m just thinking about the part. I’m not thinking about a critical judgment—my own or anybody else’s—that might arise weeks, months, or years later. And to be fully sincere, the guitar solo that we kept in Auditory Man was one instance (yes, the best instance, in my judgment) of many attempts (many “takes” in studio jargon) at that improvised solo. I did probably thirty takes of that solo, and the one that I selected as best made it on to the album. So note the two correctives to my arrogance: first, that it took me thirty tries, and second, that an unsympathetic critic might sneer, “That’s the best you could do?” But the primary factor is that while I’m making all those attempts, I’m not Continue reading

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DK goes song-by-song through Twirling Like a Hurricane: No Easy Way

Hi, Dirtbags!

Long time no blog!  DK here, full of cheery cheeriness because Louder Than Dirt just finished a new CD.  This one’s an EP, I guess: about 19 minutes of music against the, what, 45 minutes that comprised Madness and Morals.  It’s called Twirling Like a Hurricane.  We decided to spend three or four months to put out 6 or 9 songs instead of over a year for 16.  Since we know that every song is great, we like the idea of presenting fewer songs at a time so that each gets the attention that it deserves.  I predict that in four or five months we’ll put out another short CD.  I say CD: we’re not going to press this one in plastic, and we’re going with a pay-what-you-want-to-pay scheme for distribution at louderthandirt.bandcamp.com.  I’m very proud of this EP, and I’m incontinently proud of the group that made it.  Maybe after I go into some detail about the various songs I will attempt some generalities about how this record surpasses in quality even its excellent predecessors, but first I do want to talk about the songs, starting with the opener, No Easy Way. Continue reading

Arrogance

I (DK y’know) listen to Madness and Morals all the time.  Driving in my car, performing mundane tasks, after rehearsing, or finding an unoccupied hour, I slip on the headphones and enjoy the tunes.  Ostensibly this activity aims to subject the work to critical analysis, to discover opportunities for improvement.  But as soon as the opening chords to “Suspicions” hit, Pong Pong Kaponk Ponk, I escape into a world of pleasure.  Now, there is in this world horror and conflict aplenty, along with laughter, doubt, and craving, but because I have escaped into this alternative universe, I experience these feelings without the practical costs that usually accompany them.  And when it is over, every time, I say, “Ah!  That was good!”  Later, I tell my friends (usually my bandmates), “You know, the guitar solo that ends ‘Bacteria’ is really spectacular.”  And I am a little embarrassed to praise myself in this way, but only a little.  While I’m listening, I’m not playing that solo or even remembering playing that solo.  It’s as if it’s some other guy.  And if I’m arrogant, the Continue reading