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Tuesday, November 30   >>

DEFIANTLY SIMPLE

I cannot write a simple song for the life of me. It is a curse. I don't have a very good perspective on the supposed infiniteness of C / Am / F / G. I can't compute that. It gets really boring to even fathom writing stuff in simple ways. It's why I favor more unconventional keys, with more unconventional changes, with more unconventional forms and rhythms. This doesn't make me a better songwriter. In fact, it makes me a less skilled songwriter, for the fact that I can't do the simple, more core-based things before trying to play sound calculus. While I can absolutely appreciate really simple songs and can recognize their place in the greater spectrum of it all, I can't find myself in that coterie. Life's too short to try to reinvent the wheel, so I want to fuck things up. Fucking things up can upset a lot of people--primarily band mates--and not upset in the throwing-chairs way, but in the why-do-we-have-to-practice-these-8-bars-20-times way. It's hard, I get it, but, fuck, just trust me, it'll sound pretty fucking dope if we get this shit tight and play it all, like, "Yeah, whatever, this shit's easy." And I know not many people have super-trained chord study, but, who cares!? Anyone can learn a chord in a minute. I like musicians who aren't just necessarily skilled, but have more chops in their ability to say, "Let's do it because we can, and because we feel like it."

Actually, I like any musician that just says, "Let's do it."