Somehow I talked Kandace into singing this one, and I’m glad I did. She had a cold, and hated me for making her do the vocals, which were sung directly into the laptop microphone.
I’ve never been quite sure where I stole the chorus at the end from but I’m pretty sure it’s been done before. The first half was built onto that, drawing on Guided By Voices for inspiration. Another surprisingly disciplined mix.
At the tail end of my band days I had recorded a demo of this track and always meant to come back to it. Under the “influence” I laid down some overwhelming noises, and had the good sense to come back and edit it the next day. The result is one of my more disciplined mixes.
Yes, I’m using a little of the autotune, but I’m also not using it. It’s called balance.
Couldn’t help myself, we just had all those nice instruments sitting there, and who doesn’t love a reprise.
Song kept building. Rare attempt at sincerity in songwriting. Don’t hold me to it.
During 2002 and 2003, I curated a number of video “shows” in Portland. At first they were all at Bar of the Gods, and so I wrote a theme song (and produced a video). A bit tongue in cheek.
The political theme, and lines like “we are patriotic by design,” were surely rooted in the first term of George W. Bush. It was 2002; after all.
This was a demo and I played many of the instruments myself, but Mike Squires pitched in with bass and lead guitar.