Thursday, April 26, 2007

F Posterity, issue 49: "Breakin' Plates"

I'm a day late, but that's 'cause I had to phone in a favor to my buddy Chadwell to lay some vocals over this song. Chadwell has a latent rockstar persona, and he's been searching out various ways to get his music on. In 2003, he just wanted to write a new song to sing, but was new to the process. So I gave him a scrawl-covered page of lyrics out of my journal and said, sing any of these in any order, and I'll play some chords for you.

So I played a basic I-IV-V chord variant that you hear in copious reams of rock songs, and Chadwell improvised a melody while reading whatever he could from the book. Notable is the line where he sings, "But it's not... something I can't read," because he actually couldn't read what I had written. It's a nice finished thought by itself though.

Chadwell hears this backed with a horn section, but since I don't know my brass from my elbow -- lol? -- I've just laid bass, guitars and drums. The motivational speakers I found by typing "motivational speaker" into archive.org. Seeking out trite clich├ęs has never been easier.

Bonus points are in order, I think, for a two-minute song. The best kind.
Breakin' Plates

Nobody built the wall
Nobody shut the gates
Threw myself a party
No illusions, no apologies, breakin' plates

Contempt and contemplation
I'm looking for a seam
It's feeling like I'm dreaming all of these things
But it's not something I can't read
It's hard to say
To say what it will take
But something's got to break to make it happen
Desperation's boring me
I think I'll pack it in
Take myself and make myself
Into something I don't even recognize
It's hard to say
To say what it will take
But something's got to break to make it happen
Nobody built the wall
Nobody shut the gates
Nobody danced the waltz
So I threw myself a party and now I'm breaking plates
Breakin' plates

Download mp3s below by right-clicking on the links.

F Posterity, 2006
52. F Posterity (Getzschman) - May 16, 2007
51. Crazy (Burton/Callaway/Reverberi/Reverberi) - May 9, 2007
50. Persistence of Regret (Getzschman/Ryan/Sahm) - May 2, 2007
49. Breakin' Plates (Getzschman/Ruthsatz) - April 26, 2007
48. Trio for Vocal, Metronome, Wurlitzer (Getzschman) - April 18, 2007
47. She Hates It When I'm Right (Getzschman) - April 11, 2007
46. Beat It (Jackson) - April 4, 2007
45. Mass Ave Strut (Getzschman) - March 28, 2007
44. Let's Fall Asleep Like This (Getzschman) - March 21, 2007
43. 2010 Ain't What They Said It Would Be (Getzschman) - March 14, 2007
42. Three Red Stars (Getzschman) - March 7, 2007
41. Birdhouse In Your Soul (Flansburgh/Linnell) - February 28, 2007
40. Everybody Thinks They're Self-Aware (Getzschman) - February 21, 2007
39. Hysterical Woman (Getzschman) - February 14, 2007
38. Hollaback Savior (Getzschman) - February 7, 2007
37. White Collar (old Philly dollar) (Getzschman) - January 31, 2007
36. Bottle of Blues (B. Hansen) - January 24, 2007
35. Ask Somebody (Getzschman) - January 17, 2007
34. All Time High Score (Getzschman) - January 10, 2007
33. Bury Me In My Jetpack (Getzschman) - January 3, 2007
32. Eggnogg Is The Liquor Of This Household (Getzschman) - December 27, 2006
31. Like Spinning Plates (T.Yorke/J.Greenwood) - December 20, 2006
30. Jack or Jesus (Getzschman/Peterson) - December 13, 2006
29. Runes (Getzschman) - December 6, 2006
28. We Leave Just Like We Come (Getzschman) - November 29, 2006
27. Shampoo! (Getzschman) - November 22, 2006
26. Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Dylan) - November 15, 2006
25. Was That Seriously Your Plan? (Getzschman) - November 8, 2006
24. Understated Explosions (Getzschman) - November 1, 2006
23. Everything Sounds Better On Vinyl (Getzschman) - October 25, 2006
22. Take Heart (Getzschman) - October 18, 2006
21. Pigs (L. Freese, S. Reyes, L. Muggerud) - October 11, 2006
20. Upstart Casualties (Getzschman) - October 4, 2006
19. Troubling (Getzschman) - Sept 27, 2006
18. Tales of Woe (Getzschman/Getzschman/Booth) - Sept 20, 2006
17. Manual Labor Pains (Getzschman) - Sept 13, 2006
16. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (Gibbard/Tamborello) - September 6, 2006
15. Postmodern Burlesque Review (Getzschman) - August 30, 2006
14. Neverending Love Affair (Getzschman) - August 23, 2006
13. Living On Credit (Getzschman) - August 16, 2006
12. Broke As A Muhfuh (Getzschman) - August 9, 20006
11. Josie (Becker/Fagan) - August 2, 2006
10. Cold Day at the Races (Getzschman) - July 26, 2006
9. Calaveras (Getzschman) - July 19, 2006
8. Narcissist Blues (Getzschman) - July 12, 2006
7. Advice to a Young Jedi (Getzschman) - July 5, 2006
6. God Only Knows (Wilson/Asher) - June 28, 2006
5. Miracle Hubcap (Getzschman) - June 21, 2006
4. A Paycheck Is All I Ask (Getzschman) - June 14, 2006
3. Halfway (Getzschman) - June 7, 2006
2. Summer Crazy (Getzschman) - May 31, 2006
1. Sunday Street (Van Ronk) - May 26, 2006

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