Conquering invaders have arrived with questionnaire:
Where one is sheer perfection and four is very poor.
During interrogations were our men polite and kind?
and this classic couplet
Just ‘cos we’ve over-run you doesn’t meant that we don’t care.”
Jonathan Coulton wrote about his excellent song Mr Fancy Pants*
It’s almost like this song was generated by the non-thinking parts of me, by the systems level utilities – sitting down and typing gibberish until something gets traction. Strangely, it was the first time I tried this technique during Thing a Week, and I wish I had surrendered to it earlier. I relied on it quite a bit for this new album, and it often led to much more honest and personal expression than I could have gotten to otherwise. It’s very hard to write about nothing for very long, and the real stuff sneaks out of you when you’re not looking.
It reminded me of my song Let’s Build An Airport. I started with a weird title, which was actually the title of a children’s book and what flowed out of me (oooh don’t sound like a reel arr-teest!) was a reflection of the escapism and frustration I was feeling inside. Like Coulton I want to try that more often.
I’ll be posting the new recording up soon, but for now here’s a live recording I did at the FAWM Over Party at the Vauxhall Griffin Pub in London. (Note: the audio starts before the video)
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