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March 23, 2011 / John Sieger

The Strangest Kind

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Gosh… what to write about this song? It could easily be a little essay on publishing, as it was recorded by a group who were kind enough to add their names to the writer’s side and offer to publish it to boot. Had I known then, in my naive extended adolescence, that this meant they were taking more than half the income generated by the song, I might not have been so eager to skip the paperwork. Instead, I was flattered. The term music-business is really an oxymoron—nobody has successfully explained to me what they have to do with each other. I’m not opposed to business, it was Samuel Johnson who said, and I paraphrase, “Nobody writes, but for money.” Though I can never picture  dollar signs when I’m writing, I am not breaking down in tears when the occasional royalty check appears. Now a little about the song… This is a live recording from Semi-Twang version 1.0, same lineup that just dropped their second recording. But this was a while back. I like the way this sounds, considering it’s a club recording and you never know how those things will turn out. The song itself is what I call a “laundry list” lyric, a premise and endless variations. I like the half time bridge and my brother Mike’s melodic bass playing—he has a lot of fans and I’m one!

© 2011 John Sieger

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