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March 27, 2011 / John Sieger

Two Minds About It

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“Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”, someone famous who I can’t remember once said. So if you were thinking there was a different hobgoblin of small minds, well no, there wasn’t. The singer in this song could be Jacques Tati, the elegant French clown, who seemed to be going in no less than two directions in every frame of his hilarious films. It’s another Feldman lyric I sincerely wish was my own. “Yes I know—I don’t doubt it—I’m sure—two minds about it.” Perfectly self canceling in a way that only Mike seems to be able to pull off. A single-minded declaration of indecision. Why do I love little riddles like that? An outtake from the R&B Cadets Twintone sessions. I love the band and on this, Robin Pluer’s harmony, Bob Jennings, a triple threat on piano, organ and sax, Mike Sieger and Bobby Schneider building a very comfy little pocket and Paul Cebar, very spare on the chunky guitar accents. It felt like an embarrassment of riches to me back then—you are very lucky when you are surrounded by smart, talented people. You can learn a lot when you aren’t, but it’s not as enjoyable! The whole effect feels like some sort of secular gospel music, probably the closest I have come to it feel before or since. Appropriately, I guess, since today is Sunday.

© 2011 John Sieger

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