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April 7, 2011 / John Sieger

I Couldn’t Back It Up

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Even with Phil Lee on drums and harmonica, this session still managed to fall into a miniature black hole in my memory. The vocal is definitely a work in progress and you wouldn’t honestly call it a production, yet there is a nice melancholia about this that I like. Why are bummer songs so appealing? I like to think they are akin to black humor and when the mood is dark enough, well… one man’s tragedy is another man’s comedy. It’s all perspective. There is a nice meandering feel to the chords, they really take there time going nowhere in particular. The music geek in me is big on those little harmonic adjustments—say changing one note in a chord—that make outsize changes in mood. And Phil Lee channels both Neil Young (in his harmonica playing) and Crazy Horse (with his drumming). Not a bad trick. I think it’s me on bass, but it could be my brother Mike—I’ve been trying to play like him for a long time! This is one I want another crack at—I can hear some great Bob Jennings parts in my head!

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  1. hess / Apr 7 2011 5:18 pm

    Another one right to the JS Greatest Hits….Love it! Really good stuff. Ole’ Neil, he’s always an inspiration. Great work there by you and Phil.

    Hess aka Don

    • John Sieger / Apr 7 2011 5:38 pm

      Thanks Don… it’s ragged but it’s right!

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