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June 29, 2011 / John Sieger

The Devil’s In The Back Seat

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More Live at Bob’s, more Bill Dwyer and Mike Sieger being amazing and another surprise TDJ omission—I was sure I posted this one! It’s been devil, wolf and now devil again the last three days and I think that will be the end of the satanic-lupine run. I’ve been futzing with this song live for a long time. I believe I wrote it in Nashville and it was inspired by a little toy car I made. In the rear window I painted a red devil. Looking at it later, a little story popped into my head and I went with it. Around the time I came up with this, I was inserting diminished chords into nearly every other song I did, including this one. That sick, twisted, unstable and, you might say, devilish chord is so American we should salute when we hear it. It is based on a flatted fifth, an interval that was banned in the middle ages for being too satanic—I’m serious.

NOTE: This post is historic, being #244. That puts us right at the two-thirds mark in our one-year-song-a-day journey. I don’t know for sure that I can get all the way to November from here, but I’m glad to still have a song I like to celebrate with… drinks are on me!

© 2011 John Sieger


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