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I wrote this song one rainy night in my old basement studio in Portland, I was thinking about songs that I loved, Fleetwood Mac’s - The Chain and Rhiannon and and Bjork’s - Hyperballad where she sings about throwing things from the top of the mountain and imagining what her body would be like "slamming against those rocks" and Daniel Lanois’ “For the Beauty of Wynona”, was very influential for me. The way he plays with the dimensions of sound, taking something like a huge electric guitar but treating it tiny like it’s coming out of a small speaker, while the subtle qualities of his voice, the little scratches in his throat were huge and cinematic. I love to play with contrast like that.
Those were the sounds and memories that influenced the song. I’m not sure anyone other than me would listen to this song and think Fleetwood Mac, but I hear it in the corners of the melodies.
Lyrically, the idea that life is this great horse that is indifferent to our journey, that some are tame enough to ride or even run, while others are constantly thrown from it’s back.
The straw….I want to be clear, this song is not about drugs. I understand how it could be interpreted that way, but this is not where it comes from. The straw is is literally the straw that the horse eats, life being the horse and we are the straw, an endless circle of birth and death in every thought. It’s the sense of mortality that touches a lot of my music.
The production in the final recording is my way of taking my imagination and
weaving it in and out of the song, the atmospheres, echoes, simple but strong percussion, mainly kick drum and tambourine and some layered backup vocals. My daughter August (who was almost 2 years old at the time) does a great scream at 3:19….she did not want to go to sleep, I thought her rebellion spirit was very 'rock and roll' and works.
The outro was definitely heavily influenced by Her Majesty's era Rolling Stones.
The last vocal hook, Oooo Oooo Oooo, came toward the very end of mixing. I was really happy to happen upon that hook.
The intro bit of psychedelia that also appears between the first chorus and the 2nd vs happened after I mastered the song. I took the master and played it through a guitar delay pedal. (The Disaster Transport for you guitarists out there) and chopped these bits back into the master recording. Kind of naughty of me as I know you are not supposed to touch a master after it’s done, that’s why they call it a master. But, fuck it, it’s my record!
Here’s a little video on my instagram of me working on those psychedelic bits. hunt it down - www.instagram.com/jacobgoldenmusic
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