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Song #3 Mixed: "1984"
When my podcast covered Orwell's book, I came up with the opening lines for this song that shoves together those totalitarian themes with what I was going through back in 1984 (or thereabouts) when I was 13 years old. It took me several months to get it all finished and added to our live set, and it's proven a favorite.

Re Tangko's violin is as always immaculate; his solo is really beautiful, and more so the little tremolos and pizzicatos he emits in the last few verses. We have Jim Turk on percussion and Ken Keeley on bass again, making this bounce along nicely.

Iris has always sung harmonies live with me on this, but I pictured a massive, Fleetwood Mac-sort of thing, so when we were all together in the studio in late September, Rei, Ken, and Jim all took turn in the vocal booth. We mostly mixed this last week, but I felt like some of the harmonies that Iris was singing in the verses weren't the ones going through my head. Coincidentally, I was working my 15-year-old daughter Mina up to sing a few songs with us live (the gig was last night, and she did great; I'll post video when I load it off my camcorder), so she ended up putting those harmonies on top of the rest of us.