Chorus & Flange

It’s no secret I grew up listening to the Cure, Joy Division and Depeche Mode; I had the hair to prove it. “Where’s the funeral?” Wouldn’t you like to know!

Chorus and Flange is something I worked on over the summer of 2016 with a singer – amazing talent with some notable international acclaim, but right before recording, they suddenly had to take time off from everything for a bit – which ended up to be a few years.

While it can be said, technically, that I am internationally known for singing (a couple dozen people across four continents are doing a lot of heavy lifting), I know I have, to put it mildly, limitations. I tried to make it work. At least it’s a genre that can be forgiving.

Track Descriptions and TMI

The first track I finished was Haunts Me. The lyric: “Will we ever know if this is real, or just another layer/lair of our dreams?” I think is probably one of the cleverest lines I’ve ever wrote. Half the time I’m singing “layer” and the other half, it’s “lair,” and not even I know which is which. They sound different, though.

Entire Universe is song about life, the universe and everybody and nothing. It’s the classic pop arrangement.

I wrote half the lyrics in 1997, the chorus and one verse, but was stuck. This was an attempt to make a hymn that could be sung in almost any religious setting from Pastafarian to Universalists to Protestant campouts. For the next twenty years, this half-song would rattle around in my head, and any more ideas were dead ends. When I decided to finally figure out how to play the tune I had in my head to record this, I decided to use the verse I had (“and nothing will change…“) as a bridge, and once I did that, it took about an hour to come up with the verses.

Ordinary Moment and Forget-Me-Not appear on the soundtrack of the feature film Book of Evil, available on Tubi.

“When I hold this Forget-me-not, it brings back the memory it set. I could only hope and wonder, have you forgotten me yet?” It’s a weird dichotomy: wanting someone you care about to get over you and move on so they can be happy while also not wanting to be forgotten. Far too often, you get neither. Sometimes they don’t, either.

Ordinary Moment was the idea of a song about a normal, unremarkable event. Not nothing. Few people experience true nothing regularly, and when they do, it is either a chance to relax or it’s a terrifying void. This is an ode to the status quo and the everyday, which unique to each individual, but at the same time, the feeling is universal.

The Same For Me has probably the sloppiest guitar work ever recorded by man or beast. I could have easily fixed it, but this is a song about pretending not to care. In fact, I went out of my way and edited in extra sloppiness, or maybe I didn’t and I just play that way. You’ll never know. For a song that was supposed to be so sparse, why are there 48 multitracks in one section?

Said and Done is just classic romantic nihilism. I might have said the quiet parts out loud, but the lyrics contain a frustratingly ridiculous amount of double meanings. Now, that’s so me. This is what I do. I turn phrases — often accidently. I also mess around with some spicy time signature choices a little on this one. That down beat is just going to burst into that measure whenever it cares to; got everyone clapping on one and three.

There might be some Psychedelic Furs influence showing on Silent Weapons/Silent Machines. It was intentional. I hope you noticed. If taken literally, it’s about the ravages of the war machine, but I hope you didn’t notice that. I mean, you can — You should. Of course, don’t ignore the war machine. There’s subtext, too, and the smooth sax makes it sexy.

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