Brothers and Sisters,
As is probably obvious, I’ve been thinking about mortality a lot lately. But it’s not all bad thoughts. A wise dude once said “I’m a little preoccupied with the idea that through death, life is nourished”. I think there’s a lot of truth to that, and it’s often reflected in my work. Today’s single, “Breech Born” (Demo) b/w “Bereavement Notice in Comic Sans” (Live) are a pair of songs about birth and death. I’m fortunate enough to be the other half of Small Awesome with brother Jim MacGregor. We’ve been playing music as a duo for over half a decade. Been playing together in other bands for longer than that. There’s comfort in that brotherhood, and confidence too. Thanks, MacGregor. Today has been long, and so I’m going to keep this short.
“Breech Born” was the result of a school assignment to write an autobiographical piece of music for my Sound class with Jeff Abell at Columbia. Jim MacGregor is actually not on this recording, as it’s just a demo. However, today’s artwork is the score and the accompanying instructional pieces for the song that I sent to him. His response, as per usual, was pitch perfect:
“If I understand this correctly, you have to zippity-do-dah a song to gain favor with your educational overlords, and wish this “piece” to be considered canonically Small Awesome?”
“Bereavement Notice in Comic Sans” is a live version from Schuba’s that is essentially my last will and testament set to music. We played it really well that night. Brothers Jim Birch, the Miller Bros and Carlin Reed all caught audio and video that night, and brother Birch mixed it all together at Caffeinated Recordings. Of lyrical note, as the song goes, I’d like to be fired from a cannon. It turns out Jimmy always wanted that, too. We discussed it a few times over the years, and it always brought us to laughter.
Tomorrow is fuggin’ friday, and it’s going to be rowdy, and we’re going to raise some money. See you then.
February 5th, 2015
released February 5, 2015
Guitar, vocals, recording: Faiz
Bereavement Notice in Comic Sans-
Bass: Jim MacGregor
Guitar, Vocals: Faiz
Live mix: Joey King
Live recording: Jim Birch, the Miller Bros., and Carlin Reed
Mixed by Jim Birch and Matt Engstrom at Caffeinated Recordings
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