CJAM station manager adam fox recently propositioned me. and it wasn’t what you’re thinking. get your mind out of the gutter. he said, “yo, scraggly-face…let’s talk about what you do and record it.” and i said, “dog, that’s phat. that’s fresh. that’s…phresh?” and he said, “i ain’t no dog. don’t you be expecting me to bark.” so i did the barking, and all was well.
or maybe it didn’t quite play out that way.
the point is, adam interviewed me for the CJAM show not in my backyard, and it aired today at around noon. if you missed it, fret not, for you can listen right here. it’s worth listening to the interview with artist tony gray too, because i think he’s an interesting guy, with an interesting voice. but if you just want to hear my portion of the program, here you go:
i like that the closing music is “what will become of luke perry’s nipples?” it fits somehow. and i sound more coherent than i thought i did at the time, though i could have done a better job of articulating some of my thoughts.
there’s one thing in particular i don’t think i explained very well, and that’s my whole songwriting process, or lack thereof. i’ve been trying to think of how i could get across what it’s like in a way that makes some amount of sense, when a thought came to me the other day, and this is probably the best way i can explain it: you know how when you’re dreaming, it seems like your brain will draw upon anything and everything it might have hanging around, from any point in your life, and throw things together in ways that don’t necessarily make a whole lot of sense in the waking world, creating situations, ideas, characters, dialogue, and stories that you would never come up with while you’re awake? that’s sort of what songwriting is like for me these days.
it doesn’t even feel like a conscious process. i sit down at an instrument, or i’ll be doing something unrelated to music, and then suddenly there’s an idea, and usually it develops, and then there’s a song. it’s as if it’s been written already, and i’m just transcribing it as it’s being broadcast over the airwaves of my brain stem. i never sit down and say, “i’m going to write a song now.” the songs just happen, and for whatever reason they’ve chosen me as their vessel. i don’t know why. maybe they like my equipment or something.
anyway, this was probably the most comfortable i’ve ever been doing an interview (i think it helps when you know the person interviewing you and feel comfortable with them), and the most fun i’ve had in such a setting. thankfully i seem to have broken the odd habit i used to have of talking like every ounce of emotion had been drained from my body whenever i would speak into a microphone for something radio-related. i even almost sound like i know what i’m talking about, sometimes. hooray for me!
i also appreciate the fact that adam left my answers untouched. i’ve had my words edited and chopped up in the past, to the point that the meaning of what i said was altered, and while i understand why that’s done, it still kind of pisses me off. so thanks to adam for interviewing me and not asking the typical “what are your influences? what inspired you to want to make music? what makes your pikestaff rise on humid summer nights?” questions, and also for sending me the MP3. and thanks to both adam and tom for the kind words. and thanks again to everyone at CJAM for playing the hell out of the new CD. and thanks to the makers of generic blue hand soap for planting subliminal messages in my head. hey — if it smells alright and does its job, i’ve got no beef with them.
on a different note, you’ll be happy to know i’ve finally realized my dream of rhyming “pancake mix” with “dominatrix” in a song. at long last, my life is complete.