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So, I was going to do a post about how I discovered the ultimate debugging tool: Send everyone away, out of the house, to another city. Then Put on Beethoven's 9th Symphony so loud you can feel it in the bones. Then flush all caches, wipe all previous imports and merge the different versions of the same program and follow the line of execution down the path of least resistance. It works!

But no. I overheard a great little bluesy riff on the radio whilst having dinner with Cara Sposa. I signalled to listen. She said "that's cool". It was just loud enough to make out a few of the lyrics. Google suppled the source. And then I discovered... I've found an anthem! I feel like a teenager again! I actually have found a song where every single line speaks to me right now, right how my state of mind is parallaxed. This hasn't happened since I was seventeen and heard Bowie's "Bewlay Brothers" (ETA: or was that "Quicksand"? Whatever it was, it was absolutely the final word ever and forever. I'm sure of that ;) ). (all this must be a sign of impending senility) Anyway, here it is. David Gray's "Draw the Line":



A poem has already emerged. I see a short story soon.

Comments

barry_king
May. 27th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Yep. The silverfish is what did it for me, right after the lichen-encrusted tombstones.

I downloaded the iTunes "live in Soho" version along with others from the same collection. I love the crispness of the guitar and voice. The song's slightly different from this radio version, though. I think it works better for me.
asakiyume
May. 27th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
Which works better, the version you downloaded, or this radio version? (It's very frustrating when you hear something on the radio and then that version isn't available!)
barry_king
May. 27th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Tough call, but I like the "Live from Soho" album better than the original eponymous album. The recording is more crisp and unprocessed, which I think works better with blues.
asakiyume
May. 27th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
*nods*

That makes sense: when I have heard and fallen in love with a live version, I often find the album version (non-live album version) unsatisfactory. (This most recently happened with, lets's see, the song "The Tip of My Tongue," by The Civil Wars and the song "The Chariot," by The Cat Empire. And sometimes I want one live version and not another, as happened with a version of "The Bells of Rhymney" sung by Pete Seeger.

I'll take a listen to the iTunes samples of both, but I bet I reach the same conclusion you do.
barry_king
May. 27th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Well, looks like I've got a couple of songs to look up. But Seeger is always better live.
asakiyume
May. 27th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Ack--if you're going to listen to "The Tip of My Tongue," it absolutely has to be the "live at Eddie's attic version" (and actually, not the one that's on YouTube, but a different one which I'll point you too soon... and actually, I realized the Cat Empire song where I liked the live version better than the album version was actually The Chariot. I liked specifically this version.

And as for Pete Seeger, I bought one live version, but I liked this YouTube version better.

Edited at 2012-05-27 02:58 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
May. 27th, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
So yeah, this is the only version of "The Tip of My Tongue" that I really like. It's faster and lighter than other versions.
barry_king
May. 28th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
I like it. I just wish I wasn't in programmer-mode yesterday so that I could give it a proper listen. Time for that later this week, though!

Do you find you need to do that? Practically channel a whole different POV in order to get some kinds of work done?
asakiyume
May. 29th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
Yes, and moreso as time goes by. I used to be able to switch modes and moods very easily; now it's harder. I used to be able to take advantage of tiny patches of time for writing, but now I need longer blocks in order to sink into the right mind-set.
barry_king
May. 29th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling it more and more as well. It seems to be tied to losing the highs and lows as time goes by.