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Day 18: The Great Midwestern Lacuna Tour: A Blueprint for a Manifesto on Radical Songwriting

A Blueprint for a Manifesto on Radical Songwriting

Today we slip back in time to Sunday, August 3rd in Aberdeen, SD.

This is the beginning of a polemic that will continue beyond the course of The Great Midwestern Lacuna Tour. The tour has forced me to face the following points. In the contemporary moment:

1. The image of a thing fuels its popular success more than the specific qualities of of the thing itself.

2. Contemporary music caters to an ADD/ADHD aesthetic. A defining quality of this aesthetic is randomness in lyrics.

3. Popular songs deal with one feeling at a time; e.g. this is a love song; this is a break-up song; this is an angry song.

Despite my pragmatism in many other areas of my life, in matters of creativity and songwriting, I am a thorough idealist.

A pragmatic songwriter in the contemporary moment would cater to the realities of image outweighing quality; the truth of randomness as an aesthetic-a lyrical quality that allows people to passively dip in and out of a groove without having to work to understand the content (listening closely or reading lyrics along with music is work); to the model of the song that addresses a single emotion.

I am an idealistic songwriter/musician in holding onto the following irrational beliefs: 1. The crafted song itself is more important than the crafted image; 2. Lyrics crafted in the interest of suggesting meaning are more affecting than random lyrics; 3. Songs that evoke multiple emotions or tensions-in other words, songs that demonstrate a fluidity of emotional states-are more entertaining than those that dramatize a single emotion [In the future, I’ll write on songs that dramatize taboo emotions].

One person on this tour characterized my lyrics as “esoteric.” I have been guilty of this in the past and I will probably tend toward the esoteric end in the future. But I believe that one can be esoteric and still present listeners with a lot of potential meaning: a good writer should provide a roadmap within each song or story to allow listeners and readers to find meaning within the song or story itself.

I fail to do this in the final two verses of The Potato Song-these two verses are largely cryptic and vague. Similarly, My Sweet Irene has a lot of content that, in my opinion, is more vague than ambiguous. But three years ago, as I finished writing My Sweet Irene, I was listening to a Beck album at a coffee house in Albuquerque. That day, I made a commitment to write lyrics that are not random; lyrics that strive for ambiguity rather than vagueness.

A vague songwriter fails to adequately suggest meaning-the meaning could be anything; the meaning is random. A writer who understands ambiguity uses writing strategies to craft multiple openings for meaning. The point of songwriting is not “it could mean anything.” The point is to suggest a field of meanings and allow listeners to struggle with those meanings.

My idealistic commitment to crafted, meaningful lyrics will not go away. Similarly, I plan to hold onto the emotional ambiguity in my songs. In my life, I am scared in situations where I trust. I dislike when I am trying to like. I feel anger towards those who I love the most.

But image. I see no reason why i can’t compromise toward a more pragmatic stance on this points. The packaging of The Nova Anatomia is a gesture in this direction. Perhaps one can be pragmatic about image yet remain an idealist in crafting meaningfully ambiguous lyrics that demand a certain amount of labor from listeners.

For those of you who enjoy my music, I hope you continue to find your own meaning and an occasional groove. Without you, it would not be worth it!

I’m close to home.


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