Kelgray and Beyond

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A New Interpretation

Got bored so I figured I’d interpret a song for fun.  Today we’ll be studying Nada by The Refreshments from Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy.  Here’re the lyrics:

I see the lightning from the storm down in Mexico
And I see my speedometer doesn’t work
I cross the desert and disappear into the tumbleweeds
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

I hear the thunder in the storm down in Mexico
And I leave the border far behind
I feel the dust stick up my teeth and turn my sweat to mud
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

There ain’t no moral to this story at all
And anything I tell you very well could be a lie
Been away from the living I don’t need to be forgiven
I’m just waiting for that coal black soul of mine
To come alive

Well I feel the wind blown from the storm down in Mexico
Gasoline for another hundred miles
I cross a river and leave my shoes upon the other side
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

There ain’t no moral to this story at all
And anything I tell you very well could be a lie
Been away from the living I don’t need to be forgiven
I’m just waiting for that coal black, sun cracked soul of mine
To come alive

Come alive

Well I feel the raindrops from the storm down in Mexico
Truck will go no further out of gas
I walk through the desert past a lizard and a rattlesnake
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

There ain’t no moral to this story at all
And anything I tell you very well could be a lie
There ain’t no moral to these stories at all
And everything I tell you can bet will be a lie
Been away from the living I don’t need to be forgiven
I’m just waiting for that coal black, sun cracked, numb inside soul of mine
To come alive

Come alive

So there we have it.  First thing that got me about this song was the first two lines of the chorus.  There and no moral and I’m telling you lies.  Which means that there is an intended moral to the story.  So what could that moral be?  Well the song is telling a story of his trek into Mexico, but, again, this is a lie, which means that the story itself is a metaphor.  My interpretation is that the storm in Mexico is some sort of sad feeling that he’s been keeping bottled up, and so he’s travelling towards it (using tequila to help him get there).  He sees the lightning, knows what’s coming, hears the thunder, knows he has to do something about it, leaves the border far behind, passes the point of no return, feels the wind blown, starts to feel what he’s been bottled up, feels the raindrops, cries it out.  So there’s what i figure the story means, so, again, what’s the moral.  Seems to me that the moral is an important one.  If you got some feelings, you gotta work through them so that you can get your numb soul to come back alive.

So there’s how I see the song, if you managed to read through it please let me know what you think or if you have any further ideas.

July 8, 2007 Posted by | Musical Notes, Poetry, Popular People, The Refreshments | 1 Comment

A Dancing Dream

Last night I dreamt that I was putting on a show.  But that’s too far ahead.  Let’s start from the beginning.  It started where I was driving people around to different locations so that they could hang out with my friends.  People who I’d recently met (none of whom I recognise from real life) who said that they wanted to hang out with me.  I drove them to where my friends and I were partying but as soon as we got there I had to go grab someone else.  This happened over the course of several events and when I eventually asked one girl if she would hang out with me instead of going off to hang out with one of my friends she got offended and basically told me that I was out of line. 

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March 22, 2007 Posted by | Dance, Dreams, Musical Notes | 2 Comments

I spent St. Patty’s Day with Epoc

It was at a small party of just about 12 people or so.  Epoc showed up with a girlie from back in the day.  I didn’t talk to him much as I don’t really know the guy, but I know of him in many ways.  When I first learned of Epoc it was when he was running ravehard.com, the site that fuelled the rave scene for the few years that it was running.  He was one of two local DJs who would always be able to get more people dancing than any headliners that they could bring in.  Him and DJ Double D.  He was somewhat of an icon of Calgary’s rave community.  But that’s not the only way that I knew of him.

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March 20, 2007 Posted by | Beer, Calgary, Computer Programming, Games, Generalities, Musical Notes, Popular People, programming, Videogames | 5 Comments

Why there are only 8 musical notes

LatelyI’ve been finding that for some reason people have been coming to my page whilst searching for the phrase: Why there are only 8 musical notes.  Don’t ask me why.  But I thought that since this phrase has been a contributor in traffic coming to this blog, I may as well give a shot at answering the question.  Now before I begin I’d just like to state for the record that I am not a professional.  I haven’t done research into this topic specifically, though i have worked as a sound technician and have been a musician of one sort or another all my life.  All I’m going to try to use to answer this question is me brain and life experience that most people have.

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March 7, 2007 Posted by | Generalities, Musical Notes | 4 Comments

A little glowing friend

Birdhouse In Your Soul.  Voted best song on This Might Be A Wiki.  Arguably one of the deepest songs that They Might Be Giants have written.  It’s a song about a nightlight.  A blue canary that keeps the darkness out of your room.  Many people see the song as stopping there, but I’ve always seen more.  Here’s what I wrote on the interpretations page of the song on tmbw.net:

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January 30, 2007 Posted by | Musical Notes, Poetry, They Might Be Giants | 1 Comment

Another store closed

Phonics is closed.  The last place in Calgary that specialized in electronic vinyl.  It just closed its doors without notice, without warning.  Now the scene that had just begun to peek it’s head back out of the water is all wondering.  What do we do?  Where will we go?  Will another store open?  Or maybe Giant 45 will step up and take over just like Phonics did when Feroshus left town.  If no other store is willing to cater to the electronic DJs of Calgary, are we destined to have to get prepaid credit cards (as very few of us have good enough credit for real ones) and order our records online?

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January 23, 2007 Posted by | Calgary, Musical Notes | 1 Comment