Monday, 5 October 2009
I was planning to do another "Dance Mix". I picked some dance-y records, but as I was spinning these and picking what the next record should be, it became apparent that this wasn't strictly a "Dance Mix" per-se, but rather just an electronic music mix. I guess it was just the mood that I was in at the time. I guess I didn't really feel like dancing that much. You still get some micro-house, acid and techno thrown in, but in this instance it mingles with ambient, disco and minimalist electronica. I opened the mix with the last track I produced (see last post) and it proved to be a good mood setter for what's to come.
The mix closes with perhaps my favourite Spacemen 3 record, "Big City". Come to think of it, I find it a bit odd that my favourite Spacemen 3 record is not one written by Jason Pierce, although I do quite like the Sonic Boom stuff and EAR as well as Spectrum (Check out that album he did with the Silver Apples and the stuff he did with Delia Derbyshire!). Kember is a pretty smart, if perhaps somewhat drug-damaged dude. Anyway, that record ("Big City") is absolutely brilliant: about 9 minutes long, and all it's got is a huge chorus that repeats, with some NEU!-esque instrumental passages that act as verses. You could sing that chorus forever, you could drift in its rising-sun-at-6 a.m.-pill-come-down-psychedelia for hours, repeating that brilliant chorus. It's a long record as it is, but I could do with an even more extended mix!
The other day at work I was out having a fag with one my colleagues. He asked if I was alright or something and somehow (I can't remember) we got into a conversation about levity. I said I needed to "work on levity. But how does one go about working on one's levity?", I asked him.
His response was rather surprising. He suggested that if I didn't have any plans this weekend (which I didn't), the best way to work on my levity was to spend the weekend writing a piece called "Working On My Levity". So essentially, I'd be working on "Working On My Levity".
I took this as a challenge and I promised him that by Monday I'd return with a finished piece called "Working On My Levity", a piece meant as therapy to er, work on my levity, you know, not be so serious and uptight, but a bit more cheerful, light and likeable. People don't like people that lack levity, I've come to realise.
I don't know that making this piece has helped, but I'm definitely pleased with it! It was nice setting limits to myself and giving it a deadline. It made me a bit more spontaneous, which is what excites me about making music. Sometimes I dwell too much on one idea in the hopes that I will make it better, but it is not always the case.
So here you go Duncan, my friend, this is one is for you because of you. I hope you enjoy it.