Coloring Club Plus — 7/13/19

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July 13

July 13a

Today’s selection is from My Morning Jacket.  I wrote about the band here.

Z is the fourth studio album by psychedelic rock band My Morning Jacket. This collection features a much spacier and more polished sound than previous releases, making heavy use of synthesizers throughout and incorporating reggae and dub influences. The heavy reverb that was a defining characteristic of the band’s prior recordings is largely absent. The songs on the album are more focused and shorter compared to the band’s previous albums.

Z was the first My Morning Jacket album to have a professional producer. James had previously produced every album, which he said was out of pride. Before the recording sessions began, James met producer John Leckie, who was known for his work with bands such as Pink Floyd and Radiohead. James said Leckie had a quiet and reserved attitude, which he appreciated. Leckie was also a tape operator on the George Harrison album All Things Must Pass, one of James’ favorite albums. James said Leckie’s perspective as an outsider played a pivotal role in the production of the album. According to James: “Sometimes when everybody in the band is just there, you know, people don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, or you might think that it was a good take because everyone is tired. We really learned the value of having another ear there.”

I chose, “Into the Woods” as the selection from Z. It’s a strange and wonderful, melancholy tune.  Very cool, polished sound effects.

A kitten on fire. A baby in a blender
Both sound as sweet as a night of surrender
I know it aint easy but you do what you can
If your livin gets weezy you can follow this plan

Put in more than you could ever get out
I’m tired of the talking I know what you’re about
Now open your mouth-here comes the spoon
You’re gonna eat what I give ya
And you’re gonna like it real good

I went over the river- and into the woods
Where did I go?
Where a wood burning stream travels up thru the trees
Like the soul of the hottest kind of lover I’ve ever seen
One who lives to choose another fool’s dream

A good shower head and my right hand
the two best lovers that I ever had
Now if you find you agree with what I just said
You’d better find a new love
And let ’em into your head

I went over the river- and into the woods
Where did I go?
Where a wood burning stream travels up thru the trees
Like the soul of the hottest kind of lover I’ve ever seen
One who lives to choose another fool’s dream
Songwriters: Jim James

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Li this was a nice peaceful song to start off my Saturday with. The lyrics were strange but amusing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve listened and read them a few times and think I understand what he’s trying to say. It’s a deep song. He’s giving advice to people who live in their head to stop it and open up to someone, even though it is painful (the first line), as it’s less painful than being stuck there.
      p.s. did you start a new music challenge? If you are the Jim that is mentioned in Sadje’s challenge to me, are the “special conditions” cumulative or only the one the specific person challenging/tagging me has set?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Jim 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. badfinger20 says:

    That first line threw me lol… Good ear Lisa…you never disappoint.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Max. I can say the same for you.

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