Week 17 // Earthlings

by Mount Everest

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Notes:

This week’s song is a synthsplosive reflection on my recent trip to California. This was the kind of trip that renewed my sense of humanity, my sense of self, and my sense of purpose. There’s something so special about leaving your environment and connecting with people who aren’t usually around. That’s what this song is about. I wanted to capture the limitless optimism and fleeting nature of such a trip. There is a need to connect meaningfully, yet rapidly with people; to get every drop you can get before the inevitable end. In such a situation, interactions become so intensely human. Every conversation seems to include a revelation. Every activity is an inspiration. Friends and family become the whole of humanity. It’s a buzzing microcosm – a miniature society to explore that abruptly vanishes. Perhaps I’m romanticizing a simple vacation, but damn it was a good vacation.

No folk instruments this week. Just synth and electric guitar playing off two and three part vocal harmonies. I only had my banjo with me on my trip, so it makes sense to want to electrify this week. This is a pop number that jumps abruptly between parts and then ends quickly. I had a lot of fun playing with transitions, and trying to make each part a little different with each repetition. I also had a blast with the guitar/synth solo action at the end. Also, extra credit goes to whoever can find the homage to the Flaming Lips! (There’s probably more than just the one I’m aware of…)

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.
~Jesse

lyrics

Lyrics:

I’ve been up to something
Up against the mountain
Run to another ocean
Cursing and laughing and I am alive again

And way across the continent
There’s a notion in my mind
And it has to do with choices
And all the forces in our lives
And it’s all about the concept
That it don’t matter if it’s a lie
That the world is on our side
If the world is on our side

And everyone knows it’s a good thing
Knowing it ends in a heartbeat
Knowing the mind of an earthling
Knowing you’re not alone

And way across the continent
There’s a notion (an ocean…?) in my mind
And it has to do with choices
And all the forces in our lives
And it’s all about the concept
That it don’t matter if it’s a lie
That the world is on our side
If the world is on our side

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released March 14, 2011

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I’ve been making up a new song every week since 2010.
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