God IS Good (Intro & 1st Part….)

the Dark Mirror: Reflections for Flawed Christians

Not really happy with some parts of this effort….

Need to go back and do some more work….

The Introduction… and essentially everything else is new….

Trying out some new ideas….
Different recording techniques….
Different voicings… orchestration… parts….
Some worked…. Some don’t….

Anyway…. Here is the song….

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Blanket (Jazz+Time+Space version)

Messing with Time+Space+Tonal Palette on this one….
Not many… if any… notes missing….
Basically an atonal jazz piece… in E minor… if you feel you absolutely HAVE to have a key….

Pretty simple… really….
Not any layering….
A rhythm guitar….
A bit of bass… to add some color… and create tension….
And… some sparse keyboards….
VERY sparse….

Craven Blackheart & the Notorious Rogues….
Rievers & Grievers….
Blanket….
Otherwise known as… Don’t Throw a Blanket on my Love, my Love….

The vocals should have been recorded with more compression and limiter….
Hopefully… can’t hear the birds chirping (without good headphones….)

Ennui…. Angst…. And… Ambivalence….

Wright-Wang Extreme Mystery, Inc.

Wondering how to imbue songs with mixed emotions… and maintain tension… at the same time….

That was kind of the emotional… psychological… musical… creative… experiment….

Not completely successful….

Experimentation requires confidence… and willingness to get it all completely wrong….

Been off a few days….
In a daze….
Been off kilter….
Been out of town….
Bittersweet….

But how can one appreciate sweet… without at least some knowledge of bitter….

The riff… or chord progression… and determining which is often difficult… did have a fixed form….
The bass lines did not. Neither did the lead. Some phrases repeated. Others intentionally never did….
Nothing cut in stone…. Nothing fixed….
Leaving the idea… that something was broken….
Untethered….
Loose….
Free….

But as we transition from fixed… to broken…. From loose… to FREE!!!
Often times minds wander from feeling comfortable… to feeling challenged… to feeling threatened….

Freedom often feels threatening… to those who wish to…

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Ennui…. Angst…. And… Ambivalence….

Wondering how to imbue songs with mixed emotions… and maintain tension… at the same time….

That was kind of the emotional… psychological… musical… creative… experiment….

Not completely successful….

Experimentation requires confidence… and willingness to get it all completely wrong….

Been off a few days….
In a daze….
Been off kilter….
Been out of town….
Bittersweet….

But how can one appreciate sweet… without at least some knowledge of bitter….

The riff… or chord progression… and determining which is often difficult… did have a fixed form….
The bass lines did not. Neither did the lead. Some phrases repeated. Others intentionally never did….
Nothing cut in stone…. Nothing fixed….
Leaving the idea… that something was broken….
Untethered….
Loose….
Free….

But as we transition from fixed… to broken…. From loose… to FREE!!!
Often times minds wander from feeling comfortable… to feeling challenged… to feeling threatened….

Freedom often feels threatening… to those who wish to control… others….

Freedom often challenges… or threatens society as a whole….
Societal norms….
Societal conventions….
Some people’s ideas regarding SOCIETY…. Period.
Anyone who refuses to conform to THEIR ideas… is DANGEROUS….
Some people wish nothing more than to be the leaders of sheeple….
Impose their will upon carbon copies of their own shallow plastic “lives”….
Communism…. Socialism…. Fascism…. All of those cookie-cutter progressive… liberal… isms… including Conservativism… fall far short of supporting REAL FREEDOM….

REAL FREEDOM is dangerous….

Even if it only exists in a single song….

Therefore… we need a disguise….
A mask….
Or… three….
Ennui…. Angst…. And… ambivalence….

That Thing That The Angel Dropped (on the Floor… When She Waltzed Out That Door….)

WITH the song this time….

Wright-Wang Extreme Mystery, Inc.

This one is a bit… weird….
Experimental….
Not really E minor….
More E Mixolydian… but not really THAT either….
Experimenting with percussion…. Recording….

Suspended IVths…. Suspended IInds…. What’s not to love, right…?

Strange chords….
Strange arrangement….
Strange melody….
Strange lyrics….
Strange song….

jOHnnY jOkEr & tHE wIlD cArDz….
Ain’t THAT Life…?
That Thing That the Angel Dropped (on the Floor… When She Waltzed Out That Door….)

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That Thing That The Angel Dropped (on the Floor… When She Waltzed Out That Door….)

This one is a bit… weird….
Experimental….
Not really E minor….
More E Mixolydian… but not really THAT either….
Experimenting with percussion…. Recording….

Suspended IVths…. Suspended IInds…. What’s not to love, right…?

Strange chords….
Strange arrangement….
Strange melody….
Strange lyrics….
Strange song….

jOHnnY jOkEr & tHE wIlD cArDz….
Ain’t THAT Life…?
That Thing That the Angel Dropped (on the Floor… When She Waltzed Out That Door….)

A Commercial Pronouncement….

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Signed,
Big Woody Johnson
Guest Harmonicophonist on Mico, Mississippi Moanin’ Stroll
World Renowned Studio Musician and Main Star Big Woody Johnson & his Big Johnson Blues Bandits