Angel Descending Down Harlem Avenue….

Angel Descending Down Harlem Avenue….
tHe Nu BeeZ….
Catch the Buzz… or Feel the Sting….

If it had lyrics… I suppose it would be a Hip-Hop song….
Though probably needs to pump up the bass a bit….

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Recent and Near Future Works

Most of our recent work has been focused on music. Composing. Writing lyrics. Recording. Editing. Producing. And studying music….

Much of the work is technical. Studying different scales and modes. Different intervals. The characteristics of different movements. How they sound. What certain shifts convey….

A lot of the work is developing… and then capturing… different means of expression….

In the near future… we will be moving towards the more rhythmic… or percussive… elements….

Recently we have experimented with using the guitar as rhythmic center… driving the beat… while using the bass as a melodic element… experimenting with various scales and modes… and altered time….

We have also used the vocal elements as rhythmic components at times as well….
And the harmonica as well…. To fill… but also to give a feel of the tempo and time….
Exploring time and space….
Using different vocal textures… and tempi… to bring about a different feel….

Still have many works in the embryonal stage….
Others in the conceptual stage….
Still others in different developmental… and evolutionary stages….
Some never meant to be more than studies….

Still have several short stories and longer stories and novels in development….

Lots of unfinished works… still in evolution… and development….
Still… lots to do….

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….)

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….)

Making Strange-R n Stranger

The Hip-Hop background tracks are basically the same as those on the rest of the Mississippi Homeboy Throwdown series: Dub Smash, Electric Buzz and Vintage Synth Bass patches in Garage Band created synthetically.

The acoustic guitar tracks are recorded as sample patches, then pasted in position. The guitar is a cheap, old Yamaha SJ-180 using a Jim Dunlop thin Delrin pick drinking luke warm coffee, at least at the beginning, and tuned in Standard E. Shure SM 57 microphone using Natural Strum Patch. The thrills at the end are the only bits of several hours of work yesterday that were salvageable and they were recorded using the Shure SM 57 microphone straight through Mbox2 Pro without any Garage Band patch.

I should point out that during recording and production today, Brother JAY!-rEE Strange-R dropped by to teach us how to use some patches to augment and adjust the sound on the acoustic instruments as they are recorded. He was also kind enough to point out that if you turn the Recording Volume knob all the way down on Mbox2 Pro on Track 2 while you’re recording vocals on Track 1… then switch over and record acoustic instruments on Track 2… without adjusting the Recording Volume… meaning TURN IT UP… you won’t be able to hear a durn THANG on the track when you try to mix that puppy… no matter HOW many samples you record and how much time you waste recording that waste! All you get is just a tiny little almost imperceptible noise… that is overshadowed by the background buzz of the chickens cluckin’ in the chicken coop when you’re recording…. I would also like to point out that not only is Mr. Strange-R kind… butt he also has kind hair…. The kind you find on a pig’s butt….

The tiny amount of acoustic slide guitar was done on a cheap black Briarwood… that actually has a sweet sound… but a high action… that cannot be adjusted… because the guitar is too cheap…. The guitar was tuned to a Mountain Modal Open D minor DADFAD… which we have never used before…. Recorded using Shure SM 57 microphone using Echo Strum Patch.

The harmonica is a Hohner Blues Harp in the key of C played in third position… which is Mountain Modal Dm…. The harmonica part was recorded using the Natural Vocal Patch…. Tried some of the Fuzz Vocal Patch, but decided to go with Natural…. Recorded using Shure SM 58 microphone and Natural Vocal Patch….

The narration was recorded using the Shure SM 58 microphone and Narration Vocal Patch… or no patch….

The vocal was recorded using the Shure SM 58 microphone and Natural Voice Patch….

Tried to make sure everything was lined up pretty good….

The song is based on an old religious Southern Appalachian folk ballad variously titled Poor Wayfaring Stranger… and a few other names… that dates back to the American Revolution…. The first time the song was published… was in 1816 by Ananias Davidsson in a song book titled Kentucky Harmony…. The title at that time was Judgement. This version is in C Major… at least theoretically… but actually in Mountain Modal D minor… if that makes any sense….

The arrangement is fresh. VERY fresh….

Mississippi Homeboy Throwdown: Interlude. (Strange-R n Stranger….)

Yesterday was one of those days… that just makes a man feel like drinkin’….
Somethin’….
Just a little more than Iced Coffee sittin’ on the back porch of the Pho Shizzle… fo’ SHIZZLE!!!
And… today… I’m feelin’ kinda cheesy….
So… I’m just gonna pop the cork on a bottle of whine… and pour myself a big ol’ glass… and gulp it down….
Of course… whine is meant to be shared… or what’s the frickin’ point, right?
Right!
Yesterday we worked all morning in the chicken coop layin’ down tracks that we could use as samples to paste together into a song… or several….
After all that work… had to chunk the whole bunch….
Couldn’t hear the guy-tar over the cluckin’ chickens….
So… after we shoveled out all of THAT cluckin’ chicken shizzle… we re-dun the whole dang nab confound chicken cluckin’ shizzle chunkin’ brick ticklin’ deal…
Started over….
Almost completely….

Well… we here at Wright-Wang Extreme Mystery, Inc. have recently… and resentfully… been acused of doin’ some CRAZY stuff…. tOtes kra-kra… as they say…. Some folks is complainin’ dat dey jus’ cain’t understan’….
Just what we’re trying to do….
Just what we’re trying to say….
Even some of the words we’re using to try to express ourselves….

Our response…?

Those folks is absolutely RIGHT!!!
The Collective Intelligence at Wright-Wang Extreme Mystery, Inc. freely admit that we is tOtes kra-kra….
And… we embrace that side of our creative natures….
We may still be hidin’ in the closet… but we is sure as heck bustin’ outta da BOX….

Yep….
We’re kooky…. Weird…. tOtes kra-kra….

STRANGE….

And this… is Strange-R n Stranger….
The Southron Rap Assassins with Special Guest Dr. JAY!-oh!-nAY! Cash-mo’-nAY!

And… those of you who are hungry… stomach’s growlin’… or jus’ growlin’….
You can stick a fork in this one…. It’s DONE!!!