This is Just a Song (aka I Talk in Tunes​)​, CT demo 1

from c​.​t. etc. - eyebrows up - sotw 2021 by Chandler Travis, etc.

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Rikki Bates and I did a song for a recent edition of NPR's "This American Life", under the auspices of our good friend and cohort/co-host Sean Cole, for an episode called "This Is Just Some Songs", currently available for a while on the "This American Life" archives page.

This all happened as a result of Sean visiting here in July, 2021, and him telling me he was working on an episode about mix-tapes that also includes a segment on the record reviews Ken Eglin did for years in the pages of one of my favorite magazine's David Greenberger's "Duplex Planet", and which point I horned in, offering my services on the chance he might need some music for the episode, and Sean was kind enough to take me up on it, much to my delight, so I enlisted Rikki to play drums, and presto!

Well, not quite: I actually demo'd a couple quite different versions of the song before getting Rikki on board to cut the version used in the episode (which Rikki also mixed.) The first version, "This Is Just a Song (aka I Talk in Tunes)" was just to demo an idea; Sean asked for something poppier, so I did another demo, "I Talk in Tunes, demo 2", but Sean was still in search of something more upbeat, so I suggested adding Rikki on drums, which Sean was completely on board with, and voila, "I Talk in Tunes" (here presented in an alternate mix with a cowbell and a vocal part that didn't make the actual broadcast.) Great fun- thanks Sean!


from c​.​t. etc. - eyebrows up - sotw 2021, released April 29, 2021
recorded at Babyland, August, 2021


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