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MAYBE IT'S THE THOUGHT OF NOT BEING ALONE (Ruminations on Hobo Johnson; Saltiness).

Andrew West

I like that 'salty' is a cool adjective now because it feels like a warm way for me to own the fact that I have been, or can be, or sometimes am; bitter, petty, jealous, (flavorful?). I don't love this about myself (I swear), but I'll probably always be a little salty. I sincerely hope I'm less salty now than I was in the past.

I reached maximum saltiness at whatever point in high school I first started to think I was a  'good' writer/musician. Because I thought that I was good, I felt like I could decide what was not good. A song could suck because it had only 4 chords, or because it had vague/not clear/specific images/lyrics. Or because it had electronic drums in it. Or because it was about a cliche topic. At peak saltiness, I could be salty about nearly any song for any reason. It's not really worth noting that I am/was not the only musician who did/does this. It can be pretty accurate to joke that you can spot the musicians at your gig because they're standing in the back of the room with their arms crossed.

At the least, I was once that guy. A friend of mine recently told me that years ago he played a gig and someone stood right at the front of the stage and flipped him off for an extended period of time. I literally worried that I was the guy that did that. I don't remember ever doing that, but it's not something that 15 year old me, at peak saltiness, would not do.

Saltiness is very small though. It's true that Hobo Johnson's song "Peach Scone" is guilty of the arbitrary things that I listed above; but that doesn't actually make it a bad song. I read a lot of comments on that video, and it seems like it made a lot of people happy. That almost certainly makes it a good song. (#shamelessplug: I currently really like shitty electronic drum sounds).

Having gone down a little bit of a rabbit hole and watched more Hobo Johnson, he really does have a little bit of an indiscernible something that makes him appealing. And even though he reminds me a lot of a rambly brand of emo music that I never particularly cared for, it's fun to watch a group of friends yell in a back yard. It's tingly to watch an average looking brown haired guy make faces like he really believes what he's saying.

I reserve the right to have irrational anger at one song per year, but my mom said to me "do all things as unto the Lord." And even though she meant something very specific when she said that, I've thought a lot about what she said, and she's so right. There's no reason to do music if you're not doing it for something bigger than yourself.

When I am salty, I am thinking maybe entirely of myself. And probably people enjoy Hobo Johnson because he seems to be thinking of something else (maybe not being so alone).

Sam does 24 hr (ish) album (ish) project

Andrew West

24 hr album on Soundcloud

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The goal of the 24 hour album project is to write and record an album in 24 hours. Some people like Esperanza Spalding and Danielle Ate the Sandwich have done this thing. I have a doctor's appointment at 11 tomorrow so I am giving myself between now (1:04 PM) and 10 AM tomorrow to write and record an album (ish, thing). 

I've decided to make my goal 7 songs, even though 7 songs isn't technically an album. Why 7? Because 10 was a scary number, and John Elway. 

The goal isn't to write an Abbey Road in 21 ish hours. The goal is just to force yourself to say yes to all of your ideas, and to create lots of content, without getting too caught in your head about it. 

I'm streaming at least some of this on facebook live because

1) I think it will good for me to get used to being on facebook live and

2) it will hopefully give me a sense of being accountable to someone besides just myself.

Obviously, this is a very unorganized, spur of the moment kind of a thing. But I have been wanting to do this for awhile, and even though this probably isn't the perfect time to do this, there is never a perfect time to do anything.

ALSO I need to write a listicle with the title - 5 reasons you aren't getting tinder matches- so if you have any feedback about that please let me know.

Pregnant Pause

Andrew West

I can always tell when a TV character is pregnant. Usually they show her vomiting. Just some unexplained hurl into a trashcan, or maybe a hilarious little spit up on a stranger on the subway. This happens so often that it's ridiculous. Isn't TV supposed to be better these days? Aren't we supposed to avoid obvious tropes? If they don't show her throwing up though, they'll probably show her looking meaningfully into a mirror, standing at profile, rubbing her belly. And I'll say, "she's pregnant!" and always, always, even though it's so, so obvious, someone says to me, "nu-huh!"

One time I was watching 30 Rock with a girl and she said, "Oh, Tina Fey is pregnant in this episode."

I said, "What? Liz is pregnant?"

She said, "no, no, Tina Fey is pregnant. They're always showing her from the shoulders up, or behind a desk, or in a really baggy sweater."

I had never noticed that. Maybe if I saw her throw up?