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The inspiration for this track came from a long walk I took on a rainy gray day in November 2021. During that time I would often walk along the path that follows a waterway which feeds into the LA river. Passing a patch of mushrooms gave me the idea to title the song “Fruiting Body.” The term refers to the spore-producing structure of fungi.
The line “I found some pink glass buried under the deep end” refers to rose colored glasses, specifically about the past but also being overcome with nostalgia.
It’s kinda loose, but I felt like I was trying to get at the contrast between nostalgia and the present. Not that there’s anything wrong with looking back fondly at the past, it can obviously bring great joy. But sometimes to prevent myself from spiraling into an inescapable pit of sentimentality, I try to ground myself in the present. I think this is reflected in the first verse which looks at “worms in the leaf bed” where presumably the “pink glass” is found. And then by contrast, the second verse is centered more on simple, small things happening in the present moment: my cat on the windowsill watching something, my mint plant next to her.
“Pulling blood through a bad rhyme” and the mention of a deadline is sort of referencing the fact that finished is always better than perfect. Like I think it’s better to have a bad rhyme and meet a deadline than to toil away forever chasing perfection.
worms in the leaf bed
stems bend and streets end
commonly the fruit bat reverie
with no lack
and growing on a whim
i found some pink glass
buried under the deep end
come near, find rest
when november admits it
say something untrue and kind
tuck me in and switch the light
there on the sun ledge
wavering and plum green
mint plant and cat friend
and going at a wren
i warmed up, kicked ass
fully under a deadline
pulling blood through a bad rhyme
from Paint by Numbers, Vol. 1,
released February 25, 2022
Andy Polito - drums
Dillon Peralta - guitar
Tamara Simons - bass
Kenny Becker - guitar, vocals, synth, drums, composer, engineer
Written, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Kenny Becker
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This reminds me of the Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers, which is where I hope it might lead some yet to experience the free-spirited authenticity of those refugees from the big smoke.
Big Thief sound more contemporary than the loose country-folk of the Creekdippers, but IMO it's Big Thief's countrified tunes that give this album it's cohesion. I hope they do travel further along this road and record America's next great album. They have the talent. tideracer