Slacked off a bit in posting the Design A Song images I’ve been doing, so to catch up, here are the entries for weeks 3 to 10:
Design a Song, week 3: “An Ocean In Between the Waves” by the War On Drugs, from 2014′s “Lost in the Dream” album. Favorite song on favorite record of the year.
Design a Song, week 4: “St. Francis Dam Disaster” (2001) by Frank Black and the Catholics, about the catastrophic 1928 dam failure & flood in Ventura County, but from the river’s point of view. Stylistic hat tip to the brilliant Favianna Rodriguez
Design a Song, week 5: “The Fly” by U2. You never really grow out of the songs you love at 16. Well, maybe some people do, but I haven’t. Can anybody name all 16 famous faces here?
Design a Song, week 6: “Comfort Eagle” by Cake (2001). Quick & dirty, ham-fisted extrapolation of their epic music biz marketing takedown. If I turn into the guy in this song, I know I’ll be going to hell, dude.
Design a Song, week 7: “Synchronicity II” by the Police (1983). Pretentious psychological melodrama + the Loch Ness Monster = my favorite song when I was about 8 years old.
Design a Song, week 8: “Saints” by the Breeders (1993). I assume this is St. Kim of Ohio, who will always be a big deal.
Design a Song, week 9: “Would That Not Be Nice” by the Divine Fits (2012). Antony and Cleopatra in Minneapolis powered by the greatest big dumb bass line of all time. What’s not to love?
Design a Song, week 10 (the current one): “Beyond Belief” (at top of post) by Elvis Costello & the Attractions, a pop-art/Mary Worth/Apartment 3-G melodrama allegedly about his obsession with supermodel Bebe Buell. I used to work with a woman who memorized these lyrics as a teenager to impress a guy she liked who was a Costello fan. This is supposed to be her face when she sang them to him.