Soma

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Bridging the gap between my very weird songs and my normal song songs makes this song even weirder. At the time of writing this song I was in a rut, everything I did came back to boring common progressions. So I rolled with it. This song is mostly a chord progression found in the 50's. The intention was to take something that should be very nice and work well and make it very not nice and not work well.

I write music for headphones and this song is no exception, so to make it as not work well as possible I made the lyrics, amongst many other things, series of statements against current isolationist music culture. Though I love isolationist music culture personally. I think of any song I've ever done this has the most thought behind every level of it, and I'm not talking about the wordy lyrics, more why they're wordy.

lyrics

This is a song inspired by Captain Beefheart called "Soma".
This song compares the idea that music is used as a drug
In the same way that the drug "Soma" is
Against the critical and cynical point of view of music
Presented by Captain Beefheart in his "Trout Mask Replica".

(That's right)

Listening to music on your own can be seen as the highest form of narcissism,
You exclude everybody from experiencing music in the same way that you do.
Wouldn't Karl Marx be so proud you've found your opium in an acoustic organism,
But it's okay, I've made this accompanied solitude just for you.

Soma Soma Soma
Enjoy this while you can
Soma Soma Soma
This is how music works
Soma Soma Soma
Enjoy this if you can
Soma Soma Soma
How does music work?

"Synthesisers are people" some madman shouts down the street,
But it's okay, you ignore him and go back to eating your Soylent Green.
Your aestheticised urban space looks so tidy and neat,
It's so easy to keep 1's and 0's clean.

Soma Soma Soma
Enjoy this while you can
Soma Soma Soma
This is how music works
Soma Soma Soma
Enjoy this if you can
Soma Soma Soma
How does music work?

I'm pretty sure this is music,
But I can never be sure,
I don't really know
What people think anymore.

Soma Soma Soma
Enjoy this while you can
Soma Soma Soma
This is how music works
Soma Soma Soma
Enjoy this if you can
Soma Soma Soma
How does music work?

credits

from So This, released November 15, 2016
All Instruments and Vocals - David Cooper

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Barabajagal Dunedin, New Zealand

Barabajagal are a band who make music.

It's pretty ok stuff really.

It's rooted in psychedelia but incorporates so many genres that it doesn't really seem too definable. But it's ok with that.

Despite being a kiwi band the songwriter is actually rather English, so whenever he sings you'd be hard pressed to go "wow, those kiwis huh". Still, New Zealand-ish.

Pronounced Bah-Rabba-Jaggle.
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