SONG: Flip the Switch.


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ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: “Deep brain stimulation may help Alzheimer patient’s memories”,, 31 January 2008, as used in the post Memory on tap.

ABSTRACT: I’m not sure what it says about me that I read a story about a procedure that’ll give you absolute photographic recall of any one event in your past and my first thought is, “Well, there goes this relationship.” The memory being described here isn’t a real one, although I developed an inexplicable obsession with the image of bees crawling through gas stations after driving through Georgia in the mid 1990s, when I seemed to keep running into sad, desperate bees. Crawling on the concrete. So I wanted to write a nostalgic song The Zombies might have sung about the moment in which a girl gives the kind of ultimatum that both parties eventually sort of forget ever happened for the sake of domestic tranquility. Then I gave up on making the drums sound real and ran out of time to meddle with much of anything else, which is probably for the better. Simple seems to work.

As far as the recording goes,I think the lesson here is that one’s vocal performance improves once one no longer gives a damn about waking up the kids. (They stayed asleep, too.)