It’s always hard to say what a song or group of songs are about. It’s no different for those on Renmin Park, but I’ll give it a shot;….abandoned children, abandoned mothers….governments and their fetish for leather and steel…alienation…sights seen, voices heard, friendships formed….personal histories, myths, stories told…the incalculable advantage of the alternate perspective…the great divide, romance, the addictive rush of the broken heart…the benefit of early morning exercise….discovery….giraffes and small dogs….the capacity of the human mind for great harm…the capacity of the human heart for great good….diesel fumes….beauty and fear…scapegoats, heroes, and villains and the fine line that divides them all… inevitability…cultural appropriation, perhaps…human nature, mother nature…mercilessness….English philosophers…people.
Here are a couple of final mixes:
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Lovely lyrics on Little Dark Heart. Is it a waltz–like the soundtrack to a Saturday-night church social? Nice mix; lush production. Dig the back vox, Mike, on Cicadas; it buzzes; it’s funky. If you segued to I Don’t Want To Be A Soldier in concert you’d slay us all. (Have you ever played that live? I don’t believe you have.) I’ve said all along you can dance to Cowboy Junkies.
Nothing like a slow sad waltz. I first heard Little Dark Heart performed in Evanston, IL and then two nights later in Milwaukee, WI both times sitting next to my best friend Andrea whom I was visiting in Chicago. It was confirmed; this is my new anthem. It speaks to me at this time of mourning the sudden loss of my husband who passed away 4 months ago of an aortic aneurysm at the age of 42. Beyond this, I think it speaks to me in general because it touches at the very core. Sitting here now back in my empty flat in Athens, Greece I want to thank you, Mike, for you have done it yet again.
Since I am a lyrics-based person and write poetry myself, I am wondering if these lyrics are in print form yet. I would love to see them written down though I realize it is a bit early.
Also, not included above but also very dear to my heart in this new batch is the song Stranger Here both for its existentialist pursuit and its resonance to always being a stranger in a strange land both here and there.
Loukia, thanks for sharing. It was a pleasure meeting you and seeing Andrea again in Milwaukee.
Thnx Jason. Likewise.
I guess Mike doesn’t read this.
Thanks Mike- Love ‘em both- When will the Clubhouse Subscription be up for $? I’m ready!!!
Great stuff as always…Hoping to see the CJ’s in Australia sometime…please ( :
Hi Mike, thanks for the reply. That is good to hear. It was wonderful to see you again as well.
Love all your “doing”music! :) Please come to Sweden sometime…
I truly like your blog, please keep posting.
I loved little dark heart so much as soon as I heard it that I recorded a cover version as a sound experiment-I’m learning to use virtual studios. I posted it on youtube and hope no one takes it the wrong way. I was just so blown away by this song!!!
I am a newbie. Just borrowed Rarites, B Sides from a friend and am wowed by Sad to See the Season Go. It is spookily on to where I’m at and I’m impressed with the lyrics. I “tabbed” it (well, chords and lyrics anyway). I’d like to post it. Suggestions where to? I use Chordie for searching but that’s not a database. In this post you say the songs are about, among other things “the addictive rush of the broken heart”. That’s a wicked thing to ponder, let alone write about. Guess I’ll have to dig into the band to see what’s going on here.