Friday, December 12, 2014

Songwriting 101: Strand Of Oaks "Goshen '97"

Posts tagged "songwriting 101" showcase what I think of as exceptional songwriting.  Today, let's have a listen to Strand of Oaks "Goshen '97".

Aside from sounding great (due in large part to solos by Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascus), this song has a great drive.  It's hard and contemporary sounding, but the synths give a nice little nod to the music of the '80s.  Besides being vivid, these lyrics have a lot of resonance for me - I can relate to this song so goddamned well.  At some point, I'll write about the first song I ever taught myself on bass from start to finish.  Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" as done by the Minutemen.  It was like this song - I was suspended from school, so I locked myself in my room and just made that room my universe for a few hours.  I was lonely too, but happy as hell.

Granted, I wasn't "singing Pumpkins in the mirror", but this song definitely translates to what I went through as a younger man.




"Goshen '97" by Strand of Oaks
I was rotting in the basement 
Buying Casios with my friend 
Then I found my dad's old tape machine 
Thats where the magic began 

I was lonely, I was having fun 
I was lonely, but I was having fun 

I don't want to start over again 

Singing Pumpkins in the mirror 
Porn and menthols under my bed 
Before I was fat drunk and mean 
Everything still lied ahead 

I was lonely, I was having fun 
I was lonely, but I was having fun 

I don't want to start over again…

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