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We have our moments. June 17, 2010

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So says Jacob. Here is our new single, Sleepwalking (with a small error). (You can also access the video version; no errors, but also no cool overlays.) It’s less than 24 hours old and happened from start to finish in 4 hours last night.

Peace. (It’s no accident.)

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Whiskey is Water, Water is Wine June 16, 2010

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Are you confused by that title (or at least what it has to do with us)? Well, then, just wait until you hear our new single, OK. If you hear a word you don’t understand I probably made it up. We’re still counting thirteen or so tracks per digital collection which means it’s time to start a new one. We welcome the Hopeful Romantic collection with our newest single, Slow-Moving Kidnapper (Song for David Carr).

Moxy Früvous has this great song called Stuck in the 90s. I like them. And I, like them, am at times stuck in the 90s, especially when it comes to songwriting. I was in high school from 1990-94, and many things got crystallized in that time, like the scenes in our new single, Slow-Moving Kidnapper (Song for David Carr). I am quite sure Mr. Carr will not recognize himself in it, but it’s essentially how I think I would have felt reading his memoir at the tender age of thirteen when I was reading and rereading Paul Zindel’s The Pigman instead. (Check out the new sidebar on books.)

Also, heartfelt congratulations to our album designer Kristin Summers on the birth of her daughter, Baby Red Bat. A tribute is, inevitably, on its way.

Peace.

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This is the way we write the songs we sing. June 3, 2010

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Jacob and I live 720 miles apart and do almost all of our songwriting at a distance, online. (I think last November before our CD release party at NDC for ODC — did you get all that? — there was some tomfoolery involving a dead opossum, a video camera and a 67-key piano that might constitute in-person collaboration, but that is by far the exception, rather than the rule.)

So, often, and so often, people ask us how we do what we do, being at such a distance and with such a non-traditional arrangement. (Although being only 7 miles apart and online would likely present the same challenges.) When a local newspaper covered our November performance, the journalist seemed more interested in our long-distance collaboration dynamic than in its results (i.e. the songs, man), but I digress…

The real answer to how this works is that we both have tons of ideas and day jobs that leave open and fertile several mental channels for hatching the beginnings of songs. We also have a somewhat unusual history that I like to refer to as our “2 going on 12 years” of co-writing, so yes, to say it happens in fits and starts is an understatement. Another version of how it happens is in our new song, Echos and Gales.

Keep your fingers crossed for a December gig at New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, and stay tuned for posts about two other new songs, OK — a glimpse into the origins of my Twitter bio — and Slow-Moving Kidnapper (Song for David Carr) about how I am processing his memoir, The Night of the Gun.

Peace.

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What do Diountou and Twitter Have in Common? February 22, 2010

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Diountou is a village in rural Guinea where my friend Jesse Thyne served as a Peace Corps Volunteer until he was killed in a car accident on January 7, 2000. It is also the natal village of Amadou Diallo, and you can learn more about the Thyne-Diallo coincidences in Micah Schaffer’s documentary Death of Two Sons.

Last month on the tenth anniversary of Jesse’s death I reflected on what he had taught me and what he would tell me to do with my emotions that day. The result is our new song You Would Say to Laugh, downloadable on our website.

Jesse Thyne, 1975-2000

Jesse's "Spare Parts" in Thies, Senegal, Summer 1998

While the Diallo connection might get Jesse to Twitter in fewer steps, the connection here is that I am also announcing the release of our first song about Twitter (I am working on another called One Forty), this one called On a Wire is also available on our website. Enjoy them both!

Peace.

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Marlee and Jack February 1, 2010

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I was so moved by I’ll Scream Later that I had to write a song about it. Our newest finished song, Marlee and Jack, is an attempt to describe the beautiful complexities of Marlee Matlin’s relationship with her longtime colleague and interpreter Jack Jason. Visit our site to download Marlee and Jack as an MP3.

Jack Jason and Marlee Matlin on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 2009

Jack Jason and Marlee Matlin on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, May 2009

Two other songs, On a Wire, and You Would Say to Laugh: A Tribute to Jesse Thyne, are wending their way through Jacob’s guitar. In the meantime, Eileen is wearing out the Magnetic Fields’ new album Realism.

Peace.

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First Song of the Decade January 6, 2010

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Yes, we are (unequivocally, in parentheses) on that side of the decade debate. Our Love Life is our newest song — another honest to goodness love song — so I can no longer say I have written just one of those. Sorry for the circuitous path to this tune but we hope you enjoy the journey.

Peace,

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Small Pond… December 10, 2009

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Thank you to Kristina Rowley of the Gazette for covering our performance, no pun intended. One small correction, the song about Greenbelt is called The Typewriter Song. Our next performance is TBD.

Thanks to Kristina’s article, Peace Corps has asked to use our song “Carrying Water” in its educational curriculum titled Water in Africa. I guess that means we should put it on our next album!

What’s the deal with our websites? Well we started with this one, which is good for streaming. (Scroll down and hover on any of the highlighted song titles to play them with an embedded audio player.) Unfortunately, the server space we were using is no longer accessible to us since I, er, graduated from the Catholic University of America, whose IT folks were unwittingly supporting our music. (We do have one song about Pope Benedict’s visit to campus last year, which is perhaps a fair exchange.) So those links will expire any day now. It will be a lesson in impermanence (and in using student server space to launch a music career.)

Then we exhausted the free storage space on our Google site, where the MP3s are all attachments, which is functional but a little less than stylish.

Regardless, nothing should stop you from listening to our music free of charge or re-mixing us, and if you want the plastic version of Open During Construction, please email us.

Thanks for listening.

Peace.

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