65. Tender, Tender (A Song Study On Lyric Immediacy with Jocelyn Mackenzie)

DAY SIXTY-FIVE

Jocelyn Mackenzie

Pearl and the Beard had our first show of the Rebus McEntour 2010 in Philadelphia tonight.  It was awesome and sweaty.  Now, Jeremy has gone out with the guys (which Jocelyn and I encouraged because he will be spending two weeks with two girls in a cramped SUV- he needs to get guy time whenever he can get it.)

Jocelyn and I stayed in after the show, met some really great people and wrote a song for the 365.

Writing: Things happen when it’s late at night and you’re exhausted.  Jocelyn and I alternated writing each line.   Jocelyn had a sparkle on her face, so I wrote that as the first line.  Joc did the second, I did the third, etc.  The “santa on my blue, blue pants” links Jocelyn’s pajamas to this song: she has Santa lobsters on her blue pajamas; and “fragrant roses on your sheets” is the print that’s on the sheets on the bed where we’re sleeping.  “Egypt calling to my heart” is about the shirt Jocelyn was wearing to bed: it had Egypt on it.  All you need is some stuff and a way of singing about it, no?  I’ve talked about Jocelyn’s uncanny ability to write lyrics very randomly and quickly, and this is a good example of her influence in this song.  We wrote this in maybe 5-10 minutes or less.

Recording: We ran through it three times and recorded it once.  It peaks on the loud parts, but it’s okay.  This is a good exercise in just doing it… just do it!  Sometimes really interesting things come out, even if it won’t win awards, I now have a good memory with Jocelyn about tender, tender meats!

I hope your tender meats are so tender right now!  Stay warm and relaxed, and have some meats!   – EHP

Tender, Tender


Sparkle on your face
Sparkle in your eye
I don’t want to talk about it
I want to know why
It’s just a confusing mess
It’s a paradox of life
Candy colored rainbows
Make a unicorn my wife
Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow
Stab me in the chest you rugged beast
How, how, how, how, how, how, how
Tender, tender are your meats
Santa on my blue, blue pants
fragrant roses on your sheets
Egypt calling to my heart
Tender, tender are your meats
Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow
Stab me in the chest you rugged beast
How, how, how, how, how, how, how
Tender, tender are your meats
Sparkle on your face
Sparkle in your eye
I don’t want to talk about it

4 thoughts on “65. Tender, Tender (A Song Study On Lyric Immediacy with Jocelyn Mackenzie)

  1. Awe-sum. Now this is a real smile-maker Emily and Jocelyn! Have a great tour gals. Oh and please record the “they don’t know I love you song” when you get back, ok? The song is stuck in my head and I don’t know the lyrics – pure torture. The only antidote is a proper recording ASAP. I’m postive. Keep those meats tender and the cool ditties flowing! Caylin 🙂

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