New Song: “Not Always (But Almost)”

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UPDATE (3/12/11): By request I’m adding a little background on this song. It sort of pieced itself together over a long period of time, pulling inspiration from some pretty diverse sources. Last November, after watching my favorite movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox I immediately recorded the music that became the first minute and a half of this song. I was finished in just a couple of hours. There were no drums yet, no lyrics, and none of the outro you hear after about 1:40 into the song. You could say that in my head, it SOUNDED the way Fantastic Mr. Fox LOOKS:

I was going to leave the song as an instrumental and call it “If What I Think is Happening, IS Happening” after my favorite line in the movie.

Then I started thinking about posting it for January’s download, so I wrote the lyrics and recorded the drums, but I felt like it needed something more. That’s when I recorded a version of what became the outro based on the song “Can You Get to That” by Funkadelic. But it came out sounding TOO much like that song, so I put it on hold to finish later. I got back to it last month and changed up the outro’s melody. The last piece of the puzzle came after reading Romans 7:15-19:

“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate… I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”

I added the outro lyrics based on that, and I thought it tied everything else together.

So, start with a Wes Anderson stop-motion animated film based on a book by Roald Dahl. Add a song from a 1971 Funkadelic album. Top it off with a quote from The New Testament. Mix all that together and apparently it comes out sounding like “Not Always (But Almost)”