Friday, July 6, 2012

Bad Weather

1987 was Knees' last year of playing music in public. At the time he wrote this song he was till wondering what he would do about the dwindling demand for music in Las Cruces. Ten years before when he moved to Las Cruces there were a half dozen bars with bands playing nightly. By 1987 there were none. 

But he lucked out and got into home computers in the early 80s and was offered a job as the managing editor of LOADSTAR, a Commodore computer magazine out of Shreveport LA. If he had stayed with music he would have turned curmudgeon a decade or two before his time.

This song is unusual because it has a real, acoustic piano in it, instead of the usual electronic keyboard. It was hard for Knees to record because he is a lousy pianist and relies on the sustain pedal to cover up his mistakes. But he found when recording this song that every time he pressed or let up on the pedal it made a loud woomp sound on the recording. So he had to play the song without the pedal. 



Written: Southern California Interstate, 1987 

Knees was driving back from Riverside CA in a rainstorm when he wrote one of his most normal songs. He had been out to visit a high school friend and had chickened out of her challenge for him to tackle California. Knees, not known for his bravery, was an inertia kind of guy and found it difficult to make big changes in his life. But later that year he moved to Shreveport LA to begin his second career as magazine editor. Apparently he was brave enough to move if he already had a job lined up. Plus, Louisiana was about 1/10 as cruel as California is to migrants.
  
It’s rainin on the freeway
LA’s turnin shiny grey.
The people on the freeway
Don’t they work so hard to play?
It was rainin the first time we met
We waited it out together
An it may sound funny but you know sometimes
There’s somethin good about bad weather.

It was cold livin in Durango
The snow kept us close to home
Now when I’m in Durango
I go out into the cold
An remember all the times that
   we were snowed in,
I wanted them to last forever.
Cuz when you’re with the one you love
There’s somethin good about bad weather.

So let the lightnin flash
Let the thunder roar
Let the four winds blow
Let it snow some more.
Mmm, there’s somethin good about bad weather.

So we moved out to the Gulf Coast
The most peaceful place we’ve been
Now we walk out on the Gulf Coast
An watch the waves roll in.
Our love is stronger than a hurricane
It can only blow us closer together
Cuz when you’re with the one you love
There’s somethin good about bad weather.

So let the lightnin flash
Let the thunder roar
Let the four winds blow
Let it snow some more.
Mmm, there’s somethin good about bad weather.

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