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The Kris N. Song of the Week

THE KRIS N. SONG OF THE WEEK (Vol. 2)

The “Song of the Week” is a way for me to continue to write songs and share them without all the hard work and time it takes to put together a formal release. (* Editor's Note: "The Thankful Parade" is brilliant and everyone should own a copy). Every week I will post a song on poptek.com as I did with "Vol. 1" so many years ago. They will not sound good and will no doubt have a very one and two-take kind of feel. But I have always loved the honesty of these kinds of recordings. 

This time around I will try to include a short commentary (sometimes not so short) about each song. I hope this will further highlight the honesty of these recordings and songwriting.

Music can be spontaneous, full of mistakes, and moving all at the same time. I simply hope if you stop in from time to time you will find something you enjoy.- KRIS N.


SHADYSIDE, PA

This song is many years old, but still holds as true as ever. I jotted most of these lines down while staying at the Shadyside Inn in Pittsburgh, PA. Lindsey and I went there to see the Black Keys. Fun fact: they are our band. The whole night was so fun and carefree. I just remember a feeling of not knowing or caring what time it was and that is how the main hook came about. “1,2,3 a.m. I am in your eyes tonight and you’re still fucking perfect.”

For years I toyed with this song, but never quite loved it until I got Lindsey to sing it. Her voice is so lovely and unique. Sometimes I catch her singing around the house and sometimes it’s not rap music. Either way I still love it. Her voice somehow makes the song so much less cheesy. More like the right amount of cheesy I’m used too.


OH WELL, ORWELL

I know the title is perversely pretentious. But as Andy recently told me, “pretentious ages well.” There’s no big political statement hidden in this collection of words, but more of an observation about who we are. Our social structures try to categorize us and put us into this group or that group. Dividing us and changing our identities into political parties and ideologies. 

Social media has furthered many of these narratives. Facebook has totally changed the meaning of the saying “keeping up with the Joneses.” We now try to keep up with the Jones’s friends and their friend’s friends. All the while forgetting what really makes us happy. This is what I am referring to with the line "our Facebook walls chase waterfalls." 

I just think it’s sad that we are so conscious of the image we portray to one another. As well as how we perceive other people to be from the small snapshots they share. People will like your pictures, but are they really happy for you? It seems to me that real and true connections have become more difficult to obtain even though these platforms were designed to keep us all connected. (That being said feel free to share and like this on the social media platform of your choice:).

Also this song is going up first because of my affection for Bobby Kennedy and this week being the 50th anniversary of his death. I honestly think a lot about how our country would be different had he lived to become president. That may be a naive statement, but it is the way I choose to believe. 

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”- Robert Kennedy