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We argued a lot, my band. Nothing ever came together. Nothing ever made sense. We were all music theory students. We could go on for hours about Aeolian cadences and middle-eights and when's the right time for pianissimo, but all of our arrangements invariably looked like this:

4 drum
4 norm
12 solo
4 spodie odie
8 verse
4 shit
4 no shit
4 norm
8 verse
4 shit
4 no shit
8 spodie odie
4 shit
4 no shit
4 spodie odie
4 solo
4 solo + Why don't you get it?

James is now a plant manager at GM. Tim sells insurance. Wade teaches typing at Choate and I play solo drums in clubs in small Southern towns. It's a living.

Date Written: December 06, 2004
Author: The Rid
Average Vote: 1.6667

12/15/2004 Will Disney: Someone explain that middle part!
12/15/2004 TheBuyer: spodie odie is an old country song that Hank III covers/changed, the rest of it is, damnit there goes my phone.
12/15/2004 TheBuyer (1): sorry about that, ...is crap.
12/15/2004 anonymous: This needs to invoke more pathos.
12/15/2004 Turgid: Was Wade the keyboard player?
12/15/2004 anonymous: "Spodie odie" refers to a section of the song that sounds like the "spodie odie" section from Billy Idol's cover of The Doors' "LA Woman," strictly in terms of rhythm.
12/15/2004 anonymous: Wade was not the keyboardist, strangely enough.
12/15/2004 anonymous: DISNEY: The middle part is what the band would write out and use as the arrangement for the song when playing live. For example, "4 drum" means four bars of drum intro; "8 verse" means eight bars of the verse feel, etc. The joke being that these knuckleheads who know all this technical musical jargon revert to the basest forms of communication for their own tunes. I dunno, maybe it's not funny.
12/15/2004 The Rid: Whew! Buyer, it's a little obtuse, but one star?
12/15/2004 hagit mizrachy: I recall "drinkin'wine spodie odie" from my jump blues days. However, dear author, it appears that more recently it is you who has been drinking wine. A HA HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
12/15/2004 hagit mizrachy (2): Oh yes, and one star each for Aeolian and Choate, because they remind me of my younger days.
12/15/2004 TheBuyer: Rid - I don't think it would be fair to this author to poop on this short any more than I have already.
12/15/2004 anonymous: Areolar cadences. Now that's what I'm talking about.
12/15/2004 Litcube (2): Not (really) sloppy, but unfunny/uninteresting.
12/15/2004 Streifenbeuteldachs: I'm afraid to vote, because I don't understand grafs two through eighteen.
12/16/2004 The Rid: Yeah, well, you can't win 'em all.
12/16/2004 Litcube: Sorry, Rid. I guess we were just having a bad day.
12/16/2004 Mr. Joshua: What about Texxx? Where the shit is Texxx?