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Track count: 10 tracks
Instrumentation: Big Letter-Holding Spring, Thunder Drum spring, Vietnamese Jaw Harp, Frog Scraper, Piece of sheet metal, Latin Percussion drum machine, Whistling, dropping things, Sally in the booth nudging bells.
What happened was this. I was boxing up some stuff to take out and sell - summer is an oddly lean time for composers, and I am, how you say, broke. And I pulled this vintage kitschy letter holder I'd gotten a few years ago at Goodwill off the shelf to toss into a box for ReRun. And I idly strummed it, and lo, I was amazed. And into the studio it went. Reprieve!
So this weeks song is played entirely on different kinds of springs. The letter holder got a contact mic slapped onto it, and the thunder drum - essentially a cardboard tube with a skin covering one end that has a long spring attached to the center of it - got recorded too.
I used a Latin Percussion drum machine, and partway through the song replaced all the sounds in it with the spring sounds. Also played a jaw harp and did some wacky pitch and time tricks.
The title is a nod to the Frank Zappa song, "It Just Might Be A One Shot Deal," which features a bedspring solo. It was one of my first introductions to musicians using household objects to make music, and I will never forget it. That album, and Pink Floyd's "Umma Gumma" LP, warped my young mind for good. (Thanks, Ole!)
Well, to be fair, a LOT of the music I listened to then was pretty warp-inducing. And I will be forever grateful.
Thanks for listening - Enjoy!