Article: 288748 of talk.bizarre From: Ronan Waide <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: talk.bizarre Subject: downpour and outpour Date: 03 Dec 1996 00:37:31 +0000 Organization: EUnet Ireland customer Lines: 67 Message-ID: <email@example.com> 'and the rain keeps falling...' John wrote that song, oh, God knows when. I found it one day in April '95 while I was poking through his tapes, looking for stuff he'd recorded - picking an unmarked 90-minute cassette at random, slapping it in the tape deck and letting it run its length. There was a lot of stuff there. '...it lingers on like you...' John's a born musician. He's one of these people who writes songs the way most people sleep - it's something unconcious, almost, something that costs him no visible effort. I've been in a band with him, and I've jammed with him, and improv was always our best set. '...the rain keeps falling...' John's a keyboard player at heart; back in school when I was listening to Guns'N'Roses and their ilk, John was listening to Sakamoto, Sylvian, oh, I dunno, Japan, stuff like that. Bands or artists I'd never heard of, most of the time. This made for some amusing jamming sessions and band arguments. Frequently. '...down.' Anyway, as I said, John's a keyboard player. To this end, he got himself a Korg M-1 Music Workstation[tm] while he was in college. This is one of these hybrid synth/pre-programmed keyboard/sequencer type systems that are the driving force behind bands like Utah Saints. The sequencer section is an 8-track gadget with punch-in, punch-out, bounce, all that sort of stuff. I put together a cover of a Shamen song with one in 1993, and I'm by no means a keyboard player. This thing could essentially make a record for you, modula some professional recording and mixing. 'it was so easy...' So. There I was, listening to all this amazing stuff that John put together with his keyboard and slapped onto a few simple little two-track cassettes that noone ever listened to. And this really haunting yet simultaneously catchy song comes on. '...making love with you...' It was one of those pieces that, if he'd actually gone to the trouble of getting it recorded and released, would have gone straight into numero uno and stayed there. It lodged in your brain. I only listened to it two, maybe three times before I moved out and lost track of John, but it still comes back to me whenever I'm out in the rain. Just the chorussy bits, mind, I didn't get enough of the verses to learn them. '...but now the rain keeps falling...' It's raining outside. '...down.' Waider.  At least, that's what they used when they supported U2 on the ZooTV tour.  Last seen working in a bookshop in Milton Keynes, one of the lower circles of Hell. -- firstname.lastname@example.org / Yes, it is very personal of me. Sometimes a metaphor is just a metaphor.