Week 1: First Impression

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Mount Everest - First Impression Featured Performers:
Jesse Mitchell Lindsey
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You thank your god
That you’re not kidding yourself

That it’s a beautiful time to be alive

You wonder why
Sometimes, Kid you gotta lie
Like the truth don’t seem right

You’ve got 29 lives
I’ve been living in the dark
Your impression: I’ve been careless with my heart

You’ve been looking for my bones
I’ve been buried in the yard
My impression: You were reckless from the start

It’s good you’ve had this thought
That the autumn was crying
Like the sun got caught

You said to me
One day we’d all be awake
And remember this war
Like a hollywood remake

You’ve got 29 lives
I’ve been living in the dark
Your impression: I’ve been careless with my heart

You’ve been looking for my bones
I’ve been buried in the yard
My impression: You were reckless from the start

My first impression throwing daggers in the dark
That there’s a con which means of course that I’m the mark
And everybody knows except for me
‘Cuz it’s a silent earth

You’ve got 29 lives
I’ve been living in the dark
Your impression: I’ve been careless with my heart

You’ve been looking for my bones
I’ve been buried in the yard
My impression: You were reckless from the start

I’ve told 99 lies
And it’s a lesson for my heart
Good intentions they’ve been tearing me apart

I’ve been cursing at the moon
And I’ve been buried in my art
My impression I’ve been reckless from the start


Notes:
My favorite thing about this song is that before last Tuesday it didn’t exist at all. I’ve had several songs on the burner in anticipation of the launch of this site. It would have been relatively simple for me to pick one out and finish it up to get this site going, but instead I decided to get into the spirit of this project by creating something totally new. I was eager to learn about my strengths and limitations when faced with a ticking clock, and I suppose that’s the point of this whole endeavor.

This song had it’s guts ripped out a few times in the process of reaching this website, which I consider a good thing. Of course there are still things that I would change, but that’s life. I’m not going to mention what they are. I’ll just let it speak for itself.

First Impression is pretty synthed out which I’m not totally used to doing by my self. Usually Nick Mastors rips the synth lines with me, so I had a lot of fun trying that role on for size. I hope you like it, and I hope that whether or not you do, you’ll come back to see what’s coming down the pipe for next week.

Before I go, I’d like to extend a warm thank you for all of the messages of encouragement that I’ve received over the past couple of days. It’s amazingly wonderful to see the level of enthusiasm that so many people have conveyed about this concept. It is also amazingly wonderful to see that so many of my friends care that this thing gets off the ground. Thank you in particular to Marissa Block who forwarded a link to this site to a good many of her friends, and to anyone else spreading the word that I might not yet know about.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.

~Jesse

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The tallest damn thing in the world…

In my bedroom I have a computer, and plugged into my computer are all sorts of wires and instruments and microphones and speakers. They light up and I command them to make sounds. I am a member of a growing class of home recordists and songwriters who all have one thing in common: nobody is listening. Tonight that changes.

I’m still a young man and perhaps that’s why despite many setbacks I still believe in my ability to be a famous musician. Each band I start does slightly better than the last and then implodes. This time I thought I’d start a blog instead — a blog that is a band.

I will blog a new song at 12 noon (e.s.t.) every Monday. The point of this is to make songwriting and recording into a practice and to transform listening into a forum. I write music all of the time, but implementing this structure will force me to make choices and to take chances with ideas and sounds. I will enlist the help of other musicians and artists wherever and whenever I can (most notably Nick Mastors who will be a cornerstone of this initiative whenever he can be). I will create a space where music is a dialogue and creation is constant.

The music will be fast and dirty. It will be a reflection of the immediacy of ideas. Or perhaps it will be fully fleshed out, thoughtful, and meticulous. Whatever it will be, we are soon to find out. To quote a master philosopher, musician, friend, and frequent collaborator,”I don’t really know, because I don’t know.”

In my bedroom I play in a rock blog and I’m hoping that many of you will collaborate, participate, listen, criticize, and contribute. It’s called Mount Everest because that’s the tallest damn thing in the world.

New music launches Monday, November 22nd at high noon.

~Jesse

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