Week 33 // 201776

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I’m dying to believe
That someone knows the truth
That it’s only history
That’s keeping people cruel
If we forgot what kept us captive we could change the rules

And everyone who knows
What’s keeping us alive
Is holding something close
They’re getting something right
They’re on your street and in your building holding up the light

You’ve got your country in your heart
And days like these will run you through
We tore the continent apart
It’s not too late to rescue you

And every time I cry
It’s like being made brand new
America should try
It’s the best thing she could do
She’d let it out and watch the decade pass to comfort you

You’ve got your country in your heart
And days like these will run you through
We tore the continent apart
It’s not too late to rescue you

Notes
 width= Happy Independence Day! Today’s holiday is the thematic inspiration for this week’s song which is called 201776. The song is meant to be an optimistic answer to the broad pessimism that exists within, and about America these days. Sure, times are tough out there, but it is in no way too late for America. I choose to celebrate Independence Day as a recognition of the ideal of this country, rather than the often imperfect manifestation of that ideal. There are good, kind people all over America, and that is awesome. At several points, the song is sung to a personified version of this country. I sing to her and I encourage her to have a good cry. I reassure her that it isn’t too late for her to be rescued. I acknowledge that she’s had it tough, and I try to empathize. With no hint of irony, I would like to take this moment to reflect on how amazing it is to be in America. I promise to try my best to treat her well. I hope you do too.

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

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Bonus Track!

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Cameron Parks - Love Story (By Taylor Swift) Featured Performers:
Cameron Parks

Today we have a special bonus track! This is Love Story by Taylor Swift as sung by my young niece, Cami. She is very talented. At such a young age it is evident that she has a great career ahead of her. Way to go Cami!

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Week 32: One Square Inch Of Silence

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John Goodridge
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Every time I think about the consequence
Everyone but me
And every now and then we’ll try again to fill it up and then
Hurry back to sleep

If you give it an inch
If you gave it your all
You’d be taking a mile
And all the time that you’ve spent
And all the places you’ve been
Might show you what it all meant
If you could listen a while

And all the time I think about the government
What is that to me?
And all the silence left to fade
The world is like an elephant
Full of memories

If you give it an inch
If you gave it your all
You’d be taking a mile
And all the time that you’ve spent
And all the places you’ve been
Might show you what it all meant
If you could listen a while

Notes
 width=This week’s song takes its name from an extremely compelling conservation project called One Square Inch of Silence. The project is the brainchild of Gordon Hempton, a “sound tracker” who makes recordings of ambient noise both in cities and in the wilderness. His goal is to protect one square inch of land in Olympic National Park (Washington) from all man-made sound pollution. By lobbying to reroute air traffic and limit road development in the area, creating a silent square inch actually protects hundreds of miles of land. You can go there and hear something you will not hear in a city, or your home town, or in most natural settings. You can hear pure, un-altered natural silence. As it turns out, this natural silence is full of sound, and you can listen to all of it without interruption. If you want to know more about it, visit the project’s website, or check out the book by Gordon Hempton and John Grossmann.

My song is weird! The lyrics are a little strange, and the concepts are broad. Also, I must thank John Goodridge who provided some percussion on an electric drum kit during the chorus sections.

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

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Week 31 // Ten Billion Truths (The Tender Part Of Your Soul)

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In the early days
We found the proof
Ten thousand years
Ten billion truths

And human beings
We’ve got so much more
We got animal parts
With hearts that soar
And hearts that rage
In the dead of night
We got so many ways
To describe the light

When something pulls
At your barest soul
And you leave it behind
Well it leaves a hole

Fill it with the pieces that you brought with you long ago
Dig it like a tunnel to the tender part of your soul

And one of these days
We might understand
That the things we’ve done
Have stayed on our hands

And I’ll sit in the rain
Feeling every drop
I can’t stay the same
Though I tried to stop

If your mind forgets
All the things it knows
Something must hang on
You’ll fill the holes

Fill it with the pieces that you brought with you long ago
Dig it like a tunnel to the tender part of your soul

Notes
 width=This week’s song is about the feeling you get when it is time to give up something that has been a huge part of you. It is about the hole that is left in you when you give up a big part of yourself. I thought for a while about how particular that emotion is; how specifically human it is. The very existence of this emotion is wrapped up in how we construct our identities. This is something that seems to be unique to us in the animal kingdom, so I began to wonder about the first people who could truly feel this. Perhaps that was the moment when we first became human. I thought of all the billions of people walking around with these feelings, and those who preceded them, and I started to realize that with so much collective experience with having a hole in one’s heart, there is bound to be somebody out there who knows how to mend it. In the context of this song, that is the meaning of hope: that in all the combined experience of mankind and our ancestors, somebody knows how to properly deal with a hard feeling. The song is written in broad conceptual strokes, which seems to be appropriate since the topic of the song is so broad and conceptual. Of course it comes from a specific place, but I won’t get into it so you can superimpose your own specifics over it. I worry that if I always describe in detail exactly why I wrote a song, I’ll rob listeners of extracting their own meaning. Do you have a hole that you are trying to fill in? It’s okay, I think most of us do.

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

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Week 30: I Am My Evil Twin

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Oh see the sun
Oh the sigh
Oh the light
Everyone
Earns the right
To be kinder
To be right

And I am my evil twin
At least it’s a phase I’m in
I gotta look out for me
I’ve got no sympathy
I’ve got something deep inside
And it’s good It knows where to hide
And it’s hard doing what is right
It’s hard enough being alive

Oh come to me
Other half
I am we
And perhaps
Earn the right
To be righteous
To be right

And I am my evil twin
At least it’s a phase I’m in
I gotta look out for me
I’ve got no sympathy
I’ve got something deep inside
And it’s good It knows where to hide
And it’s hard doing what is right
It’s hard enough being alive

Notes
 width=It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this for thirty whole weeks, but it’s true. Today I submit a song about the duality of the state of being human. It is called I Am My Evil Twin, because in a way we all are (except for those of you who literally have an evil twin — Jon and Andrew I’m looking your way). What do I mean by this? I mean that nobody can be good all of the time, especially when some people struggle to be good any of the time. I don’t mean that people are inherently bad, I mean that they are fundamentally imperfect, and try as we might to do the right thing, we are bound to screw it up now and then. When we do screw it up, it will probably be totally avoidable. If there is a message to this song, it is to try to identify your better half and your worse half. This won’t necessarily mean that you’ll always listen to the little angel on your shoulder, but perhaps you might learn to recognize from time to time that it is really the little devil in disguise.

New in this song? Two basses at once! I had to make up for the complete lack of bass guitar over the past month or so. To give it a purpose I am pretending that it was intended to represent the struggle between good and evil taking place inside of us all. But really, all basses are evil.

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

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Notice:

Beginning this week (Week 30) all of my new songs will be posted at 3:00pm (eastern) rather than my traditional noon post-time. I have noticed (through some complex and sophisticated statistical analysis) that my site traffic doesn’t begin to pick up until after 3:00 on Mondays which makes my noon launch seem rather early. This change will allow me a few extra hours to make sure my song rocks. If my calculations are correct, hardly anybody will notice that I have changed anything at all! In the spirit of transparency: I have pondered making this switch for months, but I am compelled to do it this week because I am extremely doubtful that my new song will be finished by noon. So sue me!

Here’s hoping that the three hour span between noon and three doesn’t suck,
Jesse

P.S.
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Week 29: A Gathering Of Friends

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I made my way back home
I left my friends behind
I thought of all the ways
It’s hard to say goodbye
Taking little pieces with you on the drive

She danced to bid farewell
In the language of her home
By the ocean in the sun
For the people she has known
And our hearts were spilling over to the bone

And the lives that we lead these days
Do conspire to keep dearest friends away
And we’d meet in better circumstances

Perhaps when next we meet again
We’ll toast the wedding of a friend
Perhaps new life will prompt the day
A gathering of friends another way

A tribute to a life
Lived in the rarest form
A celebration, yes
But the hardest kind of course
And her spirit kept away the coming storm

And blessed would we be
To have these kinds of friends
And family abound
And the messages they send
To receive them in the end

And the lives that we lead these days
Do conspire to keep dearest friends away
And we’d meet in better circumstances

Perhaps when next we meet again
We’ll toast the wedding of a friend
Perhaps new life will prompt the day
A gathering of friends another way

Notes
 width=My weekend was spent in the pursuit of remembrance. I attended an “Irish Wake” and a subsequent memorial service. I have to say that it was the most beautiful service of its kind that I have ever been to. The Maine coast was sun-drenched and windswept. Those who gathered for the service were clad in bright colors, and brought with them a spirit of celebration. It was a sombre yet hopeful occasion to be sure; much different than the festivities of the night before. Many tears were shed, but nowhere were the dogmatic ritual, or artificial theatrics of a typical memorial service. It was so very genuine and fitting of the wonderful woman that we had gathered to remember. Some thoughts struck me as I spoke with old friends who were in attendance. People kept saying things like “It is so good to see you… If only it were under better circumstances.” I considered these sorts of remarks and wondered if similar circumstances would be prominent in my continued contact with certain friends. In my heart I know that I have many more weddings to look forward to in the near future than funerals. But saying a final goodbye makes you think about everyone who is still here. If we’ve got friends that we might not see if not for a funeral, perhaps we aren’t making the best of the time we’ve got with friends. This song is about saying goodbye, and recommitting to those who are still here.

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

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Week 28 // I’m So Full Of Shit

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Everywhere I’ve gone is nowhere at all
And everything I’ve done is nothing at all
And everyone I know is doing it all
And look at what I’ve seen, not looking at all

And I’m so full of shit
Do I hear myself?
All the doubt amounts to nothing
And the worry is something I could do without
Just this one time 
I’m gonna be on my own side

I don’t try hard enough to get anywhere
I never stand up to show that I really care
I don’t really listen, I just sit and I stare
Don’t know what I’m missing because I’m not even there

And I’m so full of shit
Do I hear myself?
All the doubt amounts to nothing
And the worry is something I could do without
Just this one time
 I’m gonna be on my own side
Just this one time 
Let me be on my own side

Notes
 width=This song is about being hard on yourself. It is about the necessity of calling yourself out when you are being too hard on yourself. Much of life can be filled with self doubt, and sometimes it can be easy to put yourself down. For example, this week I found it pretty hard to get motivated to write a song. This happens to me every now and then, which is altogether unsurprising considering that I record a new song every single week. Sometimes I just want to do something else. As the week wore on and I still hadn’t written anything, I began to get down on myself. My reluctance to get started suddenly reflected on everything that I had ever put off in my life. I was positive that I was about to let myself down in a big way. I was reminded of previous failures of all kinds, and I was getting to be sure that I was a pretty big jerk. At the very least I was way less good than everyone else that I know. Then I listened to the thoughts I was having, said a few of them out loud, and upon hearing them I understood that I was completely full of shit. Then I wrote a song and everything was fine! So when you feel like you are probably a really big jerk, and you are sure you are about to fail, I recommend you take a nice big breath and say “I’m so full of shit” and then get on with your life.

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

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Week 27: Banking On The Rapture

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If today we met the truth head on
Would we bow to it?
If the truth is not the truth we want
Are we to turn from it?
And if we’re not the chosen ones
What was the point of it?
And if he chose the ones we’ve shunned
Are we abhorred for it?

We’re so sure, so righteous and sincere
So on the mark, his choice is clear
And we who cast our eyes so low
To place his judgement, we who know

And all my bile and focus shone
On the sins of others as we approached
And all the souls I’ve saved
I’m close to heaven on the backs of those
Who I’ve convinced that God’s not love,
And not forgiveness, he’s wrath above
He is the fire for fire’s sake
The word, and you’re his mistake

We’re so sure, so righteous and sincere
So on the mark, his choice is clear
And we who cast our eyes so low
To place his judgement, we who know

Notes
 width=Like most people I was amused by this weekend’s “Rapture Prediction” but I did not take it seriously. I am hoping that very few people did. I thought of that select minority and wondered what it would be like waking up so disappointed on Sunday morning. I created a character in my mind that was a bitter Rapture believer who was wondering what had gone wrong. Perhaps the chosen were so few that nobody noticed the Rapture had even happened. Perhaps the kind of people who predict Raptures, who proselytize and proclaim God’s judgement on others, were never candidates for the Rapture in the first place. This character became bitter and disillusioned, and he called to my mind the greatest misgiving that I have about Christianity at large; the thing that often makes practicing my own religion so challenging to me. I have written about it before on this website way back in Week Two: Made In Man’s Image (again, I swear that this is not a Christian rock blog!). I am frustrated with people who presume to speak for God. Those who would warn us to repent in advance of the Rapture number among the most frustrating to me. Widening the circle from those who actually thought the Rapture would happen on Saturday, I move on to those who merely ponder judgement day constantly in their every day lives, and fear God rather than taking strength from the concept of God. This gets me even more frustrated. These are the people who collect heaven-points for converting sinners. These are the intolerant masses who “hate the sin and not the sinner,” thus hating nonetheless. I wrote a song in their voice the day after they did not go to paradise. God forgive them.

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

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Week 26: Twenty Six

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Nick Mastors
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Here I go
Here I’ll live, and I’ll die, and I’ll grow
And what’s left for us God only knows
Fall asleep in my clothes
And dream all night about dreams

I am new, I am fresh on my feet
And my country is vast and complete
Human beings, hearts that beat
They break and mend in us

Now awake and alert to the sound
And aware of the forces we’re bound to
Like we’re drawn to the ground
Oh time is so irresistible

Ooo Little children there’s a terrible lie
Goes that the bigger you get
The less you’re worth if you cry

Oh And it kills me when we tell you about life
And sure its some kind of hard
But you can fill it with light

These amends
Always speaking in tones, future tense
To be coursing and straining against them
Oh the self, recompense
There’s no one left but you

And the specter of aging is there
And it follows us each unaware
Twenty-six, do you dare?
Do you have the heart for this?

Ooo Little children there’s a terrible lie
Goes that the bigger you get
The less you’re worth if you cry

Oh And it kills me when we tell you about life
And sure it’s some kind of hard
But you can fill it with light

Ooo Little children there’s a beautiful lie
Goes that the older you get
The more you’ll know about life

Oh And it gets you more the harder you try
And sure it’s some kind of hard
But you can fill it with light

Notes
 width=Not only is this the 26th song from Mount Everest (marking half a year of new music every Monday!), but on Friday I celebrated my 26th birthday. Twenty-six seems to be chasing me this week like a cosmic anomaly that I cannot explain. So this week I am here to reflect on this number in all of its complexity and mundanity; its significance and insignificance.

One by one my peers turn twenty-six years old, and one by one they say the same thing: this one just doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter?! Shouldn’t all of them matter? But what does it mean to be twenty-six? We assign an artificial meaning to many ages. I’m 18! Now I can vote and smoke! I’m 20! That’s 10×2! I’m 21! Let’s drink! I’m 25! Holy smokes, I’m a quarter of the way to 100, plus now they’ll let me rent a car! I’m 26… I can… reflect introspectively… on stuff… which is of course exactly what I have done. This song includes my musings on aging. It is about the inescapable reality of time. It is about holding on to being young. It is about answering to the expectations of our childhood selves.

This weekend I brought this song to Nick Mastors, and like he always does, he rocked the house all over it. He concocted beats and synthesized like there was no tomorrow. It was awesome.

To celebrate SIX MONTHS! of new music every Monday I have decided to offer the entire Mount Everest catalog for download for a limited time! All together it makes up a sprawling 26 song super-album that I have titled Thought Christmas. Please enjoy!

Download Mount Everest: Thought Christmas (113.5 MB)

Thank you so much to everyone who has listened, spread the word, commented, and criticized over the past six months. I hope that you will be back next week.

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

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