The sad desperation of a lonely soul singer can only be outdone by a desperate car salesman, so I decided to put the two together for this week’s 52 Sellout. In week 32 we meet Randy from Brennschluss Auto, a formerly #1 auto dealership that is trying everything to win back its Tri-State-area customers.
The music actually came first in this week’s project. About a month ago I decided to try to compose something in the “deep soul” vein, like this song from James Carr, or early 70s Candi Staton.
O.K., gotta find some Candi Staton. I mean, how good is her cover of Otis Redding’s That’s How Strong My Love is?!?!
Sorry, can’t help myself when I think about Candi Staton.
Anyhoo, I wanted to try to write something with that kind of groove, with some smooth horn parts, and I ended up liking what I wrote and thought I should try to find a way to use it in my little ol’ weekly project.
It took me a while to settle on what kind of monologue to work into it. It had to be something desperate and needy, and I finally came around to thinking that the desperation of a car salesman at year-end clearance time would be just about right. Hope you like it!
I brought back my “Oof, Who Charted?” series for a new installment on songs about songs! Some songwriters run out of ideas for their songs so they just write about a different song, or maybe even the song they’re writing, like some kind of musical Escher drawing. In the video I break down some recent offenders.
First we get into Selena Gomez’ “Love You Like a Love Song” in which she basically admits there are already enough love songs out there. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop her from attempting this one. Then we get into Kid Rock’s nostalgia track “All Summer Long” in which he reminisces about singing “Sweet Home Alabama.” What happens in 20 years when someone writes a song about how great it was to sing “All Summer Long”? Thankfully, that will never happen.
Next is Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” which cracks me up because she just flat out says “this is my fight song” in the chorus. She should do a whole album of songs that just tell us what they are: “This is my workout jam!” ”This is my song for rainy Sundays.”
And then there’s a country song by Brett Eldredge called “Wanna Be That Song” which, as far as I can tell, is told from the point of view of the song itself expressing the desire to be a popular song. And the only reason I know about this song is because the video was shot at Wrigley Field and as a long-suffering Cubs fan the internet algorithms threw it at me several times.
There are many more examples but I kept it to these 4 for the sake of video brevity. Hope you like it!
Every time I see those ads for wireless phone chargers I wonder how those things are more convenient than the little cords you have to plug into the phone. I mean, you have to have the wireless pad on a surface, the wireless charging pad has to be plugged in so there’s a wire anyway, and the things are bigger than normal chargers so they suck to travel with.
I guess it’s a little bit cool to charge your phone “wirelessly” but is it worth all of the extra hassle?
So I took all of that confusion and put it into this week’s 52 Sellout. And to add to the confusion I did some techno music that sounds like a hangover. Enjoy!