Track-by-Track: “Best Worst of Times”

Before I begin, a quick note to say that Thank You for Holding is now available on several platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast…

This short track was an extremely late addition to Thank You for Holding. I was in the final stages of putting the album together and sequencing it when I stumbled upon this recording that I’d made in May of 2016.

At the time, if I remember correctly, I was fooling around with a Vocoder, which is essentially a synth you can sing into, and I rearranged and added some superfluous words to the famous opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

When I stumbled rediscovered the track on my hard drive a little over a year later, it occurred to me that the song fit thematically with one that comes a little bit later in the sequence, “66th and City.”

I also thought that it complemented the synthy sound of the song that closes out “side one” of the album, “Mellow Pleasant Spongecake,” and would therefore offer a smooth transition into “side two.”

Then again, I also think of “Mellow Pleasant Spongecake,” “Best Worst of Times,” “Sweet Chocolate Jesus,” “66th and City,” and “Spooky Spongecake” as a mini album within the album–the automated answering system dreaming of life outside its electronic confines and being woken rudely by the sound of a copy machine sputtering away in an adjoining office.

But I’m getting ahead of myself…