Repetition Vol. 2: Pedro The Lion Released by Skeletal Lightening in 2014
1) Options 2) The Poison
Repetition is a series of covers, arose out of a fear of writing and the recognition that in order to push onward, as writing is and will likely always be a necessity, were needed to look back at what initially make this project important.
Repetition Vol. 2 features three covers of Pedro The Lion, an indie rock band from Seattle, WA.
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*This album is not available for download. The only licenses obtained for these songs were for physical copies. If you would like these songs for free, email me. No money will be taken for the digital tracks.*
Repetition, as a series, is my process of looking backwards in order to push myself onward.
In reading Kierkegaard's work, I became interested in his concept of Repetition and how I could apply it to my creative process. Kierkegaardian Repetition denotes a belief that a person can experience something new, or something similar, by revisiting a past event. While working with the subject, Kierkegaard separated Repetition into two forms: natural and constructed. Natural Repetition is unanticipated, whereas constructed Repetition is forced. Constructed Repetition always produces an undesired result.
This undesired result may be best explained with John Steinbeck's discussion of Tourist vs. Traveler in his book The Log Of The Sea Of Cortez. He believes that a tourist is always fixated on a destination, whereas a traveler is focused on the long road home. In Steinbeck's eyes, tourism is a constructed form of traveling, and it does not allow for the unanticipated. In fact, the unanticipated ruins the expectation. It is Steinbeck's understanding of traveling that we must allow for the unanticipated, for the unanticipated is honest experience.
For me, this specific Repetition is both natural and constructed. Recording Options was a natural experience. It was as if I was recording one of my own songs. As we started putting the pieces together, I started hearing new parts and full melodies, as if the song were becoming partially my own. The Poison on the other hand feels very forced. It's one of my favorite Pedro The Lion songs, but recording it made me realize not only the limits of my style and ability, but also the creativity necessary to create such a simple and powerful song—something I may not yet possess. I hesitated in the creative process, and it shows.
Regardless, these two songs are meant to show the process of personal growth, and they explore a place and time in my life when, mentally, I was too afraid to admit I needed help.
released December 12, 2014
All songs were originally written by Pedro The Lion.
They were originally released by Jade Tree.
Recorded by Ryan Stack at Formataudio in December of 2013
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio in November of 2014
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