Mix #7: “The Other” Featuring Lucy Lawless

Mix #7: “The Other” Featuring Lucy Lawless

Posted by MaryD On: November 20, 2018
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Two histories here to briefly relate:Re. the song itself: I wrote this specifically for Iris to sing (see Mix #5) in early 2017 and started the recording at that time (including recording Iris vocals and my harmony). I pictured this as a full, electric band thing and actually had my friend Steve remotely record some drum kit, but this album does not admit such things.

The character singing here is (as she states) a dramatic projection of goofy things that men project onto women. I know there’s a lot of public discourse about objectification, but my experience includes much more insidious deification (which is never purely devotional); I find the psychology involved in that much more interesting.

Re. Lucy: You may know her as Xena the Warrior princess or from her recurring roles on Parks & Recreation, Battlestar Galactica, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Salem, etc. She was a fan of my philosophy podcast and appeared with us in 2012. In summer 2013 she remotely recorded some prominent backing harmonies for one of my better songs, and her fans urged me to have her actually sing lead on something given how much crazily better a singer she is than I am. I wrote another song in spring 2014 for her to sing, but she wasn’t available at the time, and I was pretty sure this was never going to happen. Meanwhile, she’s appeared with me on three different PEL audioplays and some of the associated discussion.

Coming up to this album, I talked with Iris re. whether she wanted to redo her now-old vocal part (which was good but not near as awesome as the other two songs she’s singing lead on this album), and she also recently revealed that she’ll be leaving the live band. I consequently decided to take one more stab at recruiting Lucy to do a lead vocal, since this had the potential to benefit from some professional acting, and she’s no stranger to being treated in these weird ways (I actually wrote another song on her first contact with us inspired by this).

After some initial hesitation (she didn’t like declaring herself “a baby,” and so I provided some alternative phrasing and lyrics, but she ended up going with the song as originally written, perhaps after I explained what it was about) she sent us three vocal takes to work with. What you’re hearing here is mostly take 1.

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