Video of The Day: The Nautical Theme – One More Left

One More Left is the second single from the album Lows+Highs, the second full length album from The Nautical Theme.

Story behind the song: Thinking about how One More Left came together for Lows and Highs as this delicate, sweet, and simple arrangement, prominently featuring Tesia playing the mountain dulcimer, it’s funny to remember that the song once had a completely different life as a failed synth-laden indie-pop song. But, this helps to reinforce some of the message and imagery of the song. Despite dark clouds overhead, we can find the strength to try again, at least one more time. Somewhere between the destruction of the six-piece indie band Tesia and Matt fronted and the formation of The Nautical Theme, the duo, along with long-time friend and musical collaborator, Justin Smith, dabbled in synth driven pop. Eventually, that project led Tesia and Matt back to the acoustic, harmony driven music The Nautical Theme has established as their own. The theme of the song is one of picking yourself back up again, finding that you have “one more left”. Matt proposed that, based on the strength of the melodies, the song could be reworked for Lows and Highs. As the album took shape, it became one of the duo’s favorites.

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Video of The Day: The Nautical Theme – Break My Fall

Break My Fall is the first single from the sophomore full-length album from The Nautical Theme, Lows+Highs.

Learn more about The Nautical Theme at https://thenauticaltheme.com

Lyrics:
Well you came in like a child
Without the burdens of the world upon your mind
So I stayed for a while
To try and learn the stories held within your eyes
But I never understood enough
Even though they said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Now I sit in this pile of the worries and the cares built over time
And I think back to your arrival with all the tethers of the world passing you by
But I never understood enough
Even though you said so much
Phrases I just could not recognize
In a language that I’m sure so sweet
But strangely quite foreign to me
I never had a chance to ask you why
You said goodbye

Wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide

Story Behind the Song:
Break My Fall was one of the first songs written for Lows and Highs. When we were thinking about how to present the song on the album we wanted it to fall into the “highs” side of the “Lows and Highs”, which meant filling out the arrangement. Fortunately our friend and great supporter of the band, Justin Crim was willing to work with us on providing the drums for the track.

The meaning behind the lyrics took a turn for me while we were still working to finalize the song. Originally, the idea behind the first line “well, you came in like a child without the burdens of the world upon your mind” was quite literal, thinking of my children and their innocence of perspective on the world around them. It was about me trying to learn how to see the circumstances of my life with a fresh perspective – to be more like them. Unfortunately, around the time we were writing this song, my grandmother passed away. My memories tend to be very visual in nature. One of the first times I sang those lyrics after she passed, I saw clearly in my mind’s eye one of her visits to a childhood home of mine when I was still very young. She was playing with me just as if she was a child of my own age – so fun, playful, and carefree. So, during the crescendo of the song, when we’re singing “wide, you break my fall with your arms open wide”, I’m thinking about the supportive and loving nature of my grandmother and in general the self-sacrifice of those that come before us who gladly catch us when we stumble and hold us up through our journeys.

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Activism, Local and New

DSC_0001On the show today we have an interesting mix of powerful songs, local music and new music! We have brand new music from BRAT CURSEMike GaleCharlie Jackson and the Heartland RailwayThe Paint SplatsShrugThe Typical JohnsonsMike Bankhead MusicTrue lies and Age Nowhere!

We also have some inspiring political activism courtesy of Iggy And The StoogesIron & WineChuck Prophet OfficialThe ClashThe Sex PistolsThe RamonesHusker Du (band) and The Skids!

We also have tunes from The Story ChangesSeth Canan & The CarriersnovenaDavid PayneSadboxSmug BrothersGretchen’s WheelCage The ElephantTrees & Wells MusicThe Boxcar SuiteDementia PrecoxGuided By Voices and several songs from Steve Makofka!

Speaking of the talented and kind Mr. Makofka — he is our guest this week to talk about his activism and the work he has been doing on strengthening families! So, 3-6pm on WUDR for Your Tuesday Afternoon Alternative!

Steve Makofka returns to YTAA to Discuss Strong Families

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Video of The Day – The Typical Johnsons – Wreckage

From The Typical Johnsons – This song is about commemorating a moment, this is our stand alone single, Wreckage. This is for all of us who have crashed through our collective pasts, hopefully with enough force to have created a memory and a story that stands the test of time…

Here is the song!

We’re still here… not knowing anything and doing it all wrong.

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YTAA Goes Age Nowhere

52005916_2078455642245954_4536899964810297344_nAllow us to set a scene for our upcoming show on Tuesday. Imagine stepping in for a drink at a bar where Sticky Fingers era Keith Richards is hanging out with his Nudie Cohen Suit wearing pal Graham Parsons and a world weary Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. They are all sitting in a booth commenting on the passing musical fancies of the day.

That scene is the experience of Age Nowhere! Imagine a true double guitar attack from Identical-twin brothers Matt and Dan Spaugy paired with smoky evocative lyrics sung by Paul Monin propelled by driving drums from Seth Gilliam and pounding bass of Matt Terry. That is the experience of Age Nowhere.The band takes it’s nom de plume from one of the standout tracks on Dayton’s own Shrug‘s 2005 record ‘Whole Hog For The Macho Jesus.’

Join us for conversation, music and the Age Nowhere experience online at the usual website wudr.udayton.edu on Tuesday, March 19th from 3-6pm!

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Finally, Finally, Finally… M. Ross Perkins!

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For a very long time, Dr. J has wanted the incomparable M. Ross Perkins to visit YTAA and today we get our wish!

M. Ross will talk about his stellar self-titled debut from 2016 and his most recent forthcoming record, ‘What Did You Do for Summer Break’ EP which is out on August 31st. We will talk about his tour throughout the country, playing the Omega Flea this weekend in Dayton and discuss some of the very cool videos that he has made in support of his excellent music such as the vid for ‘Ever Ever Ever.’

Check out the first single ‘Bed Sheet Wing’ from the EP via friends at City Beat.

So, music lovers, make plans to listen to YTAA from 3-6pm today as we are joined by a fantastic Dayton musician! As always you can listen online at WUDR.udayton.edu or 99.5 and 98.1fm in Dayton.

Photo courtesy of the artist.