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Red Collar "Used Guitars"

In the past few months I’ve spent a lot of time talking to songwriters and keep finding myself running into a common aspect of their stories: the odds you face trying to be a successful musician are overwhelming. Even as an mp3 blogger, to find the unknown gems you first have to sort through massive quantities of mediocre music. For artists, if you manage to gain even some local name recognition within 5 years or so as anything but a radio-friendly rock band (for example, No Second Troy), it’s quite an accomplishment. It’s something I knew in theory years ago, but only recently have I fully come to appreciate it.

Red Collar - Used Guitars [highly rec'd!]

The song is a solid rock number, but I’ve been listening to it the way some of my friends read Tarot cards. Each meaning of every card is enumerated, its implications discussed in detail, thought about for days afterwards until what overwhelms you is no longer the singular combination of cards, but the full meaning of the message they convey.

The first line of “Used Guitars” comes as though casually dropped in a conversation, when you’ve suffered enough setbacks to learn that the best kind of expectations are no expectations, you have to be careful about getting to excited about anything with promise. Fortune doesn’t keep her promises. Jason Kutchma’s voice is weathered, and when he sings “we were made / to fail every day” there’s no bitterness, no anguish, just dark acceptance. And more importantly, kindness: “And I wish you all the luck / that I never had.”

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2 Responses to “Red Collar "Used Guitars"”

  1. # Anonymous baris

    hello again after awhile. This song is really catchy one. it slightly looks like brit except the vocals in deed. Rhtym reminds me of that "Bloc Party". Nice one, Kate. Thanks.  

  2. # Blogger Charles

    What a great song. Love the voice.  

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