Track: Lucky Him
Album: The Legend of Core Dynamo (2015)
The Legend of Core Dynamo is a concept album thinly veiling my own discovery of history and politics. During an election year for a new Core Dynamo, the narrator searches for a truly benevolent leader and eventually loses faith as he explores the sordid history of the Core Dynamos who have ruled. Even the most celebrated among the previous Core Dynamos have committed atrocities that are hard to justify.
Lucky Him is about men's resistance to women serving as Core Dynamo and the excuses they offer when a woman attempts to change the status quo. "She doesn't have a past or present, she only has what she has read," is a male candidate attempting to discourage voters from electing a woman since she wouldn't have experience. The vocals echo each other to show how willing the voters are to listen and agree with him.
Since this is a song about two genders trying to find a balance, I thought a good way to demonstrate would be two rhythm guitars playing together. I recorded one acoustic guitar with a basic strumming pattern for people who want things to stay the same, while the other guitar is more open and rhythmic to act as those who think it's time for a change.
Since the guitars are so rhythmic we kept the percussion to a minimum just to enhance what was already going on. An egg shaker and some snapping really helped to fill out the song.
I then added the banjo and slide guitar to give it a country twang.
As with the first verse, I kept the theme of echoing vocals by singing "she goes on" in a round. In addition to rounding out the third verse, this vocal part shows the amazement from the voters at what women can do as leaders when given the chance.
The electric guitar at the ending transitions the song from a country folk tune to a rock song to represent women pushing the boundaries.