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In the middle of October, we sent out an open call to all guitarists to create musical scaffolding on which we could build this month’s song. The response was amazing. We got all kinds of tracks in our inbox… sparse ones, shredding ones, funky ones, abstract ones, elegant ones... it was like a parade of Cinderellas begging to be dressed for the ball. It was truly hard to choose which track we’d turn into this month’s song. We ended up picking two guitarists to feature. One was right under our noses, and one was in Serbia.

This one is written around what was perhaps the strangest interpretation of the term “rhythm guitar track” we got from our APB to all guitarists. Nonetheless, when we heard it, it we couldn’t put it out of our heads. Marko Stojanovic from Belgrade, Serbia is our celebrated guitar hero here.

Matthias hid away in his burrow for a few days with it, learning its quirks of rhythm and phrasing. He asked me for some themes and ideas for lyrics, which I sent him. These phrases, intended as headings/categories for him to work with, became the words of the song, unadulterated.

Here’s the note that Marko sent us upon hearing what we did with his track:


You really caught me by surprise with this, and I have been giggling like a little girl since I woke up. I was late for work because I had to listen to Elixir (twice). This was quite unexpected, although I hoped you might liked it. It is an honor to be in the same song with some of your favorite musicians. You made a fanboy very happy! I am proud you thought that was fun (my recording), people usually don't :)

I love humor in music, not just lyrically, but also musically, when you seriously play a joke on an instrument, I love experiments of every kind, improvisation. I am always prepared to work a lot for a joke no one would understand :) That is what I love about you guys, I always admire people that have that kind of belief in their art, doing different music professionally and enjoying it.

This is something I am especially proud of, the video I have done for a song.

Love you guys, there is no need to thank me, I thank you, because this is something I will tell to my grandchildren :) If you ever need anything...


Marko’s various musical projects are really worth exploring. Check out his bands Spring and Youth and Filip i Marko. And to hear him in his own native Serbian tongue, check out Kapetan Black Šlager, and Danas Svi Znaju Da Igraju Fudbal.



FROM THE ENGINEER’S DESK… A NOTE FROM MATTHIAS BOSSI:
We recorded most of "All Over Again" at Brick Hill with Jon Evans. Hence, the hi-fi actuality of it all. I did record the vocals here on a very nice microphone… an AKG C-12. It's green. And a little gold. And therefore, clearly, way better sounding.

I'm no engineer, so the home-studio vocals are slapped over what amounts to a very nice completed instrumental. Perhaps a remix from an engineer of note is in the cards when we release it on the album?

Regarding "Universal Elixir," that's all me all the time. Flat, lo-fi, no clue. BUT! Packing a punch, due to its overtly ridiculous quality. A ton of editing on this one. It was my desire to rub disparate elements together. This is why the melody floats casually over the absolutely bonkers analog synth stuff. Thanks to our "30 year old Serbian teenager" Marko for the bones of this one.

lyrics

UNIVERSAL ELIXIR

Caution to the wind.
We come from the water.
Things that don’t go together. But do.
Smoke of all sorts.

What the body wants.
Universal elixir.

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from Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 3 - Year of the Wooden Horse, released July 1, 2015
Matthias Bossi - melodica, programming, voice
Marko Stojanovic - guitar

Music by Marko Stojanovic and Matthias Bossi.
Words by Carla Kihlstedt.
Recorded by Jon Evans at Brick Hill, Orleans, MA
Additional recording by Matthias Bossi at KihlBossi Studios, Woods Hole, MA

Published by Skinnah Music, BMI and by Broca’s Fold, ASCAP

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Rabbit Rabbit Radio Falmouth, Massachusetts

Rabbit Rabbit Radio is the song-spinning duo of Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi. Collectively, they are founding members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Tin Hat, 2 Foot Yard, Causing a Tiger, The Book of Knots, and Fred Frith’s Cosa Brava.

Drawing on their love of both art & folk song, industrial & improvised music and heart-wrenching balladry, their songs are raw, beautiful, sparse and rich.
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