So, after a long day of work, then a visit to the doctor about the soft-wrapped marble that my throat has turned into, and an attempt to make dinner without falling asleep, I tried to get down to work tonight. I started in on 4ths again, trying to make some sense of the weird groove I put together last night.

Now, 4ths is a pretty serious song. It's about futility and sadness and inevitably death. Tough stuff to deal with when you're not in the right frame of mind. But I was determined to put in my hour, and I wasn't ready to tackle any of my other arrangements tonight. So I slogged through for 45 minutes, trying stuff out, listening, playing, goofing off, dragging my feet. And at the end of all that, I had big fat nothing.

So I opened up La Da Da Dee to see if I could get the bridge to a sort of compromise between the current boring tight version and the old sloppy but lively version. I couldn't.

Bah. I couldn't focus; I kept just playing around on my sampled drums instead of working. Then I thought, you know what, you work hard at this shit, give yourself a break. So I decided to have a little fun.

I don't usually post samples in process, especially stuff as blatantly derivative as this, but making it put a smile on my face at the end of a long day. I hope it does the same for you.

"Ride Out?" (or maybe "Lie Down?")

And if anyone can tell me where I jacked that drumbeat from, I'd greatly appreciate it. I've been racking my brains...