We’re pleased to premiere this new Bill Baird track. “Walking In A Straight Line” comes from Baby Blue Abyss, a record that will be released July 28 on Red Essential. He’s also releasing Easy Machines on the same day. The companion albums are night and day. Literally. Baby Blue Abyss is for the evening and Easy Machines is for the morning.
“Walking In A Straight Line” is a six-minute meandering (in a good way) song that uses the word walk in title correctly. This is what you want to hear in your headphones while walking to or from a bar. Listen and read about the song below.
From Bill: I wrote “Walking In A Straight Line” on an open tuned acoustic guitar, sounding pretty folky. Seemed like there was a JJ Cale rhythm in there somewhere, so I busted out a drum machine and voila. Sounded like a robotic square dance. Then pulled out the trusty 1950’s Gibson Lap Steel and, remembering some quote from Jimi Hendrix about doing 24 tracks of guitar, tried to create a weave of interlocking parts that each reinforce each other. It was all really quick and intuitive. I played it for some friends and they were like, “What the hell is this?” but with a smile on their face. So it felt like I’d caught something.
I imagined it as a soundtrack to a Texas guy adjusting to adult life. Like, each drumbeat is a footstep. The Texas guy is walking and thinking about his life. The Texas guy is me of course.
Lyrically, I was really feeling Jonathan Richman and his outlook. The specific details of his life making their way into songs. Not trying to be some fake rock star, but rather reveling in the opposite. I got to meet him and hang out right before recording this song and it was just as awkward and amazing as I’d hoped. (I have a picture if you want to see it, or whatever).
After writing lyrics basically saying, “I’m lame now, and I’m OK with that.” I thought it’d be cool to have a total guitar hero ending. It just kept unspooling. I think it fits with the overwhelming tape saturation of the track. A big sonic slab.