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MP3 Billy Thompson - Just Stop Hating

A solution to most of our problems, a dig at a legendary pop star and a description of what leads to bitterness is all melodiously illustrated here.

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POP: Beatles-pop, POP: Quirky

I guess the one-sentence style statement about this cd pretty much says it all. Every time I go into the studio or finish in the studio, I''m thinking, well, that ought to do it for a while. That''s only because I can''t afford any more recording. The rumor that it is an expensive undertaking is not untrue. But despite all of my serious intentions to remain out of the studio for a while, I''ve managed to be in it for parts of the last three years. The only year since 1999 that I didn''t spend at least a little time in the studio was 2000. After my massive 22-track Mean With A Smile project in 2001, I really needed to back away and give my wallet a break. Yet there I was back in the studio the same year in November starting the Breathe project and finishing it in January 2002. After getting married during the summer of 2002, I thought surely I would come to my senses and start living like a "normal" person. I did for a while. Then I wrote a song called "The Cake Must Have Been Good" in June of 2002. It''s not like I have to record every song I write (there''s at least a hundred or so I''d like to record right now but may never record), but"The Cake Must Have Been Good" was about one of my long-time idols who sort of ticked me off and I really wanted to put out a song about it for the public to hear but resisted the temptation. Then on April 25, 2003, on the day of a gig, I pulled my guitar out to go over some stuff and during that process wrote a song called "Just Stop Hating". Well, I was so pleased with it because not only did it say exactly what I wanted to say, it just flowed so well musically. It was easy to write, and even though there are only three chords in the song (D, A7 and some other minor chord), I think the melody is better than a lot of songs with many chords, including some of my own. To me, it''s the notes you''re singing while you''re playing those chords that matter the most. Well, after writing that one, I just had to take the studio plunge again. I kept the arrangement pretty simple on "Just Stop Hating", just my acoustic guitar and the bass and drums. "The Cake Must Have Been Good" took on a different life in the studio. Before I went into the studio, I saw it as being done even slower than"Just Stop Hating", but it seemed to pick up speed with the bass and drums. It still wasn''t uptempo but was beginning to take on a rock feel. Ernie Wells'' electric guitar really brings this out and defines the song''s personality, I think. Well, those two songs were going to be it, but I was playing around at work on my guitar between sessions (yes, I have a day job) and came up with a little ditty called Bitter. That''s exactly what it is too, a ditty, but a ditty that makes a somewhat profound statement, I believe, in a rather funny way. Okay, that''s enough expounding, perhaps, more than enough. Now go listen. I''d prefer that you enjoy it as well.

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