Some Things Last a Long Time

by The March Afternoons

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MarkMarketstall The March Afternoons is my own recording project. This is a cover of Daniel Johnston's song.
Ukulele, bass, vox, torn pages, samples, FX.
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Cover version of Daniel Johnston's song from the album "1990".

This song got stuck in my head after I watched the film "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" - one of those times where you hear a song for the first time that speaks perfectly to you about things you're experiencing personally right then ... anyway, the film finished and I just wanted to sing the song myself, so I learned it on the ukulele and decided to record it.

The rhythm track is the sound of me tearing up a book called "Music: The Business", page by page - it had just enough pages to last the length of the song, thankfully.

I wasn't really doing anything I hadn't done before with the uke / bass / vox / rhythm arrangement though, and I felt like the sound needed to be fuller and kind of warped to match the song's theme of vivid, heightened memories. I've never really worked with samples before, and I decided it would be fitting to create a lush background for the played instruments out of loads of samples ripped from old recordings from all the bands I used to be in.
It was a much more complicated thing than I'd imagined it would be. I started out trying to be very exact about it (e.g. looking for sections of my old songs which matched the chord changes in this song) but in the end building this collage of sounds became much more of an intuitive, abstract process, and sounded much better for it.


released December 23, 2012



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The March Afternoons is the solo play-thing of Mark from Ghost Carriage Phantoms / GCP. It serves no purpose other than to allow him to experiment with new things in simple forms which he can then bring to his production work on other records, and to have some fun playing, writing and recording some songs. The aim is to do at least one new thing on every recording that he's never done before. ... more

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