Here’s a cassette tape I used to keep in my Honda in college. Probably tells you a lot about me.
I got to thinking about it after watching the “Hillbilly Shakespeare” episode of Ken Burns’ documentary about country music on PBS.
Hank Williams, man. Those songs! Here’s what Bob Dylan wrote about him in Chronicles:
I became aware that in Hank’s recorded songs were the archetype rules of poetic songwriting. The architectural forms are like marble pillars and they had to be there. Even his words – all of the syllables are divided up so they make perfect mathematical sense. You can learn a lot about the structure of songwriting by listening to his records.
On the flip side, you could say the same about Ramones songs. They’re like little math equations. (Dee Dee shouting, “One! Two! Three! Four!”)
Back to the tape: Kate Bingaman-Burt made a few drawings of it back in 2010 for her “Other People’s Music” project:
And those drawings inspired this exercise in The Steal Like An Artist Journal: