Beautiful Accident (2010)

Third International
Pearson/Sarsfield

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The song was originally released as a track on an EP entitled "Pulp Generators", featuring myself, Cal Sarsfield on Keyboards, and Andy Rubbo on drums. It received significant airplay in 1998. That version was faster. This one has a slightly slower, more driving beat to it, and of course, Ian McDonald's blazing sax solo.

The lyrics suggest that each person's view is his own and essentially different from everyone else'. There is much to complain about but at the end of the day, if we were given another chance, most would take it. (On the original version there was a voice at the beginning and end that sang: Take me 'round again).

It is the opening track of Beautiful Accident, and as such, must make the opening statement of the subtext. Beautiful Accident is also  chronology of important events in the 20th century. The first of which is Einstein's redefinition of time.

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Third International
Pearson

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It's about the law of unintended consequences. A father turns his child away from a career in music to protect her, only to regret it forever.                                                                                                                                         The world, in 1914, immersed itself in carnage that would last generations. The law of unintended consequences at work again, as its antagonists intended exactly the opposite. It is the second track on Beautiful Accident and so takes its rightful chronological place in the story of the century. Probably the most jazz influenced of all the cuts on "Accident", its quality owes much to the interplay of Nick DiFrisco's brushes, Bill Foster's arpeggiated bass, and Ian McDonald's haunting flute which is reminiscent of early King Crimson.

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Third International
Pearson/DiFrisco

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And then there was the 20s. The "Roaring" 20s, when times were fast and Criminals celebrities. This is the historic underpinning of course, but the song was actually written about the debacle of the Eastern Airlines strike in 1989, and the criminal activities that were part of the the whole operation back then. I worked for the company at the time and saw many peoples' lives destroyed by the greed and power of others. The economy was as dangerously feeble as it is now, and Rodney King had just become a celebrity and the nation was at war with itself while the president envisaged twinkley illumination, by the thousand.. If it sounds like a lecture, it is. We must learn from history or are doomed to repeat it, the wise man said......

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Third International
PEARSON/FOSTER

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The song is about the economic issues of our country at present. Jacob mallet never lived, but he lived a thousand times over. He is the son of a GM assembly line worker, walking in his father's footsteps....until they disappear. Our leaders tell us that people can be retrained for better jobs that grant us easier lives, but to expect it in a generation that is not prepared, is disingenuous. Its historical parallel is of course, the Great Depression, from which we can learn a great deal.

The groove is powered by Nick DiFrisco's thunder. My favourite work of his on this album. It was a one take deal.

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Third International
PEARSON/SARSFIELD

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The ever shrinking world and the clash of vultures actually became the thrust of our second album, but this song was the first run at it. A group of New York eco-tourists head south for an Amazon vacation, and meet up with their guide, only to find he is proud of the very things they came to escape. But for all the slick trappings, there is a resentment at the theft of the simple life. (Long pig is a cannibal term for human meat).

The world shrank after WW2. Long range air transportation, radio and TV, global communications, all sought to throw vastly different cultures together. The century had come of age.

This is just the three piece on this track, myself, Bill Foster and Nick DiFrisco (and a lot of Buddy Guy in my head). Blues for the modern man.

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Third International
PEARSON/MCDONALD

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What if this is all a game that the gods created for their entertainment? And what if they are now bored with it/us, and want to change the channel? This is the idea that came to me after one too many mojitos at The Hotel Del Coronado, on Coronado Island off San Diego. It is a magical place. The Wizard of Oz was written there. "Some Like it Hot" was filmed there. It is a monument to mankind's insatiable appetite for entertainment and escapism, ever more fungible as the years pass. An apt setting for this thought to take wings.

After World War 2 we had become omnipotent; after all, we now had the capacity to destroy the planet. We started behaving like gods, and our value systems were forever changed because of that.

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Third International
PEARSON

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The Reprise is fully titled "In the Garden of the Long Pig-Reprise", but that was a bit of a mouthful. In "Long Pig" we take a journey into the Amazon rainforest only to discover our guide is more enamoured with the trappings of civilization than the natural splendour of his habitat. In "Reprise" we bring him into our jungle....New York City. The epicenter of the known universe as we call it. The jungle of mankind. Where everyone in your building is from a different country and is of a different race, Where  bullshit is not tolerated and life moves at the speed of opportunity. The place where, in the end, we will figure IT out first. And it's home.

The song saunters along like a late night stroll, different ethnic instruments are synthesized, street sounds sampled, and Ian McDonald's free blowing sax evokes memories of buskers off 6th Avenue.

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