Observations – Track 7

Track 7 – Bad

One afternoon, around 3:00, I was home alone, with that weird combination of boredom and anxiety that rears its head on the lost days, and as I popped open a beer I thought,

I know it’s bad, baby 
Baby, I know it’s bad 
I mean no harm 
but I know 
people who mean no harm sometimes cause the most

I started to think about all the harm that is done by people who mean none. And other reasons for feeling bad. I pulled up a stool at the piano and this song came out. As the recording process progressed, the piano became a smaller part of the sound, as layers of everything from the holy rock’n’roll trinity of guitar/bass/drums to harmonica, handclaps, and tambourine piled on top.

Like the remote recording that went into this album, when I wanted to make a video for this song, I looked no further than my laptop in the Bronx and this time found a talented woman in Pakistan named Maryam who create this:

I know it's bad, baby
Baby, I know it's bad
I mean no harm but I know
People who mean no harm sometimes cause the most

I got it bad, baby
Baby, I got it bad
And there's no cure for it
Now that this absence has found a presence in me

I need it bad, baby
Baby, I need it bad
'Cause it's been so long
Since we went to that place where all the dreams come from

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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