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This short track was an extremely late addition to Thank You for Holding. I was in the final stages of putting the album together and sequencing it when I stumbled upon this recording that I’d made in May of 2016.
At the time, if I remember correctly, I was fooling around with a Vocoder, which is essentially a synth you can sing into, and I rearranged and added some superfluous words to the famous opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
When I stumbled rediscovered the track on my hard drive a little over a year later, it occurred to me that the song fit thematically with one that comes a little bit later in the sequence, “66th and City.”
I also thought that it complemented the synthy sound of the song that closes out “side one” of the album, “Mellow Pleasant Spongecake,” and would therefore offer a smooth transition into “side two.”
Then again, I also think of “Mellow Pleasant Spongecake,” “Best Worst of Times,” “Sweet Chocolate Jesus,” “66th and City,” and “Spooky Spongecake” as a mini album within the album–the automated answering system dreaming of life outside its electronic confines and being woken rudely by the sound of a copy machine sputtering away in an adjoining office.
But I’m getting ahead of myself…