There was a mood
Hegemony Jane feels no pain.
I have created my own superhero and cinematic universe and you can’t stop me!
The first character is Hegemony Jane and her namesake song is this week’s addition to the ever-evolving album series I’ve launched over at Bandcamp, “From the Mixed Up Files of Mr. Matthew T. Schindler.”
Listen in the player below to see what off-brand autotune sounds like:
I made this drawing of Hegemony Jane in 2016.
I was in a marketing meeting when I doodled the above; at the time I worked the Strategic Communications beat at Madison College. (Go Wolfpack!)
I then took this sketch and animated it a bit with some other characters I’d drawn for a school project in 2017.
Today, I married this pre-existing video to the newish “Hegemony Jane” song and present it here now in all of its wabi-sabi glory:
Hegemony Jane is a dominant force.
I started recording this song at my in-laws’ cabin in Northern Wisconsin during Xmas 2018.
I had access to a really nice acoustic guitarand started recording this idea straight into the built-in mics on my iPad on a day when everyone had left the cabin for a few hours.
This song might not be completely finished, but it still qualifies for inclusion on the “Mixed Up Files” series.
Still trying to figure out what it means.
But I think there is a story in there.
I’ll keep you posted on this Faux cinematic you-know-what.
I remain your humble servant,
Here are the lyrics for Hegemony Jane:
There was a mood
There was a feeling
I wasn't dealing
But I stood up
Took it on the chin
couldn't let her out
but I also
Kinda couldn't let her in
Every single night when I wake up and I cry
and I think to myself
I think I'm going to die
Well you know there's no reason we can't get back
Everything we lost
But we gotta find the backpack
She don't feel anger
She don't feel pain
So don't feel sorry for Hegemony Jane
She feels no pain
This riff is so old I remember my friend John Klun complaining about its Teutonic darkness in the 80s.
A Bourgeois Guitar, to be exact, which belongs to my Father-in-law.
Naturally, it was glorious.
I’m definitely chaneling Mark E. Smith on this one.
My Father-in-law suggested that he heard the lyric “backpack” fitting in where it is, so that’s leading the intrigue.