The One​-​Forty​-​Seven Manifesto [LIVE]

from live + loud on lincoln avenue by Jason Davis & the New Philosophers

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we love ending with this song, and this show was no exception. it's a weird little number whose origins date back to the early-to-mid 2000s when it was originally called "balancing act". it has gone through a number of revisions until the final version was recorded for my "Balance: The One-Forty-Seven Manifesto" album. thus, the current title of the song.

for the music theory-minded, the melody is derived from scale tones which represented my then-home telephone number (with area code). it is then played in a compound-meter feel (6/8) over a simple meter phrase totaling 13 beats (3 ms of 3/4, 1 ms of 4/4). the chord progression in D (I - vi - IV - bVII) modulates to the key of F for the second part of the theme. other meters (including 7/8) as well as tonal centers occur later in the song.

one of our favorite parts to play is the sequence of events where 7/8 prog morphs into foot-stompin' old-skool country which then leads to noisy drop-D grunge. it always catches people by surprise but also brings a smile to their faces...especially when the cowboy hats come out. it never fails that at least one person (and here, it seems to be two) yelps out a heart-felt "yee-haw!" as mitch & doug go a'two-steppin'.

I only know one country lick which appears at the final moments of the song. now i'm ready for session work in nashville, folks!

more kitchen sink madness ensues in this romp through time and genre. see the list of pedals used on this one. yes, it's a tap dance routing for sure. or at least my attempt at tap dancing. i did take ballroom dancing classes with my then-fiance before our wedding. we wanted to waltz for our wedding dance. i also know how to jitterbug, but that's to be seen no longer...

now appearing on stage:
reverend reeves gabrels ii (w/ sustainiac), source audio multiwave distortion, zvex fuzz probe, spaceman sputnik, catalinbread perseus, blackstone appliances mosfet overdrive, xotic ep booster, korg kaoss, pigtronix quantum time modulator, source audio orbital modulator, mxr carbon copy, randall rm100, lava retro coil and clear connect cables, curt mangan strings, soldier straps


from live + loud on lincoln avenue, released November 13, 2014
original studio recording on the album "Balance: The One-Forty-Seven Manifesto" (2010, Spinning Axis Music)

music by jason davis © spinning axis music (ascap)


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"Jason is a great guitar player who knows how to serve the song and still hang ten. "
- Reeves Gabrels, (solo artist, David Bowie, The Cure, NIN)

Davis' guitar styling and "left-of-center" musical disposition has led to artist relationships with Reverend Guitars, Randall Amplifiers, & Lava Cable.
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