Stop All That Damn Power-Walkin'
Back in the early 90s, I remember being in a particular part of town in Richmond where the residents were mostly white, upper-middle class. I was visiting a friend and we decided to go for a walk. I was hesitant initially, but figured the walk would be a good thing. We ended up meeting a black couple who were...power-walking. It struck me as odd because I had not seen black people power-walk before. It turns out they were her neighbors and we ended up talking for a good while. I learned that they were conservatives (I really didn't understand the term or cared for that matter back then). I didn't get all bent over their preferred political choice, but it just seemed like they were very detached...from practically everything. Our conversation lasted about 30 minutes maybe, but when it was over, they went back to power-walking down the street. I just remembered looking at them, thinking...they really need to stop with the power-walkin. This song is me reflecting on that moment in time.
I was having issues with the bridge and so it's very sparse and since I don't play piano very well, it may sound like I'm just meandering around. Maybe I am. I'll add more to this later. Marking this NSFW because of the title repeated in the chorus.
How I did it:
Recorded and mixed using Acid Pro 6
Virtual instruments: acoustic bass, piano, electric piano, hammond organ, strings
Alesis MIDI controller
MIC: Shure SM7B
There they go again/ puttin' on their tennis shoes
Their headbands and Walkmans/ so they can hear the grooves
Out in public with so much haste/ they can hardly keep up the pace
Arms back and forth/ hips side 2 side/ trying 2 win a no-win race
Stop all that damn power-walkin'
It won't get u far
So stop all that damn power-walkin'
Don't u realize who U R?
All because somebody next door/ said it'd be good exercise
So the Toms took the tip/ all happy and giddy/ yet they don't realize
That all they're doing is being the monkey/ that they're thought 2 be
It's easy 2 spot/ monkey does as monkey sees
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