Artwork can take many varieties, solely one in all which I’m even reasonably able to creating, so I’ve lengthy been fascinated by the flexibility to color or dance or sing or play the guitar. That’s why I’ll discover myself gawking at Each day Problem acrylic work on YouTube or stopping for longer than I intend when my daughter is watching a kind of cake competitions on Meals Community. I significantly take pleasure in attending to peak behind the scenes to see what goes into producing numerous artwork varieties.
Katie Day is a Cubs fan who regularly finds methods to mix her love of baseball and the Cubs with the artistry of music, creating songs like “By the Lakeside” (which she carried out dwell on WGN sporting a CI hat) and “We Obtained the Hearth.” Her newest baseball-themed effort, “Only a Sport,” flows in that very same vein however is pumped by a coronary heart crammed with a special set of feelings.
The identical hopeful ardour remains to be there, however I heard concern and unhappiness on this newest piece as nicely. That’s no shock as a result of it’s how most of us are feeling at instances throughout this pandemic shutdown, however it is a extra nuanced lament that you just’ll discover on Twitter. You’ll be able to hear the music for your self beneath after which scroll down for a Q&A to be taught extra about how and why Katie created it. I’m undecided what number of of you are feeling the identical method I do about these items, however I like listening to about and with the ability to share ideas on the artistic course of.
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CI: The music has a wistful, nostalgic tone, however there’s a little bit chew to it to. Not outright bitterness, however form of chiding those that select to name baseball “only a recreation” with out better which means. That’s truly quite a bit like the sport of baseball itself, now that I give it some thought. The place have been you at emotionally once you wrote this?
KD: I’m so glad I get to speak about this as a result of I’ve been serious about it for years. My complete life, I’ve form of had a foot in two worlds, one being sports activities and the opposite music. So I hang around with lots of people in every of these areas. In my expertise, the sporty of us don’t appear to look down their noses at different individuals for being into artwork, music, films, and so forth., however for some cause it’s okay for artistic sorts to mock sports activities as dumb and pointless.
The way in which I give it some thought, there are solely a handful of issues which have been a continuing because the daybreak of civilization and have led us to determine as human. We’ve had some type of artwork, storytelling, music and dance, and faith, and we’ve had athletic competitors. Sports activities are an important a part of the ethos and all the time have been. There’s a lot humanity in sport, and I’m a bit bitter when that’s discounted and mocked. I believe perhaps individuals assume they’re “punching up” as a result of jocks are depicted on the prime of the social hierarchy in 90’s films about highschool? To me, that’s a story that should die. Not each athlete is Trevor Bauer.
And now we’re in a time when there actually are so many urgent issues to fret about and to mourn. So perhaps it does appear petty, however the absence of sports activities is loss to lots of people. We use baseball to measure time and construct household relationships, and it provides one thing for strangers to bond over that transcends political affiliation, class, faith, race, and so forth. We don’t have a whole lot of issues you’ll be able to say that about. So I believe the message is related each within the context of the pandemic and in a broader sense. It’s not a waste of time. It’s not dumb. It’s stunning.
CI: Are you continue to in that place or is the music cathartic? Or perhaps it’s a little bit of each?
KD: Properly, I’m glad I lastly put it on the market. Through the years, with all of the Cubs stuff, I’ve had mates who usually need nothing to do with sports activities attain out to me and say they acquired emotionally invested on this or that recreation due to me. Perhaps this music will attain some individuals in that method after which I’ll really feel like I’m doing one thing productive, getting individuals to understand humanity in locations they have been beforehand overlooking it.
CI: What comes first, music or lyrics?
KD: Usually for me it’s music then lyrics, however with my favourite songs a line of melody and phrases will come collectively and I’ll construct from there. This time, the primary verse form of popped into my head with the melody and I knew I couldn’t let it cease there.
CI: Some inspiration is sort of a lightning strike and a few is a smoldering ember. How lengthy did this take to return collectively and did it comply with what you’d take into account your typical course of?
KD: This one was extra of a lightning strike. I actually hadn’t even picked up my guitar for years (I often write on piano), however it was the night time John Prine died and I simply wished to carry my guitar and cry. I’d been watching a bunch of baseball films to fill the time, in order that was on my thoughts, and I occurred to learn a narrative Jay Zawaski from 670 The Rating tweeted about Steve Goodman dragging Kris Kristofferson to see Prine play to an empty room in Chicago earlier than he blew up. I’ve such a reverence for Goodman, and it was like all my baseball and people influences got here collectively and I needed to do one thing about it.
I threw my guitar in an open tuning to vary up my mindset and see what I might give you and all of it form of poured out actually quick. Essential facet observe: I realized to play in open tunings as a result of Joni Mitchell contracted polio throughout an epidemic in Canada within the 50’s and began taking part in that technique to make it simpler on her fingers. She’s all the time been a significant affect and by studying her songs, I realized the right way to completely change up the everyday writing course of. It was additionally the total pink moon that night time, and with Nick Drake as one other open tuning guitar affect, it felt like a very auspicious night time to write down.
I want I might continually recreate nights like that. They really feel easy, like one thing greater than you is feeding you traces. However they’re uncommon and particular and I really feel fortunate to have had one.
CI: You’ve written a couple of baseball-themed songs now. What’s it about baseball, and specifically your love of the Cubs, that makes it such a muse?
KD: I’ve all the time discovered baseball to be a metaphor for thus many broader issues. On this case, it’s the passage of time. Yearly, it’s born within the spring, thrives in the summertime, and dies within the chilly, like a whole lot of life. And over the course of the years, legends come and go, underdogs stand up and win, the mighty fall, and all of us together with our heroes age, foster new life, and current our children with these tales that bond us in order that they’ll keep on the custom. That’s been dependable, no matter what’s happening in our private lives or the world.
We’re being confronted with a whole lot of concern in the intervening time, and it’s good to lean into one thing that has outlived so many different tragedies and can come again thriving, bonding individuals, and giving of us a way of function after that is over and even after our personal particular person lifetimes.
On a private observe, I believe it’s simple for me to write down about baseball as a result of the metaphor of all of it is one step faraway from me, so I can write extra objectively and collectively than if I’m writing a few breakup or one thing, which frequently feels melodramatic and self-serving once I try it. It additionally simply seems like one thing I used to be destined to do. Once I was a little bit child, I saved a composition pocket book filled with Sandlot fan fiction, so you would say I’ve been on model for some time.
CI: Another initiatives within the works?
KD: For the previous couple years, I’ve been shifting on from the artist realm and specializing in composing for advertisements, TV, movies, and film trailers. I run a music manufacturing firm in LA known as Shortcake Music that creates a whole lot of bespoke commissioned items and that’s been my essential factor these days. I had no intention of releasing one other music as an artist, however once I wrote “Simply A Sport,” I felt I owed it to the music to place it out into the world and provides it life. So except that form of inspiration randomly strikes once more, I’ll be again to specializing in writing producing music for my firm.
CI: Will we see an MLB season and can there be baseball at Wrigley Area this 12 months?
KD: That’s a troublesome one. I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s a half season with no followers. I’m not too eager on the Arizona Plan, although. It feels an excessive amount of like indentured servitude (albeit with hefty paychecks). I don’t need Kris Bryant or Mike Trout to be quarantined from their new child infants, and I don’t know the way a lot I’d take pleasure in watching these guys undergo the oppressive warmth in empty stadiums for a season that will all the time have an asterisk subsequent to it anyway.
When it comes to presumably realigning the leagues/divisions so they may play at residence to no followers, I might get behind that when each state has broadly accessible testing for the general public so we will at the least faux we’re distributing sources pretty. Looks like both of those plans are going to require a helluva lot of labor simply to be doubtlessly shut down within the fall. I wish to see Mookie as a Dodger although.