Brain Dead

Karen Mantler’s Farewell
Xtra Watt records
Michael Evans (drums/percussion) & Karen Mantler (keyboards/vocals/composition)
This track is one of my favorites on this duo record. Karen was conveying a real darkness on this one. Most of the tunes written/performed on this record were about her long-lost-deceased friend, Arnold the cat. I’m playing a simple rhumba that became interesting sounding when I changed the orchestration of what I used in my left hand. I held a bead pod in my left hand simultaneously with an ankle-bell strap fastened around my wrist semi-loosely. I played the rhythm with a stick in my right hand and utilised the individual shakes of the bean pod and the ankle-bell strap with my left. Recorded at Grog Kill Studios, NY 1996.

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