We'll Teach Them How to Privatize (Extended Play Instrumental)

by John Davis

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This is a 45 minute long instrumental guitar piece. It's an exercise in repetitive hypnosis and a semi recognizable version of the second track from the 2017 album El Pulpo by John Davis & the Cicadas. This version originally came out on cassette in 2015 on Unread Records, but has now been remastered for digital re-release here in its original form as a single track, rather than being cut into two to fit the cassette format. Digital download is accompanied with a new slide show put together for this reissue about various sources that speak to the lyrical concerns of the vocal version. I like how the 45 minute version makes me think of the last chapter of Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, which I talk to my students about every year as an example of how form can show, rather than tell, content.

This is a side project, but one that I love and listen to more often than most things I have done - especially while cooking. I was surprised when I put it out how much my band the Cicadas liked it, so this goes out to Justin, Rob, and Alex for the sense of community.


released April 28, 2020

Guitar, Kaivo, (re)mixing, mastering: John Davis


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John Davis & The Cicadas Durham, North Carolina

John Davis is a musician who works solo, with Folk Implosion, with a backing band called the Cicadas, and with Dennis Callaci. He also works on defending transforming public education as a teacher - organizer with the Durham Association of Educators.

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