We caught up with Motopony frontman Daniel Blue last week before he and the band took off for Las Vegas to film a music video for their song "King of Diamonds" with director Josh Forbes. (Forbes has also directed videos for The Fray, Sarah Bareilles, and Good Charlotte . . . yeah. But also Cold War Kids, Ariel Pink, and Hockey?)
Blue was kind enough to share a demo for a new song called "She Is Spirit." Recorded in his bedroom on his trademark three-string guitar, it's a moving exploration of the importance of community. He explains the two-part inspiration for the song:
"I went to Olympia the day that they announced the budget deficit and was studying what programs were going to be cut. I've been thinking a lot about homelessness, and they're cutting off Lifeline, which is a monthly check for people who are disabled or can't work."
He then explained that while he's been sober for a while, "Recently I walked across town to go meet some friends at a bar. I couldn't find them, and as I was walking back home, I just kept wanting to stop into a bar and have a drink. I was feeling alone and I thought, 'Unless you're drinking, it's so hard to achieve human connection in this city.' So that's kind of where the first line came from."
Not exactly sunny-day music, but definitely an interesting meditation from one of Seattle's most promising songwriters. Give it a listen below.