Objects in Space will be performing Feb. 23 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really


Tell Me About That Song: Nick Hilden, Vocalist and Bassist of Portland's Objects in Space

Objects in Space will be performing Feb. 23 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Nick Hilden, vocalist and bassist of Portland psychedelic trio Objects in Space, delves into the perks of living in a crack neighborhood, a man who had his lips and ears cut off but still finds joy in his life, and how to best pull off a wig and tiara.

Song: Psychopomp

Album: It will be included on our upcoming debut that will be ready for release in the early part of summer.

When it was written: In early 2011.

Where it was written: Like most of our songs, it was written in the basement of our house venue, the Loud House, which is located in one of the more crackhead populated regions of northeast Portland. Crack neighborhoods are great for cheap rent. And the cops don't care about volume because it's the least of their problems.

Favorite line in the song: "When I wake up I know I'm dreaming. I've learned to need it. It gives it meaning."

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Our songs often have variances and improvisations thrown in, but Psychopomp has remained consistent. I think we like it how it is.

Odd Fact: The first verse is about a Turkish ex-prison guard who I met while I was living in Paris. He'd had his lips and ears cut off by some of the inmates when he made it known that they were going to kill another inmate. Hear no evil, speak no evil, they told him. The prison surgeon had done a terrible job of putting his face back together, and when he drank beer he had to tilt his head back or it would all run out between his teeth. He was an absolutely fantastic, jovial person. He was of the opinion that getting his face cut off was one of the best things that had ever happened to him. He went from working a job he hated in a place he hated to living on a pension in Paris. And how could life be any better than that? I have great respect for people who have lived through nightmares and can still think in such a manner.

What was your inspiration for writing "Psychopomp": Like many of our songs, the lyrics for Psychopomp are inspired by people who have been able to push themselves beyond the temporal reality to which most people attach so much meaning. In the everyday world we all share, most people create an array of insignificant torments. Some people are smart or lucky enough to do the opposite. These people develop a web of small and large delights. The contrast between the people who live in a nightmare and the people who live in a dream is so plain that you can see it on their faces as you pass them on the street. You see the sullen fellow for whom the slightest inconvenience is a disaster. For him, life is an endless drudgery punctuated neither by actual tragedy nor by true moments of triumph. Then you see the glowing Serbian girl who, when she was a teenager, witnessed the execution of her entire family. Her chief concern is with life, and how to best enjoy it. She doesn't give a damn if the bus is five minutes late.

What was your favorite time playing it live: I really enjoyed playing it last Halloween at the Red Room in Portland. It was a wild night and my costume involved all the most important elements: a dress, blood, a wig and a tiara. When we came up to play the High Dive last summer we had a really good time as well. Some beer festival had just closed so the bar suddenly filled with a crowd of all-day drunks. The song is pretty danceable, and it's always good to see people get into things and move.

What is the meaning behind the song: A "psychopomp" is a creature or event or spirit that carries a person from one state of existence to another. Typically it is used in a mythological sense, such as going to or returning from the afterlife. In reality, we meet people and experience things that bring us to another state of being again and again over the course of our lives. Once one has truly experienced loss or love, they are never the same again. Psychopomp celebrates the people who recognize and apprehend life's most important occurrences.

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