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Motopony will be performing July 7 at Neumos
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it?

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Tell Me About That Song: Daniel Blue, Vocalist of Indie-Pop Band Motopony

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Motopony will be performing July 7 at Neumos
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Daniel Blue, vocalist and guitarist of Seattle's Motopony, delves into writing music post-coitus, the need for a tarot card disclaimer and contraceptive zombies.

Song: "King Of Diamonds"

Album: Motopony

Release Date: May 11

When it was written: March 2009

Where it was written: At the foot of my girlfriends bed, naked, post coitus. I love satisfaction, and upon it I sat up, reached for my guitar, which was conveniently placed right where I needed it to be, and somehow had a melody waiting in my mind. Sometimes they just come out all at once. Something about that surreal space of pure comfort, it's like I was high enough to hear the heavens singing.

Favorite line in the song: "Spades and clubs they just ain't shining, and my heart knows nothings free." I like it because it skirts around the card metaphor by using the metaphor within the cards themselves. A spade is more than a spade.

Which part was the hardest to come up with: The ending. I'm so bad at endings. They are always messy. It's true for me in relationships, and paintings and breakfast. I don't like stopping, you know? Somehow we found that odd blue resolve, but I can't tell you I didn't have to hunt like mad for it.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: The guitar tone on the recording. I was just a baby guitar player back then, and probably needed a better pickup and strings and now I play through an electric - but that's the beauty of a record. That's what it is, a record. Like a document of where you were and what you knew and how you though it should be. So I guess I wouldn't change anything. No regrets. Nice try, trick question.

Odd fact about song: When we were recording in the basement, our roomates thought the line was, "I've been looking for a contraceptive." At least that's what they heard through the floors. They found it so catchy and when we would come upstairs they would be wandering the halls singing it like zombies. At first I thought they were just making fun of me, but it turns out that's what they thought the words were. When the song was done they were like, "Oh, right."

What was your inspiration for writing the song: I had my tarot cards read by a friend with a deck of 52. I drew a poker hand, had three kings, an ace and a ten. The seer said, "It's about the king thats missing." I started thinking a lot about what the hell the king of diamonds represented in my life. How I needed him, if I needed him and how I could figure out how to do money, get money, keep money, etc. I figured a partnership with the king of diamonds would bring me success in life. This led to some pretty hard relationships and some pretty messy endings. Sometimes I think the tarot should come with a disclaimer.

When was your favorite time performing it live: Right when I wrote it, for the girlfriend who knew it was about her. First time is always the best, but that wasn't really a performance as much as an unveiling. I suppose the time that I've seen it go off the hottest live was in L.A. at a showcase KCRW put on for us. They had been playing the song quite a bit and I swear 1000 people in the audience knew the words. Crazy feeling.

What is the meaning behind the song: This song is about letting go of what you think you are looking for and learning to accept what you have right in front of you. I wish I could say more about that, but really it's pretty simple. You kinda have to let go of your idea of what you think you need in order to have what is actually available for you. How many times have I reached out beyond the good thing before me in order to yearn for what is only a fantasy?

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