Originally, I wanted to do a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, but when I came across this poem by Charles Bukowski, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. As soon as I read it, I thought of a song I used to love by The Presidents of the United States of America named, “Kitty”. Luckily, the song had fallen into the public domain now that they’ve been split for some time, so I could use it in the background. I think the most challenging aspect of using this song, however, was that it is a song that tends to catch your attention, which can be somewhat distracting to the listener (also several F’bombs at the end, which I’m particularly fond of).
To combat this issue, I tried lowering the volume of the track, but then you could hardly hear it, and that was distracting. I tried increasing volume in isolated areas for effect, and that seems to have worked ok. I’m still not sure this worked like I wanted, exactly, but short of dumping it and starting over with different background music, I was kinda stuck.
In the intro, I tried to approximate a person scrolling through the radio dial for music. Don’t be alarmed if you can’t understand some of the words, because it’s foreign radio that I recorded on my iPhone, then pumped into Audacity for that “tinny” mono sound. I like it. I hope you do too.
By A. H. Norton