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OCD Celebrity Tomorrow

Hello! It's been a hot second!

I just got back from a long writing and recording retreat at my Dad's home way up in Addison (where my Maine recording studio lives!) with my new band, THE CATERERS (exciting stuff -- more about us soon!), followed by a special Date-Thanksgiving with my girlfriend*, Caitlin Murphy and my dad's three lovely dogs.

Cait and me and 3 doggies, Addison, ME, day after Thanksgiving


*My bandmates had returned to the New York area for the holiday and my dad celebrated in New Orleans with his girlfriend.


Tomorrow, I'm interviewing a celebrity about OCD. The award winning adversity advocate and former co-achor of KCBS afternoon news is talking to ME! I will be posting the video on my next blog-post tomorrow evening.


Here's the itinerary:

  • Say our hellos!

  • Talk about OCD

  • Listen to demo snippet of upcoming Hiccups single, “Slanted”, to be released in early February

  • Reaction and discussion on how life feels “slanted”, off-kilter, lop-sided, backwards, reverse, or like a broken record, living with OCD

  • Talk about Greater Good decision-making and how it has helped navigate Jeff’s (and Stoddard’s) recovery

  • Finish the talk with a second snippet of Slanted

  • Thoughts / Closing remarks

Here are lyrics from the Slanted snippets we will be listening to tomorrow:


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SLANTED SNIPPET #1:

SHILOH

THE BURNER’S BLAZING,

THE VIEW’S AMAZING,

RIGHT NOW NO TURBULENCE IN SIGHT (He hiccups)

BUT WHAT IF WE’RE NOT RIGHT?


I’VE GOT THE HICCUPS FROM HELL,

THE HICCUPS FROM HELL,

AND AS LONG AS I KEEP FEEDIN’,

THE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP REPEATIN’,

I’LL JUST CONTINUE NEEDIN’ THEM GONE (He hiccups)

GONE (He hiccups again)


SHILOH & LIZA

BE GONE!


SHILOH

I COME WITH FLOWERS,

THEN HOURS OF PASSIONATE HOURS,

DEVOUR MY NEED TO EVEN MOVE,

BUT THE GROOVE WON’T SOOTHE,

MY UNRELENTING NEED,

TO CAST AN ANXIOUS SPELL.


I START THE MORNING ADORING HER,

NEVER IGNORING HER,

POURING MY HEART OUT ON A SLEEVE,

THEN I LEAVE,

AND I BREATHE,

THEN SOMETHIN’ REMINDS ME,

OF THE TIMES WE DIDN’T CLICK SO WELL.


I’VE GOT THE HICCUPS FROM HELL,

STUCK IN HICCUPS HOTEL,

AND AS LONG AS I KEEP FEEDIN’,

THE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP REPEATIN’,

THEY’LL JUST CONTINUE LEADIN’ ME ON.


BOTH

SOMETHING’S SLANTED!


SLANTED SNIPPET #2

(Shiloh's lyrics only, for clarity purposes):


SHILOH

'WHAT IF WE’RE NOT,

NOT RIGHT?'

THOUGHT’S THAT KEEP REPEATIN’,

THEY’LL JUST CONTINUE LEADIN’ ME

ON AND ON!


OH BUT IF I STOP HIGHLIGHTING,

THE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP RE-WRITING,

THE HOPE THAT’S SLOWLY SLIDING TO GRAY,

AND IF THEY FADE AWAY,

I’LL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER DAY FOR GRANTED.

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1st Snippet explanation -

This section speaks to the never-ending traps that serve to lead you on when lost in the depths of an endless OCD sea. The more you give in, the more lost you become, further shackled to the disorder.


2nd Snippet explanation -

Here, Shiloh makes a deal with himself that if he can stop overthinking and giving into the OCDemon, we will never again take life for granted. This is of course a huge ask, as he is desperate for a breath of fresh peace of mind. The problem is, he is not only making a deal with himself, but with the inner Ghost, the voice of his OCD. Shiloh continues to feed the voice in exchange for brief moments of clarity. But you can't make a deal with OCD. It will stab you inn the back every time. And those moments of peace will stretch to fewer and further between.


Catch you tomorrow, after Mr. Bell and I talk in depth about OCD and how to conquer it, day to day! Thanks for reading,


Stoddard.



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