31 Days of Music: “Visions of You”

This is a disgustingly good & catchy song from a band whose cumulative age wouldn’t boil water. James Brotheridge reviews the Modern Superstitions’ debut EP, All the Things We’ve Been Told, in the current edition of prairie dog.

Truthfully, there’s not much to add to that. Young, check. Toronto, check. Produced by Sloan’s Patrick Pentland, check. “Visions of You” takes a few clearly identifiable parts of punk and new wave songs and mashes them together with enough style and forward propulsion (dig that great bass!) that whatever reservations you might have about the song being derivative melt away.

Just to prove that the Mod-Supes aren’t just a product of Pat Pentland’s production prowess, here they are knocking out “Visions of You” live.

You can download “Visions of You” in the classy mp3 format at the Modern Superstitions’ website for the mere surrender of your e-mail address.

Author: Emmet Matheson

Saskatchewan Diaspora

11 thoughts on “31 Days of Music: “Visions of You””

  1. Barb, have you ever won the typo contest? If not, why? Just bad luck?

    You should be entering that every issue until you win.

  2. No, because I just don’t get around to it by deadline time, Stephen. Lots of other folks do, and that’s fine.

  3. One issue I have when I blog is because I have an old cathode ray monitor I have to downsize the Word Press interface to 75 per cent when I’m writing so everything fits on the screen without any of the icons overlapping. That makes the typeface pretty tiny. I upsize it to 100 per cent in preview mode to proof-read, then I have to go back to the tiny text to make changes, so it’s kind of awkward.

  4. I’m just plain bad at editing my own copy because I’ve had the rarefied honour of working with fantastic editors throughout my writing life and have come to rely on them to keep me from looking like an idiot.

  5. The computer is not the medium I grew up with: it requires a different approach to reading, writing, and editing. Sheer practice over a decade has moved me beyond composing first drafts in longhand, but it’s still easier for me to catch errors in print rather than on a screen.
    Just for some perspective: F. Scott Fitzgerald couldn’t spell to save his life, so it’s due to editors like Maxwell Perkins that we can read the man at all. Thomas Wolfe’s inchoate messes were turned into novels by his editors, heroes one and all. Here’s to editors; we owe them a lot.

  6. Writing guru Roy Peter Clark (whose new book is called The Glamour of Grammar) uses the Perkins/Wolfe case as an example of “Cut Big, Then Small” in his book Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, a book I endorse and adore.

  7. Thank you for identifying my holiday reading, Emmet.

    I like “cut big, then small” though it seems obvious. Whitworth’s maxim is “write drunk, edit sober”. “Write drunk” refers to a loose, relaxed, playful and perhaps careless state of mind but I suppose it could be taken literally…

    Incidentally, prairie dog’s copy editor Lois-Anna Kaminski is unbelievable–you should see the monstrous amount of crap she catches. I’m an adequate copy editor at best. Mostly I just add bad words to other people’s articles.

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