Two songs today, the shorter of which needs a bit of context.
First, the other one: I Still Reckon
This was written a few years ago when I was feeling old and creaky. I'm planning a Gedankenband version at the next available opportunity. It was probably inspired content-wise by a Weezer song, and the Shakira reference is certainly intentional.
Now, then. Back in college I wrote a song called Solitaire about the end of a recent relationship. Turns out it was one of my better songs from that time and the band really liked it. So it became the opener at most of our shows through the rest of 1990 and 1991. The next band I was in liked it too, so Jury Rig also played it. The band after that, Science Diet, was less enthusiastic, thinking it was rather negative. I recorded it for In-Jokes With Myself and then didn't really think about it.
The relevant ex-girlfriend and I stayed in touch and are quite good friends these days. It turns out she likes the song, too. And while I was pretty worked up at the situation 20+ years ago, I no longer associated the song with the feelings that inspired it. Nevertheless, I felt kind of bad about it. So I decided to write a short sequel to Solitaire. I've played around with that sort of thing before, having written a few other sequels (to songs like Love at First Sight and Sally's Sister) but never released them.
So here is the (very short) sequel to Solitaire: Solitaire: New Deal