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Stolen from wikipedia:

During his six months in Bellevue [a psychiatric hospital], Spence was diagnosed with schizophrenia. On the day of his release, he drove a motorcycle, dressed in only his pajamas, directly to Nashville to record his only solo album, with no other musicians appearing on it, the now-classic psychedelic/folk album Oar (1969, Colombia Records).

A profound influence in underground music, Skip Spence’s album Oar is an unstable and wild journey through the troubled mind of an incredibly gifted musician. Many songs were done in one take, and it’s interesting to hear how the flubs impact them. In any case, the songs are mesmerizing, and a little unsettling at times.

This song reminds me of a sad, tired Spence sitting in his little room in Bellevue, thinking of happier people and places, and then looking around to realize that he is alone and the happy people are not around him. The song is tinged with melancholy, yet is simultaneously catchy.

I present to you now “Little Hands” by Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence. I hope you enjoy it! Here’s the link for the download.


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