By now you’re probably already sick of 2019 and waiting for the day you will have 2020 hindsight and everything will make sense. Serene Dominic feels your ennui and that’s why Onus Records is launching the Serene Dominic Countdown to 2020 series. Each day he will post a random song from his Onus Records back catalog picked at random and add any pertinent information about it that will allow you to download it and purchase the album it happens to land on. When possible we will also add a video link to view as well. In doing this together, maybe we can all countdown to a more knowledgable future, at least where Serene Dominic is concerned.
We also will keep releasing Singles of the Weekend when new ones are made available and every Wednesday will be feature a different video of an Onus Recording artist for “Video Vednesday,” an admittedly stupid name for a recurring post that only Zsa Zsa Gabor would not flinch at.
From Unnatural Blonde, released November 8, 2009
Serene 20/20 Self-Analysis: “People love to muse about the first thing they would do if they ever came into a lot of money or won the lottery. Before 2009 my answer was always the same, have a home recording studio. I never amassed a fortune either way, but that year, I had a decent enough tax return to buy tax return to buy a good microphone and a used MacBook with Garageband on it and that’s how I recorded Unnatural Blonde, a song cycle based on the 1958 movie classic Vertigo which later became the first musical I ever wrote, Swimming in the Head.
“Since the song is written from the viewpoint of Gavin Elster, the Hitchcock cad who kills his rich wife and inherits all her lazy money, I don’t think it offers any insight into my inner life except I like to see people getting big checks. I actually made one for this video which I use when I occasionally do this song as The Human Torch. People like to take pictures with the Human Torch but they like posing with the Torch and a ginormous check for 10 million dollars even more.”
“I also don’t like to work blue but the cussing on this record made me have to put a Parental Advisory Label on the cover. I think there’s a “Mutherfucker” on the Cast Album of Dark Lullaby. Something about musicals, I guess.”
Song it most closely rips off: “It owes a lot to ‘Mickey’s Monkey” which it samples the Rascals version of for this recording, along with their ‘Do You Feel It.’ You know I do.”