The Wit and Wisdom of George Swan

This post was originally featured on Roughly Recommended blog.

We’re not sure what’s more intriguing about George Swan: that his press release tells us he was ‘born in an unspecified swamp and raised by alligators’ or that his musical pseudonym is Big Dik Blak. Either way, we figured his lyrics might offer a hot take or two on those big life-shaped obstacles we’ve all encountered at some point or another. Without further ado, here’s an introduction to George Swan via some questionably advice.

George Swan – Claudette

He started out wanting to rule the world
He found out it was a little too large
So he thought, let’s just rule a really small part of it
Maybe start with this garage

What we learned: Donald Trump should’ve just pottered around in his garage.

George Swan – Connector’s In Your Mind

She’s a highway girl 
She’s a highway muffin inside

What we learned: You really don’t know what’s going on inside a woman.

George Swan – Danger Zone

I got the blues so bad
My baby gone and left me for good
She took all of my money
Just like I knew she would

What we learned: Trust your instincts- women can be golddiggers.

George Swan – I’ve Got A Boyfriend

I’m Bruce’s wife she said to me
Nice to meet you
As she walked past it occurred to me
I don’t know any Bruces!

What we learned: Don’t believe everything they tell you. No-one is called Bruce anymore.

George Swan – Jellyfish

You said you got stung by one once before
The first time you saw one by the shore
The burn was so bad it made you cry
The vinegar helped, it made you smell like a cute little French Fry

What we learned: vinegar is an antidote for jellyfish stings and also a pheromone to some men (esp. George Swan).

George Swan – Morgue in E Minor

And as I stand there laughing molars falling from my mouth
They somehow sense my displeasure

What we learned: Dentists won’t be sympathetic if you haven’t looked after those pearly whites.

George Swan – No Past

Walk softly to the car
Pull it out of gear
It rolls slowly down the hill 
I start it 200 yards away

What we learned: It’s important to put the handbrake on when you hill park.

George Swan – Sunset on Double Time

Where the river meets the ocean,
Where the ocean meets the sky
Where the fish journey ten thousand miles,
Then return to die, then return to die

What we learned: behind every Instagrammed sunset, there’s a lethal fish pilgrimage.

George Swan – Butterfly

I’m very tired, kinda sleepy
Oh yeah, you know what I’m talkin about
I need to drink about 10 cups of coffee just to wake up
So I can get back to you girl
So we making love all night long

What we learned: 10 cups of coffee is the optimum amount for love making.

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We Talk To Brazilian Jazz Fusion Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Just In Time For The Release Of His Brand New Album ‘Sebastiana’



Multi-instrumentalist Ricardo Bacelar has recently released his brand new album ‘Sebastiana’, a collection of sounds influenced by different musicians, and instruments. However, the main theme is seemingly Brazilian, which suits, as leading man Ricardo is from Fortaleza in Brazil.

We got the chance talk to Ricardo about the life he has lived leading up to this time, and how he feels about where he is now:

Q: At what age did you start to really take music seriously, When did you know that’s what you wanted to do? 

A: The piano has always been very present in my life since childhood. My father plays the piano and used to sit me on his lap to play with him since I was a baby. I started studying music at the age of 5 and after studying harmony, ‘still an adolescent’, I began to accompany some Brazilian singers. The music began to take up a lot of space in my life and I was gradually entering the world of recording studios and concerts.

Q: What has inspired you most throughout your career? 

A: Keith Jarret, who opened my mind to wide improvisation, a specific training that promotes its creativity. The second one is Chick Corea, which mixes various colours and influences, creating an environment with a lot of personality. The last one is the Brazilian Egberto Gismonti.

Q: Over the years, what has proven to be difficult or challenging?

A: I understand that coherence and discourse are important pillars. I understand that the musician should not remain in a comfortable zone. They need to push their boundaries, recycle, advance in their studies, and try to record discs that have pre-set concepts that bring together elements that add value to their music.

Q: And finally, as a musician, what is your definition of success?

A: Success is being able to touch what you like and have a faithful audience. In fact, success is not what you do, but what you did.