I just bought "To Record Only Water For Ten Days" by Frusciante. Such deep music.
Yes, that album is quite deep as far as singer-songwriter songs go. The deepest I've ever been in contact with.
I've probably listened to that album probably close to a thousand times in the span of 4 years, usually while driving or sitting in my car, sometimes with a friend - which would usually set the mood for philosophizing and wondering.
Actually come to think of it, I lost my girlfriend because of that album! She hated it, while I intuitively felt that it was so special and significant that I pretty much prioritized my life around listening to frusciante music, playing guitar, and painting and so I kind of stopped paying as much attention to her.
she broke it off with me eventually, seeing that I wasnt going back to my old ways of social climbing, being trendy, watching NBA basketball with her, getting drunk on the weekends and going crazy to guns & roses. I did a complete 180 on her. My personality changed quite a bit, and she said bye-bye. And at the time, I didnt care a bit. I thought I had the key to something very special that most people were too spiritually unevolved to understand.
I havent come across any singer songwriter type songs that really come close to the depth of the lyrics and vibe of that TROWFTD album, along with alot of other songs by John.
I will always remember that period of my life when I was heavily into John's personality and message as kind of like a strange sunset, in the sense that, it was a beautiful time, yet I was on the verge of great darkness. John seems to consciously want to make his listeners become aquainted and comfortable with death.
I had no idea how deep the lyrics from TROWFTD actually were when I first started listening to that album. It took me about a years worth of listening combined with alot of reading, and some realy intense shroom and LSD trips before I one day just suddenly realized what the whole album was saying. (or at least I thought and still think I do - -these days however I can actually criticize the lyrics a bit, I know what he means, and I just dont agree with 'some' of what he says anymore. but still, what he's created is a comendable achievement given his temperment and environmental conditions)
After listening to the album long enough, combined with experimenting, painting, and reading - The lyric from 'away & anywhere' came to mean alot to me. I was shocked by the profound and simple intelligence of the album, and also how directly the lyrics spoke to the listener, I mean, john's not big on telling a story, he wants to communicate very directly.
"I didn't mean for you - to fathom what you bought'
It was a simple lyric, and it perhaps doesnt do it much justice to quote it here by itself without contrasting it to the rest of the albums content, but you might understand.
What it meant to me was: "I didnt mean for you to understand what it was that I was getting you into".
It's like kierkguaard when he said: "in order to save men, you must be able to seduce them"
Frusciante's music seduced and pulled me along until I reached a point where I seen how harrowing and vast the truth is, I came in contact with death (too close for comfort) but by the time I realized what he had helped get me into, I couldnt go back.
Kind of like the QRS does to some people I'm sure! ;)
After listening to John's stuff for long enough (I did alot of other things too, but they always had some sort of resonance with john, sometimes it was very indirect -- I was very into 'terrence mckenna' for instance) I became genuinely very unhappy and involuntarily isolated for the first time in my life, and it was then that the album really started to make sense. And it was also then that I started philosophizing more maturely - started reading more mature stuff - J.Krishnamurti for instance, and then eventualy I ended up here.
There are some free albums available for dowload from john's site:
'sounds from the inside' was recorded shortly before Californication, while TROWFTD was recorded after.
'Shadows collide with people' was recorded around the same time as 'by the way', and demo's from SCWP are available for download.
The official SCWP album is very, very high quality production and recording, but I find the feeling of the album too warm and fuzzy -- but its still pretty great.
After SCWP, John released 6 more albums within the span of 6 months. Some of the albums only have about 4 tracks, while other are 10+ track albums.
They're of course decent, but TROWFD & 'sounds from the inside' both have much more replay value in my opinion. Those album don't get old easily, at least not for me, I dont know what it is. I think its because they have more of a stark feel to them.
Stuff like SCWP is just too much positive sensation, but still kind of great.