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One day, that's all I had in Madrid. And where else would I go but to the Prado museum, to suck down as much incredible Spanish painting as I could. Velasquez, Zurbaran, and of course, Goya.

What really got to me, what sparked the writing of this song, was the contrast between Goya's "cartoons" for tapestries on the upper floors, and his "Black Paintings" in one of the main galleries below. The cartoons depict the light filled carefree existence of young girls and hunters and noblemen, but always with Goya's little all-too human twists and humor. The Black Paintings are gloriously anxiety-ridden nightmares, with witches and dogs and men killing each other for no reason. The painting is awkward and yet rock solid. It was the breadth of this vision, his ability to get this huge slice of life on canvas that just blew me up.


Spotted dogs wait on the hill,
For the young men to go hunting
girl selling oranges approaches a group of men
picnicking and sporting
lovely majas in a circle holding hands and
In a stretched sheet they are tossing
effigy of a young man stuffed and painted and
wordlessly accepting


De goya

Group of women with their faces twisted
You can hear the evil cackling
Two men on the plain in the last light
Simply beating each other to death
On the rim of a black hill two figures are
Tangled up and flying
The devil himself in the form of a goat-man
Over witches is presiding


De Goya


from Speak, released October 1, 2015


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The Introverts Tucson, Arizona

Hoge Day and Mark Taylor met while both were members of an artist's collective gallery in Tucson, Arizona. Their years-long friendship and collaboration would eventually give birth to the band, the introverts.
Daniel Behrend joined them on drums, and, for the album, Speak, they were joined by bassist Blair Forward to help create their driving, signature sound.
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