A few months ago, my friend Graeme and I were discussing something I was really worked up about - "seething" would have been a good word for it. Graeme can always be relied on to say what he thinks, and he pretty quickly pointed out to me that what I was so angry about was a "first world problem".
Suitably chastened, I thought a lot about what he'd said and began to realise that a lot of the things we in the "first world" (I think Australia still qualifies) worry about are pretty insignificant compared to others with much less fortunate lives.
"First World Blues" is what I wrote in response. It's a bit tongue in cheek and the words perhaps a little tangential, but is meant to make you think a bit about others' circumstances next time you start complaining about your car not starting or your partner walking out. Things could be MUCH worse!
This was written to take to the PBGB Shed, but as it didn't feel like it needed (or indeed had room for) 10 people playing/singing on it, I decided to do it myself, with Jan on harmony vocal.
Artwork modified from a work by Anja Gudic - check out her stuff here: agillustration.tumblr.com
from Looking Like The Real Thing
released January 1, 2017
Neil Porter - vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion, drum programming, production
Jan Porter - background vocal