Repeat was one of the first songs I ever wrote.
Before I went to my first open mic and spent a few years doing mostly spoken word, I wrote this song at a time it seemed like everywhere I looked, with myself and people around me, I kept seeing negative patterns repeating themselves.
I couldn't shake the feeling that it was by design.
During the pandemic, I found myself with a lot of time, and started writing songs again, and really wanted to record this song I wrote such a long time ago.
I have been recording other songs from that time, and I felt like this should be one of the first to come out.
My friend Dennis made a new instrumental for it, and I went out to Papertone studios to get this recorded, mixed, and mastered!
Since I have been rehearsing and recording it recently, it has taken on some new meaning for me.
I still spot repetitive cycles from time to time. It still feels very much by design.
I designed the cover art myself. It is an example of what is called an "infinite loop" in programming. The image shows how you'd write one in a programming language called "Python" more specifically.
Its pretty faint, but over the word "repeat" are the words "while True".
An infinite loop is just like what it sounds. It basically translates to "while True = True, then do X".
True will always be True, and so this code will keep executing over and over until you intervene.
The hook itself is very simple, and the end loops back to the first word. As if it were caught in its own loop.
I like this design, in that it leads to more questions: What are the conditions that are always True? And what is the design behind the patterns we find ourselves repeating?
If you'd like to learn more about programming in Python, this is my favorite resource on the matter, available completely for free online:
Hope you enjoy the track !