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Stand-Out Track: No. 3, “Make It Plane,” a meandering antifolk anthem that name-checks Chairman Mao. Sixteenth Street Heights resident Getzschman, 28, plays guitar, bass, and harmonica and wrote the words, which include such spiritual/political musings as “But we can sing, if you want, until the clouds come home/Until Mao Tse-tung throws the game.”
Musical Motivation: Getzschman’s Christian Science beliefs keep him from indulging in booze, cigs, or even Advil. Did they influence the song? “No,” he says. “Although it has optimism, and that’s in Christian Science. So much optimism that when I hear the harmonica part, it jerks my own tears.”
Inspiration struck while Getzschman was unhappily employed as a drywall patcher. His girlfriend had given him the heave-ho, and, he recalls, “I was like, What the hell am I doing with my life? I couldn’t sleep one night, so I just picked up the guitar in bed and the opening acoustic riff just came to me.”
Wrestling With the Text: The third chorus—“And if you think it’s a front or some apodictical farce/You can put the horsepower before the cart and just make it plane”—is “sort of a vague criticism of capitalism,” Getzschman says. “It’s like, capitalism is clearly a better system, but that doesn’t mean that all the questions have been answered.”
But “apodictical?” There’s a term you won’t find in any book of economic theory, Marxist, Keynesian, or otherwise. “That’s a great word I picked up from [Mary Baker Eddy’s] Science and Health,” Getzschman says. “It means ‘self-evident.’ So I guess Christian Science did influence the song.”—Ben Westhoff