Five years ago, I was trained in a digital humanities platform known as Scalar. Among the things you can do with it is to annotate media files so that the annotations effectively pop-up during the playback. I thought this was an incredibly cool tool and at the time, I used it to create three “breakdown” posts and invited some friends to comment:
The Emotions’ “Blind Alley” with an assist from the late Matthew Africa
Sly and the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” with help from Joseph Schloss
Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” joined by Loren Kajikawa.And then, like many new tools I get into, I ramp up quick…and then end up ghosting away from it. With Scalar though, I recently decided that such a fun and useful tool is revisiting and as I’ve been listening the ____ out of The Impressions lately, what better way to try to dissect that obsession by dissecting one of their songs.
Peep my annotation of The Impressions’ “My Deceiving Heart.”