I'm glad the "Spirit of Radio" vocals don't sound strained. My voice feels a bit strained after I sing them. It probably wouldn't be a problem for me to record an entire song in that register, but I really wouldn't want to try to do a gig with all songs in that register, I'm not sure I'd make it through. Not that I was going out and doing gigs (before COVID-19, nobody can now, of course). I should probably be doing some kind of vocal exercises or something. I think I was a lot more comfortable in different parts of my range when I was singing in choirs.
I absolutely know what Micah means about basses who are "very invested in being basses." I don't think that's what I've got going on, but maybe it's harder to recognize in myself than in someone else? I feel like the last few years I've been trying to figure out what kind of range I can sing most (physically) comfortably in and getting (psychologically/artistically) comfortable with how I sound in whatever range that is. Listening back to recordings of myself from 20 years ago, I often sang comfortably in a higher register than I'm usually in today. I think I have tried to push too low on occasion as well. There's a particular fumbled low note in "Tearing History Down" which you guys noted in that song's podcast; Micah mentioned basses in choirs that time too:
I didn't actually own a capo at that time. I bought one shortly after the podcast. Thanks, Ryan!
I am definitely pleased that glennny flipped out...Micah: I don't know what his inspiration for including the Rush song as well, probably he just noticed that the chord progressions matched and probably he was like, oh, I bet glennny is gonna flip out...
I don't actually think the chord progression from the original version does match up with the Rush chords. In addition to Better Oblivion Community Center's studio version of "Dylan Thomas," I listened to their performance of the song from their NPR Tiny Desk concert quite a bit during the process of working out my own version. The studio version of the song fades out. The chords they ended with live inspired the way I started the song and those chords fit under "Spirit of Radio."