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New Song: Broken Heads

By January 19, 2021January 21st, 2021music, Tuesday Groove Kabobs
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Oh boy— a new song!

This one is called “Broken Heads”. It’s a part of my Tuesday Groove Kabobs project where I release a new song every Tuesday.

“Broken Heads” is about a situation where you find yourself in the presence of someone who is being a pessimistic grumpy pants. The more time you spend with that person the harder it is to resist being dragged into their internal pit of hopeless rotting despair.  You were in a good mood but it won’t be long for your good mood to turn into a bad mood.  Don’t let this happen to you. Get out of there!

This sound likes a bummer of a song, though the catchy chorus might say otherwise. It even contains a “that’s what she said” joke (it’s the first time I’ve ever done that).

I hope you like the song. Take a listen.

If you are with a friend, I recommend you make a game out of it. You and your friend both start listening to the song at the same time. Whoever can listen to the entire song the fastest wins.  I hope you win and your stupid friend loses. Please know that I am rooting for you!


I was a little concerned with the melody of the chorus. I felt it was getting close to Wham! territory. Then I remembered that sounding like Wham! is nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s something to strive for. In the future, I will try to sound more like Wham! That’s the Mike Votava Wham! guarantee.

Here’s a question for all you punctuation nerds. When ending a sentence with a band name that ends in an exclamation point, do you need to add a period after that exclamation point, or can the exclamation point at the end of the band name also serve as the punctuation to mark the end of the sentence? (see the second to last sentence of the previous paragraph for an example of what I’m talking about)  If I was a music reporter in the 80s at a Wham! press conference, this would be the first question that I would ask George Michael.

I looked up the Wham! song I was thinking of. It’s called “Freedom”. It doesn’t sound like my song at all. Not sure why I thought it did.

Have you seen the video? It’s a bit nuts. The video documents Wham!  touring China. At the end of the video we get to some footage of their live show. It’s incredible! Dance moves, horn section, plaid trench coats, 80s hair… makes me wish that I could have seen Wham! in their prime.

Broken Heads
by Mike Votava

The other day when you came by
you took the sky from me
Now things have changed
can’t feel the clouds underneath my feet

Give it up for old curmudgeon
get off my lawn
that’s what she said
The enemy might be among us
with shifty eyes and broken heads

The empty streets are occupied
with the secret messages that transmit
give me your decoder ring
I’m gonna smash it into bits