Pyramid, eye. Symbols. Working on the railroad. Funk. Then a dance with VO5 & a disco dream at the Crystal Corner Bar. Wake up on Lake Mendota. Crabapple blossoms. Dangerous disco lights as thunderstorm rolls by. Trampoline in the rain.
“Soul Shiny Day,” from the album Dance Originality, opens with a riff from Miles Davis’ Bitches’ Brew and takes obvious cues from Jackson Five’s “ABC” and “I Want You Back,” modernized with Chicago–style chords and horns and sung in a flowing jam–band style by its writer, Jim Yockey. Like the first two songs, this song is about joy in movement (this time, a bike ride in a Madison neighborhood) and religious–likeecstasy. Yockey, VO5’s percussionist, studied religious themes in world music as a PhD student at Berkeley.
"The Disco Haiku" starts with a water drop, the sound of a frog from Basho's famous haiku. Starting with the first five notes from the Bee Gees' "Too Much Heaven," the trumpet intro (performed by Steve Tyska, the band's resident physician) then turns to a seven-note phrase then back to five. Five-seven-five "musical haiku" note sequences fill the song, including the main melody and verses.