theCatherines – So much time and so little to do

by | Mar 28, 2019 | Song of the Day

Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.
— from Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Billy Pilgrim floated freely within the time-space continuum, simultaneously experiencing birth, death, and all intervening events. All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist.

theCatherines toggle off Vonnegut’s free-form mode of time travel, selecting instead the Einstein-Rosen bridge of Donnie Darko, one portal a plastic milk crate-encased record collection located in San Francisco circa 1967 – the musically moral equivalent of the Interstellar bookcase – the other opening in the seat of a Jasper Morrison chair in Heiko Schneider’s living room.

In ‘So much time and so little to do,’ theCatherines explore the mirroring phenomena of time-space compression versus Hubble’s Inflation Theory: time passes all-too-quickly when we are with someone we love, but expands into infinity when we are alone.

‘So much time and so little to do’ was written, sung, played, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Heiko Schneider, who self-describes theCatherines as a ‘Jingle-jangle-fuzz-power-pop-LoFi-wallofsound-DIY-Home-Studio-Project from Hamburg, Germany.’ Regular readers of Reverb Raccoon are already fans of theCath’s songs, which merge retro musicality with modern literalism. Today’s track marks the ninth appearance of theCatherines in these virtual pages: they scored our Song of the Day seven times, plus turned up in our Favorite Songs of 2018 and our Best Christmas Songs of 2018 compilations.

You can help support deserving independent musicians like theCatherines by visiting their Bandcamp page, listening to their songs, and downloading your favorite tracks. And be sure to follow theCatherines on Facebook and Instagram.


Charles Norman is a writer and historian. His interests include music, the movies of Wes Anderson and Christopher Guest, and The Office.  Email:

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