C'est tout. For now.
Behind the music...in a NPR interview with Glen Hansard, he talked about how we (songwriters) can work and work and work on a song, trying to make it perfect, but that sometimes the best songs just come, as gifts (I'm paraphrasing, obviously). When we wrote "Wrong", we had this riff, and some vague notion of what we were trying to express (see http://www.blove3.com/1/post/2012/07/old-scripts-mocking-and-creativity.html) but the song came to us almost fully formed, like a wave. I recently wrote a song, from a fragment of an idea, on a Saturday, and it's now one of our favorites (it will be on the next CD - it's called "Maybe the Day"). "Why" was a bit like that, born of frustration, me sitting in my living room running a chord progression, just singing about a busted relationship, failed expectations (I know, I know, an expectation is just a premeditated resentment - but it did give me a song...) a broken heart. Came out in a song. When I met Katie, I played it for her, told her the harmony I heard in my head, and she added bass, Carl added percussion and we had a song. I think maybe all the work we do on the songs we're writing (we listen to popular songs on the iPod or YouTube and say, we spend waaaaay too much time on our lyrics. And music.), pays off not in the songs we're working on, but in the gifts we get for doing the work. Twice in a Lifetime came that way, and Why, and Maybe the Day, and Wrong. Inspiration comes in its own unique way. Our job is to listen. And write. And sing.
C'est tout. For now.
Ah, the joys of owning a tube amp! When it works, it's the best sound in the world - sweet and crunchy and tons of sexy. AND, I get to learn all about electronics. It's sitting on the dining room table right now, disassembled, again, as I test tubes and setting, trying to get rid of an annoying snare drum fizz on certain notes, maybe due to the fact that the speakers rattle the tubes until they weep.
It's a love/hate relationship. Perfect for the kind of music we play. Two nights ago, at our CD release party, I had it turned up to almost 3! It behaved well and loudly. I should probably just stop messing with it, but might as well face it...
I'm addicted to tubes.
Katie and Joe
Katie manages the band. No, wait, Joe does. No, Katie. No...