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I had a great time writing and recording this one. It came to me swinging in a hammock at my friend Sarah’s house in Rabinal, Guatemala. A beautiful time, down there.
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It’s supposed to be bad form to talk bad about your own work, but I’m not entirely happy with this one. I was trying so hard on this album to be solid and professional that, in my view, some parts ended up a little too sterile. This song suffered particularly from that.
In my head, I heard a solo for this track. A really grand, brilliant, soaring solo. It’s supposed to come in four counts after the song – this take of the song – ends. But it’s not there! You may not hear it, but it bugs me a lot. It’s one of those things that I’d like to redo, and wouldn’t be hard, theoretically, but I guess it just feels like going backwards. No easy way out of this one.
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Happy lyrics sung sadly/Sad lyrics sung happily = a good song. This one stemmed from a stew of questions about life and society I had swilling in my head, you know, the questions most people in their 20s obsess about. Why do things have to be this way? Why do people insist on being sad? And so on.
I love playing this song live. On a good night people will join in the chorus at the end and everything seems lighter for awhile.
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This one was also written in Russia, albeit earlier than Anthem. I think it might be the oldest tune on the album, actually.
I’m starting to like putting an instrumental cut on my albums. I think I’ll do that again, next time round.
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This one went through an enormous number of iterations. When I play it nowadays (which is rarely) it’s a lot more uptempo and has a solo and various interludes. I don’t like my older stuff much and I find it hard to listen to.
Anyway, this song is just a collection of old folk sayings and such that I put into a song so as to be able to remember them easier. Some people really like this song apparently, so here it is for you.
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This is a strange, droning tune that grew out of a reggae chant I wrote years ago in Russia. Bagpipes. I put bagpipes on it, and I love it!
As with most of the tracks on this album, this song used to be a lot longer but I went through some pretty merciless editing in order to smoothen things out, thematically-speaking. Of course now, listening to it later, I wish I had left the longer versions alone. Sometimes your first instinct really is the best one.
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A country song, a love song, basically a song about how hard it is to leave the one you love to go make money, just to end up spending it and so on. Wanting to get away, unplug, and just BE with that person. Simple.
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The Blue Book isn’t really a concept album, like Ferns, but a collection of songs from the closet. It’s a couple years of songs all lumped together in a more or less conscious fashion.
This song deals with those nebulous and wonderful beginning to middle years of a new relationship. It’s just a simple love song. It’s also huge amounts of fun to play live and is one of my favorites.