Track 1: “Make a Mess”

Written by hootenannie on November 2nd, 2009

Welcome to EP release week here on the old blog!  For each of the next 7 days, I’m going to tell you a little something about a song from the project.  It’s like VH1’s “Behind the Music,” but without the heroin.

So feel free to listen each day – and then, if you feel so inclined, order your own copy of “Wish That I Was” – because I now have an ONLINE STORE!  I’ll get your copy to the post office post haste.

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“Make a Mess”

Crushes are such sweet agony, such fluttery torture – and “Make a Mess” is my small attempt at catching the feeling.

I knew that I wanted this song to be the first track on the EP, and it was important to me that it feel simple, warm, and organic.  I think that Josh captured it perfectly – earthy and unpolished and welcoming – my favorite kind of country music, the kind that could easily be replicated in a live setting.  Um, like a barn.

Meg Allison and I split the background parts, and I love what we came up with during the bridge.  Have I mentioned that I love singing background parts far more than lead vocals?  Sometimes, I think that I write songs just so I’ll have something to sing harmonies for.

This track has been deleted – you should buy the EP to hear it!

17 Comments so far ↓

  1. Nov
    2
    10:21
    AM
    Kimberly

    annie. this is really, very, lovely. so very lovely. beautiful.

  2. Nov
    2
    10:23
    AM
    Chet

    There is a heroine here…..Just sayin’

    her⋅o⋅ine
      /ˈhɛroʊɪn/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [her-oh-in]
    –noun

    1. a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.

    2. the principal female character in a story, play, film, etc.

  3. Nov
    2
    10:28
    AM
    hootenannie

    Uh, well now. THAT’S embarrassing. I CAN’T EVEN SPELL HEROIN! That is getting fixed immediately.

    But still, Chet – thanks. :)

  4. Nov
    2
    10:29
    AM
    Erica

    very pretty, very sweet. bravo annie p.

  5. Nov
    2
    10:55
    AM
    Casey Evans

    HA HA HA, I was going to say without the heroin but WITH a heroine…

  6. Nov
    2
    10:55
    AM
    Matt

    Love it! So beautiful.

    I might listen to country if more of it sounded like this. When the carpet guys were working in our place last week they had a country station blaring and I haven’t been able to get the line, “My eyebrows ain’t plucked, I got a gun in my truck” out of head all weekend. This song cured me! Thanks!

  7. Nov
    2
    1:05
    PM
    kristin

    so! cool! i’m a long-time reader, first-time commenter, but i just had to say that i’m really excited for you! i hope to purchase your album soon- my husband and i don’t listen to much country-type music, but you have a beautiful voice and i’m all about supporting fellow artists. :)

  8. Nov
    2
    1:26
    PM
    Greta

    “Like a barn.”

    … Or like an antique store with a picking party headed up by two older gentlemen with a guitar and banjo. Remember that? You joined in on harmonies with one of their old hymns and it was magical. :)

    So proud of you. Can’t wait to order my copy!!

  9. Nov
    2
    1:36
    PM
    Lyla

    Good work, Annie Parsons. I’m not much on country music, but I always enjoy your songs. I like that you’re going to tell us a bit about some of the songs. That’s really cool.

  10. Nov
    2
    2:27
    PM
    Kathiring (aka Jelly-in-a-Frying-Pan)

    “Sweet agony” and “fluttery torture”! You craft words so wonderfully, dear Annie!

  11. Nov
    2
    2:29
    PM
    Katherine (aka Jelly-in-a-Frying-Pan)

    I just mistyped my name and can correct it! That is painful!

  12. Nov
    2
    2:47
    PM
    Sarah in OR

    So pretty! Can’t wait to order a copy!

    And I have to admit, I really enjoyed the harmonies in this song.

  13. Nov
    2
    3:04
    PM
    Anastasia "Annie" Watson

    Guess what? GUESS WHAT, ANNIE?! I just bought your EP! I’m at work and I don’t have speakers on this stupid computer, but it doesn’t matter because I know all 7 songs are going to be fantastic! Like a really fantastic barn with a loft and a kitten that lives there! I don’t even like cats. But a kitten in a barn is kinda fantastic! Ship mine first, ok?

  14. Nov
    2
    3:05
    PM
    Hiram Ring

    “It’s like VH1’s “Behind the Music,” but without the heroin.” – speak for yourself.. =)

    nice track.

  15. Nov
    2
    7:02
    PM
    Brooke

    So excited! Can’t wait to get my copy! You’re so talented, Annie.

  16. Nov
    3
    12:29
    AM
    Sheri

    So excited for you Annie! Couldn’t wait to get home and listen and order your EP!

  17. Nov
    4
    11:13
    AM
    grandma h.

    Oh Annie – I’m so proud of you. I want 10 copies but can’t figure out this dang computer ordering stuff. Can you help me??

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