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Track 6: “First You Cry”

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

I am blogging through the weekend, because I started this thing, and I am not a quitter – except for when it comes to dieting. And Type From Home.

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“First You Cry”

This world is totally screwed up. It’s a place where men leave their wives, where husbands and fathers have to be taken off of life support, where parents lose their 3-year old sons, where my own sweet mama was diagnosed with cancer this past Tuesday. Things are completely and utterly twisted, and we are sometimes left with the impossible task of picking up the pieces.

But the world doesn’t wait. Life goes on. You still have to do all of those little things that make up everyday life, even when you don’t feel like it.

But first, you cry.

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

Track 5: “Starting Today”

Friday, November 6th, 2009

It’s Friday (happy Friday, by the way – congratulations on making it through another week).  Typically, I do not blog on the weekends – but we still have two more tracks to go.  So be sure to check in tomorrow and Sunday for the inside scoop on the final tracks!

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“Starting Today”

In the fall of 2007, I spent 3 ½ months by myself on a road trip around the country; this song was born out of that time.  I wrote scraps of it during The Big Trip, and finished it right before I moved to Nashville.

But the song was really bad.  No, seriously – like, REALLY bad.  I didn’t want to play it for anyone, because it was so trite, so obvious.  So I did what any respectable human would do: I dropped it.

After tucking it away for about a year, one day, I happened to pull it out again – and realized that there might actually be some redeemable parts.  I decided to try to re-write the chorus, and wound up writing three different choruses – cart-wheeling choruses that remind me of what I felt like during those 3 ½ months on the road: “a poor broken heart chasing broken white lines.”

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Track 4: “Wish That I Was”

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

And… we have arrived at the title track.

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“Wish That I Was”

Sometimes, we write what we have experienced. Sometimes, we write what we have observed. And sometimes, there is no difference.

This was the first song that we recorded, way back in February, and I feel like it acted as a sonic compass for the entire project. Josh and I spent a long time talking about the “sound” that we were aiming for on the EP – what the instrumentation would be, what would unify all of the tracks, what the feel should be.

When the second chorus hits, you’ll hear it.

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

Track 3: “Could’ve Sworn It Was You”

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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“Could’ve Sworn It Was You”

This was the very last song that we recorded – we finished it just about a month ago.  And when I listen to the project as a whole, I think that this song is my favorite; Josh’s got it pretty perfect.  Probably because I told him that I wanted it to sound like a country version of “More Than Words” – and I’m sorry, but that idea simply cannot fail.

When I got the idea for this song, it was a complete idea – that is, I had the line “I could have sworn it was you,” and immediately knew exactly all of the different ways I wanted to use it.  Sometimes, a gift is just dropped in your lap – and then you might spend the rest of your days trying to find something like it again.

Listen for Josh‘s harmony vocal (golden), as well as his super country dobro solo.  I think that his production really shines in this song.

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

Track 2: “Take the Money”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Thanks to all of y’all, Nashville is officially out of padded envelopes.  I took the first wave of orders to the post office today, and I am so grateful for your support!  I’ll probably be saying this a lot, but it won’t ever be enough: thank you for helping me to do something that I love – even if it’s on a small scale, even if it’s on the side, even if it’s homegrown and occasional.  To me, it means the world.

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“Take the Money”

This song fell out quickly – I actually don’t even remember writing it, except that I was sitting on the red couch in my old Music Row apartment, and could barely play any chords on the guitar (which hasn’t really changed).  I must have been feeling sassy, though, because all of the cheeky lines didn’t require any amount of thought.  Like Mayumi’s confession, they just SPILLED FORTH.

You might wonder if this song is autobiographical.  Let the record state that I have never smoked a cigarette – but on the other hand, I am currently rocking a 2-years-past-legal Washington state driver’s license.  Clearly, my rebellion knows no bounds.

This song is fun to sing because I get to do that little yodel-flip thing that I love so much.  Also, somehow, I successfully worked in the word “neckin’” without sounding like Toby Keith, which makes me want to high-five myself.

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

Track 1: “Make a Mess”

Monday, 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!