I’m sortof stuck here doing nothing while i upload all of the things that Gina and I just recorded, so now i have some time to blog. I’ll work from the newer songs back.
Rabi just asked if “You Hear Her” was new, since she didn’t recognize it, but it’s actually one of the oldest songs i recorded for this; its from July of 1998. “You Hear Her” was the first song that came to me totally as ad-lib, as you can easily tell from the simplicity of the chord structure and lyrics. I wrote it after a brief phone-call with my friend Sara, who at the time was feeling especially plain and ignored by the boy she was after. So, i wrote her a song to cheer her up. I remember setting the phone on its side next to the speaker so that she could hear the real-audio of it. “More Than That” is from Relief, and to me it will always be the after-thought song … i wanted to have one more on the disc but i flubbed “No Second Chance,” so it was the only one i had left from the recording sessions. It’s actually not about a relationship at all, but about dealing with friends and roommates, which is why the person i’m singing to is a male.