It’s been seven years now since I released my debut album. Four records later, many things in my life have changed, including many of the songs themselves. Some changed from playing solo shows; phrasing and tempo became more and more improvised in songs like ‘What a Day’ and ‘Embrace Me’. Other songs changed from simply wanting to give the fans something new; ‘Comes and Goes In Waves’ and ‘How the Day Sounds’ were completely deconstructed and played on acoustic guitar with a cello. Others I changed on purpose, because the song meanings had changed over time; ‘High and Low’ is something that happened to me then, not something that is happening to me now, which allows me to sing it differently.
I kept getting comments after shows and messages online asking for recorded versions of these mutations. So I did it. I took three weeks, and (re)recorded a few of the more popular songs off each record. About midway through, I felt like I was producing an episode of ‘Where Are They Now?’ with my songs as the subjects. Musically, I imposed two rules: no drums, and less than four tracks per song (allowing myself to comp string sections onto one track). I also mixed in two newcomers to the gang. One is a song called ‘December’ which I reluctantly had to cut from my first record ‘Through Toledo’. The second is a cover of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ by Sparklehorse. I was listening to that record on repeat right before I wrote ‘December’, so I thought it was fitting.
I hope you enjoy the record and thanks for reading.