I recall this idea coming about later in the cycle of A Forest Through The Trees, before heading in to work with Glenn at the studio, but after the home programming phase had time to marinate. It seems songs like this are in my DNA. Acoustic guitar was among the first instruments I learned to play, which makes my familiarity with it conducive to composition if I feel like using that particular tool.
I recorded this right before our wedding. One could read into that (as one could be inclined). Reading the words now is an adjective I don't know yet unfortunately, especially amid our recent decision to move to Louisville. This song might actually have been written right after we decided to move from Charlotte to Prague. Brooke would know because she's amazing.
Through this we will each of us dream up new lives and forge ahead into something wondrously unfamiliar, but familiar. Thanks for listening.
I AM LIVING IN A WORLD OF PLAIN
BORN BY WAVES OF LIGHT AND SOUND
FAITH IN THE WORDS THAT I PROCLAIM
AIDS A METHOD THAT YOU ASTOUND
SO I'M BREAKING THESE SOUVENIRS
I'M SEARCHING FOR NEW FRONTIERS
I'M ESCAPING THIS ATROPHY
RIVER CITY WILL SET ME FREE
I WAS LIVING IN A WORLD OF PLAIN
WITH NOTHING NEW TO FEEL ABOUT
EVERYDAY TURNED OUT ALL THE SAME
BUT ONE DAY I COULD DO WITHOUT
ALL I COULD TAKE PLEASURE FROM
OH THEN WHAT HAD I BECOME?
NO MISTAKING THIS APOGEE
RIVER CITY HAS SET ME FREE