DEMO 2.25.2007

This one has been through quite a few iterations. I started it in Prague and continued to work on it in New York with Brian Forbes at The Gallery. It was a contender for By The Numbers but was passed over. Maybe because the lyrics weren’t very good? I used to write lyrics about fictional characters all the time. Words are now one of the most difficult things to write. I think I took a long break from writing lyrics at all because I was tired of singing the words I have already written and scared to sing the wrong words on anything new. I’m still scared, but that won’t stop me from putting words to music anymore.

DEMO 2.17.2007

This idea eventually evolved into Easy As Pi from By The Numbers. I worked on this one quite a bit, which explains the number of files below. It began in Prague in early 2007 and was finished almost three years later at The Gallery in New York City.

EASY AS PI

COME OVER HERE

MAKE YOUR ARGUMENT

FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE

SING IT LOUD AND CLEAR

YOU LEARNED THE MOVES

BUT FAILED TO UNDERSTAND

WHAT YOU THOUGHT WAS FAITH

SO NOW YOU JUST PRETEND

THAT YOU’VE BLOWN AWAY

THAT YOU’VE BLOWN AWAY

THAT YOU’VE BLOWN AWAY

THAT YOU’VE BLOWN AWAY

BUT I CAN TAKE YOU FAR FROM HERE

I WON’T MAKE YOU LOST

BUT I’LL ENGINEER 

OUR ESCAPE

DEMO 2.13.2007

This one went on quite a trip. My first memory of it was on a bus somewhere in Germany. I think it was raining. I’d created the rhythm in my head using my teeth (as I tend to do), then managed to program it into ProTools a couple weeks later and add some melodies. It went through a few other iterations in Prague then was set aside for a couple years until I started working with Brian Forbes during our time in New York. The last file is where we left it in late 2009.

DEMO 2.2.2007

I wrote and recorded this in our apartment in Prague, soon after I had finally picked up my guitar again after working digitally over the past few months. The first file is where things were finally left in late 2008, followed by an earlier and slower guitars-only version. I still like this song very much and very happy I came across it again. I’ve already rehearsed it a few times this week! Hopefully I can work it into a show someday. To hear it again and feel how it feels is very special indeed.

APARTMENT

DON’T GIVE UP ON ME

I’M A WRECK, YOU SEE

SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH MY HEAD

APARTMENT

DON’T CLOSE IN ON ME YET

JUST LET ME CATCH MY BREATH

BEFORE WE GET DOWN TO WORK

WITHOUT WORK

APARTMENT

TELL ME WHAT COMES NEXT

CAUSE I’M A BIT PERPLEXED

HOW I’VE MADE IT THIS FAR

APARTMENT 

TELL ME WHY IM HERE

MAKE IT SO AUSTERE

SO I WILL NEVER FORGET

HOW I LIVED

APARTMENT

YOU’RE MY CLOSEST FRIEND

I HOPE YOU’LL UNDERSTAND

WHEN I BID YOU FAREWELL

DEMO 1.30.2007

This begun on the same day as the previous two and was intended to demonstrate something that had been in my head for awhile. I don’t remember working on it much though upon reflection. It isn’t particularly interesting to me now, but perhaps it will be. There’s a song in there somewhere though. Maybe I’ll serve it better someday.