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This is the first track from my RPM album, Botany for Boys. It might be the one I'm most excited about. I haven't written a love song in years. Mostly because I'm no good at it. Writing love songs is like preparing fugu; it can be a delicacy, or it can be fatal. And it doesn't take a lot to cross that line.

In that same vein is a desire I've had for a while to write a song about my wife's Retinitis Pigmentosa. I used to want to write a song about it, but I haven't yet been able to do it. This song has 1 line where it kind of gets mentioned in passing and it works with the theme of the song.

RPM was freeing because I never realized I still kind of write for an imaginary wide audience. Not that I ever believe more than 12 people are going to listen to these songs, but in the process I still consider the larger group. So it was great to put away the love song cliche's and really write me and Renee's story. It wouldn't mean the same to other people, but that's the fun.

In April of 2001 I drove to Tucson from Phoenix to pick up Renee and bring her back to Phoenix for the weekend. Right as I got in to town my car broke down. Several hours later we're standing in the rain waiting for a tow truck driver to show up. 2 hours go by and nothing. I call them again and a few hours later he shows up. Meanwhile Renee and I are taking turns standing in the rain for 10 minute shifts while the other gets to curl up in the car with the dry blanket. We got back to her apartment that night and laughed off the crap of the day and have since used it as our mission statement. Things tend to not work out for us, but we've got each other and why would we ever expect more? It's cheesy, but it is what it is, you know?
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I know it often seems like we're never in luck
Nothing ever works out, nothing ever looks up
But I've got you so that's probably more than I deserve.
You suffer through the songs about architects
Baseball players and airplane wrecks.
But I love and no song is strong enough for that.
There's a sweetness to your sorrow but you wear it so well
But I'll never understand these cards that you've been dealt
So I'm sorry. No one should have to deal with that.
Sometimes I think of Tucson when the car broke down
Took a stressful situation and we turned it around.
Well, that makes sense. I think that's what love is about.
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Relic67 said 2308 days ago (March 2nd, 2013)
not cheesy at all, as you say it all makes sense. I like that riff that ends the song - is that a guitar sound? if so, pretty cool!
I like the chords, melody and lyrics a lot. Good to hear another song from you!!
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alackbass said 2307 days ago (March 2nd, 2013)
Pinky Swear
I'm with Relic. Nothing cheesy about it. Heartfelt and honest. The melody flows nicely and the guitar parts work very well together. Love the electric tones.
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richard13 said 2307 days ago (March 2nd, 2013)
And the nice thing about love (and cheese) is that it gets better with age. Speaking of which, you sound much older than your photo. Nice post: did you get all 10-12 tracks done for RPM?
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johnwhitehead said 2306 days ago (March 4th, 2013)
You had me at the chimey-drone opening. This is
wonderful. Great melodic ideas, guitar tones. Love that glass harp, feed-backy whine. Appreciated the back story. Glad to see back!
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egobandit said 2301 days ago (March 8th, 2013)
what a flow
it really moves with that vibrato guitar it grounds it all well composed very beautiful the vocals are snug inside the rhythm
Tops all the way!
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