Archive for the ‘New Tunes’ Category

Everybody Goes

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

This song is in some weird way the sister song to “I Left My Muse,” a song that started as a Drinking Problem song and ended up on the last Sights record. I think of them as a pair since I wrote them during the same weekend towards the end of 2008. Both songs are different perspectives on being in a long term relationship.

Adrian Robles played the drums on this 2009 demo, and it was the first time I ever worked with him on a full drum kit. Since then, he’s played drums for my demos on several other occasions and did one live performance with Emily and I (a portion of which can be seen here). I’m playing all the non-drum instruments, as I believe they’re called.

Dave Lawson – “Everybody Goes”

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Everybody Sells Their Soul

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I’ve been sitting on a lot of half-finished tunes lately, feeling no urge to finish them. Even so, I am trying to follow the songwriting advice I read somewhere (maybe from Randy Newman?) to finish writing all songs you start, even if you’re not sure you like them. For me, writing and demoing can be nearly synonymous, so I’ve been demoing a lot of songs as a way to finish them.

This song was a structure with barely a melody when my old pal Ryan Clancy (The Silent Years, Rescue, Wafflehouse*) came over and recorded the drums to a scratch guitar track. Ryan’s drum part on the verses was so awesomely off-kilter and funky that it renewed my interest in the tune. I ended up keeping the scratch guitar track (with some stereo slapback) and added a fuzzed-out bassline and a simple lead guitar. The lyrics came naturally out of the feelings the music stirred from my current life. Considering how reluctant I was about the song before I started recording, it was sort of shocking how well the final product came together.

And now (spoiler alert) the Pop Project is working on this song for our next album. So the moral of the story is that whoever said that thing about finishing all your songs was giving good advice.

Everybody Sells Their Soul

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