“I can hear your heartbeat but I know you well enough not to speak
When you’re at it again, you smile at me, and I’m on your list
You give me the look, and I’m off of it…”
For as long as I have been pursuing music, the phrase “Layter, Maybe” has perplexed, fascinated, and intrigued me. I wrote a song “Layter 1” in the summer of 2007, I carved out the first part of my musical thesis, if you will. Almost 2 and a half years later, I finished a final version of it’s counterpart, “Maybe 2”. This idea has been in the back of my head for a long time.
For me, the phrase “layter, maybe” has so much gravity, specifically “maybe”. “Maybe” is a little word with a whole lot of weight. It seems like so many aspects of life constantly hang on “maybe”. It’s suspenseful, scary, exciting, and intriguing all at the same time. I feel like it almost has a negative connotation to it. “Maybe” is generally a cop-out for saying no, or just a way to leave the situation ambiguous. It’s sort of scary to me how versatile the word is.
In the context of the song “Maybe 2”, it is a maybe carrying all the optimism, hope, and positive energy into the universe that I have. Maybe someday all the loose ends will come together, maybe someday life will work out the way things “should”, and I know everyone has a way that things “should” be. Because of how versatile the word is, it not only carries my optimism, it carries the doubt and the fear. The doubt and fear that has been instilled in me by the world outside. The fear that acting too soon or saying the wrong things will interfer with the way that things “should” be. The fear that you get so close, so close you can hear their heartbeat, and can still have the chance to mess things up. That is scary.
Thus, this song is just another dot in the great ellipsis of life. But maybe….
Happy birthday Abraham Lincoln. To celebrate our wonderful president, we recorded an older song, “Layter 1”. This song is sort of the title track to the eventual LP. I wrote it in the summer of 2007 and since then it has grown a lot and I’m really pleased with how the recording captured it. The song’s a bit longer (4:16, to be exact), but I hope you will all enjoy it when we release it. Which brings me to the next topic, we will be keeping these next several recordings to ourselves. So you will have to wait to hear them for awhile.
We recorded “Layter 1” in exactly an hour and a half and recording was really smooth. I added acoustic guitar for texture and then more keyboard lines to make it less boring. I envision we will release it to be heard sometime this summer.
“Lit Up”, was completed Saturday in 3 takes (woohoo!). Once we finished guitar, bass, drums, and added Reilly on keys, we took a break because our brains had been fried. Sunday, I took to the mixing board and added some more keyboard lines and mellotron strings, which I’m particularly fond of. With the addition of strings, the song has a more fluid sound I’d been going for the whole time. Satisfaction. Lit Up= check!
Today was the first day of recording for our CD “Layter, Maybe” and it went GREAT! We are starting by re-recording all of the songs that Griff originally did solo. (Anything currently on the MySpace or Facebook is from before the band got together.)
Griff and I worked on Lit Up today (Reilly couldn’t make it but he’ll join us tomorrow!) and so far we’ve laid down the Guitar, Bass, and Drum tracks! Tomorrow we’re dedicating all day to getting some serious progress made.
Just a heads up people, it’s going to sound spectacular when we’re finished!
This is our first blog entry (obviously) and I figured I’d just give you a little heads up on what we’ve got coming up.
Basically we’re just trying to get all the pieces in place for our first CD “Layter, Maybe“. We’re hoping to get started on recording in the next week or so..Other than that we’re just practicing a lot and trying to get stuff lined up for a ton of shows this summer!
I just wanted to say thanks to all the people that are leaving awesome comments on our Facebook and MySpace. We really appreciate it!
Anyways, thanks for being awesome fans!