Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Door

We don't know happiness without unhappiness, gaiety without sadness, and happiness can only be felt if you don't set any conditions. -Arthur Rubinstein, (age 95)

The Door (Featuring Jen)

This song was written by my longtime co-worker Jen. She gave me the acapella in October of last year. So it took only slightly less than an entire year for me to finish it up. Let it not be said that I never finish anything!

Those understated yet rockin' drums are my bandmate and musical partner in crime, mister Bryan Bacon. That's Jen on the vocals and me on everything else.

Lyrically, it's some pretty dark and heavy, sincere and personal stuff. I know that writing this song was part of a larger process for Jen, and at first I was really daunted by the scale of the emotion. To be frank, I wasn't really sure I'd be able to crank out an arrangement that could be a reflection of the magnitude of what she was singing about, without it coming off as somehow overly produced or "fake".

I have to say, I think we pulled it off, and I'm really proud of this one.

Much thanks to Jen for trusting me with her song, and Bryan for putting up with me and doing like 10 takes :-)


  1. Wow! tHIS IS A BEAUTIFUL SONG. I came to this site through Terri St Cloud who linked it on her Feb Bone Sigh Arts newsletter. I hope to hear it on the radio-- only if that is what you want. Either way you both have a lot of talent. I am glad you are sharing it with others.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Janice! Jen is a talented songwriter, and it was really great to be able to help her out with it.