Down that lonesome valley, lighting the lanterns, one if - two if, diving into the lines of bayonets, kneeling at the altar, empty handed, overburdened, scorned, grateful, burned, re-birthed.
I think we are finally rounding the corner on the new recordings of "Deeper" and "Truth, Justice, and the American Way Blues". Lyrics have been rewritten, arrangements rearranged, recordings retaken - all in service of the songs and in an attempt to distill and focus. One, Deeper, is one of the oldest songs I still play in front of people and visiting those lyrics and treating them involved a lot of scrapping. It's arrived at a place that I like though, it's still a tough cookie, a little older, a little more accepting but still has bite, probably even more than it used to - given these uncertain times filled with jokers and thieves.
With Truth, Justice - honestly, i wrote this one on the way to work one day and sometimes you just get sent stuff like that. This one was more an exercise in not messing with it - trusting that initial gift more than any "nifty" ideas I have right now. That's not to say we haven't found ways to play it and deliver it more effectively, I also am very happy with where this one is at - each of the stanza sets go to really different places but they all feel like the same world and it finally has a connection to the sound from Deeper.
That's not much of a road journal for the past few months. To be honest, it's been a hell of a few months. I'll have more as we go. Like the man in the sweater says though, "i'll have stories and so will you". How bout you?