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ano ne “Hard”


I surprise myself: Three whole months of blogging and this is the first time I’m posting one of my own songs.  I wrote this as the last of a short series of digital singles that Greg, Patrick and I were doing the winter of 2007-08. “Hard” is built around a sample of Neko Case singing that word in the song “That Teenage Feeling” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood. I really enjoyed this approach to songwriting and plan to try more in this style before this year is out. The interesting part of this song’s story is that it seemed to get Sylvan’s attention when he was an infant, the drum pattern and the sample seeming to calm him down whenever he was upset. I played this song hundreds of times as I walked around the house with him in that first year, and more often than not he would stop crying and listen intently within the first minute. For that reason alone, this is definitely the most useful song I’ve written, and possibly the best.

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