In a precursory measure, Matt and I decided to record the strings tonight for Zombie Heart and The Wilds. Marta and Erdis (violin and cello, respectively) joined me again tonight, having played A Trolley Show with me last night, to lay down some absolutely beautiful strings. I have always been incredibly moved by these emotional instruments, but I did not expect to be moved as much as I was by what we created this evening. Zombie Heart turned out so much better than I expected and I can't wait to get a copy for myself.
Last year I lost the person closest to me in my life and thought that my heart would never reawaken. It's taken a year, but I'm starting to feel alive again. I never feel like I can adequately express how much it means to me to have your support and encouragement. To be able to create this meaningful song with such talented artists really gives some tangible redemption to what I have been through and I am so, so grateful for the opportunity to translate my experience and to be able to share my art with you.
I laid down on the floor while they were tracking and felt like I understood the term "heartstrings" because I just felt like the notes being played were emanating from a place deep within me. I'm so, so glad that I have come to this place. Music can be so rewarding to play but so frustrating to pursue as a career- but nights like tonight remind me why I spend months on the road and eat lots of Ramen. I just want you to know that I know my words of thanks are inadequate, but I hope you can hear the heart behind them. I can't wait to share my songs with you and I hope you will love them.