About this track

A random visit to Wikipedia one day featured an article about the musical initials, DSCH, which Dmitri Shostakovich used time and again in his own music. (I’ll let Wikipedia explain.) Shostakovich’s Quartet for Strings No. 8 pretty much hinges on those notes, and I always felt I’d be too presumptuous to use it in my own music.

Then I learned Alfred Schnittke and Benjamin Britten both used those initials, and that dispelled the wrong-headed notion Shostakovich had some sort of ephemeral lock on them.

So I started playing major chords on those notes. If I were already using DSCH, I might as well throw BACH in there as well. And that’s how the music for “Here” came to be.

The first line I wrote for the lyrics was “Here it is, just another reminder”, and that pretty much established the theme for the rest of the song. After I finished writing the lyrics, I was pretty astonished by them. They’re pretty raw.

I thought about putting a very discordant solo in the middle section, similar to the one on “I’m Downstairs” from the Wayne Horvitz/The President album, Miracle Mile, but less seemed more in this case.

I do wish I could find another use for a harp.

Lyrics

Here it is, just another reminder
Of the things we used to imagine
One day soon, we'll forget what it means
And the only thing left is a vague recollection

Here, keep it near your heart and your mind
Guard it with your soul
Cherish what it meant long ago
And one day it will come back in your dreams

Here it is, just a painful reminder
Of the things we lost over all this time
Memory fades with each passing hour
Take as much as you can before all is forgotten

Here, keep it in the palm of your hand
Guard it with your love
Cherish what it means for you now
And one day it will come back in your dreams

Here, keep it in your heart and your mind
Guard it with your soul
Cherish what it meant to you then
And one day it will come back to you

Here, keep it in the palm of your hand
Guard it with your love
Cherish what it means for you now
And one day it will come back in your dreams

Credits

  • Produced and engineered by Greg Bueno
  • Recorded in the Closet, 2005-2011, Austin, TX and the Closet West 2012, Seattle, WA
  • Cover design by Greg Bueno
  • Published by Shinkyoku Advocacy (ASCAP)

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  • Release date: October 01, 2013

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