About this track

This song wrote itself pretty quickly because I put a lot of constraints on it. I wanted it to be just piano and vocal. I wanted to use nothing but major chords, and I wanted the bass line to move mostly in thirds. I intended it to be something of an interlude, and it fulfills that purpose very well.

I didn’t realize I’d be making two versions of this song till I wrote the lyrics. This first letter is written from the perspective of someone who let a friendship fall by the way side. As I worked on more songs for the album, I thought, “What if this letter became a correspondence?”

I originally planned a number of letters throughout the album, but I could only squeeze in a single reply (with which I’ll deal in a later entry.)

Lyrics

Hello, my friend, I know it's been a while
I write this letter to you in my mind
I hope it finds you doing very well
And you're happy to have heard from me

I guess I'm doing fine -- I wouldn't know
I've got too much to keep me occupied
Then one day I find that I think of you
And wonder how could all this time have passed

Are you still worried that I feel for you?
That isn't something I can really help
But if you could return the sentiment
Some unknown factor would still interfere

I wish it could have turned out differently
But I accept the way it all worked out
I hope this letter finds you doing well
And I find the strength to write it down

Credits

  • Produced and engineered by Greg Bueno
  • Recorded in the Closet, 2005-2011, Austin, TX and the Closet West 2013, Seattle, WA
  • Photography by Lauren Tarbel
  • Cover design by Greg Bueno
  • Published by Shinkyoku Advocacy (ASCAP)
  • Thanks to Lauren Tarbel and James R. McGirr

[Restraint]

  • Release date: October 08, 2013

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