Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fade Into You

(Faulk/Royer) As long as we’re on the subject of Chris Faulk, this is my favorite song I did with her. A number of you have asked who did the guitar work on these records. It was George Marinelli who played with many artists, most notably Bonnie Raitt.

Fade Into You

Monday, October 17, 2011

Gig Bag And Go

(Faulk/Royer) I don't know if you've seen the movie Turning Point but it's about second chances. I've been on both sides of the equation enough to know that everything has to break right for an artist, luck, timing, right people, etc. otherwise you need a second chance.

In the movie, two young ballerinas are vying for a role; one, Deedee, becomes pregnant and must retire to have a family. The dance goes to Emma, her rival, who has a brilliant career but ultimately no family. The child, Emilia, is a brilliant dancer. She is named for Emma but is actually the artistic rebirth of Deedee, her second chance.

In my case, Karissa followed Chris by about ten years. I produced about six sides on Chris Faulk in the late nineties. Gig Bag and Go is one of them, a song about a girl who has the wrong boyfriend.

Gig Bag And Go

Monday, October 3, 2011

Set Out To Sea

(K. laCour) This is another of Karissa’s message songs, vignettes from her inner dialog. Beautiful thing; certainly not a radio tune. Some of the lyric…

You hope for the best then you leave the rest
Maybe someday, the waves will take you on your way
You tell me of places you long to go
Of all the things that you yearn to know
So tell me why are you still at bay?

Sailor, sail
Set out to sea and start steering
Start steering at the stars

A song of hope and determination, right?

Except that’s not what she wrote. I thought it was for months, but one day when I was mixing it, I just couldn’t, in my mind, make out the word ‘start’. It sounded like ‘stop’. When I asked her about it, she said I had the whole line wrong. It was really ‘stop staring at the stars’.

Oh my God. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It wasn’t a song of determination; going at it with new energy; it was a song of giving up. Setting out to sea wasn’t pursuing her dream. It was about getting on with her life.

We were only two songs away, both hopeless introspections, from her being gone.

Set Out To Sea