Week 112 // Pins in a Map

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You think you’re in trouble
Obscuring your movements
Like pins in a map describing nothing at all

You think of your alibi
You ponder your innocence
You wonder if absolution’s coming at all

But you were there
You saw the whole thing, didn’t you?
And you had agency to do what was right
But everybody gives in some of the time

At the end of your life will you say
That you lived regretting nothing at all?
At the end of the day will you be
Satisfied with learning nothing at all?

And on the day that you first looked into the world
Didn’t you imagine something dark would find you there?

And on the day the darkness had you in its sights
Did it expect you pushing back with something light?
Pushing back with something light

At the end of your life will you say
That you lived regretting nothing at all?
At the end of the day will you be
Satisfied with learning nothing at all?

At the end of your life will you say
That you lived regretting nothing at all?
At the end of the day will you be
Satisfied with learning nothing at all?

Notes
This week’s track fulfills a long term goal of this site and deserves to be recognized as a bit of a milestone. I have featured a lot of guest performers on this site, and have done long distance collaborations before, but this week’s song is a collaboration with somebody that I’ve never met face to face. When I first began this project, a central goal was to connect with artists, and to use the full potential of the internet to facilitate collaboration. This track is the actualization of that goal. This is also the first time that I haven’t played a single instrument on one of these songs.

Brooklyn Fraser and I have mutual friends, but have never met. She lives across the country in LA, and reached out with a song that she thought I might be able to work with. My typical vocal style fit her tune like a glove. It was so comfortable to get into this track. Her atmospheric guitars and popping bass have so much style. Her rhythms build with a confident ease. My goal was simply not to ruin what she had started. I wrote about guilt and renewal which I’ve probably written about a few times before. It seemed an appropriate subject for the beginning of a new year. Particularly the renewal aspect. I tried to give the work that she’d already done enough space to breathe. I kept my hands off my instruments because she’d already done the work. This was an absolute pleasure to work on. I’m hoping that this is the first of many tunes with her.

~M.E.

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