Sofa City Sweetheart/ September 18, 2012/ Uncategorized

Behold!  Music!

So the day is finally here and my new digital single is out now!  It’s called THE THINGS SHE DO and is available now on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, and… pretty much anywhere you could possibly buy music downloads.  But, you can still get it for FREE by downloading it on Bandcamp!  What are you waiting for?  Go get it!  Tell your friends! Show your mom!  Shout it from the rooftops!

This song was originally recorded by me here at Casa de Lopez, but for the first time ever… I let someone else mix one of my songs.  Gasp!  I got the chance to work with Dave Trumfio earlier this year, and since he has some pretty “okay” credits (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, OK Go, Built to Spill, Grandaddy, etc…) I of course jumped at the chance to work with him.  He did a great job and I hope this leads to a long working relationship between Dave and I.

Some of you longtime citizens of sofa city might have heard this song before, and while yes, I DID upload this song to MySpace years ago, I was never planning on releasing it.

Let me tell you all a story…

Let me take you back to 2007.  I used to do this thing all the time for my friends/family/girlfriends where I would write them a song and give it to them as their birthday/Christmas/other holiday present.  I mean, I did it partly because I was poor, but I’ve honestly always valued home-made gifts and cards way more than store bought presents (there’s just something about them you know?)  I actually hadn’t done that in a very long time though, but Valentine’s day was approaching and I needed a present for my then girlfriend.  I thought she might like to hear a song that I wrote for her.

Since I am and always will be a procrastinator at heart, I of course waited until a few days before Valentine’s day to record it.  And actually, I got my pal Jimmy to play drums on it at the very last minute, after he was done recording drums for another recording session I was doing that day!  It was one of those, “Hey, can you stay an extra 15 minutes?” kind of moments.  We very quickly ran over the song a few times, and then tried it.  I think we kept take #2 (of probably 2.)  I didn’t really set up a lot of mics, and we recorded it really fast since I thought it was only going to be heard by one person.  I finished up the rest of the instruments on my own, and cranked out a first mix, which I wasn’t happy with, then made a better one to give to her, and then bam, my Valentine’s day present was ready (and yes, she liked it.)

It came out a lot better than I thought it would, so I ended up uploading it to MySpace. (remember THAT site?)  It received a good amount of plays there, and then I was asked by a few blogs if they could cover it, and they featured it, and asked for the mp3, and then it got more plays, and then it became one of my favorite songs to play live, and then it became clear that I should have recorded a better, “proper” version.  It’s funny what happens to the things you don’t think much of at first.  I thought there wasn’t much else I could do at the time and just let it be, and then released my EP, and focused on releasing and promoting that.

Fast forward to 2012.  I started pre-production on my first full length album, but then got the chance to work with Dave.  The album wasn’t ready yet, and since I never thought The Things She Do had gotten the treatment it deserved, and I really liked the energy in my recording, I decided to let Dave have a shot at making my original, somewhat poorly recorded song sound awesome.  I didn’t think it was possible, but he did it!  I’m sort of glad I waited this long too since I was able to add some shaker and tambourine to it before he mixed it.  It sounds better than I ever thought it could, and I couldn’t be happier.  Thanks Dave!

So, that’s the end of that story.  There’s not really much else to do but listen to the song as loud as humanly possible.  Go check it out, crank it to 11, and have a dance party with 1,000 of your closest friends in honor of this song finally seeing the light of day!

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