She Is Blue Sky, I'm The Gray
A song about the connectedness of humanity. I wrote it on a day off after visiting the Rhine river. I found out that week my cousin Joseph had gotten in a car accident that changed and ultimately 11 months later concluded his wonderful life. This has been the most devastating blow to my humanity, and it truly haunts me that I never was able to play him this song. In a strictly physical manner, when we pass on our flesh becomes dust and goes into the ground, becomes particles, and is evaporated to make rain.
There is a clear, and massive chain reaction of water, so the poet in me likes to imagine Joe is still floating down The Rhine and out into the great big ocean. Losing him has cost me so much. And I know when you lost him or her, it feels like losing yourself. Like water, we are all connected in that way.
If you ever said the sentence "bro, I really wish you were a girl right now this would be so romantic" this is the song for that moment. Köln is a stunning city in Germany, and I don't know that I've ever been so inspired by a place. As Jonathan and I roamed around, I tried to imagine what it would be like to fall in love in such a magical place.
It's important to understand yourself. It's more important to forgive yourself. While wandering the streets of Berlin on New Years Eve I understood deeply that there is so much in life I can't control. I'm sorry about a lot of things, and I wish I could be more than I am. People change.
There are a handful of key people that made this project happen. Here they are:
Jonathan Kemp: Photography/Translation/Train Navigation/Friendship
Brendan St. Gelais: Producer
Zack Zinck: Audio Engineer/Mix
Jonathan Berlin: Mastering
Alex Lunardeli: Composition/Arrangement/Directing/Producer
Yours Truly: Guitar/Vocal/Piano/Writing
David Davidson: Violin
David Angell: Violin
Kristin Wilkinson: Viola
Sari Reist: Cello
Album Art Design: Andrew Glenn
The recording process was the smoothest, and most creatively fulfilling thing I have been a part of. Alex composed masterfully, and the players were seriously some of the most phenomenal musicians you could want to meet. The strings were done in two hours, all tracked as a quartet. All tracking was done at The Smoakstack in Nashville.
all photos by Jonathan Kemp unless its a picture of him. Then I probably took it.