Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Float like a float bot, sting like an automated stinging machine!
Leah dreams about me all the time. Well, not me, really, but a kind of "Bizarro Taylor." Bizarro Taylor, apparently doesn't care much for Leah. He's constantly ignoring her to hang out with his friends, cheating on her, or doing some other asshole thing. I hate Bizarro Taylor. If he were a real person, I'd beat the living shit out of him. When our relationship was in its infancy, Leah would actually wake up kind of pissed at me for what Bizarro Taylor had done. Luckily, she doesn't do that anymore, but he still occasionally plagues her nights. Last night he was giving her hell. I guess all I can do is keep not giving her any reason to suspect that he and I are related in any way.
For some reason, I was thinking about the movie Garden State this morning. When that movie came out in 2004, Leah and I saw it more than once in the theatre. We loved Zach Braff because Scrubs was still really good, and we found the film's quirkiness endearing. When it came out on DVD we bought it straight away as well as the soundtrack.
A short while back, Leah and I decided to watch a movie in bed and selected Garden State because we hadn't seen it in a while and...we really didn't like it. Not very much at all. I mean, it's OK, and it definitely has its moments, but I just kept thinking "What kind of 14 year old emo girl must I have been to think this movie was so good?" Leah had the same reaction.
So, this morning I was thinking about that because it just kind of shows, in an albeit trivial way perhaps, that Leah and I have grown together. Of course, I don't need a Garden State analogy to know that my wife and I have grown together in the almost 7 years we've been together but it's nice to stop and appreciate it as often as possible. In a world where the divorce rates show us that most couples grow apart, I take comfort in the fact that true love does exist. It's not some abstract idea, nor is it something commonplace. It is real, tangible, and unfortunately seems to be a lot harder to find than our movies and pop songs lead us to believe. The point is that I love my wife and I'm still just as intrigued by her as I was the day I accidentally asked her on a date in 2002.
We had Quiet Company practice last night for the sole purpose of learning new songs. We spent all night on a song called "Preaching to the Choir Invisible, part II." We're all really excited about it because it's epic as shit. We're hoping to pull it out by our February 24th show with Evan Dando at Emo's as well as another one.
With everything we've ever done, I've always recorded demos of the songs with all the parts more or less fleshed out. So everyone just had to learn the part on the demo, essentially. Of course, they added their own flavor but, in general, the idea was there for them to work with already. With the next record we're trying something different. We already have a handful of songs demoed but we're not going to do any more. Instead, we're building the rest of the songs up together and we're going to try to play them all live for a little while before putting them on tape. The idea is that the songs will be able to breathe and grow a little more, creatively speaking. I'll still be writing all the lyrics, melodies, and chords, but I think the arrangements will benefit a lot from this.