Friday, June 06, 2008

i miss you

i wrote this song on august 25, 2005
actually elvis costello's birthday
"i miss you, so comeback" doesn't sound much like "el catzu"
but i suppose these words might apply to his vanishing genius act

"life is speeding up, i am slowing down"

this is another one i wrestled with lyrically
for quite some time
i'm beginning to notice a pattern on this record
lot's of time spent working and re-working the words
on the bridge i do reference track one "hang on"

"all out of my hands, it’s all out of control
we try to hang on though, there’s nothing left to hold"

let's see
i told you to hang on
but now i'm saying letting go is the hardest part?
that sentiment comes from an aborted tune about that very subject
maybe check back when the SN anthology comes out
for a homespun lo-fi acoustic reading of it

"i miss you" is a guitar chord fiesta
greatly helped by richard martin's beautiful
and tasteful piano playing
pancho rowan is responsible for the badass drum loop
that begins the song
he created the effect by slowing it down
and messing with the pitch
i love how low and crackly it sounds
instantly evocative

this song isn't really about missing a love interest
like john waite did in 1984
the concept is more like this...
people come and go
passing in and out of our lives
friends and loved ones we either miss
or hardly think about anymore
where did they go?
why did we fall out of touch?
what happened to our love over the course of time?

"it’s all changing right before our very eyes
i try to stop time
it’s when i realize....i miss you"


Blogger Ron said...

Declan Patrick MacManus was born in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in London, the son of Mary (née Costello) and Ross MacManus, four days after my first birthday, 5,449 miles away. I remember the day well. I celebrated the birth with a bottle of warm milk, which I regret to say I neglected to share with my best friend, Bluey, a stuffed dog. But Bluey didn't complain. He never complained. He was a good friend, and I miss him. 51 years later Salim Fayez Nourallah (born Salim Fayez Nourallah, in Alton, Illinois, eldest child of Karen [née Severs] and Fayez Nourallah) wrote the famous (or infamous) song "I Miss You." Whether this song was written about me and Bluey, only it's author really knows, but I suspect it was floating around in the back of his mind. I don't know what happened to Bluey, somewhere along the way he slipped away, fell into that abyss of lost friends. Where did he go? Why did we fall out of touch? What happened to our love over the course of time? Thank you, Salim, for writing a song about him. "It’s all changing right before our very eyes
I try to stop time
it’s when I realize...I miss you." To Bluey, wherever you are, I miss you.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gavin wore his "el catzu" shirt on Thursday, July 19, 2007 for Jayme's first art showing at the Magnolia Gallery. Jayme served pink cupcakes with little plastic kids on top, juice boxes, goldfish,
bologna mini sandwiches, and an assortment of obscure retro kid candies. I wasn't there because I wasn't invited. We didn't know each other yet, but that's a pretty flimsy excuse for not inviting me. I like pink cupcakes.

6:47 AM  

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