SKILLS - THE SONGS
Awake at night
Often when you
write songs they come out in such a way that you’re doubtful whether the
listener will know where you’re coming from and what the song is actually
saying. This doesn’t mean that the song has failed. On the contrary, to
leave a bit of mystery can give a song its charm (Just listen to Joel
Silbersher’s great new album Greasy Lens or some of Dave Graney’s
material). Of course some songs can even take on the guise of a Chinese
Whisper and evolve into something totally removed from the original.
Awake at Night
is no such song. The lyrics don’t play around much. This could be my
favorite song and it’s dedicated to anyone that has to work a day job just
to support what they pursue in their ‘real’ life.
Hard to Hide (M
This song holds
similar sentiments to another song called Vacancy which also
appears on this album, although the latter is a bit more venomous. Hard
to Hide is basically about feeling like you’re not connecting with
many people around you….but those you do relate to find themselves
listening to someone who has no safety mechanism between their head and
Just Add Wine (D
I liked David’s
words and he liked my riffs. We live in the same town and this song was
meant to be. We recorded a lot of it in the 8 – Track Shack.
A twisted urban
Into the Light
I wrote this song
thinking that it would be sung by a woman. That woman ended up being me.
Boy under a
bridge (B Smith/M Walker)
My good friend
Broderick Smith was inspired to write the lyrics to this song after
watching the documentary film Kurt and Courtney. It’s an
independent film about the life of Kurt Cobain and it tells of Kurt’s
special place under a bridge in Seattle where he would light a fire and
spend time alone.
Do you remember
our love? (M Walker)
This song is as
smooth as The Necessary Few get. It’s dedicated to all the girls we’ve
Right From Wrong
I was thinking
about a party I went to when I was about 14 years old. I often think about
it. We were all best friends…well maybe not all of us but hindsight and
cheap grog can blur the edges. We were definitely invincible because we
weren’t grown up yet. And there was always danger but it felt right. I
feel that if I could bottle this one night, it’d be labeled simply ‘me
when I didn’t know anything’. It’s funny but I often think about this one
night and even though the details are few it has left a mark on me. Like I
can’t let go of the mystery that it seems to hold like a dream.
A song about being
born to love (M Walker)
I usually write
songs as a form of escapism. And this is not an exception. I’m not
religious but I like to call this my gospel song.
Once again (M.
A folk song.