I made this EP as a sort of “tribute” to my friends who played with me in the Moondogs for many years. Steve Parenteau, Derek Kosch, Tony Preston, Tom Carlon. We did a lot of shows, made a lot of crappy records – we had a lot of fun.
We did a reunion show last summer, which would have also been 20 years. Crazy… It got me thinking, I’d like to re-do some of those older songs. So – I did! Here is a rundown.
Burning Bridges – This is really a mish-mash of riffs from various Moondog songs, put into a new song. I didn’t want to just recreate what we created 20 years ago. So I opted for something new out of the old. I like how this song turned out, it has a cool groove.
“Burning Bridges” is not meant to “cut ties with those who are not like me”. It’s more cutting ties with the temptation to fall into sin. “I’m a wrecking ball on sin”, applies to my life only – I don’t see myself “wrecking sin” in others’ lives, I think Jesus does that just fine. 🙂 BUT if this song can serve as an encouragement to others, wonderful!
She Don’t Know – I always loved this song, though I’m not sure we ever played it live. I was trying to reproduce “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne. I didn’t really get it 20 years ago, and I didn’t really try to get it this time around. But I like how this rendition turned out.
Tears Are Falling – Yes, the Kiss song. This song has nothing to do with my old band. Although Steve and I did play “Heaven’s On Fire” in our high school band (and horribly). I put it on, because I thought it fit the tone of the record. I was listening to this while running, and the thought came to me, “What if Crowded House did this song?” So I tried to record it with that in mind. I did keep part of Bruce Kulick’s guitar solo (the only part I could play). But it’s definitely different than the Kiss version. I’d like to get them a copy, because Kiss is the reason I ever picked up a guitar.
Cry In Vain – Another song we never played live in the Moondogs. Not necessarily my favorite. I can’t recall why I chose this one to re-do? But I kinda like how it turned out. Musically, it flows better than it did 20 years ago. And lyrically, it’s a bit different. It used to be a song about relational hopelessness. I changed a few words, and it became a song about hope. So I like how it turned out. And I’m getting more into playing the Fender Rhodes on my songs. Some day maybe I’ll get good at it.
How You Hurt Me – I wanted to write a Rick Springfield song with this one. It’s a fun song. We did play this one a lot in the Moondogs. It was a fun one to play, especially as it explodes at the end.
It’s really kind of a dumb rock song. I’m ok with that, really. Rock and roll can be dumb from time to time. We all need to be silly from time to time.
I give the money I make away, because I like to and someone else can use that money. This time around, I chose an organization called “To Write Love On Her Arms”. They are a wonderful organization, their mission being:
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
EVERYONE knows someone who struggles with depression or addiction, and/or might even be that person. While I know money thrown at a problem doesn’t just fix the problem – money given to people who want to fix the problem is never a bad thing. And my heart’s desire is for people to know they MATTER. God cares for His children, loves His people. I want them to know that. I want YOU to know that. More than anything, I want you to KNOW that.
If you feel so inclined, you could give to TWLOHA directly.
I really hope you like the record. There will be more… 🙂