Now we’re exploring the passionate grit, the capacious caverns of instinctive emotion, the burrows of past and future pain manifested into seemingly meaningless tones and frequencies. Cumulatively this is my heart and soul, my desire, my wildfire. Here I am vulnerable; a feeling that is increasingly becoming familiar and comfortable.
I share with you another cover. The strikingly beautiful Braille from Regina Spektor’s debut album 11:11. After a particularly defeating day I sat down at my piano and recorded this on my cellphone. I hope you have time give it a listen.
My college had an excuse-to-binge-drink-fest every year near the end of the spring semester. I’m not going to lie and say I never partook in the genre of beer related gluttony that induces a double vision haze, but it is certainly not one of my favorite things. So when the festival of drunk college student debauchery unfolded, I would spend my time picking up cans for extra cash and making sure all of my friends made it home safe.
Senior year, 4:00 AM. My can collecting spree guided me to a development of student apartments in close proximity to the college. I notice someone laying face-down in the grass in the distance. I walk closer to investigate. It’s one of my closest friends, and he appears to have drank enough to foster a deep infatuation of the cold nighttime grass. I attempt to pick him up, drag him to my car, and somehow manage to lift him into my passenger’s seat. All the while he kept repeating the same thing: “Erica, this was the best night ever. You’re the best friend ever. YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND.” He seemed stuck in a repetitive thought loop resulting in an epiphany regarding our friendship. This continued the entire ride home.
He eventually sobered up and years later we recorded this together. He’s quite brilliant at keys, and he says I can handle a microphone. It’s a cover of a (mutual) favorite song by a (mutual) favorite band. I give you Destiny by Zero 7.
I enjoy making music. I enjoy it more than thanksgiving day pie selection (I select every pie to try) and Newegg shopping sprees. I enjoy it so much I think I can finally justify investing in a decent microphone. Sorry not sorry for the audio quality. I do the best with what I’ve got (and what I’ve got is a Galaxy S III smartphone).
I’ve needed to take a leap of faith and put myself out there or I will never see progress. I re-taught myself piano this summer and started busting out some covers. Here is “Lies” by Marina and the Diamonds. I hope you enjoy.