there was a fire
smoke filled up the air
we left the place burning
and no one even cared
There were fires in Los Angeles yesterday, creeping up along the Sepulveda Pass and clouding the skyline view seen all the way across town in Hollywood. Thankfully it doesn't seem to be an arsonist, like the fires of last winter, but still - the brush fires of LA are an odd thing for an LA-transplant. The idea that at any time, any dry patch in LA could catch fire is wild to me. I remember leaving Shakespeare at Barnsdale Park one time and seeing the hillside directly opposite from us on fire. I thought at the time "How frightening", yet I went on with my evening and was hardly bothered at all. A curious objection to worrying, but I assure my out of town loved ones that it really isn't that concerning for us neighboring denizens. The traffic is the worst of it, if you're not a property owner.
All this fire talk of course reminds me of a track we wrote called A FIRE, still one of my favorites we've written because of the magic involved in its creation. Sitting on the front porch at Ben Ave, Adrian came up with the guitar melody. Chris had to go to band practice or something for a while, so I went to Martel for a jog and while running the lyrics and melody flew into my brain. For some reason, the phrase I secluded above stuck strongly in my mind as the crux of the tale. We reconvened a little bit later that night and hammered out the track, later adding Jacob on violin and Robin on the trumpet, and the next day, Adrian tracked the delicate harmonies I love so much. In less than 72 hours we had this really interesting, moody track, which came completely through some magic combination of the people, the late summer sun, and the desire of song to exist in a recorded sense. Apologies if that is hokey but sometimes songs really feel like they were waiting to be born, just on the other side of existence until someone or something sets it free and brings it into our physical realm. Plus, my love for Chris was catching fire at the time, which only served to sweeten the experience a million times over. More hokiness, I know...
I later edited together some footage I had gathered around Christmas time in Cleveland, New Years out in Joshua Tree, a work trip to Vegas and bits of LA to create my very first editing project, a music video of sorts for "A Fire". My sister and parents, Robin and Chris, myself and my grandmother all make cameos, which makes for a very special home video/collage I enjoy very much. The actual editing could use some work, but again - its the magic of the moments I captured in the video that are important to me. Plus those giant snowflakes are really fun to play with during editing.
Check out the video above or listen to the track here and let me know what you think!