May 24, 2011

Listen: Rory Lucey

Can you think of anything better than having a song written for you? I'm lucky enough to say it has happened to me twice. The first time it happened was back in 2007, a 22nd birthday gift from dear friend, Rory Lucey. It's still something I listen to whenever I need a smile...

I don't usually do music posts, but when Rory shared his recently completed EP (Other Peoples' Houses, under his band's name, Practice. We Talkin' About Practice), I just had to share it. I really love these 5 songs, and I think you will too. Click here to listen. Read below for Rory's words on his process and inspiration for the record:

This record comes out of about two years of work in various fits and spurts. I write songs in a way that mostly serves to frustrate - writing and recording a song, sitting with said song for a short period of time, finding faults, editing, sitting with the new version, finding faults with it, and continuing to chop it up and craft the thing until I (hopefully) find the song I actually want to hear. I like songs that don't seem tethered to any particular verse/chorus structure as well as songs that play with instrumentation and layers of sound. So when working on a song, drum tracks are added and changed, choruses are stripped down or cut out, and anything else I can think of is reassessed and reassembled. 

My inspiration comes from the records I've been obsessed with in the last few years. I've spent a lot of time listening to Electric Light Orchestra, to the songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David (particularly Dusty Springfield's versions), and most of all to Joni Mitchell. I only started listening to Joni Mitchell in the last two years and she's an artist I haven't taken off my ipod in that time - her songs are smart and funny and beautiful in ways I find hard to process. I try to write sophisticated pop songs like these artists and countless others because they have affected me and inspired me and because at this point I can't not write songs. 

In a conversation with my dad about this record, he said, "People will see the songs as a portrait of heartbreak and loneliness, but they're only songs." He's right - the songs are not a reflection of a sad life, just my love of sad songs. The exception is the line, "She smiled and said 'You're cute but you're not cute enough'" from "Dancing With My Eyes Closed" - that really did happen to me.

(Album cover art from the book The Animal Fair, written and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen)


Volare said...

Hey, its Alejandra. I've got your blog on my reader :) Tell Rory for me that this is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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