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How many thoughts does auxiliary member of CliffLight and brother, Doug try to get out at once? Countem. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Re Found Demo
Gavin, you know who’s singing on this? Sounds familiar. Sounds good.
Morning Light was a tough song to put out. One of those panicked night before release moments. Our mix engineer Sohta had done an amazing job bringing brilliant and subtle aspects of Sam’s production to life. The track was sounding as good as it was going to get and as soon as vocals hit, I cringed and felt like shit. I couldn’t understand the mindset I must have been in recording it, couldn’t relate.
We don’t have a ton of listeners/fans and the ones we do have are friends, family, important to us. I felt I let myself and everybody down with this one. “Is this the music they’ve been working on, talk so passionately about, the different direction?” That I couldn’t stand the song was hard for the rest of the band as well and put us in a tough spot. I was most adamant but none of us were psyched on it, 3 years old, poppy… nicknamed ‘the Disney Song’. How do we promote something and get behind it when we’re not? The machine was in motion and Billboard already had the exclusive for the next morning, pulling it was out.
I wanted to be honest, laugh, show there was more awareness and depth in the project still, more than shimmery pop ladder climbing. Understandably the guys wanted to keep cool publicly, not shoot ourselves in the foot, prove it with the next one. I got their reasoning but staying silent felt awful. I thought the least I could do was tell it how I saw it, that I owed that to whoever cared even if it was only Doug and TC. Harry was good about it, encouraged me to do what I had to do, to wait a couple days if I could.
So… With the precursor that I’m grateful and appreciative of all the work and good intention that went into it and that our mix engineer Sohta at Capumo studios did awesome as always with what we gave him… I can’t take the song. In many ways it’s a “good song” and if a boy band like One Direction wrote it, I still wouldn’t listen to it but I’d understand it. The instro is cool. Everyone’s parts are straight. My issue is with my own input on this track. If I want to shit on something I’ve done, I’m going to shit on something I’ve done, no one needs to take issue with that. Next time I hope to write from a deeper source, to put more of myself in it, on it. Some of you enjoy this song and I think that’s awesome. As far as consolations go, it’s a good one. I’d say don’t get used to it, we’re not planning on another one but I’m grateful that people enjoy it. We still work hard towards making music with depth and heart that we’re passionate about, hopefully in the long run that’s what shows up when you hit your search bar and type CliffLight.
Was it the wine
that made my head sharp
into my dreams
with stripes and shadows
caught silver and white
across my face
under the Moonlight.
I had two Tigers
& we slept together
Amanda Dreams, Samurai in Rome Demo
Then came a shift and these moments so small against the fire built upon themselves like a grain to mountain
I wrote a statement about the music we’ve released and what image people gather from it. About how some of my favorite CliffLight demos will probably never be released and may be better that way… Unpolished, trains, animals, lives in the back. I wrote how the music industry and culture says to pick who you are, what you sound like, what category you’re in. About how unrealistic it is to attempt fitting five people’s feelings into a genre or sub genre always. About depth and if need be, having less people that care more. About risk and change. About compromise, balance and purpose. L. About how CliffLight plans to release music this Summer. Some tracks a few of us like and a couple of us don’t, some tracks we all like. Some tracks we love and one or two of the tracks none of us like but somebody else might. To not expect a set sound. To enjoy the mistakes with us. To listen to tracks we must have been crazy to make alongside tracks that are why we make music. Sometimes they are the same. I wrote a statement and it got deleted and that was good.
The Many Colors of CliffLight
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Pumpin iron with Bralderman and the Rare Bird Schortman.
Last Sunrise over the ocean, for a while.
You were always weird But I never had to hold you by the edges Like I do now
The better to see you with