And Then What was planned as an album, knowing that it would be our last one. We wanted to get all the latest material, developed during Chris Wyckoff‘s reign on keyboards, circa 1997-2000.
But, we also wanted to do a few tracks of songs that had fallen between the cracks, so to speak. As seen in this Nativology series, we left a lot of songs on the cutting room floor.
Good songs, we were thinking, as with today’s entry, which we offer as proof that we were a very good band in the studio -tight, but without rigidness, or semblance of restraint.
Listen to how Mike, knowing he will redub his guitar later, plays around with several musical ideas and motifs, switching like a gadfly from one to the next.
And then there Mat Hutt‘s startling- spine-tingling, powerhouse vocal!
Mat really dug deep when he wrote the song, based on an experience from some year’s hence, but no less painful for time’s passage.
In this passionate take, Mat summons up everything he was feeling when he wrote it, and in the process gives us one of his best-ever performances!
This song would see it’s final form take shape during the sessions at Marmfington Farm in 2005, when Mike would finally redub his guitar, Woody would add his harmony, Chris would add piano, and Dave would roll the doobies!
But, here it is in the rough mix John Fitzwater did the day we recorded it in late 2000.