2001 is rightly remembered as a traumatic year. But, for Native, the year was traumatic long before September 11.
As Mat Hutt prepared a move to join his family in California, the band carried on in the only way we knew how to do – gigging, rehearsing, and writing songs for our upcoming album. In other words, we were a bit in denial.
All good, though, because we were at the peak of our powers, and with Chris Wyckoff now firmly established and entrenched on the keyboard bench and so much great new material flowing out of us, there just wasn’t any other way to handle the situation.
Our third studio album was the result, and what a fine album And Then What turned out to be.
Since it was meant to be a compendium of both new and older material that had not made it onto our earlier efforts, we found ourselves delving into our past. Today’s song is one that we revisited and refurbished with a spiffing new arrangement.
Since it was already on our first eponymously-titled album, it didn’t make the cut. Little did we know that this very fine rehearsal recording would end up going out to the world in an anthology such as this!
I like it much better than the album version, except I wish Catherine Russell was there with her breathtaking vocals.
All we could do, was keep on doing all we could do, and just let the days we had left –