Words written by my good friend Tyler Young. Amazing words, wish I knew what they meant, but they feel really good to sing, feels right. I wanted to write a song with a really long chord progression that had no changes. I worked on it for years I think. I remember being in Eagle Point Oregon at my sister Emilys house for a holiday and playing it in the living room when it was finally coming together. I had no words in mind but just started singing Tylers words. I didn't think I wanted any changes, but it happened. The first time I shared it at a rehearsal with Thom White (drums) Randy Sanson (guitar) Joshua Marks (Bass) with the band Ploughman Randy added the intuitive F# G change where I added the lyric (Machine, Not Enough). Ive recorded it a few times and probably will again. What an experience to have this song in my life.
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I remember when the first line of the song came into my head. Standing over the sink, doing dishes, water running. It was a drought that year. We had buckets in the shower to catch the water so we could water the plants. Just trying to conserve and be conscientious. "Worried bout the water" came into my head so I wrote it down in my book. The rest came and I don't remember much of that. But definitely apocalyptic with the past tense, "I stood with the Tall Tress"...In the studio while while we were recording this track my headphones came off during the interlude before the chorus. The band created that little walk down vibe, and I got my headphones back on just before coming in.
But the music....I remember the evening. I was in the barn in Aptos with George. I started playing the riff...No plans, no idea, just started playing. That was the riff and George Berry came right in. Ive still got the first recording somewhere I think.
My dad named me after Eric Clapton and Jim Morrison. That why its call Eric Morrison & The Mysteries. My last name is Smith. I think Morrison works better.
Howdy, Its Eric.
I was thinking some might wonder. "What are the Mysteries, who are the Mysteries"? So, here's a stab at it for your consideration. The Mysteries....there the large group of men and woman who play and celebrate the mystery of music with me....Eric. There will never be a formal or permanent lineup as far as I can tell, and most likely you will find a different group at every show. Im open to wherever the mystery leads. It seems every practice, show, and recording session is different, which leads to more ideas that inevitably lead to more material, better riffs, new jams, and new beats. Its my role to make sense of the personalities, musicality, strengths, availability and subtleties to create the best music I can with help and guidance from the mysterious powers at hand....That be, the Mysteries.....hmmmm...
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