Below are 3 new songs (to be released our new album) that were recorded live in Birmingham AL in the back of our van, which we have sold (along with all of our other things including our house) to get to Germany and record a new album. These are the “Van Videos”.
Been away so long I hardly knew the place
Gee, it’s good to be back home
Leave it till tomorrow to unpack my case
Honey disconnect the phone
I’m back in the USSA
You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
Back in the US
Back in the US
Back in the USSA
(lyrics from Beatles song “Back in the USSR”)
We landed in the states a few days ago and the jet lag has worn off just enough for me to write this blog. I’m not going to get into the “whole” story of our trip right now, because it’s a long one! Just know that the last 3 months went by in a blur. When I woke up here our first morning back it almost felt like it didn’t happen.
Steven and I loved being in Germany making the music that we were made to make. Our time there was amazing and inspiring but it had it’s difficult moments too. We’re going to try and tell you the whole story over the course of the next several blogs… because who has time to read long blog entries anyway, right?
Now enough with that, let’s begin the tale of the two boys that went around the world to create sound…
It starts here, this is the first video we took in Germany. You can see the studio where we recorded the music and watch as we get things set up, and by “we” I mean Nicolas and Christian! This is where the story begins.
As some of you may have heard or read on our blog, Steven went back to the States a few weeks ago to adopt a baby girl with his wife Jen. Funny how plans of dreams and dreams of plans get all intertwined. Steven and Jen are now parents of a beautiful petite baby girl named Emma Grace. She glows and I’ve only been able to see her through video skype, I can’t imagine her in real life!
This video was taken while recording “Start Again”, a song that Steven and I wrote together. Yes, this guitar was intentionally tuned way out of tune, but it fit perfectly in the song (as you’ll hear our producer Nicolas say at the end). There is a time for everything, I guess…
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
Be gracious with what’s happening in your time, because things will change. And we only get so much time.
We’re going to clear up a bit of confusion that should of been cleared up AWHILE ago. The main character in the music video for “Coming Down” is not, nor ever was the lead singer in The Enemy Lovers! He is but an actor in an epic tale of a white flag… (click here to watch)
This never seemed to be a serious confusion in my head. But tonight we were hanging out with Desmond Myers (a very talented artist also working with Elephantom – click here to check him out!) at our apartment in Germany, sipping on some great German beer before dinner, and he looks at me and starts laughing. He said that he just figured out, tonight!!, that I was the lead singer and the main character in our music video was just an actor. He had been wondering why he hadn’t seen or met him yet and was thinking maybe we got rid of him and replaced him with me!!
This is hilarious because I’ve actually had several people ask me if he was in the band, but I never paid it any mind.
Oh yeah, and the new album is coming along great!! We are ultra inspired by it thus far.
This little band is working a bit of magic on the streets of Regensburg, Germany that only a handful of people in the world will ever experience. This is also my family and my friends who have joined me on this exploration of life and it’s mysteries. This is pure enlightenment. This is the view from where I stand.