17
Jul
circa 1988.

circa 1988.

16
Jul

The Halfway Home Diaries - Chapter 5: Be Forward With Me

I was miles outside of my comfort zone when I penned “Be Forward With Me" in 2007. I consider this song to be the third in a trilogy on "Songs for a Halfway Home", and easily the one that gets me the most sentimental.  I know I’ve already touched on my relationship with Heather in Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 of this dialogue, but really, I have to elaborate on this nonsense just once more.

"Be Forward With Me," musically, is pretty fundamental. The cheesy organ solo notwithstanding, the song’s a straightforward kind of a tune with a message that still resonates with me, maybe even more so today than it has in a very long time. After all, the majority of the time I had known Heather, I had been mustering up the guts to try to tell her how I felt about her.

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15
Jul

Arison Cain - Be Forward With Me (Acoustic)

Lyrics:

you have got to be
a little forward with me.
i would hate to watch
you leave again, (leave again)
but you have got to understand
i like what i see.
i just can’t seem to
get the words over, girl.
no, i can’t seem to get
the words over, girl.

lately, maybe i’ve been
coming off a little bit shy.
that’s not for lack of trying.
frankly, maybe i’m just
not a very typical guy.
that’s nothing i’m denying, but…

you have got to be
a little forward with me.
i would hate to watch
you leave again, (leave again)
but you have got to understand
i like what i see.
i just can’t seem to
get the words over, girl.
no, i can’t seem to get
the words over, girl.

what can i do
to make it any more obvious
that you are all
i’m wondering about?

you have got to be
a little forward with me.
i would hate to watch
you leave again, (leave again)
but you have got to understand
i like what i see.
i just can’t seem to
get the words over, girl.
no, i can’t seem to get
the words over, girl.

14
Jul
one last shot from june 1st at moe’s bbq in denver. we are halfway home. (credit: jay goldman)

one last shot from june 1st at moe’s bbq in denver. we are halfway home. (credit: jay goldman)

14
Jul
june 1st at moe’s bbq in denver. kobayashi maru. (credit: jay goldman)

june 1st at moe’s bbq in denver. kobayashi maru. (credit: jay goldman)

11
Jul

This is perhaps my favorite live video ever. It’s “Optimistically Sober” from our show in Burbank last month, and it features our good friend Adam Coursen on third guitar, so it’s loud, and fucking chaotic. Also, the lighting gets all soft and sensual after I smooch the camera right around 1:04. Enjoy!

RIYL: Weezer, Fun., Motion City Soundtrack, Foo Fighters, Bayside, The Format, Say Anything

Lyrics:

You can call me optimistically sober,
but that’s the only way I know
to win you over,
and if the nights that
I had given you were longer,
I would have been happy to admit
that I was wrong, girl,
and it’s a shame I let you
think I didn’t want to,
it was my pride that I was
sick of holding onto, oh girl,
but now, I’m brokenhearted.

From one lover to another,
I’ll give your heart another
moment to recover.

CHAOTIC INTERLUDE

And if recovery is
going to exhaust you,
I would hate to let you
feel like I had lost you,
oh girl, but now I’m broken.

GUITARMONIES

Woah!
Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, ay-oh-ay-oh!
Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

11
Jul

widening scope.

little by little, piece by piece, everything will fit together. if you’re the type of person who sees the bigger picture, you have to believe in that.

10
Jul

recording vocals for one of the “kobayashi maru” b-sides, an acoustic track called “the song i never really named”.

09
Jul

Check out this extremely rowdy live rendition of “Darling” from our most recent show in Connecticut, because there’s nothing better than writing a breakup song about a shitty ex-girlfriend and having everyone sing it with you everywhere you go. (Yeah, fuck you darling.)

08
Jul

The Halfway Home Diaries - Chapter 3: Going Full Throttle

It was a Wednesday afternoon and I was smack dab in the middle of a shower when "Going Full Throttle" hit me. I can’t imagine it was much different from the way Doctor Emmet Brown must have felt when he was struck on the head and cooked up the flux capacitor. I rushed into the living room of my Lansing St. apartment, frantically searching for any kind of writing utensil or parchment to record my thoughts, as if there was risk that the song would disappear as suddenly as it had materialized. My good friend, roommate and former Score guitarist Leo Lemay (currently of STILL RINGS TRUE), watched the entire thing unfold. My abrupt burst of nudity may have bewildered him at first, but I believe the song that resulted certainly merited the discomfort.

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About Me

I am a 28 year old singer/songwriter from Watertown, NY, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. I have an affinity for bowl cuts, whispering sweet nothings, Ghost Dad, professional wrestling, Lucy Lawless, and just about anything that could be classified as "Too Hot for TV". I am preparing to release my debut full-length "The Love and the Volume". Details are coming very soon.

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