I’ve been quiet on the blog lately because I’ve been getting loud elsewhere, namely, with my band Cold Holiday. I’ve been working most of the year on a new record, and over the weekend I finished up a track from the record that I wanted to share as a single. It’s called “Everything Happens To You.”

STREAM “Everything Happens To You”

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I started writing this one on a cassette tape about 25 years ago, made one digital copy of it just to have one, and pretty much forgot about it. But it aged well, and I reworked it a little, added words, piled on guitars and added what a friend of mine called “a wall of Bradys” for the chorus. It’s not quite “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but it’s more harmonies than I usually put in a song. I spent close to a week just getting the final mix right; when I thought I was done, I’d listen back on every speaker I could find, including the ones in the car. And then I’d go back into my home studio and tweak it some more, and listen back, and adjust, and listen back, until I couldn’t find anything left to adjust. Then I sent it in to all the streaming services last night so I could share it with you.

I only mention all of this because of a funny thing that happened this morning. I woke up early to get everyone in my house ready for the day, but happened to see that the new single had made it onto Spotify already; usually it takes a few days to get processed. I raced through all my morning chores so I could sit down and finally hear this finished song, out there in the world.

After a verse or so, it stopped. One of the kids, not knowing that I was listening to music, had used their smart speaker to play a song of their own choosing. My glorious world premiere, decades in the making, had been interrupted in favor of “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry.

Maybe I need a family streaming account?