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The story behind the song...
Story behind the song:
You are born into this world with unlimited potential. But whoever you are, the people around you, mostly with good intention, want to teach you how to fit in. It's the way of the world. It makes sense I guess, but for me, I've always questioned the process of fitting in. By the time we're three or four years old, we've been given a pretty strong set of commands for how we are suppose to live our lives.
CIRCLES is a metaphor for how the world wants you to live a certain way. If you are not that way, you will be cast out and judged. As children, we begin to form into groups to cope with the need to be accepted, but in the process of being a part of something, we are excluding so much more. We eventually willingly confine ourselves, even when we disagree with the group – as long as we are part of it.
I don't know which version of what happens when we die is the right one, but depending on where you were born, you are told from birth with absolute conviction, there are rules to follow that get you into heaven. And I always ask the same question – if you were lost at sea as an infant and wound up on an a remote island, raised by wild animals, lived your whole life free of the knowledge of any of the things that man has created to confine how we live, were the example of religious perfection – honest, giving, respectful, a true friend to all your fellow island companions – when you died, would you ascend to heaven, or wherever it is that we go?
One day, we wake up, and we are adults. We feel a sense of imbalance in the world we live in, but we say to ourselves, "that's just the way it is." If we don't challenge this paradigm, we live and die by someone else's design. I say...LIVE YOUR LIFE!
I wrote this song about two years ago when my wife was out of town for a couple days. We are not separated often, but when we are, she always makes jokes about how I must be enjoying my freedom. The truth is I pretty much only want to do two things...well three things actually…play music, hug my wife and have a good hair day. When she's home, our apartment is filled with noise and bustle, so when she's gone, it feels very empty. We have cats, but they are professional sleepers so I’m usually just by myself, and the first thing that occurs to me in these moments is...it’s okay for a night or two, but really only because I know she will be back.
It seems to me that the world is very much a complex machine that will eat you alive if you let it. We live in New York and it's the greatest city in the world, but it’s also easy to get caught up in the rat race thinking that you need to get somewhere or accomplish something. I will quote the Beatles, “All you need is love.” And I know I’m very lucky, so when I’m not with the one I love, I write songs about her.
Hope you like it. Thanks for your support! Without your ears to listen, there is no music.