let’s rock, a literary history pt. 5: i wish i could quit you

This song does not have much of a thrilling story as some do.   However, I thought very long and hard about this song.  For months and months, I just knew that there had to be a song of painful loneliness in the story.  It wasn’t my story exactly, but it was the story of someone.  For awhile I was convinced that it would be a slow and brooding piano ballad in D minor, but for some reason nothing I tried would work.


One evening in January of 2009 I was getting ready to go to bed.  I climbed in and just looked at my computer, and it was calling my name.  I got up and turned on a drum machine and just started playing.  I was fiddling around and caught on to something.  I recorded a few loops, hit ‘save’, and went to sleep.  In the next few days I suppose I just decided this would be the foundation of my planned song of loneliness.  I added some noise in, and began to come up with some lyric ideas.  The first verse came quite easily, but then I stalled.


A few days later I was at work in my cubicle, and I was texting with my good friend Brian whom I usually trade movie quotes with.   The phrase “days, nights, holidays, weekends” came into my head (from the film “Kindergarten Cop”) and I wrote it down.  Then, the flood came.  I kept writing lyrics the rest of the day and raced home.  I turned on the music and it was like a spreading wildfire.  I couldn’t stop, and it felt like someone really flying off the handle, which is exactly what I wanted in this song. 


I kept writing and writing, and eventually I realized I’d gone somewhere else totally different in this song, and figured out that a whole chunk of lyrics belonged elsewhere on the album (more on that later).  Towards the end I felt a lot of personal bitterness and experience take over the song, and was a really beautiful thing.  I kept layering the music and noise until it felt right, and that’s basically the story of this song.  I’m not sure when I decided on the title, but I know my mom had told me a joke with the line “I wish I could quit you” and that phrase just stuck with me.


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One Comment on “let’s rock, a literary history pt. 5: i wish i could quit you”

  1. October 9, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    i like this. and the new page. you so cool. 🙂

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