Il Fantasma

Translated from Italian, “Il Fantasma” means “The Ghost”.  This tune was written as a background track for a short film I produced in an intensive Italian course.  The class was taught in Sever Hall at Harvard, and the doors had a strange habit of opening without warning or apparent reason.  We developed the concept that a ghost was wandering the halls of Sever – causing these disturbances – and decided to film one student’s unlucky encounter with “Il Fantasma”.

Lyrics (and the clip) after the jump.

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Hey Postman

In college, I had the privilege of singing jazz a cappella with some incredibly fun and talented dudes in the Harvard Din & Tonics.  My freshman summer, we went on a ridiculously awesome (and insanely storied) 90-day world tour through 26 countries – starting in London and working our way east across Europe, Asia, and Australia before ending in LA.

At the time, I was still with my girlfriend from high school, but things had been getting steadily tougher as we were doing long distance (Ohio to Massachusetts), and I was spending my entire summer on tour.  When I got back, I ended up writing this song, remembering all the times I thought about her on the trip.

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The Way I Remember You

This is a song I wrote during the summer of 2013.  As with most of my songs, I was just messing around on my guitar when I came across a catchy little riff (which is played at the beginning).  I kept playing it over and over again and I realized that as I was doing so, I felt a mixture of wistfulness and nostalgia creeping over me.

Though it’s full of references to personal memories and experiences, I think the song ended up being about something that most folks can relate to.  It’s about the power of memories, and more specifically, the way that an experience is remembered, which both 1) doesn’t necessarily represent what actually happened, and 2) is really less in our control than we’re often inclined to think.  In that way, our memories have an incredibly powerful impact on our identities.

The last line of the chorus – “I cannot forget the way that I remember you.” – is a bit of an oxymoron.  It kind of goes by definition that if something is remembered it isn’t forgotten.  But I like the phrasing because the inclusion of the word cannot implies that an attempt has been made, yet has fallen short.  Some things just stay with us…

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The Things I Do

This song came along a couple years ago.  I was with this girl who just had me wrapped around her finger – and it was at once strangely disconcerting and wonderful, all at the same time.  I couldn’t stop thinking about her, and I couldn’t stop doing things for her.

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The Awful Truth

This song is kind of a bummer.  But don’t get me wrong – it’s still worth listening to.  😛

It’s just, the subject matter is a bit darker than my other songs.  This one’s about looking back at a relationship and realizing that we were just “two foolish fools”.  It’s not regretful, per say, but realistic and accepting of that reality.

Lyrics after the jump.

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Here’s to Next Year

I wrote this song during the summer of 2009.  It had been a rough year so far, and I decided to take the summer and get as far away from my world as possible.

I ended up traveling through China teaching English, which was a wild experience.  The trip began in Beijing, where I haggled an acoustic guitar which accompanied me for most of the trip.  Due to some strange scheduling, I spent 11 quiet days alone in Shenyang, and the time alone ended up forcing me to face a lot of my internal issues, in a good way.  I wrote this song on my last day in Shenyang, and it’s sort of a measured, but optimistic tune.

Lyrics after the jump.

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