From the Journal: Ink & Paper

If there’s a subject written about more than love, it’s heartbreak.  The graveyard of past relationships is the hotbed for songwriting material.

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Most of the songs I have written are a concoction of reality and fiction. Writing lyrics is a strange conundrum of a person writing for himself, but with a whole audience eavesdropping on his personal expressions. Sometimes more fictionalization is needed to make the story more vibrant or relevant to listeners, but the roots are in real experiences.

Ink & Paper

As co-songwriter Brice had, I’d experienced the highs and lows of relationships, so it only made sense to include his creation, “Look,” along with my “Ink & Paper” on the album.

This song is one of my favorites we recorded, because of the juxtaposition between pop-punk influenced upbeat melodies against the self-doubting introspection of the narrator. The second verse and chorus contain some lines I was thrilled to stumble upon in the writing process. Plus, this is the only song on “The Deep End of Hope” for which I recorded the bass guitar. I also liked Dan’s energetic downbeat and Brian‘s ripping synth from the very beginning.

Take a look at the lyrics and tell me what you think of “Ink & Paper“:

[Click here to download "Ink & Paper" for free.]

My journal entries are growing longer by the day now
I’m losing paper and sanity with this ink I spill
And I’m running out of pens to record the
Ancient history of my failures, too many to count
.
It’s getting colder, my body’s devoid of emotion and energy
From chasing wisdom and resolution we desperately need
Reconciliation comes with a price to pay
I know we don’t deserve each other, so let’s take a chance at grace
.
These are the words that I will write to you
But you will never read these heartfelt syllables
I’m coming clean with who I think I am
This is a journal of my hopes and fears with all sincerity
Compose a symphony of honesty, let’s face reality
.
I’ll drive until the highway turns around and takes me back to you
But just one thing, please don’t lose the key or leave me here to bleed

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What has heartbreak compelled you to write or say or do?

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Read more From the Journal:

Love and Her True Implications.
I Won’t Die in Roseville.
Destiny.
Hundreds & Thousands & Millions.
Hang On.
Look.
Don’t Run Away.
Diluvium.

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