Pleasant Hill

LYRICS

Life in a haze.
Better council, better days are ahead.
Out in the sun, holding hands with everyone,
Wouldn't that be nice?

And we all learned a lot, of human nature.
And we all learned a lot about our neighbors.
And we all carried on so selfishly.
Cause the world revolves you, it revolves around me.

A banner year unfolds,
casting doubt around the world once again.
Ten years have passed since the last colossal crash.
What have we learned? How to take a fall.

And we all learned a lot, of human nature.
And we all learned a lot about our neighbors.
And we all carried on so selfishly.
Cause the world revolves around us, it revolves around me. 


LINER NOTES

The original title of this song was 'The Crypt on Pleasant Hill', a ghost story about the picture frame shop that burned to the ground where my house now stands. I pictured specters from old photo negatives underground creeping into our home and causing all of our bad luck. Messing with us, making us sick, dragging the foundation of our house down just to piss us off. In the end, that song was scrapped and this happy sounding song took it's place. So in the spirit of the title, I just kept it at Pleasant Hill. A lot of my lyrics deal with human nature and how we interact with one another. 2020 has obviously shined a light on how we see ourselves, our neighbors, our friends, and our families. We're all complicit in this mess we're in. And we all want the same thing; for things to be back to normal. Musically, this one began as a simple light hearted acoustic track, but like a lot of other songs on the album, I ended up putting layer on top of layer until it was unrecognizable. I think this one is my favorite of the bunch, if only because it's so different from anything I've else done before. I barely even had to mix this song. It just mixed itself organically with every new instrument I tracked. Vocals, however, took three different sessions to get right. The melody sits in a weird area of my vocal range. It's easy to sing falsetto and calm, but once you add dynamics into the equation, it gets incredibly hard to mix falsetto and full voice back and forth. I think I did ok with it.



PROGRESS CLIPS


CREDITS

Written, Produced, and Mixed by Brandon Peterson

Tenor Sax by AJ Estrada

Mastered by David Lipps