In November of 2012, Kasey Anderson and I started collaborating on some songs via the Internet. I’ve always had a desire to create music, but frankly, I’m not so remarkable a musician, which limits my songwriting. So, out of necessity, I learned to collaborate. We had a conversation about this because as a writer of anything, it’s hard to give up any aspect of control. This is your vision. But it’s become part of the process, and even though I have the song in my head when I write it, I get excited to hear how someone else takes my lyrics and interprets them.
Other than songs, I write screenplays, and it’s kind of the same deal. You have an idea and you convey it in writing, but really, it’s up to someone else how it’s ultimately presented, so you learn to word things a certain way. You learn where to put line breaks to create emphasis and hope that it comes across.
The first song we ended up doing was called “All Cats Are Gray In the Dark.” I had already written the lyrics and sent them to Kasey to see what he thought about them. He liked them and said, “Let me see what I can do with them.” Next thing you know, there’s a song.
He challenged me to write something every day, whether it was lyrics or dialogue or whatever. Definitely a challenge I need because I tend to get lazy. I always have words in my head I need to get out, but I don’t always take the steps to do it. I think it’s part of my crazy and the more I get those things out, the better off I am.
So, here’s a place where I’m going to share these songs. Right now, they’re just demos. Maybe these will turn into an album. We’ve talked about it a little. But even if they don’t, they’ll exist here and that’s good enough for me. I hope you enjoy them.
(Words: Fullerton/Music: Anderson)