Chris Smither's new album Hundred Dollar Valentine is his first comprised of all original material in his four decade career. In this special guest blog, Smither talks about music production and songwriting ethos. When Anita Suhanin started working on the harmony for the title cut of Hundred Dollar Valentine, she took a short break after she’d worked out a part, and actually sat down and read the lyrics. When she got to the end of them she looked a little surprised and said, “Aww… It’s a love song!” Well, yeah, and in spite of years of rampant cynicism expressed with what I hope is a modicum of levity and wit, I maintain that most of my songs are, in fact, hopeful. Certainly not despairing. The closest I come to despair is resignation, and the positive name for resignation is acceptance. Can we make that fly. Sure, I’m a writer. So here’s another collection of hope seasoned with resignation disguised as acceptance, with just a little silliness (but never frivolity) mixed in to make the whole thing rise a little in the pan. The aforementioned love song is followed by a meditation of sorts on the fact (among other things) that our lives have a plan only in hindsight, which has the effect of making the “plan” seem more like a justification. You think that’s heavy. Wait’ll you hear the strings! “Strings.!!” you say,... Sign In to Keep Reading
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