2.21.19

me and steve at a very special house concert 2.22.17

me and steve at a very special house concert 2.22.17

Last year around this time, writing songs began to feel really daunting to me. In retrospect, what I was listening to and how I was interacting with music in general may have had something to do with this. (In recent months, I’ve begun to dedicate my time to new music, discovery, and guitar playing, which has helped me immensely.). Additionally, I had spent a full year working on the same twelve songs, and doing that all over again sort of intimidated me.

One evening in March 2018, I sat down and began detuning my guitar. Changing the tuning of my guitar and discovering new chords seemed like a good way to get some creativity flowing. So I did exactly that, and within minutes, I was writing what has become one of my favorite originals, “Steven”. A slight exaggeration, but it feels like I haven’t had a creative slump since that day in March! I also still use that guitar tuning to write.

A year later, I have a great number of new songs, and “Steven” remains one of my favorite tunes. Today, I had the pleasure of spending fifteen hours with my friend Steve, and overall it was an exceptional and memorable time. In honor of our friendship, I thought maybe I would share the lyrics to this song:

how come everybody is leaving

how is it all gonna end

i know this town is deceiving

still i would rather pretend

when the call came i was with steven

i thought it was another charade

it took a panic attack to believe it

he held me in my disarray

for now

this town is all that’s left

of you

and so i wander back

again

learning how to lose is exhausting

everything reminds me of you

passing your shop down on third street

always the loneliest view

for now

this town is all that’s left

of you

and so i wander back

again

somewhere on the edge of everything

i’ve ever known

there’s a house on a hill

with the porch lights beckoning

for me to come home

how come everybody is leaving

how is it all gonna end

Ashton York