Didn't Know Who We Would Be

by Richard Stuverud

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Here is a single from the Hummingbirds EP which will be released in early 2021.

I had written this rather simple chord structure while on holiday in Spain back in 2019.
Once I realized I had a solid idea rolling with a vocal melody, I dove into my journal with scraps of unfinished lyrics as well as assorted poetry from an old friend by the name of Ben Trovato who had sent me some of his work for future collaborations.
What I gathered from his writing and what I began to build on were now flowing. Seemingly well found and not lost.

The line "Life's a little bit sad, life's a little bit happy" resonated with me.
I began to think about childhood memories and the strange elements of growing up, so I worked with this theme.
The ups and down and pros and cons to life. The happiness and the sadness swirling around over the years and into the present moment.
It felt great to keep things creative in the writing vain while in Spain, however upon my return home, I shelved the song for bit with the idea of returning to it later.

And then the 2020 pandemic hit!
It was time to bring the song down off the shelf as I decided to finish it while trying to process and accept the conditions of shelter in place. Striving to find a more positive outlook at what has clearly been dire circumstances for many in the ongoing crisis seemed to be in order.
Coming to terms with the new "normal" was something that I think found its way into the song.
I feel like the chorus sums up the psychological aspect of our present moment in many ways.

With the instrumentation, it was another attempt on my part to be the multi instrumentalist.
I had a lot of fun going for more of a synth driven sound and more atmospheric elements with the vocals.
The chord structure on guitar is pretty damn repetitive, but it's the juxtaposition of the synths and the over all building of the track that seems to work pretty well.
As much as I feel like the luckiest musician on the planet by having so many gifted musicians with me in the studio, I am surprisingly satisfied with the results of playing all of the instruments this time around.

"Sometimes we find a way through, still not knowing who we would be"...

...Have a listen.

lyrics

DIDN'T KNOW WHO WE WOULD BE

WHEN WE WERE KIDS, WE DIDN'T KNOW
DIDN'T KNOW WHO WE WOULD BE
SURE, WE HAD SUSPICIONS BUT THEY ONLY COVER
WHAT YOU CAN FOR SEE
AND THEN WE GOT,
GOT EXPERIENCE, NO INTERFERENCE
WHERE OUR COMFORTS LIE, AND GOD KNOWS WE TRIED
TO FIND OURSELVES
IT TAKES WORK, AT LEAST YOU HAVE TO TRY...AT
LIFE
LIFE
LIFE
LIFE

IT'S A LITTLE BIT SAD
IT'S A LITTLE BIT HAPPY
IT'S A LITTLE BIT SAD
IT'S A LITTLE BIT...

SOMETIMES WE FIND...
FIND A WAY THROUGH
FIND DEEPER MEANINGS
WONDER WHAT IT'S ALL FOR
THAT'S NOT A METAPHOR
CAN WE LIVE BEYOND OUR ILL FEELINGS?

CAUSE LIFE'S A LITTLE BIT SAD
LIFE'S A LITTLE BIT HAPPY
IT'S A LITTLE BIT SAD
LIFE'S A LITTLE BIT...

LIFE'S A LITTLE BIT SAD
LIFE'S A LITTLE BIT HAPPY
IT'S A LITTLE BIT SAD
LIFE'S A LITTLE BIT..

WHEN WE WERE KIDS, WE DIDN'T KNOW
DIDN'T KNOW WHO WE WOULD BE

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released December 4, 2020
Richard Stuverud-Guitars, Bass, Drums, Korg Voca Drum synthesizer, Tambourine, Yamaha CP synth, Mini Mellotron, Vocals

Recorded and mixed by Bart Thurber @ House Of Faith Studios in Oakland, Ca
Mastered by Myles Boisen @ Headless Buddha Mastering
Produced by Richard Stuverud

Music by Richard Stuverud
Lyrics by Richard Stuverud and Ben Trovato

Art design by Dimitri Mavra

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Richard Stuverud Oakland, California

Richard is a musician known for his work in the Seattle music scene as the drummer for The Fastbacks and War Babies, as well as Three Fish, Tres Mts and RNDM with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament. Richard has been working on solo material with his debut Memories In Kodachrome released in 2020, along with various digital singles in 2021.
His follow up, Hummingbirds is set for release on March 20th, 2022
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