lifeblood: songs: background: reunion


amy ray quote from 1994-xx-xx: swamp ophelia, epic press release:

"that loss of youthful fire, the end of that period when you broke the boundaries, when you ran as hard as you could. you got older and started to temper yourself 'cause you thought that was the way to fit in. but in doing that, people seemed to shy away from their really good experiences and to dramatize the bad things. 'faith is one thing that's hard to deliver'- that's really the crux of the song."

"musically, it was real simple. emily and i did the arrangement, and we put in a modulation, almost a turn-of-the-century waltz type thing. we cut it live with jerry and sara, then the roches sang what we call the la-la section, then michael lorant sang his part. danny thompson put on the stand-up bass when we sent him a tape in england, and emily played the bouzouki."

amy ray quote from 1994-10-07: out in the open, the akron beacon journal:

reunion was written after attending her high school reunion and has to do with finding confidence. "as i got older i started feeling more secure. we're all precious and beautiful and have faith and stuff like that."

amy ray quote from 1995-xx-xx: interview by kirsti reeve:

"well... it was sort of.. i had a feeling that people were becoming sort of complascent, and not having that belief and faith in themselves, you know...it was very...there was a lot of...i mean, i'm friends with people from high school still, and i felt that a lot of negativity in conversation. rather than talking about things they are proud of in themselves, they talked about a lot of the negative things in their life. it was really wierd. when i know that they were achieving like really cool stuff. but i guess it's relative. they didn't think they were achieving good things. so it was kind of...i felt sometimes, like, coz, being popular in music is considered to be so valid, such a point of...something that people strive for.. i felt like some people didn't think that what they were doing was as exciting or interesting, and they would play it down to me, and that really bummed me out, coz i'm really into what other people are doing with themselves."

amy ray quote from 2000-10-03: retrospective liner notes:

"i went to my ten yr. high school reunion and wrote this song when i got home. it's just observations, the way people act around apparent success and the juxtaposition of what is real and what isn't. the things i wanted to hold onto from high school were energy and faith."


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