About the Title and the Release Date
"Before we Turn to Dust" out September 11, 2012.
To release an album on September 11th saddles the title with extra meaning. Bob Dylan's newest, also out September 11th, is titled "Tempest." My newest "Before We Turn to Dust" points to some possible extra provocative meaning.
The question that comes up is, is the title related to 9/11? The answer is, only by coincidence.
Records traditionally come out on Tuesday. Not sure why. We had planned the release for September 4th. Turns out the Tuesday after Labor day weekend is a bad day to grab people's attention due to sunburns, hangovers and depression about going back to work. The next best Tuesday? September the 11th.
What the title "Before We Turn to Dust" means to me?
Going on five or six years now every so often I would pick up my guitar and start singing the line "you may spend all your money before you turn to dust/but you will never spend all your love" and that's as far as I would get with the song. An image of a child would come to mind but I was not ready to tackle any verses for such a chorus until recently when my son was born. Becoming a father I understood the line from a new perspective and finally the first verse came
"my little boy is smiling, soon he'll be sitting up/holding his own weight grabbing for you".
I wanted to remind myself, through song, that no matter how hard or stressful being a parent and provider would be, I would always have the most important gift to give. My love.
Thanks for listening!
Photo By Quinn Wharton