Stages Song Stories vol. 6 – Love Anyway

Howdy frans! I thought it’d be fun to do a series on the stories behind the tracks on Stages (be sure to download the album for FREE if you haven’t already!). It IS a concept album after all. It tells the story of a failed relationship from a very personal perspective. Today’s track is the last track on the album – “Love Anyway”.

Previous Song Stories:
Stages Song Stories vol. 1 – BTW/Love Will Find Me
Stages Song Stories vol. 2 – The One That Got Away
Stages Song Stories vol. 3 – All In/Questions
Stages Song Stories vol. 4 – Promise in the Pain
Stages Song Stories vol. 5 – This is the Last Time

Love Anyway (Final stage – a process of introspection and renewal/rediscovery; contentment, completeness, joyfulness)

This tune was written as a love song to my future bride. It took time, but I got over my past relationship (which I knew I would. But boy, at the time it didn’t feel like it.). What I’ve learned is that these experiences truly help define you as a person. They help you make better decisions.

Never again will I enter into a relationship before I am complete in who I am and in who GOD is. I will not get wrapped up in the enamor and glorification of a relationship. I will never be anyone but myself. Compromise is one thing, but changing yourself is another. I will never hold myself to a lower standard than I deserve. I will never again think for even a second that there is only one person out there. I’m not perfect. No one is. We all have battle scars from the lives we’ve lived. I know I absolutely do. But my person will love me anyway.

Miss Katie Boyd absolutely KILLED the cello part on this tune (and basically, the rest of the record. And every other album I’ve recorded her on). I really like the constant movement between the relative major and minor keys. I like writing music that uses some off the wall progressions, but only if they have a purpose – only if they make me feel the right emotions. I’m weird that way I guess.

Lyrics:

The broken scars upon my heart
I won’t soon forget
And she will see them clear as day,
but I know
she will love me anyway
These faded lines are not just mine
She won’t soon forget
but I’ll let her know that it’s okay
’cause I know
I will love her anyway

It will be just an ordinary day
we’ll see an extraordinary twist of fate
I know that you’ll be worth the wait

All I am, what I have been
draws me to you
Even counting past mistakes,
still I know
you will love me anyway

For you I would go the extra mile
’cause you’ve been out here all the while
I can’t wait to see you smile

I’ll try my best to be the man you need
so you can see what you mean to me
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
You’ll be the one my heart beats for

The broken scars upon my heart
I won’t soon forget
You will see them just the same
But I know
you will love me anyway


About the Stages EP: Practically everyone has experienced a failed romantic relationship. At every phase of Matt Adler’s own past failed relationship, he wrote a song. These tunes have been compiled into an indie rock EP – Stages. Through this album, the listener is able to gain insight into all phases: contentment and non-expectation, excitement and relational discovery, enamor, the end, bitterness, recovery, confidence in the future, and hope.

So many folks are in similar seasons of life. The hope and prayer is that these songs can speak to people, wherever they may be. It’s important to realize that you are not alone. You are never the only person that goes through something. And ultimately, for most, only one dating experience will ever actually be a success. It’s the failures that make you more aware of what you do need and want for your life. Your person is out there, living his/her life right now. You’re not going to miss him/her, so be patient and know that you are loved.

Best friends came together to arrange this album and to define a brand new sound, infusing indie rock and organic elements with electronic drums and soundscapes. Fans of Gungor, Imagine Dragons, The Afters, and Muse will enjoy this album. Download the album for FREE here!

Stages Song Stories vol. 5 – This is the Last Time

Howdy frans! I thought it’d be fun to do a series on the stories behind the tracks on Stages (be sure to download the album for FREE if you haven’t already!). It IS a concept album after all. It tells the story of a failed relationship from a very personal perspective. Today’s track – “This is the Last Time”.

Previous Song Stories:
Stages Song Stories vol. 1 – BTW/Love Will Find Me
Stages Song Stories vol. 2 – The One That Got Away
Stages Song Stories vol. 3 – All In/Questions
Stages Song Stories vol. 4 – Promise in the Pain

This is the Last Time (Stage 6 – post-breakup; bitterness, general pissed-offedness)

This is the angry song. I’ve heard there are stages of grief, so I suppose this was to be expected. A lot of the bitterness was at myself; at my situation. It’s also a declaration that I will make better decisions in the future and not let myself get caught up in the idea of a relationship. This goes back to making good decisions and not trying to make myself “whole” via another person. Just call me Faily McGee for trying that again. But as the song says, this is the last time.

I think my favorite thing about this song is that I sing “Oooooooohhhh” or “Yeeeaaaaahhh” more than I sing actual words. Oh wells, I like it! This song also holds the distinction of being the band’s favorite song to play live. Basically, we just beat the crap out of our instruments and I yell things into the mic for awhile. That’s always fun. I love the haunting progression and the mood of the whole tune. And at the end, there is a reprise of “Love Will Find Me” that completes the album proper. I love how that turned out! (Note: there is a postlude on the album called “Love Anyway”, but that doesn’t count)

Lyrics:

I fell so fast
Without a rhyme or a reason
This is the last time
I fell so hard
For the idea of a lover
This is the last time

Oooooooh

Just because you were the best I ever had
Doesn’t mean that you’re the best that I can get
This is the last time

Oooooooh

This is the last time

I’m right here waiting for you
and you’re waiting ’round for me too
So I won’t be looking for love
It’ll find me
You are out there


About the Stages EP: Practically everyone has experienced a failed romantic relationship. At every phase of Matt Adler’s own past failed relationship, he wrote a song. These tunes have been compiled into an indie rock EP – Stages. Through this album, the listener is able to gain insight into all phases: contentment and non-expectation, excitement and relational discovery, enamor, the end, bitterness, recovery, confidence in the future, and hope.

So many folks are in similar seasons of life. The hope and prayer is that these songs can speak to people, wherever they may be. It’s important to realize that you are not alone. You are never the only person that goes through something. And ultimately, for most, only one dating experience will ever actually be a success. It’s the failures that make you more aware of what you do need and want for your life. Your person is out there, living his/her life right now. You’re not going to miss him/her, so be patient and know that you are loved.

Best friends came together to arrange this album and to define a brand new sound, infusing indie rock and organic elements with electronic drums and soundscapes. Fans of Gungor, Imagine Dragons, The Afters, and Muse will enjoy this album. Download the album for FREE here!

Stages Song Stories vol. 4 – Promise in the Pain

Howdy frans! I thought it’d be fun to do a series on the stories behind the tracks on Stages (be sure to download the album for FREE if you haven’t already!). It IS a concept album after all. It tells the story of a failed relationship from a very personal perspective. Today’s track – “Promise in the Pain”.

Previous Song Stories:
Stages Song Stories vol. 1 – BTW/Love Will Find Me
Stages Song Stories vol. 2 – The One That Got Away
Stages Song Stories vol. 3 – All In/Questions

Promise in the Pain (Stage 5 – post-breakup; recovery)

This is the mopey song.

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It can seem so tough when trying to get over a breakup. You may feel like there is no one else out there for you. That’s a funny thought to me because there are MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of available people. What are the odds that you missed out on the ONE person out there for you? I personally believe that everyone can be compatible with MANY different people. The key is to be confident. Be yourself around everyone, regardless of whether or not you are considering him/her as a potential romantic partner. Never try and be someone else (how fair would it be to either person? You would be miserable, constantly putting on a show. And your person would be falling for someone that doesn’t really exist).

The thing is, your brain may already know these things. But in times of great sadness, your heart may not agree. My favorite lyric on this record is in this tune: “Although I always seem to find that my heart cannot read my mind, I know it’s true”. Never let your emotions cloud your sound judgment. It’s easier said than done, but always remember the cliché that time heals all wounds. There is hope; a light at the end of the tunnel.

This tune uses the patented “Matt Adler” guitar tuning. Take the B string and detune it to an A. Then use all of your normal A voicings but NEVER touch the highest two strings. Such janglyyyy. I also like how the chorus progression keeps moving and never really rests on any particular chord. It was tough to get a melody to work over it, but I really like how it came out. The washy electric guitars on the bridge are also neato.

Lyrics:

I don’t mind that I don’t matter
Because you don’t matter any more to me
I tell myself so I’ll feel better
But the fact of the whole matter is
I don’t feel that way at all

But I know there’s a promise in the pain
There is hope the sun will follow the rain
Although I always seem to find
that my heart cannot read my mind
I know, I know it’s true

It’s okay, I’ll be just fine
I’ll say it once, I’ll say it twice
so I just might believe
It’s okay, I’ll be just fine
‘Cause what’s to come will blow my mind
Yes, I believe it

‘Cause I know there’s a promise in the pain
There is hope the sun will follow the rain
Although I always seem to find
that my heart cannot read my mind
I know it’s true

I lay awake at night
A sight for sore eyes
Nervously biting my fingers
The feeling lingers
But this too will pass

‘Cause I know there’s a promise in the pain
There is hope the sun will follow the rain
Although I always seem to find
that my heart cannot read my mind
I know, I know
I know, I know it’s true

This too will pass


About the Stages EP: Practically everyone has experienced a failed romantic relationship. At every phase of Matt Adler’s own past failed relationship, he wrote a song. These tunes have been compiled into an indie rock EP – Stages. Through this album, the listener is able to gain insight into all phases: contentment and non-expectation, excitement and relational discovery, enamor, the end, bitterness, recovery, confidence in the future, and hope.

So many folks are in similar seasons of life. The hope and prayer is that these songs can speak to people, wherever they may be. It’s important to realize that you are not alone. You are never the only person that goes through something. And ultimately, for most, only one dating experience will ever actually be a success. It’s the failures that make you more aware of what you do need and want for your life. Your person is out there, living his/her life right now. You’re not going to miss him/her, so be patient and know that you are loved.

Best friends came together to arrange this album and to define a brand new sound, infusing indie rock and organic elements with electronic drums and soundscapes. Fans of Gungor, Imagine Dragons, The Afters, and Muse will enjoy this album. Download the album for FREE here!

Stages Song Stories vol. 3 – All In/Questions

Howdy frans! I thought it’d be fun to do a series on the stories behind the tracks on Stages (be sure to download the album for FREE if you haven’t already!). It IS a concept album after all. It tells the story of a failed relationship from a very personal perspective. Today’s tracks – “All In” and “Questions”.

Previous Song Stories:
Stages Song Stories vol. 1 – BTW/Love Will Find Me
Stages Song Stories vol. 2 – The One That Got Away

All In (Stage 3 – the relationship; enamor)

I see it all the time. A new relationship forms and immediately the two people are inseparable. Community that was once important to both people gets pushed aside and now every waking moment is spent together. This is the “honeymoon period”. Merp.

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It’s so easy to confuse this enamor for love. In my experience, it’s easy to fall into this trap when you’re trying to find joy and contentment in your significant other (or anything really – a career, alcohol/drugs, etc…). I’ve absolutely done that. And no relationship ever, in life, ever ever, will last if either person is doing this. Find your joy in God, first and foremost. And be joyful and complete by yourself, so that when you finally find your person, you will come together for something greater.

Questions (Stage 4 – the breakup; insecurity, sadness)

Breakups suck.

…okay, I’ll provide a little more insight into the tune than that! Mister Tony Neely, our bassist, realized that in the first iteration of the Stages EP there wasn’t a song about the breakup. I was all like “Aw snap, you’re totes right brochacho.” So I wrote Questions. It’s specifically about being the dumpEE, rather than the dumpER. What I’ve learned is that no one HAS to like you. And only one dating experience (for most people) ever really works out anyway. However, it’s so easy to get down in the dumps and consumed with questions after a breakup. “What’s wrong with me?” “How didn’t this work out? I gave the very best I could and it wasn’t good enough.” “Could I ever be loved?”

I wrote this song using a cut capo. That’s how I achieved the open sound of the guitar part. It has a similar lick to “Passenger” from my last record, The Sound. One time at a concert we played these songs back to back. It was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to play the correct licks because my brain is dumb. Kept flip-flopping ‘em. At practice, I jacked it up nearly every time. Thankfully, at the show I didn’t screw up. Phew!

Lyrics:

All In

It’s funny how
you came back around
when I thought you’d gone away for good
In the here and now
I wanna shout it out
That I know I’m here to stay
Well I can’t speak for you
But I hope you are too

You are everything I’ve ever wanted
You are everything I’ve never had, and
I am trying not to jump the gun
But knowing that you are the one for me
I’m all in

You are all I want
You are all I need
That I never knew existed
I thank God
every day
‘Cause I know I could have missed it
I don’t know how you feel
but I hope that it’s real
But I can’t speak for you

You are everything I’ve ever wanted
You are everything I’ve never had, and
I am trying not to jump the gun
But I know that you are the one for me
And I’m praying that I’m all you need me to be
‘Cause I’m all in

Questions

I gave it all
I gave the very best of me
And you returned the favor
I did you right
Then seemingly overnight
You changed your mind forever

Questioning
Everything
Of what I knew
Of what could be
Questioning
What I believed
Of you and me
And who I am inside
Could I ever be loved?


About the Stages EP: Practically everyone has experienced a failed romantic relationship. At every phase of Matt Adler’s own past failed relationship, he wrote a song. These tunes have been compiled into an indie rock EP – Stages. Through this album, the listener is able to gain insight into all phases: contentment and non-expectation, excitement and relational discovery, enamor, the end, bitterness, recovery, confidence in the future, and hope.

So many folks are in similar seasons of life. The hope and prayer is that these songs can speak to people, wherever they may be. It’s important to realize that you are not alone. You are never the only person that goes through something. And ultimately, for most, only one dating experience will ever actually be a success. It’s the failures that make you more aware of what you do need and want for your life. Your person is out there, living his/her life right now. You’re not going to miss him/her, so be patient and know that you are loved.

Best friends came together to arrange this album and to define a brand new sound, infusing indie rock and organic elements with electronic drums and soundscapes. Fans of Gungor, Imagine Dragons, The Afters, and Muse will enjoy this album. Download the album for FREE here!