So, today another new song is released. This one is called “Danger and Play”. It’s my favorite song on the Neverlove album. I wrote and produced this one myself. It’s only happened a few times in my life that I heard a song clearly in my head and was able to reproduce it accurately in the studio. “Drawing Curtains” was like that too.
I remember thinking when this one was finished that people who like “Blood of a Young Wolf” will like this one. In my mind, the two songs have a similar vibe. What do you think?
Around the time I wrote this song, I was seeing my ex-wife in famous paintings. The figures depicted in the paintings reminded me of her. The stories told in the paintings reminded me of hers. I was looking at those paintings when I wrote the lyrics:
- St. Sebastian by Peter Paul Rubens
- The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian by Guido Reni
- The Temptation Of Saint Anthony by John Charles Dollman
- The Temptation of St Anthony by Domenico Morelli
- Ophelia by John Everett Millais
- Ophelia by John William Waterhouse
- Lady of Shalott by Waterhouse
- several paintings depicting Salome including works by Moreau, Carravagio, Desvallieres and Titian.
- Samson and Delilah by Joseph Solomon
- The Confession by Frank Bernard Dicksee
- The Remorse of Orestes by William Adolphe Bouguereau
- Death of Marat by Munch
My friend Nicole played keyboards on the song. At one point, she wasn’t happy with how she played a part. If you listen close, you can hear her say “agh!” when I say the line “she’s ready to begin her nap…” in the second verse. I thought what Nicole played sounded fine and I liked the “agh”, so I left it in.
Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene plays drums on this song. I really like what he added to it. He gives the song some nice added propulsion.
We stumbled on some happy accidents in the studio while recording this one. At the end of song, you hear a sound that’s kinda like the sound of an Apple computer being turned on. That was made by a harpsichord, believe it or not. It was run through an accidental combination of effects. I thought it added a majestic touch to the song. I really love the instrumental outro of the song. My friend Francesca sings the “oohs” at the end. Her voice is perfectly heartbreaking. And I love the sound of her inhaling. She sounds like the wind.
This song is freezing cold. I think it’s pretty too. I hope you like it.