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Letters will be performing March 1 at El Corazon.

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Tell Me About That Song: Zander Grey, Guitarist and Vocalist of Alternative-Rockers Letters

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Letters will be performing March 1 at El Corazon.

A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Casey Zander Grey, vocalist and guitarist of Port Orchard alternative-rock fivesome Letters, delves into Michael Jackson, The Dear Hunter, and writing an ode to the moon.

Song: "Mona"

Album: Return to Sender demo

Release Date: 11/10/2011

When it was written: Probably towards the end of last year. I have been working on this particular song for a while now and after my bandmates got part of the music together, it just clicked and worked.

Where it was written: In my apartment in Port Orchard at two in the morning. I was definitely high on caffeine at that point in time.

Favorite line in the song: "That warmth you call your skin annihilates me."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: Definitely the bridge that comes before the second chorus. It took the band and I a couple of weeks to get it right.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Personally, I'd probably try and make the song longer, just because I love playing it live. And I always feel great playing it and seeing the people we play it to.

Odd fact about song: The intro of the song was actually the outro to a song we covered a while back, "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. The band and I did our own rendition of Billie Jean and we ended the song our way instead of the way it was originally. We kept playing the outro over and over again until we came up with the song,

"Mona."

What was your inspiration for writing the song: I listen to a lot of music and as of late, I have been listening to The Dear Hunter's albums, Acts 1, 2 and 3. And I just love how Casey, singer of The Dear Hunter, writes his songs and how he makes the songs into stories. So, with this song, I wanted to tell a story and have the music flow as emotionally as the lyrics do.

When was your favorite time performing it live: To be honest, every single time. But if I had to pick one place, it definitely has to be at El Corazon.

What is the meaning behind the song: Mona actually means "moon" in Old English. Growing up, I was often fascinated by things outside of myself. Like the moon, stars and space. And I remember as a kid, I used to take walks all the time, alone at night and I had the moon guiding me and being my light when it's too dark to see. So I wrote this song for the moon, not for a girl.

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