A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Mindy White, vocalist of indie-rock band States, delves into random "meows," stripping songs down acoustically and last minute recording changes.
Song: "As Good As it Gets"
Album:Room To Run
Release Date: June 19, 2012
When it was written: December 2010
Where it was written: The spine of the song was written in Nashville between my house and Stephen's house, and eventually finished it full band in Seattle while recording.
Favorite line in the song: "And I could never pretend to enjoy a manufactured life. So, why don't you take and you can break it down for all I care."
Which part was the hardest to come up with: The chorus. We had a completely different idea musically and melody-wise for the chorus literally the day before we tracked it. But no one loved it. Finally we came up with the chorus melody that you hear now, with the help of Aaron Sprinkle. Talk about last minute changes!
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: I would add more background "Oohs." I'm totally a background vocal goblin.
Odd fact about song: Dean and I totally sing "Meow" in place of the word "Now" when we play it live.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: I had been really down from some things going on around me and witnessing people that I loved becoming people that I really didn't know anymore, who had fallen into things that they shouldn't be in. So I guess my irritation came out while the writing it.
When was your favorite time performing it live: When we performed it acousticlly live for the first time. You can hear everything a lot better when it's stripped down and it was so much cooler sounding to me.
What is the meaning behind the song: There's just those times when your faith in your environment and people that you know is stale and gone because of certain things that happen, and you just feel like leaving that town and never going back. It was pretty much about that.