Cheap Girls will be performing Sept. 8 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Ian Graham, bassist and vocalist of Michigan power-pop trio Cheap Girls, delves into
watching a Woody Allen movie on mute and the odd feeling of being home after touring.
Song: "Manhattan On Mute"
Album: Giant Orange
Release Date: 02/21/12
When it was written: Early 2011
Where it was written: My living room/writing space in Lansing, Michigan
Favorite line in the song: "Don't bother counting the rings around your eyes / Kept 'em all around just to say what they will"
Which part was the hardest to come up with: The fluency of the melody and song in general. It was a song that took a little longer than others. It went through many different versions, structurally speaking. Once it felt good we left it alone, which is kind of the typical practice.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: I probably won't know for a few more years.
Odd fact about song: The "Manhattan" referenced in the song is the Woody Allen movie. I kept it on the television with the sound off quite a bit while pacing around the house, writing the lyrics out. After enough time, it worked its way into the song.
What was your inspiration for writing the song: Just being around home a lot after a long time of not being around much at all. Also, a steady amount of touring, coming home to begin writing songs to make up a record and never really taking the time for the scene to feel like home.
When was your favorite time performing it live: Probably in the studio. We've just recently started putting it into the set list and it's a blast to play, though, watching the layers take shape and form while recording was exciting.
What is the meaning behind the song: Lack of desire as a result of experience, really.