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The Spring Standards will be performing Oct. 7 at Sunset Tavern
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Heather Robb of The Spring Standards Talks Dreams (And Vampires) On "Nightmares"

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The Spring Standards will be performing Oct. 7 at Sunset Tavern
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Heather Robb, singer and multi-instrumentalist of New York City indie-rock trio The Spring Standards, delves into creating a nightmare-ish atmosphere, last minute re-writes and the band's album release show in NYC.

Song: "Nightmare"

Album: yellow // gold

Release Date: May 1, 2012

When it was written: I had been playing the piano part for a while but the lyrics didn't come together until the night before we were scheduled to record it. So that would be mid-October 2011.

Where it was written: My bedroom in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.

Favorite line in the song: "I lay me down to sleep / I pray my soul to keep / No reason to be scared / We're safe in my nightmare."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: The bridge section was the hardest lyrically. I couldn't figure out how but I knew I wanted to create a swirling, confusing atmosphere to emulate that disoriented dreamy feeling. Our producer, Dan Molad, really helped me think in a super abstract way, which led to lines like, "Undertow me / To your island." I still don't know exactly what that means but it's what I wanted to say.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: If I could go back I would make some of the production elements even wilder and darker.

Odd fact about song: The first version of this song we recorded had a completely different lyric and melody. We tracked the whole thing before admitting: this is wrong. I rewrote the whole thing that night. Thank goodness for GarageBand.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: A nightmare.

When was your favorite time performing it live: I loved playing this song at our album release show in NYC. We had a bunch of guest musicians playing with us so we really got to fill out the sound and create that haunting atmosphere.

What is the meaning behind the song: This song is about the types of dreams that become nightmares when you look back on them through the lens of your actual waking life. Simple, clear nightmares (chased by dogs, attacked by vampires, etc.) mean the same thing when you're asleep or awake - it's always terror. But sometimes a dream feels great while you're sleeping and it's not until you wake up that you realize what your subconscious was telling you. That's when the real fear sinks in.

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