Midnight Atmosphere will be performing December 14 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know


Midnight Atmosphere's Michael Shomler Talks Mending Past Relationships And Learning From Mistakes On "The Man Staring Back At Me"

Midnight Atmosphere will be performing December 14 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Michael Shomler, vocalist and rhythm guitarist of indie pop-rock band Midnight Atmosphere, delves into repairing lost relationships, growing as a friend and musician, and learning from mistakes.

Song: "The Man Staring Back At Me"

Album: Finally

Release Date: September 2012

When it was written: June 21st 2012

Where it was written: The lyrics and rhythm guitar were written by me in Carnation, Wash. at my friend Christie's house. Then at our next band practice in Kirkland the rest of the band helped write the musical accompaniments.

Favorite line in the song:

Which part was the hardest to come up with: ??Coming up with the lines for verse two and the chorus were probably the hardest part because I had to reflect on my actions and how I treated some friends of mine after I lost their friendship. I put myself in their shoes when I wrote this song, especially the second verse and the chorus.

"I won't give up, I won't back down, I'll sing my song though I'm unwelcome n your town. We are young. We are free. And we're full of all sorts of possibilities" ... "I've been forgiven for what I've done wrong. I hope in time I'll learn to move on. Not to forget when you were here. Just let me conquer my demons, and overcome my greatest fear."

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Probably make it a little shorter. It's nearly eight minutes long. Then again, I think every band is entitled to at least one song that is really long.

Odd fact about song: ?Originally, when the band first starting writing the bass melodies for "The Man Staring Back At Me," our old lead guitarist, Kioni, and his sister, our old bassist, Akela, both played bass for this song. He would play the high bass line and she would play the low bass line. After a while though, the song seemed that it needed more punch to it, so Kioni dropped the bass and played lead guitar instead for this song. Also, this song, along with the rest of the album, was recorded, produced and mastered by Colton Stapper and Jacob McCaslin of Stapper Studios out of Sammamish. Jacob, our producer, is the one you'll hear ripping that sweet guitar solo in the middle of the song. Still gets me every time.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: I was inspired by the loss of that meaningful friendship I had like I mentioned before and three songs by three of my favorite bands. ?"Diaphanous Ardor" by The Requisite, "?Stolen" by Dashboard Confessional? and "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers.

When was your favorite time performing it live:? Now that I think of it, the entire band has only played this song live once. It was at El Corazon on July 30, 2012, when we played with Jael Johnson, Chasing Molly, The Cavities and Outnumbered.That was my favorite time playing it live mostly because we closed with this song and the crowd really enjoyed it. There is no better feeling on stage than getting an entire room full of people to applaud and cheer for you.

What is the meaning behind the song: When I wrote this song I was still getting over some close friends of mine choosing to distance themselves from me. They were like family to me and losing that bond was heartbreaking. I really needed to say how terrible I felt for pushing them away and breaking their trust without being too overbearing. To me, the lyrics in this song convey the message that it is always in our best interest to give people who have wronged us the benefit of the doubt when they are truly repentant for the mistakes they've made. We're all imperfect and my greatest fear is that I will never be as close to those friends as I once was. Only time will tell.

If you really want to get a person or group of people back in your life you can't just think about it and do nothing. Actions speak louder than words. You have to consistently try and try again to become the best version of yourself possible if regaining that trust really means that much to you. Trust takes years to build, seconds to destroy and a lifetime to rebuild. Mending broken fences is not an easy task. Not for me, not for anyone. When staring through our own reflections sometimes we may see only imperfections, but if you can really look pass all the flaws we see, there is the potential for us to grasp who we really want to become.

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