1. One Good Reason

Another Night, Another Room, Another Phone Call
(Originally Posted Feb 2016)

It seems appropriate that I write about this song after having just come off the road. Depending on whether I'm coming, going, or haven't been out in a while, this song means something different to me. In that way it's reminiscent of "Back Home" -- a resilient old song of mine written in the very early days of my touring career and one I played almost every night for years. 

Right now, just coming back from a few weeks on the road, a couple of months before our first baby is born, these kinds of songs take on a whole other layer of meaning and singing them is a good way to check in. 

Right now, if I were to record One Good Reason, I'd sing and play it like this:

 

SHUT Up? Shut Up!

The day we recorded it was the first day of the Easy Magic session and we needed the energetic drive of this sort of frowny-faced-bad-ass full band approach to unite us all. We were champing at the bit to get something great on tape and we had just taken a pass at another song and felt unsure whether we had nailed it.

Listening back to the tapes from that day, all that anticipation meant that we had been simply talking too much between takes, and Sam (Smith, drummer) had noticed that. His playful "Shut Up!" after the count-in served as a firm reminder that whatever we were going to find wasn't going to come from yacking about it. 

So Sam (Smith) kicked us off with that no-nonsense determination, Sam (Bolle, bassist) kicked on a fuzz pedal for that extra middle finger of force and this version of One Good Reason was born. 


ONE GOOD REASON
(Sidney)

LEAD VOCAL + RHTHYM GUITAR - Erin "Syd" Sidney   BACKGROUND VOCALS - Mia Dyson
DRUMS - Sam Smith    GUITAR - Dylan Allen   GUITAR - Joe Ballaro  PIANO - Zac Clark
BASS - Sam Bolle

ENGINEERED, MIXED + MASTERED by Jason Mariani
ARTWORK by Aaron Taylor-Waldman

maybe someday I'm gonna let go
of the feeling there's shadow I'll see when I get home
out here every nights a weekend
it ain't hard to find a best friend
so why am I so alone?

I thought I'd head out on the road
I thought I'd get travelled
but I keep coming more unravelled
I thought I'd made my mind up
you know it ain’t easy
but I don't have one good reason
one good reason

most nights all that I can I see are shadows
faces I can’t follow, strangers I don’t know
like I’m on reruns, just watching every bad decision
it’s such a bitter vision
of every sentiment unsung

I thought I'd head out on the road
I thought I'd get travelled
but I keep coming more unravelled
I thought I'd made my mind up
you know it ain’t easy
but I can’t see one good reason
I got one good reason

then you ask me how I make my way
if I’m ever gonna make it
you’re gonna ask me what's my family saying?
whether I got one good reason
I got one good reason

to head out on the road
go and get travelled
I don’t care if I come unravelled
at least I made my mind up
you know it ain’t easy
I got my one good reason
one good reason