8. Closer To The Fire

The final song on the record is dedicated to my longtime collaborator and Hotels & Highways bandmate Patrick Thomas Cupples who is very much alive and well (that was starting to sound like an obit) and with whom I shared some of my “second chapter” of musical growth. Post solo career, as I learned to produce, got back into drumming and started a new band, Pat was there every step of the way, a constant creative force and companion.

There’s more to come from us, I’m sure, but from the perspective of this song, I wanted to dwell on the memory for one more moment.


CLOSER TO THE FIRE
(Sidney, Clark)

LEAD VOCAL, DRUMS + ACOUSTIC GUITAR - Erin "Syd" Sidney
PIANO, KEYS + BACKGROUND VOCALS - Zac Clark   
ELECTRIC GUITARS - Joe Ballaro + Mia Dyson  
BASS - Dylan Allen

ENGINEERED, MIXED + MASTERED by Jason Mariani

 closer to the fire that we started with
when we were younger and the fight wasn’t over yet
closer, I keep getting closer
the longer that it takes to get over it
the harder that it gets to uncover it
closer, keep getting closer 

Now I would go back if I was capable
to that hotel we had a drink or two
live life
burn bright
words came out burning hot
a fire that we couldn't stop 

Was there ever that flame or did I dream it up? 
Did we burn it out or did we give it up? 
The closer I get, the further it seems 

closer to the fire that we started with
when we were younger and the fight wasn’t over yet
closer, keep getting closer
the longer that it takes to get over it
the harder that it gets to uncover it
closer, keep getting closer 

we had it right in our hands and then it burned away
when you built a city out of closet space
State lines
midnights
down 89, 91 and 95 

When the road hit the wheels we would do anything
to keep that getaway feeling burning through our veins
The closer I get, the further it seems 

I get so afraid to just dig in the dark
I feel so alone down there in the well 

I’m closer now
closer than I’ve ever been
I’ll light it up you see what you can do with it 

I’m closer now
closer than I’ve ever been
Follow the fire maybe start it up again


Epilogue

Thank you for listening and for reading. As an epilogue, here’s the original note I wrote in 2015 when this project began. Until next time….

Erin “Syd” Sidney
September, 2018
Ojai, CA

Welcome to the Living Liner Notes for “Easy Magic”.

This spring after Apple Music launched I wrote an article bemoaning the lack of meaningful credits on streaming and digital download services. 

In that post I pledged to do something to continue offering liner notes for my work as the majority of listening shifted online. Liner notes are something I see as an essential part of the album art form. 

A booklet and the music - that simple multimedia experience ignited the imaginations of generations of music makers and fans. I want you to be able to press play and read along.

This is my take on that basic idea.  I’m making it available only to those of you that pre-ordered the album at first. Once the album is finished, I plan to make this site public so people can experience the music as I intended. 

-originally posted November 2015