Andrew and I wrote this song, South of the Border, five years ago today, on 2011-02-04.
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— Michael Natrin (@natrin) February 5, 2011
It was a part of February Album Writing Month. That session was one of the most organic and natural writing sessions I’ve ever been a part of. We planned to write a song and record a demo in a few hours, and we did it. We wrote out the ideas and the structure and then filled it in. We also checked a map to make sure the geography we mentioned was correct.
This is how Battleshy Youths played it:
I also saw in my Timehop this morning that I first did FAWM seven (!) years ago. I remember living in Gilbert Hall at UD (which doesn’t even exist now) and struggling to use Pro Tools and get a decent sound. I was too worried about the audio and not worried enough about writing decent songs.
— Michael Natrin (@natrin) February 5, 2009
Life is so much different now. This FAWM it has been hard for me to focus on music. I’m still hoping to write the fourteen (and a half) songs this month, but I want them to be good. If I worry too much about that, then I won’t finish. I should just push myself to write constantly and hope that a few turn out to be decent. I think I just motivated myself.