Monday, February 14, 2011
My Funny Valentine
I just read an article about the new album from Over the Rhine, The Long Surrender, and I can't wait to find a quiet space to listen through. I have been a fan since "Latter Days" from Good Dog Bad Dog showed up on a mix-tape given to me in college (must have been from the independent release somehow - I didn't own the whole album until the second release). I would love to talk more about OTR, but what hit me was all of the pictures of them together. Because they write together, and perform together, they get to both be in the pictures. I don't want to sound whiny, but I'm always subjected to photo shoots by myself because I am a solo artist. But I am not a solo artist. I never have been. It is hard, I think, to understand the role that Troy plays in our work. People often credit him for 'supporting' me, and I'm not sure what is imagined by that, but it is more than, "I believe in you," and a punch in the arm. We are a team, but he is carrying much of the load, most of the time. In our work-life, he makes things work, and in our personal life, he keeps things fun. He pulls me along, balances me out, and loves me well. I love him back. If it were up to me, I would insist that he is on the cover of our next record - just him. With a beard. A really long beard. Happy Valentine's Day!