I Am Because We Are

by barrow burrow

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about

This project started off as bits and pieces of songs here and there. Actually, it's surprising how many of these songs started off as little jingles that Katie and I would sing across the room to each other. The original lyrics were much sillier though.

Luckily, I am friends with Mitch Masterson - who is a very talented songwriter / musician / engineer. When I told him that this project was to be a gift for Katie on our wedding day, he was all in! I cannot express enough gratitude towards Mitch, because if I tried to make this album without him, it wouldn't have been half as good. So, thank you Mitch.

Here's a little background information about the inspiration for the lyrics to each song:

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CRESCENT CITY
Katie and I met at the end of 2011 and we hit it off quickly; however, we knew she would be leaving to do research in New Orleans (Crescent City) the following February. We reconnected in May of 2013 and started dating again! I didn't think she would come back in my life -- but she did!

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CEMETERY SONG
The house that Katie and I live in has a family plot in its backyard. Though we didn't actually do any of this (get drunk and write a song in the cemetery) I thought it would make for a fun song!

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RECOLLECTING
This is the only track on the album that was not written in the past six months; however I felt like the lyrics definitely fit the theme of this album (a love letter to Katie for our wedding day). This song is simply about not being consumed by the past. While it does ring a sort of serious note to this otherwise lighthearted album, I think it works because I couldn't be happier than where I am now, and where I am headed with Katie!

Also, I mention jumping in a lake. Let's pretend that I meant Chautauqua Lake!

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HIGHLAND STREET
This romp was inspired by the long winter nights where Katie was stuck indoors working on her dissertation. It offers a fun look back at a not-so-fun moment of her life. I was by her side for the whole ride.

At the beginning I yell 1-2-3-5, and although it may come off as a lame joke, this was actually Katie's address in Columbus, Ohio: 1235 Highland Street. To dig even deeper into my well of inside jokes, before the first chorus I yell "4-3-2-0 One of these days" -- 43201 is the zip code for Columbus, Ohio. #seewhatididthere ?

Also I mention caves a lot. We live on Nellies Cave Road now in Blacksburg. I can't stop making (lame) jokes.

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CHAUTAUQUA SHAKE
This is the closest I can come to writing a dance song. I'm still learning. We're getting married at Chautauqua so if you're there with us, then LETS SHAKE IT!

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I AM BECAUSE WE ARE
The title track to this album. It's pretty self explanatory - I am a better person because of what Katie and I have built together over the past two years. I love us more than myself.

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NELLIES CAVE
This is a very special song for me and Katie. I wrote the chorus while we were still living in Ohio, but after we secured a new apartment in Blacksburg: 950 Nellies Cave Road. Whenever we got nervous about the move, I would sing the chorus to her, and it made us feel better. Seriously, it's a cure-all.

Katie even joins in at the end!

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That's it -- hope you all like it!

credits

released 19 June 2015

Jack Rosenberger: Guitar / Baritone / Vocals / Lead Songwriter
Mitch Masterson: Bass / Percussion / Mixing / Mastering / Genius
Katie Carmichael: Vocals (Cemetery Song & Nellies Cave)

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barrow burrow Blacksburg, Virginia

Barrow Burrow’s name comes from the winter I spent in Alaska, where out of necessity, I discovered that I could write a song. Barrow - the northernmost town in the United States - signifies my relocation north. Burrow - an underground home a mammal lives in to protect itself from harsh weather - signifies the time I spent recording in my apartment waiting for the winter darkness to subside. ... more

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Track Name: Crescent City
We met out on the icy plains
(but) Crescent City caused an ill-timed wane
I thought that was the end of our exchange
So I headed to the Golden State

I didn't think you would come back in my life
But you did, yes, you did
I didn't think you would come back in my life
But you did

Per Horace Greeley's famous phrase
I went out West to claim my fate
But fate was where those seeds were sewn
In the icy plains of Ohio!

I didn't think you would come back in my life
But you did, yes, you did
I didn't think you would come back in my life
But you did
Track Name: Cemetery Song
We should get drunk
At the cemetery in our backyard
And write a song
But we'll probably forget the next morn

Something about this makes me miss the good ol' days
When we were young and drunk in backyards
Singing next to graves
When we didn't care for who we serenade

We should get drunk
After our ceremony on the back porch
And write a song
But all our guests would probably get bored

Cuz writing these lyrics always takes up so much time
And all these beers have made me forget how to think

Screw it.
Let's just go an have another drink!

Something about this makes me miss the good ol' days
When we were young and drunk in backyards
Singing next to graves
When we didn't care for who we serenade
Track Name: Recollecting
Far away from all of the eyes
Stormy clouds cover the skies, cuz
You can't collect on recollecting

Like a lone star stuck in the night
Waiting for light to suck out the brightness
That's not as trite as it seems

For our future's sake
Let's jump in a lake
And rinse the sweat stick off of our limbs
I'll propose a toast to those who froze
Underneath
Because they stayed out too late

Nearly nude under the sky
Clouds clutter my unopened eyes, cuz
You can't collect on recollecting

Like a lone boat stuck on the sea
Which once was wishing for freedom
It's not a freeing as it seems

For our future's sake
Let's jump in a lake
And rinse the sweat stick off of our limbs
I'll propose a toast to those who froze
Underneath
Because they stayed out too late
Track Name: Highland Street
(1-2-3-5)
Highland Street
Where I want to be
With my girlfriend Katie
While she's dissertating

Highland Street
With electric heat
Where I do my laundry
In the bathroom for free

(4-3-2-0)
One of these days
We'll move from this place
No telling when or where
One of these days
We'll crawl out of this cave
And find a new place to share

And maybe you'll marry me
But for now we need is

Highland Street...

(1-2-3-5)
Highland Street
Was our winter retreat
Where we would turn the heat up
And strem Netflix for weeks

One of these days
We'll move from this place
No telling when or where
One of these days
We'll crawl out of this place
And find a new cave to share

And maybe you'll marry me
But for now we need is

Highland Street...
Track Name: Chautauqua Shake
Shake
Shake
Shake it baby
Shake it at Chautauqua Lake
Until the dance floor breaks

Don't wait
It's now or never
Pull the lever
Let's dance
Let's dance the night away

Shake
Shake
Shake it baby
Shake it at Chautauqua Lake
Until the dance floor breaks
Track Name: I Am Because We Are
I love you more than myself
I am because we are
Track Name: Nellies Cave
When I heard
We were bound for Blacksburg
I couldn't help but curse
And I did not want to go

Leave my friends
And my job with benefits
Plus I must admit
I just didn't want to leave Ohio

But who cares?
Cuz there's no life without you there
At least not one that I could bear
So I'll pack my things and on the drive there I will sing...

I can't wait to get back home
To my girl where I belong
And we'll make
950 Nellies Cave our own

Well we had a couple nasty fights
A couple sleepless nights
But we made it through all that
Made some plans
And met a few new friends
Even a Cleveland Browns fan!
And no matter what the future brings
We'll be together and we'll sing

I can't wait to get back home
To my girl where I belong
And we'll make
950 Nellies Cave our own