The Usual Things

Tumblin’

Tumblin’ came to me in the middle of a dream. In the dream, I was in the woods, where I stumbled upon none other than Evan Dando. He was playing a small acoustic ballad, and out came Tumblin’. When I woke up, I captured the idea in an app I wrote called Hum. His version sounded so much better.

After sharing with the band, they were eager to work on even the smallest snippet of the idea. After making sure it wasn’t actually an Evan Dando song, we workshopped it in our practice space and had a working draft of the song. We play at full volume, so the recording’s a little gnarly.

We then recorded a full demo in my home studio, to make sure all the parts are working together in harmony in a higher-quality setting.

I shared this demo with Andy Thompson, an amazing producer in town who often collaborates with Jeremy Messersmith. We’d gotten coffee some morning to talk about Hum and music in general. Soon after, we booked a session at The Hideaway in Minneapolis. Andy convinced us to record the song live. Just the 5 of us in a room playing the song with a million mics. He also added incredible production flourishes. The string breakdown was totally his idea. It’s amazing.

Toward the end of recording Tumblin’, Andy suggested we include a woman’s voice, since pronouns were bouncing back and forth. I emailed Kerry of Bad Bad Hats, whom I’d met by doing a small video vignette on her for Hum. Kerry sings beautiful harmonies on the song.

We can't wait to share the rest of the album with you. Until then, check out Tumblin’ on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, YouTube, and elsewhere.

Lyrics

He watched the door as she came in,
He felt his heart go tumblin’
He winced as she passed him for me.
He felt the loss so suddenly.

All he wants to do is take her home,
And think of her and her alone.
He could have sworn that she’s the one.
He soon felt his cool come undone.

If only she could hear him sing,
He’d write a song and everything.
I bet if she could see him dance,
She might even give him a chance.

She noticed him noticing her.
She felt the room begin to blur.
She thought of all those guys she loved before,
She promised she wouldn’t love anymore.

If only he could hear her sing,
She’d write a song and everything.
I bet if he could see her dance,
He might even give her a chance.

If only she could hear him sing,
He’d write a song and everything.
I bet if she could see him dance.
She might even give him a chance.

He watched the door as she came in,
She felt her heart go tumblin’.

If only he could hear her sing,
She’d write a song and everything.
I bet if he could see her dance,
He might even give her a chance.

If only she could hear him sing,
He’d write a song and everything.
I bet if she could see him dance,
She might even give him a chance.

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