star·dust (stärdst)


1. A dreamlike, romantic, or uncritical sense of well-being.


“Stardust” was written about a year.5 ago and was originally going to be recorded as a We Love the Underground track, but would later be swapped out with the acoustic title, “Transmissions,” featured on ‘The Day the Devil Fooled the World.’

The song was intended to be an acoustic tune, but after I played it for Gary and Bryan Holmes it drift’d toward and became a more upbeat alt. rock n’ roll song – I cautiously compare it to bein’ a lil’ Foo Fighter’s-ish; this wasn’t a direction I had ever envision’d for it – at all!

I assume the premise of the song [Regarding ‘rising’ and ‘falling’] isn’t anything remarkably insightful, but it certainly fits right in with:  “Dead World,” “The Gift,” “Love is the Enemy” and “Fade (Dark Days)” and the overall psychological state of, ‘Ghosts!’

It all seemingly started with the lines, “Counting stars through the rain drops; and the street lights are flashin’ on and off…,” which rolled right out; these lines seemed to foreshadow a confused and flickerin’ future.   From there the song wrote itself – sometimes you get lucky when that happens or you just really have something t’ say.

The third verse was written a year later; I had always felt the sentiment I was trying to convey wasn’t complete and maybe that’s why it never made it on the We Love the Underground album.  When I finally sat down to finish scribin’, it again rolled right out.

The song is about the cycles we all go through; sometimes we are lead to believe we’re on top, but more often than not we’re at the bottom lookin’ up!  As Steven Tyler once put it, “Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug…”

Again, not rocket science – just l-i-v-i-n!  The song was written from that perspective, the waxin’ and wanin’ of the band and my role in all of that.  Being that it was written a year ago, it has almost become its own foregone conclusion, which is what inspired the last :45 seconds – added two weeks prior to the recording.

When you find yourself spendin’ a lot of time lookin’ back and reelin’ over this or that, it’s time to walk-on and start headin’ [begrudgingly] into the future or a new direction.  I’m not sure ‘looking back’ is ever a particularly good idea, unless there is a lesson to be learn’d or something t’ reference.  So, from there, the band drove the point home with the explanatory, “The Gift,” which follows “Stardust” on ‘Ghosts.’

When we went to record the song, we didn’t have the introductory piano part [instead a guitar], which Tony Correlli so eloquently added; originally it was all guitar driven, but we all agreed it helped capture a little of that ambiance and dreamlike quality we were looking for.

There’s a lil’ dust for y’ to snort!


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