I was sanding an old door down to wood when I heard the news of John Prine’s COVID19 diagnosis a few weeks ago. As the orbital sander sputtered to a stop so did my heart which had memorized so many of his words. I thought about all the songs he would write right now. The frustrations of homeschooling, the humor of zoom calls, the tender kindling of the many making masks, and the terror of those frontline healthcare workers who so desperately need them.
We’ve heard the words “Til Further Notice” a lot in the past few weeks. They’ve become a signal of prolonged uncertainty and a mantra as we shift to a new rhythm in our daily lives. Growing up in Western Massachusetts I’ve lived with the words of Emily Dickinson for much of my life. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” Hearing about Prine awakened that little bird and the following day I wrote this song with my friend Steve Seskin over FaceTime. Never have I felt a time where we are all collectively so emotionally exposed to this feeling of uncertainty. I believe that uncertainty is the place where hope lives and crawls out of from time to time.
The following week, while recording "Til Further Notice", I read the news that John Prine had passed and I cried my way through a few verses of “Paradise” on an upright piano. I like to think that there were a whole lot of us songwriters singing him out down the Green River that night.
I hope this song brings comfort to those that need it right now and if you’re so inspired, I hope you share with someone who you think can use a little comfort and hope.
50% of the proceeds will go toward the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund - COVID-19 Fund to help the many touring artists who are struggling to make ends meet right now.
Be sure to tune into MPressfest's Virtual Concert on April 25th to hear me play this song live.
Written by Seth Glier/Dancing Man Music Publishing (ASCAP) & Steve Seskin/Steve Seskin Music Administered by Kobalt Music (ASCAP) ©2020
Album cover by Ellis Paul
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