Track By Track | The Wood Brothers - Muse

5. The Muse

This song is very personal but universal at the same time. It's related to the theme of Sing About It but more vulnerable. It had to be spare. No drums. No beat. The music had to follow the fluidity of the words.

6. Keep Me Around

This is another song that was born on a riff and a groove but, unlike "Honey Jar," it ended up sounding sweeter than its origin. The lyrics and melody relaxed the whole feel. Buddy helped us with that and it made the song speak better. Like "Wastin My Mind" we recorded in a circle around the "mic tree." You've never seen so many beautiful old mics so close together.

7. Sweet Maria

I don't know if it's possible to be happy, then experience something so beautiful that you return to your life unhappy. Maybe heroin is an exception but I've never tried that. I've never experienced anything beautiful that diminished what I already have but it seems possible. This song is a fantasy about that. ["I" refers to Chris here.] The chords and melody to Sweet Maria existed for a long time before the lyrics appeared. The music kind of dictated the theme of the song. The bell like piano you hear has got paper clips and alligator clips on the strings to make it sound like that.

8. I Got Loaded [cover of a Bob Camille song]

We first heard this song from Los Lobos who is a band we grew up with and love. The song goes back to a New Orleans band called L'il Bob and The Lollipops. There is a lot of New Orleans music that has had a big influence on us.

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