Cradle for Your Soul
Comments from the composer, Hendrik XIX: Only now in the afterglow of finishing Nineteen's debut, 'A Cradle for Your Soul,' can I really reflect on the music that we recorded. I intended the record to have a quiet loneliness to it--like a beautiful woman sipping a martini in an empty bar. The record curves up in energy at the beginning, songs becoming increasingly dramatic over time. Just LP-length, the first piece, 'Moon Song' compares the late sixties conquest of the Moon with the conquest of women. The song's sparse texture adds a shimmering acoustic guitar only after the first melancholy chorus. The next tune, 'How Much?' touches the listener with a dark, but poppy sound, expanding the texture with electric guitars. With 'Cradle,' the listener submerges in the sticky, sexy world of Nineteen: slow, grinding grooves, whispered voices and enticing lyrics. In many ways 'Cradle' is my favorite tune on the record. The cadence of the thunderous kick-drum against the distorted bass still excites me every time I play it. Maybe my comfort in the song comes from the fact that the song is really a Blues, the music that I learned to play when I becoming a musician. The bridge of the tune shows off Chris' (guitarist) harmonies and the band's control over volume, tempo and intensity. 'Twitch,' I'm told, is radio friendly. I wrote the lyrics when I was in high school, submitting it as a poem to the school literary magazine. The poem was banned for being offensive. It's ironic that it would end up being the song that represents us on the radio. When I wrote the songs on this album, I hoped that people would share the music with people with whom they are close. The record should be listened to the way we recorded it: in the dark with a glass of dark red wine or fine tequila in your hand. Thank you for listening.