April 15, 2022
The starry-eyed dreamer. The hopeless romantic. The idealist. This one is for you.
It was nearly a year ago, May 15, 2021, when I pulled the Knight of Cups and wrote Romeo. This was my second attempt at writing it. At the end of 2019, near the holidays, as my writing muse was slowing moving out, I first drew this card. I knew there was a romantic character involved, someone infatuated with love and idealism, wearing rose-colored glasses. But I couldn't connect with the card's energy, so back into the deck it went. For over a year.
When the door flew open again in 2021, and my muse rushed back into my life with her arms full of song ideas, I drew the card again. This time, Romeo was ready to make himself known. Images of a young man came to mind: a student, staring out the classroom window, daydreaming about his idealistic future. I could visualize him walking along the lakeshore near my house, smiling at the sky, looking into the water, crazy dancing outside in the middle of a rainstorm. It came together quickly, as the songs usually do, and I was happy with the brightness I managed to capture while bringing him to life.
Romeo / Knight of Cups is the first complex tarot song that my producer Brian worked on. He had to wrestle with the percussion I gave him. I learned a lot from him about programmed drums, and how they don't always fill the space nicely or sound cohesive with the rest of the instruments. I also learned that I needed to spend a lot more money in order to get the results I wanted. But in the end, Romeo danced his way through the rainstorms of a clunky mixing process and an unexpected budget increase. The end result is a hopeful, whimsical, fun song, sure to keep the dream alive for all the idealists out there.