Some people ask me what I’m saying when I sing. A lot of the time, if I’ve got all the music set but the lyrics are still in flux, I’m not saying anything too concrete. I like to sit with a song and play it over and over again until the words find me. Anyone who improvises knows – whether we’re talking about music, comedy, performance art or anything expressive – that the more you do it, the more you solidify your personal style. However, the most useful part for me is how it confronts me with my own subconscious, which is how our song “Water” came to fruition.

I actually gave “Water” that title because it was one of the only words that came to mind when I played the song. Over time, however, it became clear that we’re all bound to water in more ways than one.

Our friend and all around video guy, Joe Joyce at Better.Off.Grid created this lovely lyric video of “Water”. Check it out, especially if you’ve ever wondered, “What are you saying????”


Leo*Leo’s Tall Drink of Water

When you listen to your favorite song do you wonder why it puts you in the mood it does? Do you close your eyes and get swept to a different place? The process of mixing a song is a lot like designing an imaginary place and placing characters inside the scene you’ve just dreamed up.

A series of thousands, maybe millions, of decisions are made for mixing even a three minute song… How loud to make the drums, what kind of reverb belongs on the singer, where are the guitars (left or right side when you listen to headphones, how “far away” they sound), are the background singers a gaggle of people swarmed right around the lead singer, or are they hollering from a distant place far away? All of these decisions, and so many more, become critical for conjuring up the place where the song will live.

Not everyone will “see” the same place when they listen to the same song. But when you hear people talk about the emotions that it evokes within them they will usually cluster around a similar idea. Mixing does this. It is a huge part of the art of making music.

TOMORROW we are doing a final mix session for “Water” – a song that will be on our upcoming EP!! We’re including a video recorded from the Red Room show at Berklee College of Music on February 21st so you can take a listen. To get your hands on it first, order here:

Hope you enjoy!!!

<3 Sarah Hope