Christmas Morning Creaks
Christmas has come again. For the blog, I had the hopes of doing something special.
As we know, Third Eye Blind has covered the song "Blood Bank" by Bon Iver in shows for years now. It's expected to be on the upcoming charity EP.
When asked to play a Christmas song, Stephan has said "Blood Bank" is his Christmas song. As a give back for all the songs Stephan and the boys have given us over the years, I thought it'd be nice to cover his Christmas song of choice this Christmas.
I sent some messages and made plans with a girl and her band. We were excited. We both love Third Eye Blind. We both love "Blood Bank." We'd be in a professional studio so the quality would be stellar. We might even get some filming done and make a video, too.
We set a date to record. However, the logistics of what time and childcare and a 90 minute drive each way, in the middle of December when things are already bursting at the seams with Christmas, complicated plans and it fell through.
It was still on my heart to record a cover. I contemplated my options. I could learn "Blood Bank" and do the cover myself, but I'm not the best at playing and singing simultaneously and was short on time. Not a viable option. I could ask someone to record the instrumental and send it to me so that I could sing over, but I don't really have the appropriate software for editing right now and, again, I was short on time. I could... Cover the song with my ex? He's a Bon Iver fan. I know he can play it... I am taking the kids to him on Sunday for a visit anyway.... No. No. I am not that desperate. I know! I can find an instrumental online and just sing over that. Perfect!
So I searched... And searched... And I found one - ONE - instrumental cover. But they left two lines off the first chorus.... Nope.
On top of life stress and holiday stress, I now had the added stress of how am I going to get this done on time?? It was on my heart. It was on my mind. It was on the calendar. I can't just drop the ball.
I changed my plan. I was just going to make a video to the actual song. It isn't what I wanted. It isn't a cover. But it is a creative piece inspired by Stephan and Third Eye Blind (okay, and Bon Iver), which was the goal of the project to begin with.
I started gathering stock photos and editing them. Blood bags. Snow fall. A waning crescent moon. Something Christmasy. In the middle of the night. Officially December 24th.
Then it hit me... What was I doing? It's Christmas Eve. I shouldn't be stressed. And if I am stressed, it shouldn't be over this! It should be because I still need to go to the grocery store and buy our ENTIRE MEAL. It should be because there's company coming and the guest room isn't ready (or any other room in the house, for that matter). It should be because we still don't have a gift for my uncle and he will be here at 6 p.m. (Yes, I'm a slacker. I know. It's been a rough 2 months, y'all. Bear with me...At least we had the tree up at this point.) So, if I'm feeling stress, it shouldn't be over a video project. So I stopped.
Christmas is supposed to be "the most wonderful time of the year" with good people and good food, all together, making good memories. Most of us are home. Whether that means being in your physical place of residence, the town you came from, or simply being with people you love (or maybe something/somewhere else) is up to you. I don't need to be plugged in and working on this project that has followed Murphy's Law religiously. I need to be home.
So, what I have for you today is not my cover of Blood Bank, nor my video (maybe that'll happen in the future?) - but it is a cover, nonetheless. It's Stephan and a 14 year old boy named Spencer Barnett at the Masonic in San Francisco in the Summer of 2015. It's Stephan, at home, having Christmas in July. Enjoy the song, and enjoy your Christmas. I love you.