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  1. 1 Free [Lyrics] Rosemary 03:31
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  2. 2 Free [Lyrics] Karolina 02:50
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  3. 3 Free [Lyrics] We All Need 03:34
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  4. 4 Free Younger Than Ever 03:58
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  5. 5 Free [Lyrics] Flowers & Weeds 02:47
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  6. 6 Free [Info] Between Us 03:50
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  7. 7 [Info] Middleman 03:36
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  8. 8 Free Garbage 03:50
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  9. 9 [Lyrics] History of Secrets 03:03
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  10. 10 Free [Info] Whiskey Bay 04:19
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  11. 11 Free All the Way to Heaven and Back 03:30
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  12. 12 Free Livin' On A Dead End Road 03:45
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  13. 13 Free Get Ready for the Night 02:05
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Song Notes

People often ask me about certain songs -- where they came from, what they're about. Here are some of my responses:

Red Wine Cork
This Willie Nelson style song was one of my first real ventures into songwriting. The idea came after lecturing to a group of doctors about the brain, and how we sometimes neurologically mix things up. While waiting to meet people for dinner, I sat in the lobby bar enjoying a nice glass of wine. I soon noticed there was a red wine cork in the white wine bottle. I wrote that phrase on my napkin and the next day finished the song. It was a breakthrough for me, both musically and lyrically. Up to that point the few songs I scratched out were overly simplistic and a bit goofy. One can hear the modal tone to this song, which would become commonplace in my music – unknowingly as it would be a few years before I knew what that really meant. The song was first recorded in Nashville in 2004 with a band, but later recorded solo, in LA, for the album.

Karolina
While most of my songs are written in a fleeting few minutes of creativity, some are a construction, although the “feeling” of the song from deep inside still begins the process. One day I was thinking about the music of some of the great songwriters, like Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach and Joni Mitchell, especially the songs with more complex chord changes, when an idea come flowing out of me. I toiled for hours to put this song together, which contains chords such as an Asus7, Dm6 and Ddim. John Frusciante’s incredible guitar solo highlighted the recording a few months later, along with Brad Wilk on drums and Jonny Polonsky’s great vocal, including all the harmonies.

Rosemary
This song was written in the winter of 2004 in LA. I think it was triggered by my picking up a very special guitar for the first time (a 1962 Gibson electric I found in Rick Rubin's studio) - and with my first strum of an A chord the song came flowing out. It was one of the songs recorded in a group that included The City's Always Open, Karolina, and others, and features Brad Wilk (AudioSlave) on drums, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on lead guitar and Jonny Polonsky on lead vocal. This is the song that got me to start researching the relationship between the brain's healthy alpha waves and music's healing affects.

The City's Always Open
I was living in LA, at a place that overlooked Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, and went out on my terrace late one night (about 2 a.m. on a Wed). I saw thousands of cars slowly driving back and forth on the strip, and at least that many people walking on the sidewalks. It was a hot area for people-watching, and a lot of places were still open. This song came to me immediately, and I wrote it (words and music) in about 6 minutes.

Flowers & Weeds
It was late spring, 2003, maybe early summer. I still had my Catskill Mountain house in Gilboa, NY (a great old 1790 farmhouse). I recently met Rick Rubin for the first time via telephone, and we agreed to help each other in our respective fields. After hearing me struggle a bit with my early songs, he suggested writing one a cappella, as an exercise This was a first for me – writing a song without an instrument – but my whole world of songwriting was new and I went along for the ride. A few days later I was sitting in the Catskill sun thinking about music when suddenly all the lyrics and melody for a song came out. It’s basically an autobiographical piece, minus the tall glass of booze (I’m a red wine guy, having written Red Wine Cork the previous autumn in the same location) and "playin some lead" (I hadn’t yet learned to do that). It was originally titled, “I’d Lose Indeed” and had another verse. I sang it for Rick on our first face-to-face meeting in Greenwich Village a couple of weeks later, and he liked it. He said, “now add the music.” That was a bit of a struggle, never having separated the words and music before, but it got done and the song was recorded in Nashville later that year.
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