Daily Song Study

Dorian Spencer – New York Winter

In songs on September 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

In late 2003, I was on my way from our apartment in Hell’s Kitchen to do some recording at my friend Paul‘s place in Harlem. Going down to the 1 train station at 50th Street & Broadway, I heard a voice on the platform that made me stop and miss my train. I gave the singer my card, not entirely sure how I was going to work with him, but sure that I wanted to.

For the next year or so, I became his bassist, helped him put together a band that did some club shows, busked with him in various Manhattan parks, and recorded his first EP, Seeds, at my apartment. Our professional paths ended up diverging, but I learned quite a bit from our time together.

This is one of the better 9/11-related songs around, in my opinion. Co-written with John Lynch, it presents slices of NYC life alongside the tragedy that barged through the consciousnesses of everyone in town, regardless of how ensconced they were in their own personal dungeons. An great songwriting feat, to be sure.

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