Goodnight Moon (Lyrics)

This is part of a series of posts about all the songs on the EP "A Year Ago". Listen free (or name your price) on Bandcamp or preview on Itunes.

Goodnight Moon


In the end, you are my friend
Somehow brought me here until I leave again
So I stay, voice in head
Wondering, each thing I do, what you'd do instead
But it's alright, so goodnight
you follow me down, bring me back out again
Goodnight, goodnight moon
Goodnight, I'll see you soon
I felt some weight, you taught me lift it
I felt some joy, you taught me gift it
And in the end, you are my friend 
Somehow I am here until I leave again
But it's alright, so goodnight
you follow me down, bring me back out again
Goodnight, goodnight moon
Goodnight, I'll see you soon
We get heated, undefeated
hitting one another like it's some kind of game
then it's gone because
I just light up
anytime you say my name

About 'Goodnight Moon':

I essentially wrote this song because I was depressed and was trying to comfort myself. I sort of imagine singing it to a person I care about -- having this honest moment talking about life and death, and how petty and shitty we can be, even when we both know we love each other. A lot of the songs on the EP stem from a place trying to accept that everything ends and learning to let that still be okay.




EP and what's next

Just started promoting my EP 'A Year Ago' today. I just wanted to reflect on it a little bit here.

There are a lot of small milestones for me about this project. I've wanted to make an EP since I learned about CD Baby a few years ago. It's a service that distributes music for independent and unsigned performers who don't have a label to do it for them. The idea of having my music on Spotify or iTunes with all the professional musicians I admire was so absurd and wonderful, it became something I really wanted to see happen.

This EP was the first time I've ever published original songs as Stassi. (I published an EP with my college band as well in 2014). I am a highly self-critical person so songwriting has always been a vicious tug-o-war between how I want music to sound and how my words and melodies actually manifest themselves. I've written probably hundreds of songs but have only been able to tolerate about 10 of them (I generally pretend the others don't exist, except for admitting this right now haha).

This EP was my first attempt at recording and mixing using Logic Pro which I only acquired last December. It is a fantastic software, but it is also far more complex than Garagaband (how I've been doing everything for years) which slowed the process down tremendously. Still, learning it has been very fun and satisfying, and has increased the quality of my finished songs significantly. 

I will keep my many opinions about the EP to myself because I want to allow you to hear it objectively. I'll post more about each song later, but I want to let you know that I tried to be as honest as I knew how to and I hope you like listening to it. 

As for what is coming next, I'm hoping to focus on performing live more often, and hopefully find some musicians to play with (making this EP has been incredibly lonely work). I'm still trying to educate myself on how to improve the quality of my recordings and will continue to upgrade my equipment as quickly as my paychecks will allow. (Fun Fact: I am not great with my money).

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have thoughts on the EP or any questions on how self-publishing process went.

Listen to the finished EP here

Playing in public

Busking -- the art of playing music in places you weren't invited to people who didn't ask to listen to you.

In my experience with busking, it often involves people throwing you money, other people ignoring you completely (totally fine by me), and a lot of conversations with homeless people. I can see in people's eyes walking by when they play music too -- I think a part of them really wants to ask me for a turn on the mic. If they ask nicely enough I'd probably say yes. (Unless I feel like they could run off with my guitar and I couldn't outrun them....sketch.)

Yesterday, I played a gig I was actually invited to. I was actually paid for it too. (MOM, LOOK I'VE MADE IT.) It was at a winery and I invited all my friends from work. It was totally awesome feeling all that real-life support after so many months of playing music only for myself in my room or the studio. I love the social media commenters with all their exuberant support, but I'm convinced half of them are spambots and I question the sincerity of the other half almost as much. But seeing people smile or nod their heads to my music makes my whole goddamn year.

In other news, this website is finally coming together!! I'm gonna make some business cards like real adult person. It's gonna be great. It's gonna be yuge.