Robert Harrison on 'The Bride of Light'

'The Bride of Light' was the first piece conceived for the new record and actually predates the 18-day writing and recording episode which became Peoria. I cooked it up a month earlier, one cold afternoon in St. Louis while walking about some museum grounds in an effort to distract myself from the nervousness I felt in anticipation of a solo acoustic show I was to give that night. When the Peoria concept took shape a month or so later, I retooled the lyrics to marry some vaguely Wordsworthian verse with a narrative recounting our pilgrimage to Peoria in search of guidance from America's test-marketing Delphic oracle. Lyrically, it was to be the record's centerpiece and tie all strands neatly together.

"When I was a kid, I used to build model airplanes, but it was really the plastic molding trees that held the parts I was after. I used to build hideous edifices out of the molding, no doubt inspired by the glue fumes. Later when I moved to Austin, I became completely obsessed with scaffolding. I collected it and stashed it in my back yard, where it just sat doing nothing because I thought it was so beautiful on its own. Eventually, I abandoned my scaffolding collection, leaning it against a fence in Crestview when I tired of toting it around Austin. Somehow extracting the narrative centerpiece from this record and leaving only the supporting pieces to function alone touches me in exactly the same way all that old scaffolding did. Absence suggesting wholeness perhaps."

Listen to "The Bride of Light" on the AMDB player at right.

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