“Hide” is my favourite happy song out of all the songs we’ve written up until now and this is why we decided to release it as a single and pair it with a lovely video to go with it. I don’t remember quite exactly how writing it went, but I do know that it was a chilly winter night and Marius, my writing partner, and I were brainstorming ideas in our studio back home. I started playing the first couple of notes at the beginning of the tune (which were at first played on a bass guitar and then ended up being played on a violin) and, while we recorded it, I had a fit of uncontrollable laughter! We realised that it sounded kind of cute with me laughing in the background and we kept that in the final recording.
I personally find writing lyrics for a song the hardest part, as you have so many ideas going through your head while singing and you have to choose only a couple of them to put into words. There is never a rule, though, some songs start out with a concept, with the ‘story’ of the lyrics, and in some cases you just play the piano and sing along and then think ‘Hmm, what does this song sound like? Does it sound like a song about friendship? Does it sound like a song full of hatred?” .
“Hide (Like Stars)” is a song about having someone in your life who you can always ‘hide’ from the world with. The great thing about having this person near you is that you can face anything when they are by your side, from bad thoughts “recalling all the waste/declaring war against our minds” to real things such as a fear of dogs “when dogs are howling at the moon/but we are so brave”. As a matter of fact, this is one of my greatest fears and the best place to find stray dogs is, unfortunately…all around our studio! We thought of stars because they are the best ‘hide and seek’ players there are: they are all around us during the day, but we can’t see them, can we? 🙂
The reaction to the song was mixed, some hated it and some loved it, all because it was different from the previous ones. Some people said that they hated the ‘change of style’, but I believe they got that all wrong: “Hide” is indeed different, but that doesn’t mean that all my songs from now on will sound like it. This is not a ‘change of style’, it’s just me trying to express another side of mine, a more optimistic one. But, at the end of the day, I am still the same sad and depressed Lucia you’ve known up until now,
“Me Over You”- the acoustic version
We shot the acoustic version of “Me Over You” in December last year, one of the coldest months there can be in Romania. It was way past midnight when we started recording and outside the temperatures had dropped to somewhere around -15 degrees Celsius (which is around 5 degrees Fahrenheit). I had my big ski/winter jacket on: you should see that thing, it’s absolutely huge! It’s not the prettiest of jackets, even though it might have been in the 80’s : its exterior is made out of a lot of colourful patches to the point where it kind of looks like an ugly home-sewn blanket and I got it for about 5 dollars at a local thrift shop. I was so sad when I had to take it off in order to start filming: it might be really ugly, but it’s the warmest thing! The video was shot in an amazing house close to the center of Bucharest, called Home Matasari, found on Matasari street at no. 17. It’s not only a place for venues, cultural and artistic events, but young people also rent the rooms and live there for as long as they need and want. Iulian Vacarean was kind enough to let us shoot there: he’s the one in charge of the house and the one who organizes a street festival on Matasari street every other year as well.
It took a couple of takes to get it right and you can tell when we finally did it by the smiles on our faces. After Mihnea, my guitarist, and I were done with the song, we shot the ‘Global Questions’ video and that also took a couple of takes as I was so tired I kept bursting into laughter every time I tried to answer a question! I guess that’s how I react to tiredness, I can’t help myself!
I hope you are all doing well and if I were you I’d keep an eye on my Facebook page, because we’re preparing something new for you!
Over and out,