This is the first single in my new project “The Old Soul and the Holy Fool,” a song cycle about relationships and self-realization. As a depiction of the slow process of self-realization, I’m gradually releasing these songs as singles, documenting my becoming as I record them individually over a period of time.
The process of writing, recording, and mixing “Everybody is a Fool” has been at times a labor of love and at other times a fool’s errand. The song itself is at least three years old, has been revised countless times, and wasn’t shown to the public until years after its inception, due to self-consciousness. I recorded three different takes over the course of a few weeks, and during the recording process, re-wrote the lyrics and the guitar part. Then I spent over a month tinkering with the mix, hit a wall, hired another engineer to do a mix, and then eventually decided I would use my own mix after all.
Along the way of making this, I have truly learned some new things about myself. And by serendipity or providence, it turns out that’s kind of what this song was always about.
“The more you learn, the less you know,
and I’ve sure got a ways to go.”