Week 20 // Counting Colors and Covering Ground

by Mount Everest

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I am extremely excited to celebrate twenty weeks of new music this Monday! I want to thank everyone who has listened to any of these songs. Thank you for giving me a reason to keep doing this. This project has meant a great deal to me, and with your support it will continue to grow and evolve in the weeks and months to come. Mount Everest: Weeks and Weeks is a six song EP featuring some of my favorite Mount Everest songs, including some great performances from Nick Mastors and Miguel Williams. It is available for free download until the 18th of April. Please enjoy it, and share it with everyone you know!

Week 20: Counting Colors and Covering Ground is all about gearing up to make a big change. It is about the anticipation and trepidation that come with deciding to change ones life. It is about always thinking about the past or looking ahead to the future, and struggling to live in the moment. It is about how knowing your own purpose doesn’t mean much compared to working to fulfill it. It is about waking up and knowing what you have to do. It is mostly inspired by plans that have begun to percolate in my head (I’ve decided to move). It is also inspired by conversations that I have had with numerous friends recently. People my age seem to be in the midst of a critical time. All of my friends are making choices, making changes, and trying to look forward to the next step.

This song came about in a very organic way during one of the most enjoyable writing experiences that I have had. I wrote the bass and vocals in anticipation of Nick’s visit, and then he effortlessly came up with one of the nicest guitar parts that I have heard him play. The work was light and fun. The process was fluid and satisfying. It was really nice to work on something that, at its heart, was just a bass and a guitar. Each time we tried to squeeze in a synthesizer it just seemed like an intruder, so we kept this song simple, short and sweet.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.

~Jesse

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Lyrics:

I woke up chasing my tail
Rethinking old thoughts and I looked around
I thought of counting all the colors we’d seen
Just to write them down

And I gotta say that the spring in New England’s
Got a powerful feeling
And I’m thinking I’ll be covering some ground

I woke up dreaming of a place I’d never seen before
I woke up thinking of piecing together a plan
That would better my score

And I got this feeling
If you pulled back the curtain
That everyone is nervous
And nobody is certain
If I had one wish it’d be to live one step further along
But that’s the easy way and God knows it’s wrong

And if it’s all been a lesson
I’m not sure I learned it
If it’s enough of a blessing
To know your own purpose
I’d live like I meant it
Yeah I’d live like I buried my worries
In a sturdy old box years ago

I woke up breathing life
In a house I knew many years ago
I caught my reflection
And the years were all there
They were telling me “go”

And I got to thinking
If I left here tomorrow
That a feeling would take me
It could carry me far
And if I had one wish it’d be to live one step further along
But that’s the easy way and God knows it’s wrong

And if it’s all been a lesson
I’m not sure I learned it
If it’s enough of a blessing
To know your own purpose
I’d live like I meant it
Yeah I’d live like I buried my worries
In a sturdy old box years ago

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released April 4, 2011

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