How a Rainstorm in Africa Rounded Out the Album

It was my last day in Africa.  For two weeks I had been traveling the country of Ghana; climbing mountains and forgetting about the fact that I needed an upbeat track to finish the lineup for the Lushcamp record.  

I was back in the capital city of Accra, and decided to spend the day poolside at an upscale hotel. It seemed like a good idea to unwind the day before my 10+ hour flight back to New York.  As fate would have it, I got about 5 minutes to bask in the sun before the sky was enveloped with ominous intent.   When the first drop hit, I knew I had seconds to seek shelter before my first-world electronics were rendered useless.

Being an opportunistic, and glass-half-full kind of guy, I made my way to the outdoor bar/restaurant.  The elevated patio was a magnificent expanse with ample shelter from the storm.   I don't know about you, but I love a good rain storm, especially when the temperature is warm and you have a dry perspective.  

Now, by dry, I mean my clothes, towels, and electronics.  After all, I was at a bar and had a full day to kill.  One beer quickly became many, and the stirring energy of the rain began to flood my iPhone with ideas, beats, guitar riffs, and lyrics.  

I estimate that I was somewhere near my 5th or 6th 22oz pint when I realized that I was the only person sitting in the outdoor restaurant.  Still mesmerized by the full blown rain storm happening all around me, I felt in that moment - perfect.  

It can be odd how a song takes shape sometimes. For in a moment of bliss, spurred by violent nature, the first line of a song about break-ups was penned (or typed with typos into my iPhone).  The opening line, "Don't walk here, you'll ruin, the sound of nothing I have come to love," (off the track, Another Long Night) didn't come about after a gnarly fight, but from a genuine feeling of not wanting the waitress to come to my table in a moment I didn't want to be disturbed and didn't want to end.  

I wrote the rest of Another Long Night under that thatched awning in Africa.  And although that song is about breaking up, the memory of that moment still brings back joy.  In that moment, I was present.  Plus, we now had the track to finish the album.

This record is about the highs and lows of the human condition and our relationships during our short time here.  I am proud of it, and put everything I have into it.  I hope you will pick up a copy, and join me at the launch party in New York on June 24th, 2016.

 

Paul Matarelli

Lushcamp, Brooklyn, NY