The Light of NYC

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This is the story of my lifelong dream to move to NYC. The song started with a "status" I posted on facebook right before falling asleep one night, shortly after I had moved here: "I don't close the blinds at night, I sleep so peaceful in the light of New York City. It reminds me I'm alive, it reminds me I've arrived..." Then I woke up in the middle of the night, kind of hazy, and wrote the rest of the words to this song. The next day, I put it to music.

I recorded the subway sounds on my (now defunct) Blackberry.

When Dan played me his production of the song for the first time, I cried.

lyrics

When I was eight years old I tried out for a play in New York City
If I'd a got the role I would have got to live in New York City
But I didn't so instead I stayed where I was in Albany
Mother said “Don't worry, it's not going anywhere. It'll be there when you're ready.”

NYU cost too much so after college I was gonna move to New York City
But I got wrapped up where I was and life it got away from me
Didn't want to leave my band, didn't want to leave my man or family
But New York it kept on whispering in my ear, “I'll be here when you're ready.”

Thought of every reason I could justify a move to New York City
Law school or business school I'd go there for a graduate degree
But 50,000 dollars in the hole didn't sound like opportunity
Especially to keep pretending to be who I thought I should be

So I changed my course, I moved down to Washington, DC
Made a lot of good friends there, but it never really felt like me
Maybe all the business suits, not enough music pursuits or creativity
And New York's whisper turned into a shout, it said “Come out! I'm here and you're ready.”

So I left the city of all smarm and no charm for the city of tragedies and miracles
Don't know what took me so long to get here, the first place I've ever felt I belong

I don't close the blinds at night, I sleep so peaceful in the light of New York City
It reminds me I'm alive, it reminds me I've arrived in New York City
Will the wonder ever fade of the magic made in New York City?
Each songwriter writes their song of how they came along to New York City

I don't close the blinds at night I sleep so peaceful in the light
I don't close the blinds at night I sleep so peaceful in the light

credits

from Right Now For Now, released July 28, 2013
Casey Dinkin - songwriter, vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar
Dan Siegler - producer, keyboards
Drew Broussard - electric guitar

Recorded by Dan Siegler at Saturnfoot Studios, NYC
Mixed by Jesse Gladstone at Saturnfoot Studios
Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, NYC

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