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C. Ver Halen/M. Azucena

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: This is one of the very first songs that I wrote with Maya. It was one of those magic moments where I started playing, she starting singing, and the whole thing just came out. About 80% of the lyrics were written on the spot. Later we added the improvised intro and the celebratory tag at the end to give the song the feel of a journey.

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C. Ver Halen/M. Azucena

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: I had these chords written for a long time, and I really liked the feel of it. But it took forever before Maya and I finally sat down to finish it. It was worth the wait. This song is probably praised more by our peers than any other. Her lyrics are amazing. They were inspired by the book "Manchild In the Promised Land". Basically, its her version of a person who is a diamond in the rough.
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C. Ver Halen/K. Ross

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: Kendra and I were scheduled to have a writing session one night in September '05. It was a crappy night out and we were both pretty spent. We went through some ideas but nothing was really clicking. Finally we hit on this and it felt good immediately. Her lyrics are a message to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
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L. Cohen/arr. by C. Ver Halen

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: One year Maya gave me a CD with this song on it. We had a show coming up at The Lobby and she wanted to do a new song that we had just written ("Washover"). I said that I'd play that only if we did a cover of Hallelujah. We got together at her place the night before the gig to rehearse. Man, we knew right then we were onto something. She just KILLS it. I added the string arrangement a few months later and it really brought the whole thing together.
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C. Ver Halen/A. Dobson

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: It's a little known fact that Abby is Jamaican. A while ago I was playing in a reggae-soul band around NYC. Abby came to me and said "I'd like to have a reggae-soul tune". We wrote it, and a then a week later we played it at The Lobby and people went CRAZY for it. She really brings it at the end.
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C. Ver Halen/S. Lerner

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: This was the first song that me and Selan wrote together. I had these chord changes for a few years, and I had been dying to do something with them. He came over and almost immediately hit on that beautiful melody. We wrote almost the whole thing in just a couple of hours. This was about a month after Hurricane Katrina hit, and that is reflected in the lyrics.
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C. Ver Halen/K. Ross

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: This was one of the very first songs I ever wrote with Kendra. It's so much fun to play live. When we do it in her shows the crowd LOVES it. Kendra and Key have a lot of fun on stage and its great to a part of it all.
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C. Ver Halen/Monet

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: Monet is one of those people who just radiate. This song was one of our first songs written together. The chorus melody was originally supposed to be a verse, but I convinced her that it was too strong and unique to just be a verse. Her lyrics are great. When she performs this with her group she changes tempos between the verse and chorus - its very cool.
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C. Ver Halen/A. Dobson

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: I was working on these chord changes one night. They were OK, but nothing special. Finally I added that top line on the high E string and it had what I was looking for. I didn't expect Abby to like it so much, but I figured I'd try it out with her. She was on it IMMEDIATELY. It was beautiful. When we finished we both just said "wow, that's something special". She says this song is her prayer. She sings it like an angel.
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C. Ver Halen/K. Ross

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: Kendra has a gift for being able to flow with ideas. These are some odd chord changes, and her melodies never stray for a second. She calls this her "Music Drama" song, but its very powerful live. It's dark, yet its still cool enough that it gets a great response every time.
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C. Ver Halen/M. Azucena

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BEHIND THE MUSIC: One night I got message on my voicemail. It was Maya saying "Christian, write something to this chorus. Are you ready? WARRIORS, COME OUT AND PLAY-EE-AY-YAY" I sat on that for months. Finally one night I just hit on it and I knew it was right. Then we worked out the verses, which are really cool and middle-eastern inspired. Her rap section is some next-level shit. There's nobody spitting anything like that out there.