The evolution of “I Don’t Need You Now”

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” 
 ― Charles Darwin

‘Wander Years’ features a batch of new songs and a handful of old ones that have been released in the past as demos or on EPs. I’ve gotta say, it wasn’t really a hard decision to pick which songs to redo… in fact, I’d say it was a very natural selection.

There are about five songs that naturally evolved from their original incarnations. The evolution came with time. It came with playing them live, playing them with other musical minds and other musical hearts. All of those elements aided the song’s evolution.

Sometimes it’s fun (and sometimes painful) to go through my songs and listen to old demos – where the songs were and where they are now – where I was, and where I am now.

I wanted to share “I Don’t Need You Now” today, in three stages of it’s life.


This song started as an early morning idea in a hotel in St. Louis in the beginning of 2009 – I recorded it on Garageband after a night out at the hotel bar:


It then evolved later that year during an inspiring weekend in Pittsburgh with Marques Walls (drums/glock) and Perry Sherman (harmonies). We spent a day tucked away for a day in a studio with A.T. Vish (engineer) @ All Terrain Vehicles, :



Finally, after three years of playing it all over the country, after listening to the previous recordings dozens of times and after adding Alan Hewitt (bass), Robi Hager (harmonies), Cian McCarthy (piano) and Anthony ‘Rocky’ Gallo (producer) in to the mix, “I Don’t Need You Now” evolved into this:

Like any good parent, I’m proud of my child. I’m proud of the mistakes that were made. I’m proud of the friends that made it. Mostly, I’m proud that my “child” always kept the same heart.