Sometimes when I write, it takes forever... other times, it flows like water. This track was one of those joints that just came together quickly. In many ways, this project is forcing me to do that. BUT... in some ways the source material for this track started in February 2002, when I met my wife, so it's had time to build and develop.
At the start of the New Year I had no idea what to do for the upcoming month's installment. I was working on a couple things and listening to a lot of music, as I do during my long commutes everyday. I suddenly thought about taking on one of my favorite Slum Village tracks. But, instead of just sampling, chopping etc. I decided to replay it on my Fender Rhodes. "Fall In Love", in my opinion, is one of J. Dilla/Slum Village's most iconic songs. Being February and the anniversary of Dilla's birthday/death I decided to do the closest thing to a tribute that I could. These days, J. Dilla mixes and tributes are kind of a dime a dozen as he's become the underground 2pac, but I wanted to do something special that wasn't just the token ish you see on boards and blogs.
So... with the help of many artists I know and look up to, the song took shape. I'd ask their opinion, let them hear demos, ideas ets. I wanted to know if they thought I was on to something of if I was out of my mind because there's a thin line between paying homage and just looking like a buster. And with this dialog the 2nd half/verse came to be. I almost thought it was TOO crazy, but I thought the themes of the tracks and the vibe would work well together. In my opinion I think they do. (enter Common's classic "I Used To Love H.E.R.")
I could probably go on and on about the behind the scenes with this track or talk about what it could have been/become, but I honestly think the best thing to do is to just let it play.