I've recorded "Breathe on Me" three times so far: first, in 2000 I recorded a pitiful, whiny version of the song for my first family Fundisc. I then re-recorded it for my 2001 Fundisc, and I'm still quite happy with the performance. The harmonies are good; the guitarwork is clean; the congas sound great.
However, that tone didn't fit with what I wanted on Once and Over Again. So I re-recorded it in Hope in 2006 or so. It's loose, loud, and scattered with snare fills, but I like how it turned out. I dumped all the guitars and basses into one or the other speakers, so you're essentially listening to different takes of a complete song in either headphone. I like how the effect worked out on this song. The huge echo-lead is a harmonica part, but the harmonica tones only show up in moments of clarity near the end.
The song's a fiction—not that it matters. It's a sort of celibate-fantasy. I wrote it in 2000, I think, when I was on Katimavik. I remember one of my fellow Katimavik participants hated that I was playing the same riff over and over again.
from Once and Over Again,
released September 22, 2007
Jeffrey Nordstrom: vocals, guitars, bass, harmonica, programming.