I wrote most of "Burying our Promises" in 2000, just before and during my time on Katimavik. The opening lines allude to one of the passages in The Desire of Ages, an old devotional book I'd picked up for $1 at a thrift store in Gravenhurst, Ontario. The "So many souls" line refers to the overwhelming feeling I experienced when I first saw the 401 Highway in Toronto: each car had an individual in it, and each individual had their own life. I guess it was one of those moments of growing up/empathy that show that you're not so much of a kid anymore.
Of all the songs I wrote back then, this one holds up the best. Even as I've grown more liberal than the song's overall tone, I can still sing it with pride.
I overdid the wah-wah for most of the song, but I'm not ashamed of it. I just know better for next time.
The synthesizer break is the only time a synthesizer shows up on Once and Over Again. I recorded it using the TS-404, two takes and in real time. It was hard to break down and allow myself to use some synthesizer, but I felt like I'd made an organic enough performance with it that I let my reluctance go.
from Once and Over Again,
released September 22, 2007
Jeffrey Nordstrom: vocals, guitars, bass, programming.