"Going My Way" is the next single from the forthcoming album, "Minor Fits"
For this track, I really have to credit my daughter. She’s four years old, and was wildly obsessed with Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” throughout the making of “Minor Fits.” Every night, I’d come home from the studio to find her decked out in tutu and tiara, waiting for me to get ‘on stage’ (the kitchen floor). Gotta say, it was awesome.
I have danced all the ‘boy parts’ about a million times, now: Drosselmeyer; the Mouse King (who dies by getting a slipper thrown at him); the “Noble Cavalier;” and of course, the Nutcracker Prince, who does enough lifting and twirling of Clara to skip going to the gym.
While I twirled and got pelted with slippers, Tchaikovsky’s music seeped into my head, and I fell in love with a couple of sections, especially the sinewy “Arabian Coffee” scene. I started tinkering with the harmonies Tchaikovsky used, and “Going My Way” emerged. It’s in the same key as “Arabian Coffee,” and some of the licks are pulled straight from the piece, as an homage to the composer, but also as a little wink to my daughter—who, of course, hates the “Arabian Coffee” scene. Too slow! No jumps! No mice and no throwing stuff! Welp, that’s parenting for you.
We had already figured out which songs were going to be on the record, but I made a sketch for [producer] Jamie Siegel and he said we had to go back in and do it. We were lucky enough to enlist Dave Eggar on cello, and the recording went down as smoothly as as the song surfaced.