With light instrumentals and a slap back delay on the guitar as well as wide reverb a layered guitar. Pulsing 8th notes carrying through the song. The lyrics are so vivid and warn of making sure you know what you’re getting into before marrying anyone. Told through humor about making sure you might the mother the lyrics are easily shifted to any sex or denomination. Johnathan Rice has a southern Californian sounding swagger to the writing that is also animated and exciting. Great song and looking to whats next for this already very successful songwriter.
Below is artist bio and links:
“Johnathan Rice’s multi-disciplinary career has brought him into contact with a number of captivating figures. He’s worked most prominently alongside Jenny Lewis as Jenny and Jonny, but he’s also toured with bands like R.E.M. and Phoenix, written for Meryl Streep, and acted alongside Joaquin Phoenix. An enlightening conversation with the legendary Bill Murray, led Rice to pen his latest single, “Meet the Mother”.
I had a conversation one night with Bill Murray about love, marriage, and all the weirdness in between. At one point, he said “you’ve got to meet the mother.” I thought about the phrase for years, and then I added the part about kissing the bride. It felt like it belonged in a song – a kind of tag line similar to “You don’t miss your water till your well runs dry.” It’s my attempt at writing something funny, which makes it a bit of an outlier in my catalogue.
Tony Berg recorded me live on electric guitar with Jason Boesel on drums and then we fleshed out the song quite a bit. Mike Viola stopped by one day to sing backup and play bass and suggested we pare the song back, all the way down to it’s bare essentials, like a Suicide record. That’s what you’re hearing now and forever, till death do us part.