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Singled Out: The Commuters' You'll Stay Right Here

02/16/2016
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New York-based alternative rockers The Commuters just released a video for their new single "You'll Stay Right Here" and to celebrate we asked lead singer Zeeshan Zaidi to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"You'll Stay Right Here" is one of the most personal and meaningful songs I've ever written. It's a message of support to someone going through a very tough time. I wrote it when I learned that someone very close to me was diagnosed with cancer.

This song actually came to me in a dream for the most part - the first time that's ever happened to me. This news was on my mind nonstop and one night I woke up in the middle of the night and the piano part was in my head, as were parts of the melody, so I got out of bed and sat at my piano. Started playing and the words and music just flowed -- it was very intense. In a couple of hours I had pretty much written the whole thing. So I turned on the computer and banged out a demo.

The song was my way of saying 'I'm with you, and you're going to beat this. You're not going anywhere.' That's the main message. But in a secondary way I guess it's also about the bumpy emotional ride experienced not just by the person suffering but by those who are standing by him or her. There's a painful helplessness to that situation - I tried to capture it in the line: "You know that I'd gladly take your place / But it isn't up to me." As someone offering support it's not about you, and you don't want to make it about you -- you just wish you could do more.

Making the track in the studio was a profound experience. We went to a special studio with a beautiful sounding grand piano where I played the piano part. Uri and I felt strongly that we needed strings, and real strings. We got our friend Mauricio Herszkowicz -- a brilliant musician from Brazil - to arrange the string part, and brought in a trio to play. That really made the song, along with the percussion and background vocals I sang in the climax - spent a fair amount of time getting the 3-part harmony just right.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself watch the video here and learn more about the group right here!

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