Over the Falls started as something far simpler. It didn’t have that name, and it was initially going to be an acoustic rendition of Showstopper. I always wanted to have either an acoustic Showstopper or an acoustic Electronic Blush, and I ended up with this. Most of the song Showstopper is a bit embarrassing to me, but I always kept coming back to the chorus, because I loved it so much. So, I was thinking of ways to make a version of that chorus melody, and make a real song out of it – or a part of a song that rang through as a continuation of something or an extension of something with some familiarity and meaning, but still stand on it’s own. I feel like I really struck a good ground with this version of Showstopper. I consider this song a remix of Showstopper with a slight Unfathomed Tide element. This was the second time I’d ever used an acoustic guitar for recording something, and the first thing I’d ever recorded, composed piece by piece FOR an acoustic. I just built and built layers until I had something I thought was lush and thick and beautiful sounding. I remember the first time I’d shown RonLeitz this, and I remember him being blown away. That was a true moment of pride for me. I had recorded the vocal in one night, the up close softer takes in the studio, but the funny part was the louder takes. I was in my robe, and I had my roommate home. I HATE doing vocals if anyone else is in the house, cause I can’t get into the zone. So, I pulled a laptop out to the car, and set up the session out there with a 24bit mic, and it was silent in the parking lot. Running on battery power from the laptop and a USB mic, I sang the words listening in headphones loudly in my car. It took probably 3 takes to get the ones I wanted, cause it was so goofy to do. I probably woke up a person or two, since that parking lot is shared by walls to apartments. I love this song, and I hardly ever say this, but I love the lyrics in this one, and how they’re sung. Many people have told me the singing is exceptional on this song, and I appreciate it a lot, because the calm, emotional nature of having a version of Showstopper like this is a total 180 from the original Showstopper, and it more reflects how I feel about that same exact situation, 5 years later. When I listen to this song loud in headphones, I feel exactly the way I wanted to make any and every listener feel, completely overwhelmed and overpowered by the increasing severity in the drums. By the end of this short song, they’re so huge and so powerful, and it makes me feel really really small when I listen to it loud. I always listen to everything deafeningly loud. I think it’s a problem.