This Came First is the companion EP for Phoenix, and features one song off the record, plus three songs written between 2004 and 2010 that were contenders for the album but got kicked off. There were going to be two piano/vocal versions of songs from Phoenix, but this group of four, in the end, felt like a "body of work" together. Perhaps the piano/vocal songs will crop up in the future, somewhere.
released October 9, 2010
All songs written by Serena Andrews.
"Supernatural" were recorded and mixed in 2010 by Serena Andrews at Dream Siren Studios, New York, NY.
"Being OK" was recorded and mixed in 2010 by Serena Andrews at Dream Siren Studios, New York, NY and features guitar and final mix by Chris Warren, of Alloy Electric, San Diego, CA, and mastering by Mark Donahue of Sound Mirror Studios, Boston, MA.
"Pterodactyl" was recorded in 2005 by Serena Andrews in Boca Raton, FL feat. original rhythm loop by Chris Warren, and Mixed at Dream Siren Studios, New York NY.
"Livingspaces", was recorded in 2004 by Serena Andrews at AS220, Providence, RI and mixed by Chris Warren at Electric Garden Sound (RIP), Providence, RI.
Childhood photo by Brenda Andrews and John Walo
Cover design by John Whitlock of Piecemaker Design
Coldest days won’t get you down
What’s in your head that’s making sound
Like a king your dreams are crowned
Painted masterpiece for free
With time to feed my favorite willow tree
But who made the sun?
Who made the sun?
Calculations don’t say it at all
Some would say what’s done is done
I believe we’re supernatural
Waking up I sometimes hate to get up
The pressing just won’t let up
When dressing I won’t dress up
I get so tiny then I feel so small
I get so big and then I feel so tall
An empty glass can hold it all
Today I’m gonna sing
Smile ‘til it stings
I say "god?" and you say goodbye
It’s not like that
Crash into a beautiful future
You just laugh
You thought I was not coming back
In fact I told you I’d be gone
If I can retract that, I was wrong
So tell me who made the sun?
Calculations don’t say it at all.
I believe we're supernatural
The hand that holds me doesn’t hold me down
Keeping me around
Track Name: Being OK
Left my hometown for a big town. Now the big town is my hometown... and it isn’t big at all. How this city became small.
But I’m being OK.
Fancied myself the wandering type. Dreamed of paths and never ever destinations. Figured in the work but not the time.
But I’m being OK.
Now freshness is in the skin of children. Believing makes it so, and every time we think back we were dying to get old.
Our moments breaking all time records; speeding like gunfire. Rounds and rounds of movement and the moment still expires. Never to be had again. Reliving takes up time and then you’ve lost the moment twice.
Yeah, I’m being OK.
And the picture isn’t finished. Shake the box and they’re all in it! Put the pieces all away. Everything is there... No one really cares. We put it back anyway. Take it apart anyway. But we’re being OK.
Track Name: Pterodactyl
I spied you sailing overhead
What was this that my eyes had seen
I felt a snap inside my mind
Words spread among my vertebrae
I don't fly
I think I had a dream
But it was just...
It was just a dream