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the occupation of Ashley and Levon

Today’s song is a fuller version of “D.C. al fine,” which is one I wrote for my brother and sister in law’s wedding.  I just cut short a family reunion with my inlaws to drive 5 hours to my high school reunion here in a few minutes.  I shouldn’t be blogging right now, taking time away from them to write about them, but I commited to sharing.  Here’s the new version:


Ashley also made a video to an old demo of this one when we were in Mexico:

Since I need to get on the road, here’s a description I wrote back when we posted the video:

“In music composition, there is a directive given by the publisher: D.C. al fine, which stands for Da Capo el fine (pronounced fee-nay).  It tells the musician to go back to the beginning and repeat until the “fine.”  It literally means “from the head to the end.”  When Dustin and Cortney got married in January of 2009, they asked that I write them a song and play it.  Looking back over four years at the time of marriage to Ashley, what I wanted to say then and now is this: two people without many answers are going to be asked to make a lot of them up, and their everydays together will be tangible space that fits the hands which have made it.

I called the song “D.C. al fine” for a few reasons.  For one, the butterflies and eagerness are at the beginning.  It’s good to revisit the first movement for that.  Secondly, the new beginning is the one that will complete the song.  But most awesomely, D.and C. are Dustin and Cortney’s initials so I pretty much got to name the song “D.C. al fine” just like you may write “D C 4 Ever” in your grade school notebook.”

D. and C.


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