Reporter's Notebook: Gary Louris interview transcript
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City Pages: What led to the decision to hunker down and write new songs with Mark Olson?
Gary Louris: It was baby steps. We started by, in 2001, we were asked by a music supervisor to write a -- they wanted a new Olson/Louris song. And Mark and I hadn't really been seeing each other, hanging out or even talking. That kind of was the impetus to get us together, and we talked out all our little issues and big issues and reconnected as friends, and put the past behind us. So we wrote a couple songs, one ended up on Mark's record, December's Child, I think it's called, "Say You'll Be Mine." And we never made it into the movie, but it was a good song, and I think that got the wheels rolling. From there, we started saying, well, we should go out and play an acoustic tour. So we did that, on the East Coast, and that was really fun, so we did it on the West Coast. After we were done we said, well, it's fun playing the old stuff, but we still write songs, and we're a team, and we should have new material next time we ever go out. That's what we did. We wrote songs and then we recorded them, and here we are. CP: What was the songwriting process like for the new album?
When he got pulled in that direction, and decided he really wanted to make music with his wife, really devote himself to his marriage, he left the band. Initially, I told him we wouldn't carry on with the band, at least under that name. After further discussion with the label and further discussion with the rest of the band members and the reality of the music business, we decided to carry on without him. And I think that caused a rift. Nobody wants to feel like they're replaceable. I think Mark took it very personally, and we really didn't speak for a number of years. From probably 1996 into 2001. And then, like I said, time heals all wounds almost. It really, we just realized how much we missed each other musically and as friends, and needed each other in a way. We're full stea
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