Mine Torne Road

Mine Torne Road” is a long winding road just north of the “Bear Mountain Bridge” that connects Rte. 9W in “Fort Montgomery, NY” to the West Point reservation on Rte. 293. I used it along with many other local places from the Highland Falls/Fort Montgomery area as a backdrop setting for a story about a “triple cross” The song is about a double cross on a “drug buy.  The deal was set to take place at a remote General Store on the road called “Dickies”. However, even though everyone had rehearsed their part, the plan goes sideways. Chaos ensues, gunfire is exchanged, and a fire breaks out burning Dickies to the ground. The narrator assumes all is lost in the fire and is distraught over it. Twenty years later he’s still suffering from PTSD and is now living in a downtrodden area of New York City, when one day by chance, while at JFK airport, he thinks he sees his old girlfriend and accomplice there. So, he follows her back to her apartment to see if it’s really her. He shockingly discovers she was alive all this time and instantly realizes she had set him up. This is another song that has a strong Bruce Springsteen influence to it. We open the song with a beautiful piano intro by Aaron Durr.  I wanted to create something like the intro’s to “New York City Serenade” or “Backstreets” and even though its quite a bit different, I think we executed on it perfectly. The rhythm and rhymes of the lyrics are also pure 1970’s Springsteen. (I did my best to channel my inner Bruce on this one).  On this song I played rhythm and Sarven Manguiat handled all the lead guitar work; Rob Hall was on bass; Stephen Haaker was on Drums; Aaron Durr was on Keyboards and Diana Ortiz, Harrison Crenshaw and Phoebe Crenshaw are all on backing vocals.  The song was engineered and produced by Stephen Haaker and Brett Grossman. We recorded it at “Perfect Sound Studios” in Frogtown CA and Cosmic Voyager Studio in Encino CA.

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