For You Again

by Ben Lubeck

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    For you again was recorded in four days, in a living room in Minneapolis. We recorded it to tape with very few overdubs. The main vocals are recorded live, we didn’t splice any tracks so you’ll hear squeaking floorboards, chairs adjusting, the faint sound of a jet overhead, or headphone cords tapping against the back of guitars. These live moments that are captured on tape play an important role in capturing the essence of the energy in the room at the time we recorded. It’s my favorite way to record. Playing a song until you discover the heart of it, and then letting go just enough to let the song speak for itself. I feel that everything comes alive in that moment. At the end of the keeper take, as you take your headphones off, everyone looks around the room locking eyes, knowing that we had discovered the true meaning of that song and just laid it down on tape to share with whoever is willing to listen. It’s a truly magical moment. There's something special about going on a journey with other people, starting with the sketches of a song and letting the true meaning guide you to a finished product. There’s something very special and timeless in that.

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04:13
3.
A Hard Way To Learn
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03:39
5.
Days Go By
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Winter Moon
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03:48
8.
Lines We Mend
9.
Might Have Been You
10.
What Am I To Do

about

Upon releasing his first solo album, Rented Rooms, singer-songwriter Ben Lubeck received praise for the quiet power, emotion and substance behind the 2016 release. Written as an act of reconciliation towards his father while contemplating his own newfound status as a dad, the album “carried years of heartache in the notes...with primal howls and words that cut deep (City Pages).”

Now a father of two, Lubeck’s life has shifted focus, but the introspective messages in his music are as strong as ever. On his sophomore release, For You Again, out September 13, Lubeck’s desire to overcome the fears that prevent him from being fully present comes across in every melancholy whisper and every heart wrenching cry. In For You Again, Lubeck has come full circle from his debut album as he now writes from the lens of a father, resulting in an honest, raw, and beautiful collection of songs.

Lubeck is a founding member of the Minneapolis band Farewell Milwaukee who have received national acclaim, song placement on major network television, supported bands such as the Lumineers, and had their songs featured on compilations alongside Mumford & Sons, Adele and Amos Lee. Lubeck has released four albums with the band over the last decade, frequently working with longtime producer and collaborator Brad Bivens. For this album, it was a natural fit to re-enlist the help of Bivens. For You Again was recorded at his home studio in south Minneapolis in just a few short days as Bivens anticipated the birth of his first child and Lubeck the birth of his second. The imminent life change that shaped this recording process brings a sense of authenticity to the album; the listener feels the emotions - the urgency, the passion.

Much like Rented Rooms, the album features contributions from Twin Cities artists including: Jake Hanson (Mason Jennings, The Cactus Blossoms), Andy Dee, Jacob Pavek, Kara Laudon, Hilary James, and Rachael Kilgour. Each song was recorded live to tape in a small living room, with the squeaks of wooden floors, the sliding of chairs, and the faint rumble of planes in the distance if you listen close enough. Everything captured on tape was in the moment and meant to be as raw as the songs themselves - stripped away of studio gimmickry and sleight of hand. For You Again is without a doubt Lubeck’s most vulnerable, personal recording.

Recently I read the phrase that “Love is not yet perfect in one that is afraid.” It stopped me cold, as I began to wonder if my greatest fears: the deep deceptive ones that nearly paralyze the body, and immobilize the mind, could be the very things that are preventing me from full engagement. Fully engaging and appreciating the people that not only love me the most but are the well in which I draw daily inspiration and hope. The ones I take for granted while in the pocket of my fear and darkness, are the ones that need me the most and are also the ones I need to be in tune with to feel at peace.

As I grow as a person, and hopefully as a songwriter, I'm starting to realize that as hard as I try to impact the world with my songs, it's my beautiful world around me, a world made up with two beautiful daughters and a wife that supports my every move, that deeply impacts me and my songs and it's with all my heart, that I hope to return the favor.

-For You Again,

Ben Lubeck

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releases September 13, 2019

FOR YOU AGAIN ALBUM CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Produced by Brad Bivens and Ben Lubeck. Engineered and Mixed by Brad Bivens. Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering. Recorded at Brad’s House.

ARTWORK
Photography by Darin Back. Design and Layout by Aaron Markson.

All songs were written by Ben Lubeck (Dr Dazzle Publishing, SESAC). © & ℗ Ben Lubeck, 2019.
Ben Lubeck - guitars and vocals on all tracks with additional instrumentation and vocals by:

FOR YOU AGAIN
Jacob Hanson - Electric Guitar, Kara Laudon - Vocals, Jacob Pavek - Piano

YOUNGER MEN
Andy Dee - Lap Steel, Jacob Hanson - Electric Guitar, Rachael Kilgour - Vocals, Jacob Pavek - Piano & Vocals

A HARD WAY TO LEARN
Jacob Hanson - Electric Guitar, Kara Laudon - Vocals, Jacob Pavek - Piano

MRS BLUEBIRD
Hilary James - Cello, Jacob Pavek - Piano

DAYS GO BY
Andy Dee - Dobro, Kara Laudon - Vocals, Jacob Pavek - Piano

WINTER MOON
Andy Dee - Lap Steel, Kara Laudon - Vocals, Jacob Pavek - Piano & Vocals

THE SHOW
Andy Dee - Dobro, Jacob Pavek - Piano

LINES WE MEND
Hilary James - Cello, Rachael Kilgour - Vocals

MIGHT HAVE BEEN YOU
Andy Dee - Lap Steel, Mimi Genheimer - Violin, Kara Laudon - Vocals, Jacob Pavek - Piano

WHAT AM I TO DO
Mimi Genheimer - Violin

Special thank you to Piper, Tatum and Remi Lubeck "There's a wide-open space in my heart to erase, and you're the one to fill the hole" Also, Farewell Milwaukee, my 2006 Hyundai Accent GL, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. #yamahajacket

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Track Name: For You Again
FOR YOU AGAIN

Are you the one with a child, that took my place, that made you smile
Is There still a chance I could drive ya wild,
When the night’s still young and your hearts on fire
Are you the one

Do you still think about me the same, Or is there something in our way
are we in love, is love in us
Or did it break in two when two made one
When two made one

Oh and let me fall for you
Again

Oh I know, I'm your man, and you promised me you'd be my best friend
But what I don't want you to see,
is I’m no longer your missing piece

Oh and let me fall for you
Again

Bridge

I'm not asking you to change,
but we can't let things stay the same
is there something left in the air
so won’t you let me get you there

Oh and let me fall for you
Again
Track Name: Younger Men
YOUNGER MEN

I could fly away, I could hide my face
Hop on silver wings, just to ditch this place
I tell ya what / I've seen it done/ cause it’s been done to me
I know it's one way to live, but it ain't for me

Chorus

Sometimes you gotta let it go / sometimes you gotta let It ride
letting losers win while letting fires die
Sometimes we gotta take the long way down before we understand
We had it all figured out when we were younger men
When we were younger men

Verse
Well they ain't that bad, they just lost their way
The thing you fear the most, you become its slave
I'll tell you boy you're pure of hurt, you love the light like I hate the dark
You’ll find your weakness is the witness that keeps hope alive

Bridge

But I can’t let this one slide
There’s way too much for me on the line
Time to pony up and kiss my pride.
Kiss my pride
Kiss my pride goodbye
Track Name: Mrs Bluebird
These bars will never make you free / but you’re safer now that you're with me
Might not know it, but I can show you how even captives can feel free
Some things can come into your life, Slow enough to pass you by
But before you know it, there's nothing growing, and your trapped by the winter sky

Chorus

Mrs. bluebird
Mrs bluebird
Mrs Bluebird you're so beautiful
I just wanted you to know, It's not safe out there no more
and I can't let you go / outside these doors


Verse

There's a side of me that you can't see Knowing you're broken doesn't make you free
And sharing the pain with a cross and a name
Hurts me more that you can see

Nothing you could ever do Makes you deserve to hear the truth
There's poison air in the atmosphere
and I Wouldn’t wish for that on you
Track Name: The Show
THE SHOW

Well time passes slow, when your mind feels young but your bodies old
still time marches on, though the hearts of man, are weak and worn

You've known me through it all
Prevailed through most improbable odds
Seen the depths and the peaks of love
Been right here all along, through it all

You've been abused, you walk through life with the guilt of the accused
I've worn my scars, been cut by the knife and burnt by the fire

Bridge

When the end is near, would you hold me dear until the moment I turn blue
If the light escapes right out my face, I hope my last words mention you
Heard the final days, of this slow parade, are the deepest shades of blue


But I think the end will be
I think the end will be
I think the end will be
The most beautiful show of all

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