On New Year’s Eve 1994 (don’t quote me on the year anymore), I was alone on my side of the house while the grownups had their New Year’s Eve party. They came in and out to check on me but I was mostly left to my own devices.

Earlier in the year, my dad had purchased Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Greatest Hits, originally released in 1972. He played it often in the car and I immediately became a fan. With songs like “Lucretia Mac Evil”, “And When I Die”, and “Go Down Gamblin’”, what 10 year old kid wouldn’t be? One of my favorite songs from the collection was called “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”. A sparse slow jam, I always found myself hypnotized by the music and Al Kooper’s vocals.

That New Year’s Eve, I wrote my first song, a love ballad called “I’ll Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”. It was terrible. It wasn’t a complete rip of the BS&T version though and from there I continued to write songs. For some reason, this song inspired me to write lyrics. I would later find an instrumental that sampled “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” and used it for “Intoxicated” from The Mind’s Mixtape volume 4.

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