Chapter and Verse IV: the Heroine

The Heroine (Free Download Here)
Written by: Jude Hernandez
Produced by Lior Goldenberg and Jude Hernandez
Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards: Jude Hernandez
Bass: Cristian Hernandez
Drums: Rueben Bolieu

Definitely one of my favorite songs, it took me a couple of days to write, I just picked up my guitar one day and started playing the chords Absus, Ab, to Db, and it just sounded great to me and I started to sing the verses which came really easy.

Someone I am close with had just had ended a relationship, and being as young as they were, feeling that they had found true love and there would be no one else that they would find, they felt it was the end of the world, you know, being really immature or innocent, depending which way you want to look at it.  There was actually this fear that this person was going to run away with their lost “love.”

The chorus; “I want you to hold me, hold me like I’m your baby boy.”  I think a mother’s love to their son is the most unconditional love and greatest love there is.

My favorite and proudest moment of the song is the strings/keyboards, that’s why they are played through out the song.  I remember when my first band, The Obscured, broke up I took all my instruments to my Grandfather’s cabin in Big Bear and wrote out all the lead guitar parts and keyboards/strings for the song.   I really hope that one day I can play this song with an orchestra or a string section, it gives me chills just thinking about it, I will probably start crying in the middle of the set when it happens.

I am playing the lead guitar and, again, I am very proud of it.  I think it was done in one take, maybe two, I remember playing it for Lior thinking it was just a run-through, but he is a very smart producer and he records everything, so what I played at the moment is what is used on the recording.  I probably got it on one take because I wasn’t thinking about.  So a note to all aspiring songwriters and producers, record everything.

We don’t play it live much because we do not have keyboardist.  The strings are vital to the song and without them, it sounds to empty to me, so I refuse to play it.  I may play it during a solo acoustic show because the intimacy is felt.

If someone were to ask me to describe this song in ten words or less: Getting yourself into something your afraid to get out of.

Sing My Love…

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