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Album: The Wonderground (2003)
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  • Boy Meets Girl are George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. They met in the mid-'80s and were a romantic couple throughout that decade, when they had a hit with "Waiting For A Star To Fall." They were married throughout the '90 and split up around 2000. Much of their songwriting deals with issues confronted in their relationship. Here's what they told us about this song:

    George: "That was one of the darker moments on the album for me, because it was a lot of Shannon's reawakening, and recognizing someone new in her life, how much that meant to her and how much she was overcome by it. That's a perfect example for me on the album where I felt myself needing to overcome anything that came up for me as far as the anger, the hurt, to get that song written. Because her idea and her bravery for coming to me with that, too, was so impressive. It was a powerful statement, it was a powerful way to put it across, so I wanted to be part of it, I didn't want to run from it."

    Shannon: "That was an act of courage on your part. Very surprising. This album was such a family affair, ironically enough. I remember singing the lead vocal for that song one evening in our studio at home, and our daughter Hillary was working on a project. She just didn't want to be upstairs alone, she needed to be part of the group, so she came down and sat on the couch and worked on her homework on her computer. All the lights were down low, so there I sang that song with George recording it and with Hillary sitting there."

    George: "We were given a unique opportunity because of our work, our lives. Most people, they don't have that sort of structure."

    Shannon: "If we never saw each other, we would literally throw away everything, including our careers, we would just be dead in the water, and that seemed so unacceptable. We also have always, always had a deep level of respect and regard for one another, and we also didn't want to lose that. I know I reminded myself regularly in my own head and in my journal writing and everything that those were the important things and that's what I wanted to preserve, and so I wanted to manage my expressions."

    George: "There's another element to this, too. I think if this had come along and if we were in our 30s, I think it would have been different, I think we might have blown apart, I think the anger might have been stronger. But the two of us had been through a lot before already, so some of the relationship things that happened didn't loom as large, they weren't the big issues. It was the bigger issue of our relationship that was more important."

    Shannon: "And it was clear that life was long and full of twists and turns you could never imagine. So it would be worth seeing what it was going to be like to hang in there."

    George: "Yeah. That could be more remarkable than just blowing it all apart. There are little times, recollections, or the two of us find ourselves in the company of old friends, and whatever. It's just things that happen, but that's part of it now."

    Shannon: "It is something else. It is the wonderground. I feel like my friendship with George is a miracle, and I appreciate it all the time." (Thanks to George and Shannon for speaking with us about this song. Check out the Boy Meets Girl website at www.boymeetsgirlmusic.com.)


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