The Wonderground

Album: The Wonderground (2003)


  • Boy Meets Girl are George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. They had a hit in 1988 with "Waiting For A Star To Fall" and wrote Whitney Houston's hits "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)." They were married throughout the '90s and continued to make music together after they split up. George and Shannon spoke with us about this song:

    Shannon: "At the point that song was written, our lives as we had known them were so completely altered from separating and heading for divorce. We were like two walking raw nerves. It brings you into a hyper alert state where suddenly you know all things, you notice things around you you never used to notice. And they look different, they feel different, all your senses take them in more acutely, and it is wondrous in a way, even amidst pain. So I think that's really what that song and that title stems from: suddenly, we were in our Wonderground, because everything was wondrous."

    George: "Maybe this is the flip side, but much of life seemed less extraordinary, much more ordinary all of the sudden. Because it's extraordinary to have what we had, and then all of the sudden when you don't have it, it seems ordinary. So I think part of the journey was to find another new place that was extraordinary. And when Shannon came up with the idea of The Wonderground, I know I embraced it, I thought that was a great idea."

    Shannon: "We made a conscious concerted effort to not get mired in the ordinariness of it, because it was dragging us down."

    George: "And the logistics of it, the fact that we were still parents of our girl, and we were writing partners. We chose to continue to be writing partners, and choosing that, in the midst of a breakup, in many ways it would have been easier to blow apart. So it was really about creating an extraordinary different way to do things. We feel fortunate we were able to write our way through it."

    Shannon: "I was happy to be in agreement about that, because one of us could have been ready to view it as a new experience, and the other could have been ready to push the plunger."
  • Husband and wife songwriting teams like Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson have written many legendary songs through the ups and down of their relationships.


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