Love, Save the Empty

Album: Love, Save the Empty (2008)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This song featured in the trailer for the 2009 romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You . McCarley told LAist how she learnt about its inclusion in the movie: "I'm sure it was Justin, my manager. I think CAA, my booking agent, has a film and TV department. He's Just Not That Into You had already picked their songs for the soundtrack. They were doing market testing and the music in the trailer wasn't testing as well. From what I understand, they hired another music supervisor to come in and revamp it a little bit. The reviews since then have shot up. I don't know if it's due to my song, because I think they added another song to the trailer as well, but it's crazy how music will affect a film's reviews!"
  • Much of the Love, Save The Empty album was co-written and produced by Jamie Kenney. McCarley told Laist how she met the producer: "We met through a mutual friend in Nashville. I had worked with a couple of different producers and had just not found the right match. It was so important to find a good producer—I don't know if I wasn't confident enough or if I simply didn't have the skills to be able to use the technology. But what I found in Jamie was someone who could bring out the vision I had in my head, understand it and make it better than I ever thought it could be. It's been amazing.
    At one point, I was living in San Diego, and he came out to LA to check out a band. We had dinner and I played him some songs. What he spoke to that—what he saw in the music—sounded right along the lines of what I wanted.
    So he said, 'You don't have to give me any money. Come to Nashville, we'll work for a week, I'll get a bunch of studio guys out and we'll see what happens.' So I went out there and the first songs we did were 'Pony' and 'Sleepwalking' and it was pretty amazing. From the first moment of working together, we knew it was going to be something pretty special."
  • According to McCarley's record label website, this song is about "the effects stemming from a lack of role models in a parentless world."

Comments: 1

  • Torrie from Moghetto, California ((:, CaI totally relate to this song. That's why I love it so much. I never had parents, well I had a mom, but she put me in a foster home,then I lived with my brother, then my aun, &now I live with my sister. they weren't that good of a "role models". So I was never really taught anything from my "parents"
see more comments

Editor's Picks

90s Music Quiz 1

90s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

First question: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson appeared in videos for what artist?

Laura Nyro

Laura NyroSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's

Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go'sSongwriter Interviews

Charlotte was established in the LA punk scene when a freaky girl named Belinda approached her wearing a garbage bag.

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"They're Playing My Song

It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?Song Writing

A big list of musical marriages and family relations ranging from the simple to the truly dysfunctional.