Manhattan From The Sky

Album: A Fine Mess (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song appeared in the TV show One Tree Hill, in which Voegele has a recurring guest spot as the spunky singer-songwriter Mia. She called the placement of the song as, "the most amazing set-up ever," adding: "The coolest thing is how they worked the song into the show so that it enhanced the scene, and how the scene enhanced the song."
  • The idea for this song came to Voegele while sitting in a plane, 30,000 feet above New York City. She recalled in publicity materials: "I was just thinking about how Manhattan looks like a little piece of Lego, but once you're inside, it's totally crazy and messy and there's a wonderful chaos going on all around the city."
  • This song inspired the album title A Fine Mess.
  • A Fine Mess was produced by Mike Elizondo. Voegele explained: "I told the label that I'd love to work with whoever did Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machines, and I'm also obsessed with Rilo Kiley's Under The Blacklight." Elizondo, it turned out, worked on both of those albums. Voegele added: "To work with somebody who's able to execute what you're hearing in your head, it's not an easy thing to find. But when Mike was done, I was like, 'Oh my God, this is exactly what I had in mind when I wrote it on a napkin!'"

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