Epitaph

Album: Never Had the Time (2013)
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  • This song was inspired by John Sponarski's late grandfather. Sponarski, who is one of the lead singers and songwriters for the band, explained in our interview: "My grandpa died before I was born, and I was born on the same day as him. My family, my mom's side of the family, has this notion that I'm his reincarnate. He was the only musician in the family, and he had a radio show up in the Interior. He was always the entertainer at parties and played a bunch of instruments. I never met him. It's kind of funny to me. I think this is the subject that I haven't finished writing about. It's something that I will continue to explore for a long time, but for me it was about the fact that I've come to know him through the tales of my grandma and my mother. To me that's his epitaph. And yeah, I guess this song is like a multi-perspective to me, like sung from his perspective and sung from mine. I guess it's really talking about how I remember him but asking the question of how will people remember me."

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