Calling You

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  • Marx claims he can never tell when a song is going to be a hit, and that if you're trying to write a hit song, you have the wrong motivation. Many of his favorite songs are his album cuts, and he cites this one as an example. He told us: "I had just experienced the first real loss of someone in my life, which was my grandmother. I didn't have a relationship with my grandma like people do where you go visit your grandparents or you see them twice a year at the holidays or whatever. I was raised by two working parents and so when I was little and I would come home from school, it was my grandmother that was in my house and took care of me and made me lunch and dinner a lot of times. And then my mom and dad would end up at home either right around dinner time or in the evening. So my grandmother was almost like a third parent. We were really close. And we were really good friends. As I got older, we became really good friends. We had a lot of common interests. I just adored my grandmother.

    So she died about two years into my recording career, after I'd had some success. And so I wrote that song about her, about missing her. My life had been so blessed in those terms up to that point, because I was 26, 27, and both my parents were still around, I hadn't lost anybody. And I took that loss really hard. So that's a song that means a lot to me that I'm really proud of that resonates with me to this day that was never a single."
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