From Anya Marina
SPIRIT SCHOOL is a collection of similarly misfit songs that are very dear to me, but may not be quite right for the album I was--and am still--working on. These songs are special to me because they document a time when I got out of my own way as a writer. At the time, I wasn't very prolific--I had only written one song all year ("Satellite Heart") and that was par for the course. I wanted to write more frequently and increase my output. Upon the urging of a friend, I joined his songwriting group. The only rule each week was to include an assigned phrase in a song. I was worried I wouldn't live up to the challenge. "Stop trying to write the perfect song, Anya," he said, "just write." What I love about these songs is that none of them have been too fussed or labored over, production-wise. Everything about SPIRIT SCHOOL was so effortless and low maintenance, and that's how I wanted it to be. I hope you like it.