Cory’s parents had a house in West Wardsboro, Vermont. It featured a main house and a small cottage was nestled on top of a hill. The main house was painted red, featured a piano inside and a beautiful, beautiful brick fireplace. We dubbed this place “Red Barn Studios”
We started dating in 2010 when we met working in a museum. I went on tour that spring/early summer, Cory did some volunteer work in Haiti, and when we returned back to each other we spent a month in Vermont. We had envisioned Lizard Kisses beforehand and planned to write and record a record there.
We made Sleeping In there that summer and released it shortly afterwards. It was our first foray into making music and art together, and for me, my first experience writing songs and feeling proud. Over the years, we tried to return to West Wardsboro when we could. Last year we played a small show there while on tour and afterwards spent a week recording. Jordan Lee actually rerecorded a lot of Love’s Crushing Diamond guitar parts here. We recorded some unreleased Lizard Kisses songs then too.
Red Barn Studios harnessed a lot of creativity, good energy and love. Cory’s parents recently sold the property and I will probably never see that home again. Like a lot of things this year, I have to learn to let go. Let go.