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Songwriters: Lyrics: Phillip Gardner | Music: Michael Gardner and Phillip Gardner
Story Behind The Song: When we began this project, I realized there were songs I didn’t have in my collection. I’d of course had them on tape and probably on cd, but I’d lost or given them away. Michael sent me what I didn’t have. On the day that Every Little Thing arrived, I put it in the cd player in the kitchen. When my wife, Tressa, (the best wife in America) walked in from work, I said, “Take a listen to this. It’s a song we wrote for Elvis Costello.” She turned after listening. “You wrote a song for Elvis Costello and you never told me!” She thought (upon my suggestion, of course) that it was Elvis.
Michael really does do a good Elvis voice for this one, I think. We were all crazy for Costello’s work. His first record, My Aim Is True, pretty much exhausts the Pop form. I remember Pee Wee and I discussing Imperial Bedroom and agreeing that Costello had pretty much exhausted the Rock genre with that one. The man just never slowed down, never looked back. And we loved him.
So this was my attempt to pay homage to him.
I remember coming into the studio late one Friday afternoon. “I have something,” I said. I played it on guitar for Michael. Later when Kenny arrived, Michael said, “Play it.” The two looked at one another. “Let’s make it,” Michael said. And we did. There is too much to say about working with these guys. But one thing that must be said is that the musical relationship between the two of them is near-mystical. I’ve read that the The Coen Brothers work together through a kind of shorthand. One utters a phrase and the other finishes it. They exchange looks and one or both of them go into action. Michael and Kenny are like that. And when the two lock into a song, little discussion is required. Every Little Thing was like that. I think it went quickly. I don’t remember much discussion. It all seemed self-evident. Nobody had to suggest that Michael play a twelve string in the lead. We’d all heard the early Beatles stuff and knew that Elvis had too.
I believe that Robert plays the bass track we hear. I’m pretty sure he sings, too. Robert–man. More, much more about Robert later. – – Phillip Gardner