One day, sitting in the now-defunct Algiers café in Cambridge, Mass., I got the Grass Roots’ hit “Where Were You When I Needed You” in my head. I was captivated by the thematic potential of swapping the pronouns around: “Where was I when you needed me?” Finished some months later, the resulting lyric is cross-listed in the Themes of Country Songs index under both Cheating and Mid-life Crisis, making it a natch for our band, Day for Night, a country duo specializing in songs of love gone wrong. In this 2013 recording, Gretchen Schaefer sings and plays guitar, and I sing and play mandolin. Hear it below! Buy it on Bandcamp! (“Where Was I” copyright © 2014 by Douglas L. Hubley. All rights reserved. Photos by Doug Hubley.)



Writing “Where Was I” at the Senator Inn and Spa, Augusta, Maine, November 2012.

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