Lost In The Dark

More Songs About My Cats

The Song Was Thunder Road

September 2021-April 2022

It’s a town full of losers - I’m pulling out of here to win.”

Bruce Springsteen


October 2021-March 2022

Oh Mister Blue Sky, please tell us why you had to hide away for so long…”

Jeff Lynne

Joe Strummer

November 2021-February 2022

“The Future is unwritten”

“Know your rights: all three of them.”

Joe Strummer

The King of Rock and Roll

February 2022

“You really should have something to fall back on.”

My Parents

One More Before You Go

September 2021-April 2022

Another Song About My Cats

August 2021-February 2022

The Emperor Has No Clothes

August 2021-March 2022

His ham-handed, doomed, blundering and embarrassing efforts to undo that election, together with his heedless call to arms on January 6, showed him once more to be the naked emperor, evident not only to his enemies but, with ever-deepening sighs of incredulity, also to his allies.”

Michael Wolf

Stuff I Heard At The Donut Shop

November 2021-April 2022

I’m Done

November 2021-April 2022

Change Your Mind

November 2021-April 2022

Yet Another Song About My Cats

January-April 2022


 Written, arranged, performed, produced and engineered by David Prince

Recorded and mixed at The Boatshed Studio at Seven Pines, Richland, WA

August 2021-April 2022


Mastered by Daniel Brummel,

Los Angeles, CA


All songs copyright 2022 by David Prince, B.M.I.

All rights reserved


Thanks to: Daniel Brummel, as always, for his ears and expertise in helping me finish this record.

Rick and Nancy Wittman, Tammie, Jessica, Eric and Ashton, Kristoph Klover, Casey Stanislaw, Renaud Buffoni, Mark and Annie Abel, Gary and Shauna Austin, Mark Kaufman for their friendship and encouragement.

My family:  Barb, Jim, Leslie, Michael, Ryan, Adam, Mark, Julie, Ty, Sarah, Tim, Michelle, Nathanael, Joel, Rebecca, Nick, Elaina, Annalynn and Aiden.

Andy, Mary, Jenna, Quill, Sam, Leandra, Gil and Lolly




A few notes about the record:

I actually started this record while I was finishing the mixing of my previous record, “Sol y Sombra,” back in August of 2021.  The songwriting game, which I have been a part of since 2017, does not stop just because every waking moment that you have is spent finishing an album!  Oh no - you gotta keep writing.  I believe that our prompt that time was “madman.” 

Oh no…

The song I wrote was “The Emperor Has No Clothes.”  What I submitted for the game was not much more than a cool drumbeat with some lyrics.  I filed it away and moved on with finishing “Sol y Sombra.”

The next song I wrote was “Another Song About My Cats” which, admittedly, is a goofy song.  I really can’t say where that came from, but I still really like it.  It is a classic example of the old “infiltrate then double-cross” strategy espoused by Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick.  The trick is to lure you into a goofy song, supposedly about my Mookie & Maisy (you met them on the cover of my “No Hard Feelings…” album and the video for “But You Do”) - then make the song about something much less cute.

Incidentally, I wrote that song at about the same time that I took the photo that’s on the cover.  The moment I took that photo, I knew that the album would be called “More Songs About My Cats.”  I also predicted that I would not write any more songs about my cats. That particular prediction didn’t quite pan out.   As a title, it works in the same way as “More Songs About Buildings and Food” worked for Talking Heads.

One day, back in August, Amy & I ventured OUT OF OUR TOWN (this was just about the time that the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus was starting to appear) to do something that we hadn’t done in over two years:  go to a live concert!  The show was the opening night of the Wilco/Sleater-Kinney tour in Spokane and we were excited, vaccinated, boosted and very nervous.  A live indoor show?  Was this a smart thing to do?  Well, we figured that there were some strategies that we could employ to minimize the risk, and off we went.  As I started the car, I said “We’ve got the radio on full blast and the windows are down!”  As soon as I said that I thought “Whoa!  There’s a song there!”  There was:  “The Song Was Thunder Road.”

Later in September, I wrote “One More Before You Go.  I really don’t remember what inspired me to write that.  I’m quite certain that I experienced something similar to the narrator of the song describes and would estimate that 95% of the guys out there, throughout the world, have too.

Hug your moms while you can.

“Honeydew” was the first prompt for October in the songwriting game.  This one had me stumped for a while because, I don’t like the fruit that much.  I’ll tolerate it, and have never actually purchased it - unless it’s part of a pre-cut fruit platters.  Thankfully, as usual, God helped me to see this particular angle from which to build the lyrics.  For some reason, I had ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” going through my head, and I hope that some the relentlessly upbeat vibe in that song comes through in “Honeydew.”

After I got “Honeydew” tracked, tragedy struck!  Ok, it wasn’t really tragic - but didn’t it give that opening sentence a real zing?

The truth is, I got writers block.  It didn’t last but a couple of weeks, but it sure felt strange - I usually have any number of song ideas saved in my phone and can usually come up with something.  Not this time.  It was a little bit like losing your appetite for a couple of weeks.  I spent that time editing and mixing the first five songs.  “The song will eventually appear - don’t worry,” I told myself.

A few weeks later, the floodgates opened!  In November, I wrote four songs (which, for me, is a lot)!  I can’t remember the exact order that I wrote them, but I’m guessing it was like this:

“Joe Strummer” was kinda my response to our country’s reluctance to act boldly to address climate change and control our use of plastics. This was inspired by two recent experiences.

The first was the intense heat dome that covered the Western United States, where I live, this past summer.  Starting on June 5, we experienced about sixty days in which the high temperature was 100 and above, including a day when we reached 116.  It was no joke.

The second was discovering that one of our cats, Mookie, has a condition that makes her want to eat plastic.  Apparently, it’s not uncommon amongst cats.  Anyway, her love of the stuff - especially produce bags and packing materials, prompted us to examine and control the amount of plastic that we allow in the house.  Try it - you may be surprised.  Next, consider that every bit of plastic EVER CREATED is still here, on our planet.

“Joe Strummer” was a weird song, both to write and to record.  I was addressing the prompt, “future.”  As I brainstormed ideas on how to proceed, lyrically, my mind kept returning to an old quote from the Clash, from the “Combat Rock” album’s opening track:  “Know Your Rights,” and subsequent tour merch:  “The future is unwritten - know your rights.”

As I mulled that over, I thought to myself, “Joe, you didn’t live long enough to see what’s happening in the world right now.     . “ Know Your Rights?”  I think you should have said to know what’s right from wrong!”

 As for the music, I eventually have to write, arrange and record two different versions of this song after I realized that my first version was very, very similar to “Russian Olive” (from “Sol y Sombra).  So yeah, I had to start over.

“Stuff I Heard at the Donut Shop,” the second song I wrote that month, is part two of a four-song “suite,” if you will, about the state of the USA in the Fall of 2021 (“The Emperor Has No Clothes” is part 1). To be honest, I actually made up the whole scenario in verse one.  However, I have heard that conversation here and there, and that scares me.

The third “November” song was “I’m Done.”

Before anyone emails me with those “Who is that song about?” questions, let me say that the answer is: no one.  I just wanted to express my frustrations I was struggling with after dealing with all the post-election disinformation we’ve dealt with this year.  I just don’t know what to say to these folks anymore.

Lastly, for that month anyway, I wrote “Change Your Mind.”  Actually, I got the idea for both of those songs while I was on my daily walk one day.  The same problem that prompted “I’m Done” made me also think “Well, how do I fix it?  My answer was, on that day: “Maybe I’ll just have to say goodbye to those people until they change their minds.”  Not the best solution, I know, but sometimes that’s the way I feel.

At that point, I was starting to feel that the album was starting to have a pretty negative vibe - which was unacceptable.  I needed to write some more positive songs! Fortunately, I got a new guitar in January.

Why is that significant?  Well, I guess it’s not, really, except that the very first thing I played on that guitar was the little riff that turned into “The King of Rock and Roll.”  I was noodling on the new guitar on the patio while my grandkids created chalk art on the driveway, and I played that little riff and thought “Hmm..,that could be a song!”

The lyrics, which are very autobiographical, are all about the dreams that parents have for their kids and choices we make that determine the course of our lives.  It’s one of my favorites on this record.

And then, the record was done!  Or so I thought.

I had completed the mixing in March and had sent the tracks to Daniel Brummel for mastering and we were well into the process when I stumbled upon a forgotten set of lyrics on my iPad.  It was another, alternate version of “Another Song About My Cats,” which I had, at one time, considered as a “coda” to the album.  I re-read the unfinished lyrics and thought “Why didn’t I finish this?!  This was a good idea!”

I contacted Dan and asked how much trouble I would cause by adding another song to the album.  He assured me that it was cool, so I finished the lyrics and recorded “Yet Another Song About My Cats” the next day.

Now the album is done. I loved making it, and I hope that you love it, too!

Now I gotta practice - it’s 2022, and there are gigs to prepare for!  Isn’t it great to have access to live music again?  Whether it’s me or anyone else, I hope that you take any available safe opportunity to go out and hear some live music this year, wherever you are!

Thanks for listening!



Sol y Sombra

About the album

Days Like These June-August 2021

I Was Gonna Write A Song Feb-July 2021

Fun and Games April-July 2021

Mexico April- August 2021

Instacart Girl June-August 2021

Snow All Day February-July 2021

The Fine Line May-July 2021

The Safety of the Shadows March-August 2021

Russian Olive May-July 2021

Silver Lining  March-July 2021

Next Time May-July 2021

All songs copyright 2021 by David C. Prince, BMI

All rights reserved

Recorded February-August, 2021 at The Boatshed Studio at Seven Pines, Richland, WA

Written, performed, arranged and produced by David Prince

Mastered by Daniel Brummel, Los Angeles, CA

Cover photography by Amy Prince (front) and David Prince (back)

This album is dedicated to the Moreno Family:  

Pete, Mary, Gilbert, Lolly. Robert, Veronica, Alison, Leandra, Sam, Mike, Vincent and Jay.

Special thanks to Daniel Brummel and Renaud Buffoni for their generous help and input with this record.

Thanks to:  Gary & Shauna Austin, Penny Patterson, Mark & Annie Abel, Casey Stanislaw, Kristoph Klover, Daniel Brummel, Renaud Buffoni, Rick and Nancy Wittman, members of “The Songwriting Game,” Andy, Mary, Jenna and Quill Prince, Sam and Leandra Prince

As always, all my love to Amy.  Thanks for all your patience and encouragement.

About the songs:

“Days Like These”:  I wanted to start out the album with a bit of foreshadowing.  I arranged really short instrumental versions of “Next Time” and “Russian Olive,” and this one seemed to work nicely.

“I Was Gonna Write A Song”: I literally wrote this out of frustration, as I had a deadline in the songwriting game and had no inspiration whatsoever.  When I had finished writing it, I still wasn’t sure if it was any good or not.  However, this recording sets the tone for “side one” perfectly:  light, breezy and sunny.  It could almost be an Eagles record.

“Fun and Games”:  This song was written for a prompt in an online songwriting group that I belong to.  It has a real cool powerpop vibe, I think.

“Mexico” was written shortly after the whole power fiasco in Texas in February 2021.  If you’re thinking that it is written from the perspective of one particular real (and despicable) person, who can say?  Texas is where I grew up, and I have lots of friends down there who really had a tough time with that whole situation.  This one is for them.  

“Instacart Girl”: As writing and recording for this record neared completion, I realized that the story that I was trying to tell still felt incomplete.  I felt that side A (yeah, I still think in terms of vinyl records) needed a little more levity.  So I spent some time thinking about elements of pandemic life that might be funny, and I thought of grocery shopping and Instacart.  This song is kind of a companion to “Corrugated Girl” from the “No Hard Feelings” album:  another song about weird obsession.

“Snow All Day” was, perhaps, the easiest song I have ever written.  We had a late winter snowstorm here in Richland, right before the release of “No Hard Feelings…”  In fact, that snowstorm really threw a wrench into the filming of the “Front Row Seat” video - those scenes of me playing guitar under the “reading tree” were filmed about two days before the big storm!  We had to wait a couple of weeks to shoot the video of Wendy and her dogs and, of course, Harley and Bo.  Anyway, we had this big snowstorm, and I sat by the window in the living room and watched it snow and this little tune just came out.

“The Fine Line” is a little rocker about the line we walk each day as we make distinctions and choices.  My favorite line is: You’ll always be on the right side of the line by putting others before yourself.”

“The Safety of the Shadows:”. My wife and I were listening to a lot of Jackson Browne during the period when I wrote this.  Amy pointed out to me how Jackson’s songs are less straight-forward, lyrically, than mine usually are.  I kinda took that as a challenge:  writing about a certain subject or experience without coming right out and saying what that is.

When I was recording “Russian Olive,” my goal was to create a song that sounded absolutely joyful.  Joy at the opportunities afforded us by the Covid-19 vaccine.  The idea that we might be able to finally be able to live our lives with a sense of normalcy.  As I write this, I feel as though the Delta variant and the ridiculous number of unvaccinated people in the U.S. has made this song a little premature - but I like to think of it as a song of hope for the future.

“Silver Lining:” I was trying to write a song for a local songwriting contest.  We were supposed to write to the theme of “Silver Linings.” I thought that it was a ridiculous prompt.  Where is the “silver lining” in all this?  Now you must understand that my son’s wife lost her grandpa and two uncles to Covid-19 within one two-week period at Christmastime this year.  They had moved in with her parents to escape the increasing threat of the virus in Santa Monica and, in his words, “by mid-December, we had gone from trying to keep the virus out of our neighborhood to trying to keep it out of our family to trying to keep it out of our house to trying to keep it out of our ROOM.”  So...I was thinking of this when I sat down to write “Silver Lining” and, to be honest, it’s more of a prayer than a song.  I really wanted to know what good was to come out of all the stuff we’re dealing with now - and not just the pandemic, but the political division and racial strife and, well, the list goes on.  I can’t say for sure that I have an answer yet, but I can say for sure what God wants me to do:  he wants me to be the “Silver Lining”:  in the way that I interact with everyone that I encounter.  I need to be a beacon of love and kindness.  I am trying, and I encourage you to do the same: Be the Silver Lining.

“Next Time”: there is an intended segue from “Silver Lining” to this song.  I tried to think of all the ways that we, both as a nation and as individuals, could have prevented the pandemic from destroying so many lives.  To me, the key line in this song is “Next time, help us understand the consequence of every choice we make.”

As always, thanks for listening!  If you haven’t done so already, please get vaccinated!