I went back to Tennessee to hang around the train tracks near where I grew up. I ordered some microphones from Germany and wrote songs about antique shops and horse races. A friend of mine has a truck and some land out by the Cumberland River. We swim there and sink our feet into the deep mud of the river bed. I also sit in my front yard looking at the chipmunks and crows that hang around. Once a squirrel fell from a power line and lay on the street getting a little flatter each day, until the rain washed him away. And so that's what the album is about, I suppose. It's an intricate and emotional meditation on being alive.
"It's funny to me that people don't always know what they want to do with their lives. I was born knowing I wanted to make music. It's a blessing and a curse (blessing to know, curse to feel like you're not doing enough or getting there fast enough)."
The Wailing Wall is New York-based multi-instrumentalist, Jesse Rifkin. This brief interview is a quick conversation to get to know this man whose introverted songs seem to have the tendency to reach everyone.