This is a sneak peek of the outro of “Beautiful One (Nowhere),” one of the new songs that will be on Far Side Of The Sea. I started writing this song the night I learned my aunt was killed in an early morning car accident. Several weeks later, I made the acquaintance of a father coping with the sudden death of his teenage son. He mentioned that one of the things he missed most was playing hide-and-seek with his boy, that he wished Dillon were still alive to “sneak and surprise” him. I know of no other way to describe “Beautiful One” other than that it is my Ecclesiastes, an acknowledgment of the drastic and deeply felt hollowness of losing a loved one, of living with an ache that seems to have no meaning, gives no answer, and has no end.
Eric Peters, affectionately called “Pappy” by those who love him, is the grand old curmudgeon of the Rabbit Room. But his small stature and often quiet presence belie a giant talent. He’s a songwriter of the first order, and a catalogue of great records bears witness to it. His last album, Birds of Relocation, blew minds and found its way onto “year’s best” lists all over the country. When he’s not painting, trolling bookstores, or dabbling in photography, he’s touring the country in support of his latest record, Far Side of the Sea.