Written over the span of 10 years, Ready, Set, Become… is an intimate collection of songs about family. The stripped-down, mostly acoustic production gives the 6-song EP a wholly personal tone, while comedy and tragedy take turns guiding the nostalgia. You can preview the songs via the “play” buttons next to the track list below. For lyrics + full production credits, see here.
1. HOLD ME
2. BROTHER JEREMY
3. A LITTLE BIT OF FAITH
4. I COULD NEVER MARRY JOHN
5. IF THIS CHRISTMAS ISN’T WHITE
6. READY, SET, BECOME…
What have folks been saying about Ready, Set, Become…?
“…the lyrics are a profound reflection upon what the artist would want to tell his eight-year-old self ‘standing on the corner’ of life…Far from being disillusioned with life, the artist has begun to drink deeply of its mystery. Part of that mystery, though, is recovering what has been lost in the process of growing up.”
— Josh Altonji, on his blog