2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 1:36
Music by Frank Horvat
Words by Lisa Horvat
Album: I Can See You
Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby
Date: March-June 2013
Location: THE FARM, Toronto
Musicians: Frank Horvat (keys), Felicity Williams (vocals), Joseph Phillips (bass)
Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin
Top 5 placement in The Royal Conservatory’s 21C Music Festival’s 21st Premiere Contest!
I wrote The Hurting Game after I discovered an old notebook which contained angst-filled poetry that my now wife, Lisa, had written as a teenager. The words really jumped out at me as something that would work well in a musical context. This is one of many poems that I used when writing my two band albums, I Can See You and Strange Machine.
I initially wanted the song to be much longer. What’s heard on the I Can See You album is sort of what would be the first verse. But that’s all we ended up including. It seemed to work musically in it’s small structure. I like the idea of working outside the structures formulaically used in the modern pop song.
– Frank Horvat
Daring games go on and on
Tale telling suggestive stares
A game between you and me
A race against the clock
Too soon to be forever