Reid and I had been dating/in a country band together for a few months when he turned to me again said, "Why don't you write a duet for us to sing?" So I did. It was called "One Way to Know."
I was 24 and I wrote it in pen while sitting on the basement floor of my dad's house in Atascadero. I wasn't usually one to sit down and write a song just for the fun of it--normally they lived inside of me until I couldn't take it anymore and I just had to get the tune out.
I thought about love, the fresh, new, scary, awesome love that I was in at that time. This song is about that moment before you leap. In that terrifying, exciting jump you risk everything to go from "what you have now" to "what we could be..together."
It takes a lot of vulnerability and courage to say to someone: "Yes, you are the one I want. I claim you!" Maybe that's why I played this song at my own wedding, at my dear friends the Levanways' wedding, and now at the wedding of Dr. Natalie Horn and Jagger Brendahl (Goddamn it, how do you spell your last name? This is exactly why you should take Natalie's last name and become the JaggerHorn you were meant to be!!!)
They are perfect for each other. Crazy? yes. Sexy? yes. Cool? yes. They have a TLC kind of love. They are both strong spirits with strong passions and big, huge, bloody hearts. They are both loyal and hilarious. Natalie brings Jagger out for an adventure and Jagger brings his wild wife home for much needed downtime. They are going to be ridiculously happy together forever and ever.
Life is unpredictable, fear is inevitable, and love is always worth it! I dedicate the third part in my random Backyard Banjo sessions to Natalie and Jagger as well as all of the new lovebirds learning how to sing their own song...together!
There's really only one way to know!
Natalie + Jagger forever!