Two years ago this week, YES! was released to the world! And did you know: two years ago this week, Christina, my darling wife, said YES to marrying me! YES! She did.
We chose to keep our engagement quiet, sharing the news with only our families and a few friends. During the release of the album, my team did an amazing job spreading YES!, earning us the #2 spot on the Billboard chart. I didn’t want to publicize my engagement, even if it aligned with the album’s title, message, or any hype around its release. Hearts are fragile. Relationships are special. The media can be exhausting. This moment was for us.
While the world was listening to “Love Someone” and “Long Drive” for the first time, my beloved and I were listening to the swallows and tree leaves and crickets of a typical afternoon in July. I proposed to her at home, after a nice dinner we made together. She’s a practical and pragmatic kind of girl and has always told me she wants for nothing, except 3 things: a good cup of coffee, some dental floss, and her stud (meaning me ). And so, after dinner, I made her a delicious cup of coffee and gifted her a special box of dental floss, which is not unusual as I typically bring home dental flosses from around the world. This floss, however, was different and labeled with text & iconography she would be able to link to our relationship. Inside was a ring.
We married more than a year later, long after the YES! world tour was complete. Then we took much needed time off to build our nest and pursue other interests and new projects.
My wife is a fabulous chef. She catered just about every writing and recording session with Raining Jane during the making of YES!. Her love and light is embedded deeply in the album. Which lyrics she inspired, I’ll never tell. That remains our little secret.