About the Song
For some reason that may only be known to the ubiquitous cosmic forces, 1997 was my year for writing ghost story songs. Perhaps it was an unintentional precursor to the work I would be doing the following year as part of Midnight Syndicate, but my muse seemed quite compelled to pull me over into the shadowy realms for a brief period of time. “The Night Hounds” is based on an English legend involving a pack of pitch-black canines that are said to roam the desolate moors late at night hunting for prey. I performed this song only once, as part of my Southwest Cafe set, and much like “Marigold,” it never got a proper studio recording until just recently. I always had a very clear idea of how the arrangement would play out for this one. It’s definitely a throwback to the hard rock and heavy metal of the 1980s in a lot of ways, but also manages to work in a progressive element every now and again – the 3/4 time signature switches in particular.