IT’S A GIRL! “Wait For Me” – The Idle Hours DEBUT SINGLE

24 May

Finally! It’s here!  =)
We are soooo spectacularly excited to present our debut single, “Wait For Me”, fresh from the presses and available for download on iTunes!  

Marc and I are especially proud to have this song as the first we share with our friends. We wrote it last summer in Nashville and have had a blast laying it down in the studio.

Give it a listen, and be sure to download the track, which will also be available on other major outlets in the coming days. And be sure to bookmark us here – more tracks on the way!

Thanks for your support! ❤

– THE IDLE HOURS (Alfa & Marc)


Behind the scenes with guitarist Mike Payne

20 May

Mike Payne has been awesome enough to lend his shredding skills to our tunes.

OK, so maybe not “shredding” in the typical sense of the word. But believe me, when you hear his 6-string magic, your heart will be shredded to pieces in heartfelt awe. 🙂

Marc gives us a peek behind the scenes as we continue our cross-country journey to finishing our The Idle Hours’ debut record.

Behind the scenes at the Holiday Ian

11 May

Hi everyone!

As you may or may not know, I do a lot of work with Ian Eskelin, a producer for Word Records.  Most of the work we do together is at his studio in Franklin, Tennessee, hilariously named the “Holiday Ian,” which automatically makes me think of polyester jumpsuits and extremely skinny microphones.

But I digress.

Ian and I have recorded many great artists in these rooms, including Chris August, Francesca Battistelli, and Bebe and Cece Winans.  Great microphones, great mic pres, great vibe… It’s a small studio but it gets the job done.

He was kind enough to let Alfa and I work on The Idle Hours record whenever the studio had any downtime, and it’s been wonderful.  It’s a great place to record, and we couldn’t be more grateful for his generosity.

It hasn’t been all recording, though.  The video shows one of our not-so-typical days at the Holiday Ian.  On this day, Alfa and I had been working quite a bit, and were equal parts giddy and exhausted.  I think you see plenty of both in this video…

Marc (and Alfa!)


“Blue Moon / Heart & Soul” by The Idle Hours

3 Apr

After a long day recording songs in the studio, we decompressed with our rendition of two old favorites. 🙂

Please ignore our sleepy eyes. ❤

-Alfa & Marc


Laying down guitars in Nashville

2 Apr

Laying down guitars in Nashville

Here’s one thing I love about the digital age. Even though I’m 2000 miles away, I can still catch a live feed of Mike Payne laying down guitars with Marc at his home studio in Nashville. Which makes me think – could The Idle Hours have been possible 10 or 15 years ago?

On another note, IT’S SOUNDING SICCKKK!! You are going to love these songs. Hopefully as much as I do.


Abstract (a quick Idle Hours intro)

2 Apr

Have you ever seen a shooting star and thought to yourself, did that really happen?

It just happened to me, about two minutes ago.  I’m sitting on my front porch at 5am, waiting for a second shooting star, wondering whether that streak of light that just tore across the sky at a million miles an hour was real or just a figment of my imagination.  I study that one small piece of sky, in complete silence, as if any noise might spook away the memory of something that has already passed me by.  I know I’m waiting for something that won’t happen again.

This happens to me almost everyday.  It may not be an actual shooting star, but a strong emotion, a crazy coincidence, a relationship that evolves and devolves in a heartbeat.  Our lives are filled with things that happen upon us and are gone just as quickly.  It’s so freaking hard to remember all of them.

Alfa and I describe our moments as best we can.  Our songs are our keepsakes.  We hope our music helps to remind you of a time when something or someone moved you.


Tap tap tap

9 Feb

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.

Yo, microphone check one two… what is this?  The five foot assassin with the ruffneck business.  I float like gravity, never had a cavity.  Got more rhymes then the Winans got family.

So this is our link to anyone who is curious about who we are and what we do.  Kicking off from the dock shortly…