“Years ago having given my parents’ record collection one last chance it yielded a couple of gems: Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits and Carole King’s Tapestry. I thought Paul Simon should win a Nobel prize for the lines ‘still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest’ (The Boxer). And I liked Carole King because alot of her songs were in easy keys and she had a kind of funny voice too which made me feel better about my own. I didn’t really know what it meant to sing ‘there’ll be good times again for me and you’, because I was a kid, but I kind of know now and I love her all the more because of it.”
Fires was produced by Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins) with Wendy Melvoin (Prince and the Revolution, Wendy and Lisa) and Eric Rosse (Tori Amos).
The album features performances from drummer Jim Keltner (who played drums on John Lennon's "Imagine" among many other top tracks), Jon Brion the musical wunderkind and Fiona Apple producer on guitar and keyboards, Doyle Bramhall II currently known as the 'other' guitarist in Eric Clapton's band playing guitar and singing back up with his wife Susannah Melvoin, Lyle Workman a long term member of Beck's band playing electric and acoustic guitars and bass, Roger Manning Jr a founding member of Jellyfish performs hammond and rhodes and Sebastian Steinberg of Soul Coughing contributes bass.
All of the piano, most of the keyboards and some of the guitars are played by Nerina and she wrote and sang the songs as well.
“So, go, little songs, go........”.