With all the touring the band has been doing over the past several years, Potter has completed a large number of songs that havenâ€™t made it onto an album yet. â€œI am always writing. I like writing without thinking about where itâ€™s going to go. We probably have 30 or more songs that are in various states and arenâ€™t on one of our albums. Some are done, some are in pieces, and some are just plain bad,â€ she chuckled. â€œThey are my little orphan songs.â€
Those â€œorphan songsâ€ may be on their own for now but they were born by a good mother who counts among her primary influences The Godfather of Grunge. â€œNeil Young has been a huge influence on me. Even back when I was doing solo gigs on my tinkery little piano in a coffee house I was playing â€˜Old Manâ€™ and songs from Harvest. As the band grew, I got way more into the Crazy Horse stuff and got very excited about the idea that there is a way to be dynamic and tasteful and still really hard edged. I love the line that Neil walks between nervous breakdown and total consciousness. Thatâ€™s been my mantra in writing songs. I try to keep that balance at all times.