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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 3 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY Show, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Every Little Thing You Think That You Need

Peter Doran

I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite songs of 2013: Peter Doran’s ‘Every Little Thing’…

I’m pleased to announce that this beautiful song, which is from Peter’s new album Overhead the Stars, is now the official song of my forthcoming memoir, Everything That Remains. The song itself fits our simple-living message perfectly, melding optimistic, decaffeinated chords with Zen-folksinger wisdom. Even the titles of the song and book sync harmoniously.

The only thing I enjoy more than supporting great music is supporting great indie music. As an indie author myself, I know the painstaking work that goes into handcrafting every aspect of a project, from writing to printing and the myriad steps in between. When done correctly, though, the result is truly special.

Indie art itself is special. It connects the creator with the audience without the unnecessary muck in the middle. In fact, that’s why Ryan, Colin, and I started Asymmetrical Press, a publishing house for the indie at heart. And it’s also why I jumped at a recent opportunity to partner with Peter Doran, a talented singer-songwriter from Ireland.

We’ll feature ‘Every Little Thing’ in at least one book trailer later this year. Visit Peter Doran’s website for more music. And find him on Twitter.

‘Every Little Thing’ Lyrics

Every little thing, you think that you need
Every little thing, you think that you need
Every little thing that’s just feeding your greed
Oh, I bet that you’d be fine without it

Every little thing that you’ve gotta have
Every little thing that you’ve gotta have
That you’ve got to reach for and you’ve got to grab
Oh, I bet that you’d be fine without it

So tear your eyes away, oh tear your eyes away

Every little thing that sparkles and shines
Every little thing that sparkles and shines
It’s driving you sweetly out of your mind
But I bet that you’d be fine without it

So tear your eyes away, oh tear your eyes away

Every little thing that you’re lusting for
Every little thing that you’re lusting for
How did you ever get along before
Oh, I bet that you were fine without it

So tear your eyes away, oh tear your eyes away

Before you’re tripping over junk that’s lying scattered on your floor
The dusty and discarded toys that don’t shine any more
Every one you had to have, every one you swore
Would satisfy your greedy heart for now and evermore

Every little thing that catches your eye
Every little thing that catches your eye
Gets under your skin and it won’t be denied
Oh, I bet that you’d be fine without it

Oh, I bet that you’d be fine without it