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The Accidentals Come Home To Michigan

The Accidentals wrote "Michigan And Again" on a fan's suggestion, as a love song for the members' home state.
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The Accidentals wrote "Michigan And Again" on a fan's suggestion, as a love song for the members' home state.

Savannah Buist and Katie Larson are two members of a band called The Accidentals. The band's most recent single is called "Michigan and Again," and — if you couldn't tell — it's a love song for their home state.

They do love Michigan, but the way the song came about was actually something of an accident. The band needed to raise money to go on tour, so it asked fans to donate. The members said that in exchange for a certain amount of money, they'd write a song about a topic of the donor's choosing.

"This man named Mark, from Ludington, reached out and said, "'Why don't you write a song about Michigan?'" Buist explains. "And we were like, oh my gosh, why didn't we think of that before?"

Even after that moment of inspiration, it was hard to choose just which angle to take. "We kind of struggled coming up with a concept, a concise concept to describe where we come from," Buist says. "It just got the point where there's so much to say, it's easier to describe what it's like to come home."

Buist and Larson spoke to Weekend Edition Saturday about how the band captured that feeling, and how its home base in Michigan reacted to the song. You can hear more at the audio link.

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