Mmm. Patrick Watson. Here’s a cover of his called “Words in the Fire.”
I haven’t been able to get it out of my head for two weeks. I’m half asleep in this and still fudge a couple of parts but it’s surprisingly the best take I’ve been able to get. Turns out finger picking is hard.
*Note: The last line should say “words in the fire.” Not sure where the word “arms” came from. Goodnight, world!
New demo! I’ve been wanting to do a song with my sister, Julie, and this one just kind of popped out - maybe in the near future there will be a version of this with the two of us? ;)
Nothing especially crazy or deep; just wanted to write a little tune in 3/4 about lost love (with fun harmonies) and this is the result!
Hope you like it!
I FINALLY FINISHED A SONG. It’s been months…but this was worth it (I think.) (I hope.)
Without getting too sentimental it’s about my grandparents. Lyrics are here on the regular blog.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be playing this song at my grandparents’ church with my dad and a cellist. This is one of my favorite hymns; the lyrics are just so simple and beautiful. This particular arrangement was done by my dad on the guitar.
I can’t wait!
Here is a demo recording of my newest song, which is en Francais. It’s called “Je Vous Penserai,” or “I Will Think of You.”
For a more detailed description of the lyrics and translations, go here to my other blog. Enjoy!
A newer one, entitled “Next to You.” I was driving home from work and the first line & melody popped in my head - I got back to my apt in record time (yes, illegal speeds were involved) and this song basically wrote itself in the following hour.
Affectionately known as “The Jason Mraz Summer Song.”
Not too much of an exciting backstory for this one; I wrote it mid-March on/for the guitar (which was a first, I almost always write on the uke) and it was my first real experience with fingerpicking. I finally got a decent recording of it in June.
I initially wrote it without the “ooohs” at the beginning/middle/end, and every time I listened back to a recording I felt like something was missing. Once I added them in (they’re the same melody as the chorus) I knew it was as it should be.
It was inspired by true-ish events, but as always, creative liberties were taken. I hope you like it!
After writing and re-writing the lyrics and chords (and style and melody and tempo…) for four weeks I can finally say I’m done with this song! I’m really, really happy with the end result too, which is rare.
Unfortunately, my laptop’s fan kept coming on while I was recording so it’s a little distracting in places. Also, I’m not 100% cool with the vocal performance so take it with a grain of salt.
The working title is “Perfect” - also, as I do with all of my songs, I may have taken a few dramatic liberties for the sake of the song having continuity and a good story. You know how it goes.
Here is a completely uncensored version of “Whiskey” - Melanie really wanted me to drop the f-bomb in the 4th verse, which I didn’t include in the first recording….so here it is. This is one of 3 times anyone has ever heard me utter that word aloud, so relish it!
The magic happens at 0:44. Those with delicate ears be warned.
Can’t say I’ve ever legitimately had it before until now. And I’m going to be honest, it’s really annoying, haha.
On a related note, I’m constantly on the fence about my music writing style. I have some friends that write these gorgeous, poetic songs that take a while to figure out. They have deep meaning and are rewarding to write and listen to. Mine are pretty straight-forward, and while there’s nothing wrong with this, I get a little insecure about how much I’m revealing. Then it could get too shallow and the focus is taken off of the music. Ehh.
I have two songs in the works - both are half-done and I keep trying to figure out what in the world I want to do with them. I’m so indecisive, I keep moving lyrics around and switching up melodies and changing my mind about everything. I also have another one rolling around in the old noodle that I’d like to write about my first relationship - being young and stupid, naive, happy, etc - but again, I don’t want to cross into Taylor Swift territory…that’s a great fear of mine. I’ll keep chipping away at it I guess.