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.
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.
This is a song that my dad has been working on tirelessly for the past few days. This is the most produced song on the EP, and I’m pretty stoked about it. This mix is still not final, but it’s pretty close to what the end result will be.
It’s so close I can smell it! Only two more tracks to finish and then it will be done!
The EP is officially called “Nice Songs for Nice Friends” and it will feature 5 songs that I’ve written! I’m so excited! :) My dad has been hard at work with recording and arranging and it’s going to sound so crisp. I’m thinking another week or so?
It will be available on Bandcamp and in person! It’ll probably be somewhere in the $3-5 range. Also, there’s a possible music video in the works? ;)
Here’s one of the songs (which I also do with Son of the Sea) called Sooner or Later.
New new new! I’m on a roll, two songs in two days! This one almost wrote itself in about 30 minutes. Well, and then I went back and did some revisions, but still…someone give me a cookie.
Ok, so inspiration for this one popped into my head after listening to a song with a similar subject matter by Campbell the Band - you should listen to it, it’s nice (but listen to mine first…hah.) It’s the typical “I have a crush on a guy who might not know I exist” scenario. I seem to have a knack for songs like this, haha.
EDIT - This is the second version…I switched around some lyrics and wrote a bridge. The quality is crappy but soon I’ll be getting in the studio to make some smooth jamz.
New song, just finished it today. This one took a while to write - I had all of the lyrics and couldn’t find a melody that I liked.
It’s kind of an ambiguous love song…it’s not really written with anyone in particular in mind but it’s pretty much about my future husband. The lyrics for the first half are kind-of what I daydream about happening, and in the second half those hopes/thoughts are the present.
So My friend keeps telling me to make her a cd of me singing her lullabies (hehe) but I’ve been thinking a lot about that and I think I want to make an album-ish. Nothing really fancy or over-produced, but I have about half a dozen songs written that my band probably won’t ever learn (because I don’t want them to, ha) and I want to have them recorded somewhere. Soooo.. :) we’ll see how that goes! If it ends up going well, I might have to have them available at future shows.
TL;DR I’m working on an EP that hopefully will be available in the next month! :
"This Is My Father’s World" - a friend of the family, Mark Sprinkle, is a super talented artist and deep thinker. He put in a request for my dad to make a recording of this song for his blog, and dad put in a request for me to sing it, which I happily agreed to do.
The arrangement, which is super chill and gorgeous, was done by dad, as well as the guitar stuff. I contributed a little flute and am super stoked with the way it turned out!
Sooner or Later - the first song I ever wrote. It’s the song that made me realize that I actually am capable of putting my thoughts/feelings down on paper and making them into a song that doesn’t completely suck. I had a version on the Soundcloud for a few months but I’ve since re-written the last verse and this is a new recording.
So here you go…dramatic break-up song. We’ve all been there (..I think).
This is my newest song, entitled “I Don’t Know You.”
It’s not really written for/about anyone in particular…I’ve always been prone to harbor crushes on people I don’t know (favorite musicians, actors, that attractive friend of a friend, etc) so this is a culmination of all of those. Think of it as a less cheesy version of “Girl From Ipanema.”