she is just a baby
she’s my little girl
she looks like her mommy
sporting little curls
she’s got lots to learn
though she is sure to know
that I’ll quietly spot her
anywhere she goes
now our little lady’s out with daddy for the day
she fought the yawns but couldn’t stay awake
as I place her in the car
she’s out like a light
cause she knows I’ll get her home all right
she went from the backseat
to hands at ten and two
college came too quickly
her leaving feels too soon
Now I swore I’d be strong but
These are happy tears
Cause I get even prouder
With every passing year
now her weekends will be full of hanging with her friends
but someone needs a call before nights end
she knows I’ll toss and turn
no chance I’ll sleep tonight
til I know she’s made it home all right
if time could only give me
a moment to reflect
to smile on all that has been
to treasure what is left
though I won’t always be here
this you surely know
that I’ll quietly spot you
anywhere you go
and when we are apart remember it is not the end
you know enough to know we’ll meet again
I’ll be waiting by the gate
standing just inside
til I know you’ve made it home all right
til I know you’ve made it home all right
I’ve listened to these two songs more than anything else in the past few months, sometimes on repeat for long stretches of time. They’ve meant/they mean a lot to me and have undoubtedly been placed on my favorites list. As a songwriter/aspiring pop sensation, I’ve constantly been told the importance of getting to the chorus quickly and to make sure the sections of the song don’t drag. So. These inspired songs have been so refreshing since they do the opposite and they do it extremely well. They’ve taught me the importance of space which, in my opinion, allows them to stay fresh for long periods of time (bands that do the opposite : The Police, Vampire Weekend, which I do enjoy, but more so in moderation).
The first song, “Good Morning (Remix),” says the same four lines over and over. This reminds me of the song “Say” by John Mayer. There’s a scene in the movie “Good Will Hunting” where Robin Williams character tells Matt Damon’s character “It’s not your fault” over and over again. Only after he has said it a bunch of times does it finally register. “Say what you need to say, say what you need to say, say what you need to say.” I would imagine John Mayer was using the same device. You can just see some guy listening to “Say” in his car while waiting in traffic and think to himself, “I need to make things right with so and so” after he hears the chorus a few times. That is what “Good Morning” is to me. Almost a mantra. I hope you can get past the repetitive lyric. And the production is insane. The quality on the youtube video is awful so you might want to download it to hear it in all its glory..
Second song is called “re: stacks” by Bon Iver. I’ve read that this guy writes lyrics by recording himself singing nonsense and then crafting the nonsense into what it “sounds” like he’s saying in the nonsense. Make sense?! So the lyric is more about the sound of the word rather than the literal meaning. This could not be farther from how I write lyrics/what I stand for but it totally works! I have zip zero idea what he is talking about in this song, or his whole record for that matter, but it still makes sense to me. As my friend Steve Moakler would say, “I don’t get it, but I totally GET it” meaning it doesn’t make literal sense but it still connects and means something perhaps on an emotional/subconscious level. What I do love about the lyric is that after minutes of nonsense lyrics (but that make sense, mind you) he ends the song with the line “You’re love will be safe with me.” Phew. That’s a titanic line you can hold onto/take to the bank. I always look forward to that line. Once again, song quality SUCKS so you might want to pull up your iTunes and do the deed.
All in all, opinions are like buttholes – we’ve all got them and think everyone else’s stink.. BUTT these songs have gotten me through some stinky times and I hope they can do the same for you and yours.
ps – I am about 98% finished with a new song that is going to be so much fun to play live. Can’t wait for you to hear it. Also, thank you all for the kind words about “I Believe” (see previous post). It means so much to me!
I am very excited to announce that the dance remix of my song “I Wanna Be There” is available here, and only here, for FREE! All you have to do is sign up for my mailing list to your right on the homepage and you will get a confirmation email with a link to download the remix. By joining the mailing list, we’ll keep you posted on everything from upcoming shows to exclusive content. Thank you thank you!
I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday season and that the new year looks promising! I’ve got a couple projects coming together that I am excited to share in the near future once we iron out the details.. In the meantime, I recently posted my own version of a song by Bruno Mars called “Marry You” on youtube. His album, in my opinion, is a little spotty but the great songs are REALLY great. Here’s one of them. Enjoy!
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