Well, I kind of stumbled into this decision with this update being so delayed, but from this point on, I’ll be sending these emails out every other month. Read on to find out what’s been going on since April…
With my May 22 wedding date fast approaching and spare time at a minimum these days, I decided to take advantage of some personal time yesterday and spent a couple of hours with my keyboard and MacBook to see if I could get the creative juices flowing again.
I am a big fan of the group Keane and love their new single “Stop for a Minute” (featuring K’naan). Since that song has been in my head lately, the song I tried writing yesterday started off with a Keane-like feel. However, what transpired over the next couple of hours showed why I could never be a real songwriter.
The song started with a simple piano part and a lyrical hook of “hit the ground running” immediately popped into my mind…so that became the working title. The rest of the foundation came quite easily — especially since I borrowed some bits from some aborted musical ideas from my past — and it did actually have a bit of that Keane flavor to it.
But then I decided to add a drum intro and it wound up being a nod to the intro to the song “Hold On” by Yes…so that introduced bit of my prog-rock influences.
And then I thought, “You know what? This needs horns.” So that brought my Phil Collins influence into the mix.
Finally, and this is really my big weakness as a songwriter/arranger, I decided to add some strings…because most of my songs inevitably end up with strings to cover up my lack of skill as a keyboard player.
And guess what my simple, little Keane-like pop tune ended up sounding like…the theme song to an action TV series from the 80s. Just take a listen and tell me you don’t envision cheesy title cards and graphics over actors and actresses with big hair and poofy clothes with forced smiles in ridiculous situations.
I really need to learn how to self-edit.
Hit the Ground Running (4:43)
Here is a short video of my first time ever doing karaoke…this took place at the Hotel Jonas in Jonas, Pa., on April 16, 2010 — the first night of my bachelor party weekend, which included a whitewater rafting trip near Jim Thorpe, Pa. This bar just happened to be down the road from the house we rented that weekend. I wasn’t going to do it, but I found this song — one of my favorites — in the catalog and I had six beers and two shots in me that night…so I wasn’t thinking very clearly. I think I did OK, though.