Week 6 - Something

So here we are at the end of Week 6.  I can’t believe it. 

There’s an interesting backstory to this week’s song.  Do you remember Week 3’s song – Enough?  In the blog that week, I mentioned how I had already started on another song for week 3 and then - while noodling around on my guitar - I became enamored with what would become the main chord progression for Enough.  I decided to go in that new direction and put the original idea aside.  Well, Something comes from that original idea. 

Basically, this song started on the Saturday of Week 3 with me humming some melody ideas over a chord progression (which is a sequence of chords).  The only words that came to me at that point were, “Something, something’s coming over me.”  At the time, it seemed like it was going to be a song about someone going through a change and maybe have a more serious tone.  And that’s where I left it when I put it aside for Enough.

Last weekend, I decided to revisit the idea.  It wasn’t for lack of other ideas.  I just wanted to see what I could do with it.  As I began to flesh out some lyrics, one of the early lines I wrote was , ‘Stop acting like you’re twenty-two.'  I wrote it imagining the singer going through some sort of mid-life change where he’s acting too young for his age.  However, after putting it to paper, I thought to myself how the same words could be directed toward a teenager who’s acting a little too old for his age.  And that got me thinking…‘What if I write this from the perspective of a teenager?’  Which led to the idea of his being in love with an ‘older’ woman.  That was all I needed.  Much more fun than writing about someone going through a mid-life crisis. 

The lyrics came together fairly quickly after that.  With the new silly direction, I played around with bridge ideas where he divulges his feelings to her.  It was a lot of fun.  My daughter was laughing along with me as I played with the lines, ‘Your four years older, no big deal.  Have a boyfriend, no big deal.  OK, maybe that’s not ideal.’  Etc.  And it was fun singing in kid's voice (although I get a little self-conscious listening back to it now).

As for recording it, this was a busy week.  I put it off a little too long, especially for a song like this where I could experiment and tweak forever.  I had a lot of ideas in my head for how the different sections of the song could be treated.  Going from idea to reality takes a lot of experimenting especially when you’re just learning how to use this technology.

In the end, I just had to stop.  We were experiencing some serious blizzard-like weather and could lose power.  I needed to get the song uploaded and out.  

Something was a fun one.  I hope you enjoyed it.  I wonder what the song would have become if I had stuck with it during Week 3?  It likely would have gone in a very different direction.  Or maybe not.  I guess we'll never know.

That's it for now.  Stay safe.  Thanks for following.  Have a great week!