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!