Week 17 - The Sun Will Shine Again

This was a tough one.  It went through a few iterations.  Lost an opening, lost an ending and in the end, left me wondering if it works.  It’s a tough question to answer because in the case of a song, it’s subjective.  I suppose we’ll each have to decide for ourselves.  Here’s the backstory…

This was a tough one.  It went through a few iterations.  Lost an opening, lost an ending and in the end, left me wondering if it works.  It’s a tough question to answer because in the case of a song, it’s subjective.  I suppose we’ll each have to decide for ourselves.  Here’s the backstory…

I set out this week to write a rocker.  It had been a while since I’d used drums, electric guitar, etc. and I thought it would be fun. So I was up early last Sunday playing around with the electric guitar, trying to find some sort of groove I could build a song around.  However, it just wasn’t happening.  I kept going in a spacy, atmospheric direction.  (It was early Sunday morning after all.)  Not exactly the rock and roll place I was hoping for but I liked it.  And after a bit of time that morning, I had put together an interesting instrumental piece, textured and reflective.  At that point, I figured I’d ditch the rock and roll thing and build a song around this new instrumental idea.

Unfortunately, the larger song didn’t come as easily as I had hoped.  I spent a few sessions trying to build out this little piece I had and it just wasn’t happening.  Soon I decided if I couldn’t build a song around the atmospheric guitars, then maybe I could use them as an open.  And that’s what happened.  I started building a second song – what became The Sun Will Shine Again – around a simple palm muted electric guitar. 

At this point, I dove into the music production.  I really spent the bulk of the week recording and playing with various sound ideas.  Unfortunately, it came at the expense of the lyrics.  The only words I had to go on up until about Thursday night was a rough first verse and the chorus, “The sun will shine again.”  It wasn’t until early Friday morning that I sat down to flesh out the lyrics.  And they didn’t come easy.  They still feel unfinished but the end of the week is here.

As I sat down to record the vocals and do some polishing Saturday morning, I was still struggling to get this one together.  The opening (as much as I liked it) felt disconnected from the main song.  And I still wasn’t sure how the song would end.  To be honest, I was a bit panicky.  My hope is to try to release the song by noon or so on Saturday (even earlier if possible) and it clearly wasn’t going to be ready. 

In the end, I reworked the open, keeping the atmospheric guitar sounds, but shortening it up quite a bit.  I also had the higher guitar mirror the phrase you hear in the body of the song.  Hopefully, that helps pull it together.  I realize I could lose the open altogether and it wouldn’t be missed.  But, given the time I had put into it, I figured I’d keep it.  As for the ending, I originally had a chorus-like phrase repeating as the song faded.  I decided it felt better having a harder ending and reworked it to what you hear in the current version.

And that was it.  As I said at the top of the page, I’m still not completely satisfied but it’s the product of this week’s 52 in 52 effort.  I also realize I’m so close to the process - knowing the details of everything that got it to this point – that it colors how I feel.  Given that it wasn’t all pleasant, well…I’m sure you understand.

So, out with Week 17 and The Sun Will Shine Again.  As always, thanks for following my little songwriting adventure.  Until next time, have a great week!