A couple of weeks ago I sat with my friend Tom O’Shea. We’d worked on getting songs into his iPad into a great app call OnSong. “Have you written any new songs, lately?” “Well no, but I have some that I don’t think you’ve heard.” So I sang Winds of Change, Lena, and Ain’t That Far to Heaven. Before each song I gave him a little detail about each tune, what I’d been thinking, how it started, what I was trying to say.
Tom was adamant, “You need to tell people this when your band is playing. And you need to do a few tunes just by yourself; your songs are too intimate, get lost when the whole band plays sometimes.” He’s right.
So this video is full of mistakes. And how is that unusual when I’m involved? I edited out one take that was so bad that I just stopped. This is primarily the second take. There are at least three major music flubs and uncountable word flubs. But still, this is how I write, what I do.
There are two improv sections. And that is the essence of how I write melodies. I improv until a particular melody jumps out, sticks on the wall. Then I build from there. Often I listen as random words start to appear in my improvs. It is often only then that I know what the song is about.
So here you go, a little Thanksgiving gift for you; mistake laden, but sincere.