Friday, June 20, 2014

Just a Song Before I Go

Finished up my latest song just in time for a weekend camping trip. Here it is:

This song demonstrates why it's important to capture even small, seemingly-insignificant ideas whenever you can; they can come in handy in the future. Even unexpectedly far in the future.

I actually wrote a couple of lines for this in a notebook I use to carry when I worked at the National Passport Center. I couldn't bring any electronic devices, so I'd jot down ideas in a big blank book for later use. I ended up using this one about eight years later.

The only line that actually came through unmolested, and it's just a tag line in the final version of the song, is "I could get drunk, but I don't drink." The rest is all new.

And now I know where to look if I come up short of inspiration down the line. But right now I'm trying to write a non-rhyming song, kind of inspired (in form, not in subject matter) by Paul Simon's America.

While I'm thinking about it, I'd better pack my notebook.

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