This song is the second installment of my 2017 self imposed musical challenge to create a full arrangement of one of my songs each month. This little song I made here is one of my favorites. Or at least, the lyrics are among my favorites that I have written. My teeny weeny audience seems to like it too. It’s one of those songs that’s moved a few people enough that they’ve felt the need to tell me about it directly, and as an artist, I don’t think you can ask for much more than that. (Well, okay, I guess I could ask for piles of money. Piles of money would be nice.) I’m glad it’s done something for those few people, and with a little grit and luck, perhaps a few more will hear it too.
I have mixed feelings about the arrangement, mixing and mastering. I am making progress, however, and that’s the main reason I’m challenging myself with this project this year, so it’s all good. Like the song says, “it takes a lot of practice to let things go.” Once I have more practice under my belt in the mixing department, I’ll stop obsessing over whether I did it “right” or not and just let my tastes guide me. For now, throwing everything against wall until something sticks is working well enough.
I’d give ya some backstory to this song, but I don’t really have a good one. I just kind of pulled it out of the air. It’s not related to any particular event in my life or anything like that, but I can ramble on about myself for a moment, if you’d like…
Or, actually, just enjoy this cartoon. It basically says the same thing I would have written, but funnier.
Think about it quite a lot/ tryin’ to connect the dots/scatter like beads from a broken string/ I’m just trying to collect my thoughts/ Gonna track ’em down/gonna line ’em up straight/ get all the dimensions/volumes and weight/ gonna get the figures/write ’em down on a slate/ I think I got it/ but by then I’m too late… too late… too late
Well it takes a lot of practice to let things go/ just when I think that I’m free I’ve got to let go just a little bit more/ I wish I had the wisdom to just leave it be/ that is and it is not easy
I have got my reasons to determine/ and I don’t need you to preach me no sermons/ I’m adding’ up the omens that I see along the way/ I’m gonna find me the purpose and calculate/ scratchin’ on the surface with equations in the sand/ tryin’ to draw a better picture of the master plan/ then the moon rolls out/ the tide rolls in/ I’m rollin’ all alone/ in the dark again… in the dark.. dark… dark
I keep losing’ track of time/ looking’ in between the rhymes/ try to sing ’em out/ but they don’t make sense/ and if they do to you/ that’s just a coincidence/ I’m gonna set this song on fire/ push it down a river on a pyre/ gonna burn it down/ gonna blow it away/ I’m gonna give it to the wind today….. I’m gonna give it away