Life in the Sticks

I have a confession to make: I am a country girl through and through. We live on 70 acres in the woods, grow our own food, hunt and fish and even raise our own chickens so when I saw the week four challenge the first thing that came to mind was, “YESS!!”. Finally something in my element and an ‘easy’ week. I was wrong.

I thought it would be fun to co-write with someone for this week as that was one of my personal goals for this challenge. My thought was that since I usually write country music this would be a good opportunity to get some outside influences. I contacted Glen MacNeil who had mentioned earlier he would be up for a co-write. I pitched a song idea I had and we ran with it….lyrics flying around all through cyberspace…a new title and hook…a better story…we were unstoppable!! Then we started writing the melody; and we ran with it in the complete opposite direction of each other. Although there are large parts of the melody that were a combination of both of our contributions the overall feel of the song wasn’t quite what I was hearing in my head and I suspect Glen felt the same way about my idea of what the song should be. That was probably more my fault than his. He really tried to make it sound the way I was trying to explain it…..this is where another confession must be made; I’m a mediocre guitarist/singer and I have a hard time making my music sound quite the way I want it to in my head and therefore terrible at communicating to Glen what I was hearing (I will mention here that Glen is pretty much a saint for putting up with me during the melody phase).

The week went by and on Friday night I was playing around with a recording that Glen sent me when my brain took a sharp right into the cornfield…and smacked right into a new song. I quickly wrote some new lyrics that touched a little on the same idea as the first song and Glen was kind enough to provide a few suggestions and ideas on how to make it better. I played around with the melody (which I am okay with except for the title lyric melody-which at this point it so stuck in my head it is appearing in my dreams and my brain will not allow me to sing it any differently than I have it recorded) and cursed a little during recording over my limited guitar and production abilities and VOILA! My submission for week #4 if of the SAC Challenge 215. Enjoy!

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A Chance Worth Taking….

Hello again my fellow songwriters!

My second blog post after another hectic week. Unfortunately we lost my aunt this week and it’s been a little tough focusing on songwriting. That said I do have a song! It was a process getting here as this type of music is pretty far out of my comfort zone but I decided to channel my inner teenage girl (she had a few cobwebs on her but I got her dusted off) and I wrote some lyrics and music. It’s a different rhyming pattern for me (or lack thereof in some cases) but it was fun playing with the flexibility of this genre. Unfortunately being away with family this week I didn’t have access to my producer friend and try as I might it just doesn’t have that pop sound that it needs being played on an acoustic guitar and I can’t bring myself to post a recording when in my head I can hear how it should sound.

I know this is probably cheating, but here are my lyrics for my week 2 song:

Chance Worth Taking

V1

Walked in here with my best friends

We’re here to party don’t want it to end

Stepped out on the floor and saw you looking at me

Pretend not to notice but I can’t help but see

That glint in your eyes

Could you be the one?

It’s like I know you somehow

Feels like I’m coming undone…

Chorus

It’s Saturday night and the dance floor is shaking

You step close to me and ask what my name is

Forgot how to speak and my minds going crazy

Then you take my hand

And I let it all go

Cause I can’t help but feel you’re a chance worth taking

Yeah, you’re a chance worth taking

V2

My friends look over I don’t know what they’re thinking

Try to laugh it off but I feel like I’m sinking

Lost in your eyes I can’t help but be pulled away

Can’t help but smile cuz I don’t know what to say

I’m so tongue tied

I can’t help but wonder

Could this be love?

Cuz I’m being pulled under

Chorus

It’s Saturday night and the dance floor is shaking

You step close to me and ask what my name is

Forgot how to speak and my minds going crazy

Then you take my hand

And I let it all go

Cause I can’t help but feel you’re a chance worth taking

Yeah, you’re a chance worth taking

Bridge

Hours have passed I don’t know where they’ve gone

You’ve got me twisting and stumbling down this path that we’re on

And I’m scared to admit

I’ve never felt this way

But I can’t wait to see

Where this night ends

Chorus

It’s Saturday night and the dance floor is shaking

You step close to me and ask what my name is

Forgot how to speak and my minds going crazy

Then you take my hand

And I let it all go

Cause I can’t help but feel you’re a chance worth taking

Yeah, you’re a chance worth taking

In Over My Head

I struggled this week, a lot. I started off this songwriting challenge by taking a flight back to my home town half way across the country to visit with family after the news that my aunt was stopping chemotherapy and being moved into palliative care with only a few days to weeks left to live. Suffice to say it has been a rough week. It is now Sunday and I am playing catch-up. I have only had a change to read a few of the posts on the SAC facebook page much less post my own but I will be working over this next week to get caught-up as well as figure out where I am going to go with this first challenge. I have a few song ideas/titles in mind but am finding this first challenge really hard as this is way out of my genre. Generally lyrics come really easily to me as well as the chorus hook and the bridge; I tend to struggle with the verses and getting the melody ‘just right’;  the joys of songwriting. 🙂

I will be honest, I’m very intimidated to share my work with so many people. I find it ironic that I have no problem getting up on stage in front of a bunch of strangers and performing, but ‘performing’ on the Facebook platform I feel very exposed and vulnerable. I keep telling myself this is why I signed on to do the challenge…to push myself outside of my comfort zone and hopefully come out of the other end a more confident and better songwriter…right now though I feel in over my head and very far behind everyone else for this first week.

I should probably back up a bit and tell you a little about myself, I am a singer/songwriter/guitarist based out of Halifax, NS. I have always been involved with music (red-faced confession: I’m a marching band nerd and played trumpet and flute for yeeeaarrsss…don’t judge) and I discovered my love of music on piano but, since it isn’t exactly a trunk of the car kind of instrument, I bought a guitar and have been playing for about 4 years and singing for 3. I have always been a songwriter (even if it was just in my head) and have been writing songs and poetry for as long as I can remember. I am most comfortable songwriting in the country/rock/folk genre but I want to stretch out and explore what else I can do. I have written a lot of songs for myself and even had a few honourable mentions in songwriting competitions but I am more comfortable with other people singing my songs. I have only co-written one song (which the co-author is currently recording for her first album down in Nashville), so branching onto that road is definitely something I would like to try to do with this challenge if there is anyone out there (preferably closer in geography, but I’m flexible) who would be interested in a co-write. I’m an average singer and guitarist but I’ve been told I have a knack for telling a good story in a song so I would love to pair up with someone who is stronger in my weaker areas.

Of the songs I have had a chance to hear posted on the Facebook page I can say that I’m very excited to be able to network with such talented people and I’m definitely looking forward to the next 6 weeks!!