This is the most recent song I’ve recorded. I took a poem I had written a week or two ago and put it to music.
The poem is about me trying reach someone who has emotionally shut down, maybe because of depression or grief over something that happened. I try to get to the heart of what is bothering them (get past their “wall”) or try to say something to help, but all the encouragement seems to fall flat. The poem expresses my feelings of helplessness. There is nothing I can do. And in the last stanza, I say I’ll wait for my friend to come out and try to end on a hopeful note, saying “We’ll tear down your wall.”
When I recorded it though, I ended up flipping the last two stanzas. Instead of ending with the “hopeful” one, I ended with the one where my friend tells me to just be there, hold their hand, and simply wait for them to be ready. My presence is enough for them. Honestly, I think that was a better way to end it.
Every song, for me, is a new experiment. With this one, the challenge was taking a straightforward verse by verse song, with generally the same chord progression every time, and generally the same melody, and do something different with each stanza. I tried, successfully or not, to give a different tone of voice to each verse and change things up a bit as I went. But in the end, I didn’t want to change things too much from verse to verse for the sake of keeping continuity musically. It was a bit of a balancing act, and it doesn’t help that I give myself an artificial deadline to finish it.
I guess I’ll leave you to be the judge of how well it went. Thanks for listening. 🙂
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