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Songwriter musings for a cold day

Well, we’re in the ‘dead’ of winter here in southern CT.  I’m in a songwriting fog this past week.  I try to write every day, even if it’s just creative nonsense to get my thoughts flowing.  Sometimes a nugget will appear and I can start to polish it off for a better look, more often it’s tossed back into the stream to be carried away for another day.

It’s all this cold, and the monotonous colors of winter white, snowy white, icy white, some dark bark, and gray stone walls and boulders strewn about the woods.  I normally like this palette, but it’s been hammering us.  I noodle with the guitar every day and that sometimes inspires, I listen to all kinds of eclectic music, and sometimes that inspires.  This week I’m just standing in the same place waiting for something to occur to me.    Staring at a white blank page doesn’t help, but the songs will come, they always do, I couldn’t shut them off even if I really tried.  I have cleverly built in a mid-Feb trip… Here’s where I’m headed:

To the north Arizona territory.  A place to warm up and walk, write, and play guitar. 

 

OPEN ROAD, a trio of like-minded music friends performed our latest batch of original music at Blue Bus Music in Ridgefield, CT.  http://www.bluebusmusic.com/   What a cool store.  The owner, Patrick Nimmo, has stocked it with some very awesome guitars.  He also services and builds guitars.  The store offers lessons, and all sorts of cool music gear, but what's really neat is that he supports the community by allowing musicians like myself to gather and showcase their talent.  It’s comforting to play and sing under all these guitars :-)

That’s Nancy Burger on the left, from Redding CT (http://www.musicbyhindsight.com/The-Band.html ),and Scott Weber on the right, from Wilton, CT (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-Wilton/277795088856).  (Photo by Luiza Goncales)

We performed 12 original tunes, and pretty much harmonized on almost every one.  The collaboration between us just organically took off a few months back.  Industry folks have always recommended that you need to collaborate at some point, break out of the vacuum that you get into as a solo singer/songwriter.  It helps that you are with like-minded individuals.  It helps when you’re genuine in your heart and want to share ideas.  I was inspired by a couple of lines of text in a blog that my daughter's friend writes:  http://thepurplesthouse.com/   Her friend was moving to Oregon and talked about the redwood trees reaching to the west, and the land giving way to the sea… I thought that was very poetic.  I came up with the following lyrics and forwarded them to Scott Weber, and he heard it in DADGAD tuning, capo 6.  Here you go: (the live video of this is on the video page.)

ONE EASY NIGHT

©lyrics by Sue Broudy, music by Scott Weber 2014 

 suebroudy@gmail.com

 

I am the redwoods

Reaching to the west

You are the land

Giving way to the sea

 

I am the sky

In all of your thoughts

To resist you now

Just wouldn’t be me

It wouldn’t be me… just wouldn’t be me

 

I’ve been in love

So many times before

This is deep water

Miles from the shore

 

Please stand still

Look me in the eye

Tell me what you plan

Tell me why

I could roll my way

Right into you

On one easy night

One easy night

If I came to you

Would I be so true

On one easy night 

One easy night

 

You are the flame

A light in the dark

I am a force of life

Electric sparks

 

Is it too predictable?

Your fire, in my eyes

Who knows the out come

Or the paid price

 

I could roll my way

Right into you

On one easy night

One easy night

If I came to you

Would I be so true

On one easy night 

One easy night

 

How is it possible

that I dream about you…

I said, how is it possible,

I still dream about you?

I am the redwoods

Reaching to the west

You are the land

Giving way to the sea

 

I could roll my way

Right into you

On one easy night

One easy night

If I came to you

Would I be so true

On one easy night 

One easy night

One night, one night, one night...

 

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