So I had this opportunity to submit a song to some Nashville studio, where musicians would record it. Joe Gilder is the man who organized this – he does a ton of tutorials on home recording, mixing, mastering, etc. An all around good guy, great teacher and musician, funny as all get out (Watch some of his Gilder Cam videos, they are great!).
So I had about a month, maybe less, to get a song together and submitted for this recording session. What am I going to write about???
I started to formulate the idea of writing songs in different locations – sorta like the Foo Fighters did for their HBO special and record Sonic Highways. I knew we were going to be going to Seattle, and hopefully Memphis during the year. And this song would be recorded in Nashville (even if I wasn’t AT those recording sessions).
But I wasn’t a fan of trying to make something, that was cool for the foos, into something really not so cool for me. So I scrapped that, and wrote about – the fact that I’d never really BEEN anywhere. And more notable – haven’t yet been where I want to be, home with my Father…
I wrote this song, intending to do two version from the get-go. One with the Nashville backing band, one solo acoustic. I recorded a scrap demo version to send to Joe and team, on February 7. Recording in Nashville was slated for March 9.
The March 9 date went well, but apparently the disk failed that had all the files. So they had to reschedule.
So March 21st, all but Joe’s acoustic parts were recorded. I got the raw tracks, and thought, “Wow! This sounds NOTHING like I intended – and I love it!” It has a sort of Tom Petty vibe. I LOVE Tom Petty, and have tried without success to write like him. These guys nailed it – and how did they know???
But what should I do with Joe’s acoustic part, which I don’t even think I need?
So I used his part (recorded on March 28) for the acoustic version.
I laid my vocal tracks to each version, and had my friend Kate Stiglicz come in and play cello on the acoustic version – sounds amazing. I trust you will agree.
So – after this song was done, I started to think maybe I should put a record together…
If I Could Leave This Place Tomorrow
If I could leave this place tomorrow
With suitcase under my arm
I’ve never really been
But really, what’s the harm?
I’ve got no place to run to
No place I’m running from
But life keeps moving on
I’ve got my roots planted firmly
But I’ve a runaway heart
If I’d only started early
Now it seems much too late to start…
But you tell me that You’re for me
And You’ve known me all along
And we’ll keep moving on
Life keeps moving on
Now I know where I’m heading
This place is not my own
So I’ll keep moving on
And never will You leave me
And I’ll be Yours forever
Life keeps moving on
Song written: January 27, 30, February 7, 2017
Song recorded (Nashville): March 9, 21, 28
Song recorded (MN): February 7, March 30, July 19, 2017
Song first released: February 7, 2017
Single released: March 31, 2017
Musicians (Electric Version):
Jason Roller – lead and rhythm guitars
Matt McGee – bass guitar
Steve Peffer – Hammond B3, Wurlitzer
Tim Horsley – drums
Musicians (Acoustic Version):
Joe Gilder – acoustic guitar
Steve Peffer – Wurlitzer
Kate Stiglicz – cello
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