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February 20, 2013

“Someday” Song Sketch

February 20, 2013 | By | No Comments

To listen, see “Someday” under the “Songs” section of my website (scroll up).

Lately I have been struggling to find a comfortable routine for writing, practicing, teaching and performing. If you subscribe to my email newsletter (which you can on Reverbnation by clicking the “Subscribe” button under “Quick Actions”) you will know that I have recently started a local teaching company called the Sklut and Weston School of Music (website currently under construction) and one of my groups Sklut and Weston (website also under construction, but check us out on our Sklut and Weston) is gearing up to release our debut E.P. This is on top of other part-time work and gigs. It’s exhausting. However, I’ve been managing to find some sort of focus and discipline – setting time aside to work solely on craft and improving my skills as a writer and player. “Someday” is a product of that focus.

I don’t know if it is because of the time and energy constraints I have been under lately (my life feels somewhat like a fragmented computer – If I total all of the small spaces of time I have between other things, I can find time for writing, but I never have one large block of free time in which to focus), or if it is that my tastes are changing (or both), but I have noticed a tendency in myself to write and appreciate very simple, open songs with few (but good) ideas and relatively small amounts of content. “Someday” is also a product of this tendency.

About six weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to perform in MER’s Music Showcase at Schubas in Chicago. I performed alongside such fantastic songwriters and performers as Marty Casey (the Lovehammers), Miles Nielsen (of Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts), Alex V, and, of course, MER. One striking thing I noticed (beside the fact that I think I was the youngest of the group) was that all of their songs were so simple, and so amazing. It wasn’t that simplicity detracted from having a unique style, or having a strong message, or a powerful performance – it added to it. My songs were not, for the most part, simple. They were complex and packed with all sorts of ideas and information. I’m not saying one was better than the other, but I liked “the other” and I wanted to try it on for size. “Someday” is a product of that, as well.

I hear a few things in this – things that are obvious inspirations for me. I hear, specifically the song Julia. I also hear a bit of The Shins. I hear early Paul Simon (Simon and Garfunkel) – but only once my dad pointed it out to me. That’s where I am coming from with this, anyway.

It’s a simple love song. A few lyrics I would change are (in the third verse) “traces fade away after awhile” I will end up changing to “traces blow away after awhile” in the next draft. I might also change the final lines from “Someday you’ll find you are on my mind” to “Someday you’ll find you were on my mind”. I’m not sure if the obvious sentimentality of this enhances or detracts from the overall theme. I’ll sleep on that one for now.

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Thanks for listening,

John

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