You’re All I Need to Know is the first in a (hopefully) lengthy series of songs that I will be writing and recording on a weekly basis. I’ve done this sort of songwriting project before – one where I put myself on a schedule (ie. a song a week, a song a month, etc.) – and it yielded some good material, so I’m excited to start a new series. I’m calling this “Songs From My Bedroom Part 2”.
This particular song is not a brand new song, though it has never been recorded or performed, so, for all intensive purposes, I guess it is as good as new. I wrote it a few years ago because I thought the title You’re All I Need to Know sounded like it could be an old quaint standard – like Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks’ All of Me or Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s All the Things You Are. However, I have to be frank and admit that I was not able to match neither the lyrical, harmonic nor melodic sophistication of either of those tunes (or any of their contemporaries), but it was an education – and that’s partly what this project is about.
All of that being said, I am happy to say that revisiting this song after a few years is as good as lending it to fresh ears. I think I took some liberties with it that I wouldn’t have (or wouldn’t have been able to) a few years ago and made it much more interesting than it could have been.
Some things I would change: 1. The tempo drops dramatically about two-thirds of the way through the song. I did this because I thought the ending “Doo-Wop” sequence would sound better at a slower tempo. Unfortunately, however, it sounds unnatural when it slows down. 2. The background “oohs” and “aahs” during this same section sound unnatural and not style-appropriate to me. Next time…
I hope you enjoy and stay tuned. A new one will be coming this way next week.
Thanks for listening,