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How Long Will It Take Me From Song Idea to Release?

Last night the idea came to me as a melody A-F#-D-A-C-B. I didn’t know what the notes were until I played it on the guitar and this is where the Snarkman was another blessing, since it identifies the notes as you are playing them. Then I was able to surmise that it was over a D-C-G chord movement. I tapped the rhythm as 109 and layed down the first demo on the iPad in Garageband with an accompanying “Drummer Track.” I sang mumbo jumbo which is what I usually do just so I can get the jist of the idea before I go to sleep.

1:49 pm. Today, I’m going to try writing the lyrics. I’m going to listen to what I mumbled last night and see if I can write some real words.
2:30pm. I got a first verse, chorus, and half of a second verse, but I had to stop. Or maybe I didn’t need to stop, but it feels like I need to stop for a while, do some other things and let my subconscious go to work. I still struggle with just letting out anything that comes to my mind, which I think you have to do on your first draft. When push comes to shove and its going to press tomorrow you can clean it up, but for now let your mind have some space.
I think the desire is to make everything so pretty, especially when the music is pretty, so when something comes out that is either nonsensical or not necessarily a pretty image, the impulse is to quash it. I say let it out, especially on the first draft. I’m trying to walk a fine line here with a balance between the subconscious and the conscious. I want to let each have its day in court so to speak. On the one hand if I wait for the subconscious to come up with the most perfect line, it’ll never get done, on the other hand if I just go with the first thing, not trying at all to bring some sense into the equation it won’t have any value either. “Sound and Sense” as my college poetry textbook said. An equal mixture of both. That’s poetry.

5/19/20

Well, let’s see. So technically I put in 40 minutes on this yesterday, but as I was doing other things the song remained in my head, and new lyrics started coming to me. Luckily with the Notes App whether I work on it at the desk or when I’m out and about with the iPhone, it all syncs up. Today, technically I sat down with it another 45 minutes or so. Well the end result is, I’ve got two or three pages of lyrics, way more than I need, but they don’t necessarily make sense together. Also, when I sing the ones I have, it just feels like there are better lyrics hiding, but I can’t force it or they won’t reveal themselves. Actually after I wrote for 45 minutes I opened up Soundtrap and layed down a couple guitar tracks. I’m a little stressed about the lyrics. It feels like a delicate line to walk between not rushing them and procrastination. I don’t mind having this creative space at the beginning, but I definitely don’t want it to go on too far. There should be some kind of deadline, but I’m not sure what it should be.

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My New Single Has Dropped

On all the major and minor streamers. Distrokid is a godsend. God bless you Philip Kaplan!
It’s called “It’s Nowhere.” I hope you’ll give it a listen, and let me know what you think!

Here’s the best link. It’s the Distrokid Hyperfollow Page that has links to all the major services. Am I crazy about this song? Not at the moment. I’ve listened to it so many times over the last few days, I just need a few weeks away from it for sure. Mostly when it comes out on these services you’re trying to see does it hold up at least sonically with other things you like.

I’d say on the whole it does. Like 85% of the time. So that makes me feel good and hopeful about my own mixing and mastering, and the potential of the tools going forward.

I’ll write more about this song later when I’m not so exhausted with it. Hopefully I’ll go on tour and play it live too—for you! For now, here’s a youtube link to the song, that anyone can listen to, even if they aren’t a subscriber to one of the streamers.

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Pre-Save My New Single “It’s Nowhere” on Spotify

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/stephenpickering/its-nowhere

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Chords and Lyrics for Simple Pleasure by Josh Rouse

Simple Pleasure
(By Josh Rouse)

Here’s a link to a downloadable .pdf of the Lead Sheet: SimplePleasureLeadSheet.pdf

G                             D
It’s right here in my face,
A                            D
but I turn the other way.
Cmaj7/G                 D
The end is drawing near,
G                                  D
And we live in a state of fear.
/           Bm       A        G
Under-neath Ari-zona skies,
/        Bm            A         G
I pre-tend not to see her cry.
Em                                G
In a whisper soft and low she says:
Dmaj7
Simple pleasure that is really
Gmaj7
all I want.
/                        Em
When you come round, when you
come round, when you come round,
/        Gmaj7
I want more.
Dmaj7
Simple Pleasure that is really
Gmaj7
all I need.
/                        Em
Won’t you come home,
won’t you come home,
won’t you come home
Gmaj7
with me?
G                           D
You’re fading out a-gain.
A                          D
So I take it on the chin.
Cmaj7/G          D
Help me find a way
G                                   D
To make it through each day.
/           Bm        A       G
Under-neath Ari-zona skies,
/         Bm           A          G
I pre-tend not to see her cry.
/      Em
In a whisper soft and low she says:

Repeat Chorus.

Won’t you come home with…
D D/A G
(Solo over the above chords.)

/           Bm        A       G
Under-neath Ari-zona skies,
Bm            A         G
I pre-tend not to see her cry.
/               Em
And we’re tryin’ not to live for,
G
tryin’ not to live for now…

Repeat Chorus.

Em
Won’t you come with me.
G
Won’t you come home with me
D
Won’t you come home with me.

End.

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Chords and Lyrics for Julie (Come Out of the Rain) by Josh Rouse

JulieChordsYou capo the 4th fret to play these chords. Here’s a diagram of the chord voicings in this photo to the right. I included, at the bottom of the page, a video of him playing it live where I was able to catch the chords. For whatever reason, I couldn’t get them right by ear, and you’d almost think the video below wouldn’t help you because 90% of the time either it’s just a shot of Josh’s head or some audience dude’s head’s in the way! And really, now that I watch it again, it’s only towards the end, at about the 2:00 minute mark, after the solo, that you can get a decent look at his left hand, and that’s where I picked it up. Here’s a link to a PDF you can download:

JulieComeOutoftheRain (1)

Ebm
It’s cold in San Francisco
Ab       Abm
It’s California gray.
Ebm
One night on Telegraph Hill,
Ab              Abm
we kept the wolves at bay.
F#
I wrote you a long letter
Abm
Some things you can’t explain
B                            Ebm
Julie, come out of the rain
Abm
It’s cold and I can’t wait forever
B                               Ebm
Julie, if you want me to stay
Abm
Why don’t you show it?
Ebm
I called a taxi for ya’.
Ab                Abm
Your raincoat it was blue.
Ebm
Outside the wind was talkin’
Ab         Abm
of how I fell for you.
F#
You left your cigarettes and
Abm
a dozen other things
B                            Ebm
Julie, come out of the rain
Abm
It’s cold and I can’t wait forever
B                               Ebm
Julie, if you want me to stay
Abm
Why don’t you show it?
F#                       Abm
Gimme a smile and say,
A#m            B
Everything’s ok.
                 Ebm       Abm
Oh, oh, it’s California gray
Ebm         B
Oh, oh, it’s California gray..
(Musical interlude over the chords
of the previous Chorus)
Ebm
It’s cold in San Francisco.
Ab       Abm
It’s California gray.
Ebm
One night on Telegraph Hill,
Ab              Abm
we kept the wolves at bay.
B                             Ebm
Julie, come out of the rain
Abm
It’s cold and I can’t wait forever.
B                                Ebm
Julie, if you want me to stay
Abm
Why don’t you show it?
F#                       Abm
Gimme a smile and say,
A#m            B
Everything’s ok.
F#                         Abm
Look in my eyes and say
A#m            B
Everything’s ok…
Ebm       Abm
Oh, oh, it’s California gray
Ebm          B
Oh, oh, it’s California gray..

 

Here’s a cover version I did a couple weeks ago. Maybe I should have just aimed the camera at the fretboard, but I think you can probably see the chords pretty well as it is:

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Suburban Sweetheart

Cover of the Josh Rouse tune “Suburban Sweetheart” I did on logic.

 

“Suburban Sweeheart” Lyrics by Josh Rouse

Got a gift, hesitate
Never make the same mistakes
If you could only see the person
If you could only reach the man yeah

We could move back to the suburbs
Rent a house, change our name
If you could only find a purpose
If you could only stay the same yeah

Sweetheart
Sweetheart
Sweetheart
I could help you open and unfurl

Shut up and listen
Shut up, you talk too much
You’re my source for inspiration
You’re my hopes for retire

I plan a trip, get away
Never make the same mistakes
If you could only be a person
If I could only be a man

Sweetheart
Sweetheart
Sweetheart
I could help you open and unfurl
And unfurl
And unfurl