Tales of 14-Songs-in-14-Days: Live blogging This Challenge (Part 2)

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by Jan Seides
Tuesday 31st July, 2012, 10:12pm

When last we saw our heroine, she was driving across Utah in a blue 2007 Prius, happily writing songs and not feeling tired at all. Really. Not at …. ummmmm ….

Well folks, that’s the last time I try to drive from Austin, TX to Salt Lake City, UT in two days. Day 8 was a total bust where songs were concerned.

But I did get some pretty cool songs out of the challenge this time.

Starting with Day 9:  When I got home and recorded this, it turned out to be a piano song.  I had taken my keyboard with me, but it wasn’t needed at the competition. And due to the size of the room in Albuquerque where my gig there was, it never even got taken out of the car. So I tried for awhile to make this song a guitar song, but it would never behave, so it’s a piano song.

Starting to Care for You

I see you coming toward me on the street
Even blocks away, I’d know your long stride anywhere
With suddenly trembling hands I reach
To smooth my windblown hair.
Oh dear.
I think I’m starting to care
For you.

I know that you are in this room
Even in this crowd I’d know your deep voice anywhere
So when did my new favorite tune
Become each word you share
Oh dear.
I think I’m starting to care
For you.

I recognize the signs
Dry mouth. Pounding heart.
In the movie in my mind
You’re cast in the leading part.

I feel your eyes upon me all the time
Even when I’m alone and you’re not really there.
Those silly songs are right.
Your name is like a whispered prayer
Oh dear.
I think I’m starting to care
For you.

I recognize the signs
Daydreamin’ like a child
Turmoil in my mind
Can’t. Stop. Smilin’.

Repeat last verse.

Day 10:  This one, labeled “Untitled” was in my MasterWriter (the application I usually write songs on) when I opened it.  I didn’t remember starting it, but I thought it would be good inspiration. And it was.  But I think I originally meant it to be the beginning of a song for my daughter’s wedding, and that’s not where it ended up going.  I’m chalking the atmosphere of it up to how very tired I was, and the news of the day.

I Must Apologize

 

I who have known you since you entered this world
I who have witnessed your laughter and tears
And I who have watched you growing up
Applauded your courage in the face of your fears
I who have claimed to have gathered some wisdom
And tried to shine in your eyes
Now I look around me in shame
I must apologize.

I who had so many big dreams
Some that I knew would never be
But I always thought that some of them would
What I would begin, you would complete.
I joked you were born to save the world
But I’ve come to realize
I don’t even know if that would be good
And I must apologize.

Justice lies on the rack of greed
Hatred rises afresh
Fear is winning and love cries in the wilderness.

So here is the torch, may you hold it high
May it light your way to success
Just remember to cast that light on
Those who weep in their distress
And if you succeed where I have failed
I hope you’ll believe that I tried.
And remember my good intentions….
Really … I must apologize.

Day 11:  Leora at this point noticed my Big Brother song, and asked if it was inspired by her song.  I told her it was, and she suggested that we pick a theme for this day and both write a song about it.  She gave me a couple of choices, and I picked this one because it rang some bells for me.

This Old Red Dress

This old red dress, it used to go dancing
Harold and I would step out on the floor
People would smile when they saw us coming
I miss Harold, but I miss dancing more.

This old red dress, once it was new
I loved the way it belled out when we’d twirl
Satin and sequins and rhinestones too.
Red shoes to match. One string of pearls.

I would give anything for one more dance
With Harold and I swept up in the romance
He was my prince and I was his princess
When I danced with Harold
In this old red dress.

I’ve tried dancing with others, don’t get me wrong
Gave each one a chance, but none were as good
That’s how it’s been since Harold’s been gone
Found none to match and I don’t think I could.

I would give anything for one more dance
With Harold and I swept up in the romance
He was my prince and I was his princess
When I danced with Harold
In this old red dress.

Sooner or later I’ll find him again
Whenever I’m finally laid to rest
I’ve already planned what I will be wearing
For sure it will be this old red dress

Chorus

Day 12: Finally! I finally have the song I’m going to sing at Raina and Jesse’s wedding. (My daughter and her fiance, for the uninitiated.) This is the 6th one, but this one I actually like. You won’t get to hear it until after October 6th though, because I want its first performance to be at the wedding.

First Steps

Long ago when you were small
And you were learning how to walk
A bit afraid that you might fall
But walking would be grand.
You were young but you were brave
So you let go of the table
And off ito the future you ran.

Starting school when you were five
You were standing to one side
Watching others on the slide
By the playground fence
You were shy but had a plan
You let go of mama’s hand
And off into the future you went.

It’s those first steps of each new adventure
First steps that take you so far
It’s those first steps that take you to who you are.

Now you stand to speak your vows
Eyes so shiny, smiles so proud
To say forever right out loud
I do, and so do I
You are young and you are smart
To trust in love and give your heart
And off into your future you fly

Remember
Remember

It’s those first steps of each new adventure
First steps that take you so far
It’s those first steps that take you to who you are.

Day 13:  Another one of my goals for this challenge was to get another song for my Biblical series.  I have been writing story songs for all the characters in the Bible who, although they are an important part of the story, never get to speak or in anyway demonstrate how they feel. About anything.  The first one was “Rachel’s Sister” which is on the CD that I’m finishing up now and have been raising money all month to mix and master. But eventually, I’d like to make a CD with the whole series (which I project to be 10 songs) on it.  On this day, I gave Leora some “titles” and she chose “My Neighbor’s Garden”, but as you see, I changed it on this song. It is the story of David and Bathsheba, told from her point of view.

Your Neighbor’s Garden

I have something to say
Though I may not speak.
I may not show my anger
But I am far from meek.
The Lord will smite us both, David,
And your son won’t last a week.

You spied while I was bathing
And you knew I was alone.
And I had to obey you
When you called to me to come.
While my husband was away, David,
You took me from my home.

Who do you think you are then?
Stealing roses
From your neighbor’s garden.

My husband was a fine man
A loyal man and true.
An honorable and kind man
Not a king like you.
Sent him into mortal danger, David,
While your child within me grew.

Who do you think you are then?
Stealing roses
From your neighbor’s garden.

There are commandments
There are committments
And there are always
Consequences

My name is Bathsheba
And I will be your queen.
And the mother of Solomon
So I will bear the shame.
But the rose you stole, David,
Will forever wear a stain.

Who did you think you are then?
Stealing roses
From your neighbor’s garden.

Day 14:  And a bit of fluff to round things out.

Make Me Cry

Fireworks
and parades
Baby smiles
And holidays
Words of wisdom
Fluffy kittens
Furry mittens too.

Graduations
Wedding vows
Family photos
Lacey clouds
Fields of flowers
Meteor showers
Have the power to

Make me cry
Make my tears fall down
With happiness
I’m just like that I guess
They make me cry.

Sweet reunions
Christmas lights
Hearty laughter
Butterflies
Memories
Ocean breezes
Willow trees do

Make me cry
Make my tears fall down
With happiness
I’m just like that I guess
They make me cry.

I’m a little embarrassed that I tried to get out of this two-week challenge. Even up to the eleventh hour, I was vacillating about doing it. Now that I’ve seen the results, I’m really glad I went ahead and did it.  Here’s Starting to Care:

Starting to Care

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