This post has been floating in drafts for quite a while and I’m not sure why we haven’t posted it. Figured I’d throw it up today.
Although I did post one track to 50/90 before Mark came to New York for our recording session I consider this my first complete solo track of 50/90 (The other has no vocals and is really more of a remix). This song proves something Mark and I have joked about with each other for years. All things being equal, we gravitate towards lyrics that fit into one of 3 categories: death, doom, and bitches who don’t love us. In fact, “Death, Doom & Bitches Who Don’t Love Us” was one of the scrapped names for our album, Serious as a Heart Attack.
Rob and I are finding ourselves in some quiet post-5090 downtime, for various and sundry reasons. Last year, Rob and I had not only participated in our first 5090 (neither of us won, even combined), but we’d also recorded and released our first album. We eased into October with a couple ‘Rocktober’ cover recordings, but then segued into a post-5090 malaise that completely stopped all creativity. For me, anyway. I found myself so burnt out that I didn’t record anything meaningful until late February.
I’m hoping this year’s transition is smoother, and will allow us to write again sooner. In the meantime, we’ll likely go back over some of the material we’ve written this summer, and post a few songs here, and maybe discuss what worked, or what didn’t.
Today is the last day of 50/90. The goal of this exercise, as the name implies, is to write 50 songs in 90 days. That’s a lot. Not many people have done it.
On Wednesday, despite some conflicts and a horrendously busy schedule and tough circumstances, Rob completed the challenge and posted his last song of the year. It’s truly an awesome feat, and I’m proud of him.
What makes it more awesome, is that the ‘winning’ song was a song about me. :-D
One of the challenges was to write a song for, or about, another 50/90er. Rob chose to write a song about me that probably doesn’t paint me in the most flattering light, but it’s hilarious as hell, and a fitting ending to a challenge in which we pushed ourselves and each other to creative limits. It’s nice to end things with a laugh.
Today is my anniversary. As such, I thought I’d post a song I’d written for my lovely wife. Last year during 50/90, I was traveling for work a lot, and wound up writing a song called Worktrip, a pop rock song with heavy guitars and a punk beat.
This song is the complete opposite.
This year, just before the start of 50/90, I was on another work trip, and I wrote another song. This time, instead of a sarcastic view of traveling for work and having meetings, I wrote a quasi-love song for my wife. As I flew home on a night flight, I wrote the song, chords and all, on the back of my ticket. The day after I landed, I recorded this song for my wife when she went out to the gym, then left it in her car for her to play on her way to work that Monday. It has more of a country, folk vibe than I originally expected, but I think it works, and I’m very happy with it.
My wife listened to the song again recently, and asked me to post it to 50/90 so people don’t think I only write depressing or angry songs.
This is Right and Tired, and it’s a favorite because my wife likes it. I hope you enjoy, and forgive this small cheat of mine.
I’d also like to point out that our marriage was directly as a result of TLOTH's influence. She meddled and put my wife and I in the same room together. We met and never wanted to be anywhere but in the same room together ever again. Thank you, TLOTH.