Thing A Week #22 – Simplicity

Back in March, I attended a local songwriter group in Hampton (not the local chapter of NSAI that I’m a part of, this was a different group). I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’d never been to one of those kinds of events before, but I decided to at least go and check it out.

We were split into groups and our group had to write a carefree song. Well, we had the choice between love song, heartbreak, or carefree. Since the rest of the group chose carefree, I went along with it.

I immediately felt stuck.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I don’t write songs about forgetting your worries and such. I think too much for that! Which is weird because I’m actually a very enthusiastic and bubbly person in real life. It’s just that when I write, it’s to express my thoughts on something I’m or someone else I know is going through.

I contributed what I could to the group, but kept some really cool, poetic lines to myself to use in another song, my own version of a carefree song. After the event, I came home and wrote this tune. The riff at the beginning came later, after I’d done everything else, and then as I was jamming on the keyboard, it just came to me, BOOM, like that.

I took that idea of writing a song about not worrying about life and went to “things that make me happy when I’m feeling sad” kind of direction. When, to quote the song, “winter swallows me whole.”

Ha for carefree!

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