Isolation (mp3 of a 4-track demo)
"She said, 'You and your isolation... What are you tryin' to escape from? You can't stand to walk away, so let me back into your life. It takes two to make one wrong thing right.'"
To me this is a country song, whatever that means these days. It may not sound like a country song to you, but the chorus with the three-part harmonies was certainly inspired by some old country records we used to clean the house to on Saturdays when we were kids. Back in those days, it was stuff like the Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, the Statler Brothers, Kenny Rogers, and the Eagles.
I wrote the words to this song in the backseat of our car while returning home from a vacation several years ago. With no guitar, and just a vague idea of a melody, these words poured out onto the page, much to my surprise and delight. This may be the first time I've finished a song where all the words came first...
Well as these things sometimes go, the song was not really finished until very recently. The 4-track demo exercise is a great way to force yourself to finish at least a presentable version of the song. In the process, you find little things that need to be tweaked or fixed. In the case of this song, it was deciding on an intro, writing a new bridge, fixing the lyrics to fit the melody of the new bridge, and developing harmony vocals.
This is also the first time I used piano to finish writing a song. The version I started to record had no bridge, and I knew it really needed to go somewhere else, but I wasn't getting there on guitar. I switched over to piano, which I've been learning for the past 7 months from my amazing teacher Sam Strakovsky, and this wonderful bridge popped out. For the demo recording, I pared down to acoustic guitar and vocals to keep it simple.
Anyway, I kinda like this one...