Sunday, January 3, 2021

Day 2: Quit Your Bellyachin'









Day 2: Quit Your Bellyachin’ 

Lyrics: 
I know the further we go 
It makes you wanna run away 
But we can stick to the plan 
We took the time to make it 
I think that you can take it, so 

Quit your bellyachin' now 
Get your ass up off the ground 
You know that we've got something to do 
There's no time to hesitate 
All the other things can wait 
Come on, the assignment is due 

Going to your room after school 
I never know if you'll be there 
Confess all your regrets 
The only true apology 

Quit your bellyachin' now 
Get your ass up off the ground 
You know that we've got something to do 
There's no time to hesitate 
All the other things can wait 
Come on, the assignment is due 

Whoa oh whoa 
Taking time for your troubles 
Whoa oh whoa 
Well it only seems to double all the time

Quit your bellyachin' now 
Get your ass up off the ground 
You know that we've got something to do 
There's no time to hesitate 
All the other things can wait 
Come on, the assignment is due  

Details: Another day with an upset stomach and feeling lethargic, so I decided to write a song about it. You also get to see my bushy pandemic mane unadorned. 

I knew that "Quit your bellyachin'" was going to be the chorus, but I wasn't sure where to go from there. At first I was dipping into relationship territory, where one of the couple is upset that the other doesn't want to get married, but I wasn't making headway with that. Then I thought about this movie I watched last night. 

It was called "Compulsion" and it starred a young Dean Stockwell (in an amazing performance) as a guy who teams up with another student to prove that they were Nietzschean supermen that could get away with murder (literally). Then they get caught, but Orson Welles chews the scenery and saves them from hanging. It was a dark but brilliant film. Anyway, my key takeaway from it was the student dynamic. I got to thinking about school projects and the contrasting attitudes amongst partners. In this case, I think both the characters in the song come off as a bit obnoxious. 

At first, this felt like a by-the-numbers song, but I got more fond of it as I went along. I feel like the melody and groove is pretty solid throughout. The chorus is pretty catchy. Now that I know it's about academics, maybe I need to include more school specific language; then again, maybe I need to take some of that out to make it more universal. Not sure.

Anyway, it took about 4 and a half hours to write and record.



Saturday, January 2, 2021

Day 1: You're On Your Way

 


Lyrics: 
When you were just a child 
Your family would forsake you 
They'd make you feel like a fraud 
But leave them in the past 
Your dream's come true at last 

You're on your way 
You're on your way 
Oh, baby 
I know you're on your way 

You found your home 
A brand new home 
Oh, baby 
I'm glad you found your way 

You barely fit in your skin 
The first time that I met you 
And you cried out from within 
But please don't cry no more 
You've won what you were fighting for 

You're on your way 
You're on your way 
Oh, baby 
I know you're on your way 

You found your home 
A brand new home 
Oh, baby 
I'm glad you found your way 

And please don't wait for me 
I'm stumbling down my own path 
Can't you see? 
What's now is not what's been 
But I swear I'll meet you in the end 

You're on your way 
You're on your way 
Oh, baby I know you're on your way 

Details: I was fighting an upset stomach all day New Year's Day, so getting motivated to write was a struggle. I didn't get started until very late in the day. Anyway, I still pushed through, though this song doesn't feel as inspired as the January 1 songs from the last two years. 

I started by thinking about a friend who's dealing with some health problems right now. She had a rough childhood, but ended up building a remarkable community program that helps a lot of other folks who've had rough childhoods. Anyway, I wanted to focus on that kind of lifelong accomplishment. I also got to thinking about social progress movements and how I react to them. Sometimes progress is made, and I intellectually support it, but emotionally it takes me a while to come around; The bridge is intended to deal with that sort of internal struggle. I hesitate to write about political stuff because I think I do it clumsily, but it was something that was on my mind during the writing. 

I started this song on the guitar, just because I haven't done that in a while. The verse melodies I was coming up with all seemed to be borrowing from other songs, so I worked on that bit to come up with something less recognizable. Then the chorus came and felt like a pretty good hook, so I decided to focus on that. All in all, I feel like this is a song that has potential, but it needs some fine tuning. There aren't a lot of words in it, so the few that are there really need to count. 

It took about 4 hours to write, but I had a lot of trouble recording because I was having trouble setting up my new iPhone (that's why I didn't post until today-- everything should be back on schedule the rest of the month).

Friday, December 4, 2020

Beastly Beasts!

Talk Show. Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror. Gerry (David Coile) interviews a trans-migratory animal specialist (Troy Fluhr), Batman's new arch-nemesis (Les Seabolt), and a cryptozoological animal handler (Chelsea Kramer). Tara Card (Wendy Gittleson) presents the Scary News, giving the latest on Harry Potter, a cannibalistic game show, and phantom puppies! Sponsored by the Move Like Hell Moving Company.

Very Scary with Gerry McCreary is a semi-improvised comedy interview show that discusses aliens, the paranormal and wild conspiracy theories.

Check out friends of the show:

The Word Strategist

Rocky Mountain Geek Tank 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Heroic Origins: Coin Flip

 Coin Flip - S1E1 Heroic Origins

In the debut episode of the Heroic Origins podcast, Terrance & Dave talk about Little Orphan Annie, Dennis the Menace, Kit Kittredge: American Girl, the Monkey's Paw, Lionel Ritchie, and the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, all on the way to creating brand new superhero!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Raw Songwriting, w/ guests Teresa Storch & Peter Lacis

The Raw Songwriting Podcast, Episode 1: Teresa Storch & Peter Lacis

Teresa Storch is an international live performer of joyful strength and riveting, emotional power. Her soulful-Americana songwriting balances on the fence between folk and jazz, drawing comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin. She's joined by her emotional support guitarist, multi-instrumentalist Peter Lacis, who's toured nationally with Silva, Johnny & the Mongrels and Barbuda.

Dave sat down with Teresa and Peter to talk about how they normally write songs and how that compared to taking the Raw Songwriting Challenge. Get ready for a raw and riveting discussion about the craft of songwriting!

And checkout TeresaStorch.com for more music.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Very Scary with Gerry McCreary: Twisted Time

Here's the latest episode of Very Scary with Gerry McCreary! 
https://soundcloud.com/davidlc/ep-5v-very-scary-with-gerry-mccreary

Talk Show. Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror.
Gerry (David Coile) talks with Robert Trebor (Troy Fluhr) who claims to be from a parallel universe where time runs in reverse. Gerry's teenage neighbor, Spencer (Chelsea Kramer) drops in unexpectedly for a sandwich. And in Scary News, Missy Nomer (Anna Yale Anna Yale M French) tells us about the status the vaccine for the coronavirus, new health guidelines from the HHS department, and a unique idea for dissolving police departments.

Very Scary with Gerry McCreary is a semi-improvised comedy interview show that discusses aliens, the paranormal, and wild conspiracy theories.



Monday, June 15, 2020

Love The Music, Feed The Hungry!



Hey! There's, like, this amazing song that I wrote with my friend Troy Fluhr, and we've entered it into this here contest to raise money for the Sharing with Sheridan Food Pantry. Not only do you get to hear a cool song, but you get to help feed people in the age of COVID. Donate today! VOTE FOR ME