February’s Song – Beneath a Pyramid
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February’s song was supposed to be a ukulele song. That was the plan. I’d come up with
the best part ever a good part, and recording it would be easy. All I had to do was tune up, press record and play my heart out. Piece of cake. So I tuned up, pressed record and played my heart out, but somehow the magic wasn’t able to make across the three inch canyon separating my strings from the mic.
This lead to a minor panic. February, as we all know, is a short month. January’s song wasn’t finished until the 31st, and this time I only had 28 days. So I did what any normal person would do when pressed for time. I recorded four cello tracks with my fingers crossed, hoping that would make things better. It did, and after adding mandolin and vocals the magic started to return. Just for fun, I decided to hear what the song sounded like without the original ukulele part. Lesson learned: sometimes a ukulele song sounds better without the ukulele. Who knew?
The other part of the plan for February’s song was record foot stomping, hand clapping and finger snapping percussion. My friend Brian gave me the idea a few years ago when I recorded cello parts for Rabbit King. I’ve always loved how that simple rhythm makes the whole thing sound awesome. And since I
can can’t play drums, this is something I’ve always wanted to try myself.
And as for the lyrics, they describe the time I was trapped underneath one of the great pyramids in Egypt without any light or idea of how to get out. In short, a standard life experience that everyone goes through and can relate to.
p.s. I want to thank everyone who sent me such supportive feedback for the first song. Knowing so many people enjoyed “Strangely Warm” is making it much easier to keep up with my New Year’s resolution. I hope you enjoy this one, too.