Song 36 – Girl You Know It’s True

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That’s right! We just mashed up Milli Vanilli‘s “Girl You Know It’s True” and “Top That!” from Teen Witch – two things that were both the best and worst of 1989.

Recording the chorus. Photo taken by Johnathan Durlam

Recording the chorus. All photos taken by Dudatron.

If you’re new to Milli Vanilli, the short version of the story is this: after spending too much money on clothes and hairstyling they were forced to lip-sync a massive hit that won them a Grammy. Also, they had smooth moves, here are two of them:

  • The side-to-side flail:

  • The side-to-side foot swap:

And if you’re new to Teen Witch, it’s one of those “it’s so bad it’s good” type things, but really, it’s just bad. I mean unbelievably bad:

Folks, we’ve just wrapped up the third year and 36th song of a project that almost didn’t last a single month.

When I started, the goal was clear – 12 songs in 12 months. I thought that if I made it to the end, and that was a big IF, I’d be tired of writing music with a deadline. However, as I got close to the end of the year, I still had tunes I wanted to record. Rather than being at the end of my creativity, I was just starting up. So I pressed on, finishing a second year, and now a third.

Just like the end of the first year, I still have songs floating around in my head to record. Some are new and some have been floating around for years – some are completed and some are half written. It seems like it would be a shame to stop. So I’m going to “keep on keepin’ on” (as they say in the music biz). I’ll stick with the monthly deadline because, after three years, it’s clear that it works for me. It’s enough time to fuss over the little details, but not too much time to get lost in them forever.

Also, as much as this project has been about writing and recording songs, it has been about learning – learning about writing melodies and lyrics. Learning how to play new instruments. Learning how to sing and how to collaborate with other musicians. Learning how to record, edit, mix and master the sounds that make up the songs. I’ve come a long way at every stage, but I also feel like I’ve just begun. The more I learn, the more I realize how much there is to learn…. and this is exciting!

Happy New Year and I hope we all have a great 2016!

A mid-dinner party recording session.

A mid-dinner party recording session.

p.s. You may be wondering who’s making the ruckus at the start and end of this month’s song. It’s a group of friends who came over for a dinner party. Between the main course and dessert, I made everyone help me out with a little bit of silliness. And just so you don’t think I made it up myself, the dialogue at the start is quoted from the original release of “Girl You Know It’s True”.

2 thoughts on “Song 36 – Girl You Know It’s True

  1. Fletcher says:

    Congrats for 3 years of monthly music!!! I love listening and has been great to hear just how far you have progressed in that time!!!

    1. Josh says:

      Thanks Fletcher!!! It’s hard to believe how fast the months have gone by.

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