September – That Dress
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I started this month expecting to write a sad song because everything around me was ending. Summer was over, a great friend moved away and, to top it off, they knocked down the building where I used to breathe LA quality smog as a kid (in the name of science! That is, breathing LA quality smog was done in the name of science. The demolition was done in the name of making a green space.)
Despite my prediction, a song about dancing showed up in my head on the very first day of the month and wouldn’t budge. I tried everything I could to write something else. I installed a pick-up in my ukulele and played it like an electric guitar, I recorded the first parts of another song and even wrote down the lyrics. I then spent a lot of time rehearsing and performing with Gaspard & Dancers. (Psst! The reviews are in! My music was called “haunting and very beautiful“)
The dance song, however, wouldn’t go away. After three weeks, I finally recorded it, and I’m so glad I did. Maybe it was from spending so much time with the dance company, but I just had to write this song. Dance and music are two very different art forms, but they fit perfectly together and they give meaning and significance to each other. So, if you can, try to dance to this one for me. It’s a slow dance, so you don’t have to do anything complicated. Just enjoy it.
This month’s song features the incredibly talented Miriam Chicurel-Bayard. If I could do it all over again, I’d re-write the lyrics so that she could sing lead (i.e “You’ve got that tux I like…”). It’s an honor to have her help me out and I hope you enjoy her voice as much as I do. And as always, if you’d like to sing or play along, here are the chords and lyrics.