Episode #22: Everyone Falls – (Song at 1:40)
This podcast is a bit like a songwriter speaks type of gig. I’ll talk about an old demo, well look at it from a songwriting point view. Plus – and perhaps more so – I’m talking about episodes from my past – you’ll get a slice of the life of a songwriter.
Recording these episodes, I fly by the seat of my pants. It’s a casual presentation each week. I talk honestly about my work.
I also talk the featured song of the week – what I was feeling at the time wrote it. I talk about the lyrics & the music.
Everyone Falls is this week’s song. It’s from an old album called the Patient Hum – this is the 21st year (!) since I released 100 CDs of it (yep, back in the day). I have recently re-recorded the vocals. I’ve nearly finished remixing this album. It’ll be online soon..
When I composed this, in 1998, I was 2 years into a ‘new start’ in Melbourne, after leaving New Zealand.
I went back to NZ for a music tour that didn’t happen. So I decided to record instead. In one afternoon we recorded 14 songs. This was one of them. I released the album as I said, and at the time I also released my Eridanus /River Music album.
It turns out (in my opinion) the song Everyone Falls also reads well as a piece of poetry. On the spur of the moment, I give it a reading …this was a surprise. I think it goes well.
The lyrics came about reflecting on the fact that I’d gone from playing the lead role of JC Superstar, and playing with the band in a rock festival to suddenly singing covers in a Holiday Inn and starting all over again.
You gotta have humility, a thick skin, a good sense of humour and a mountain of determination to do this ‘artist’ thing…
So this song could be about the ups and downs (and resurrecting ) an existing path, it could be about something that urges us on, rescues us, the natural essence.. call it what you will.
I hope you enjoy this song and I hope you enjoy the chat.
Thanks for tuning in.