Here’s a fragment of what I’m working on. This is the first verse, the pre-chorus, the chorus, and a start of the next section and then chop. I used to have my live demo take recording posted here, (but I yanked that fucker down for reasons I explain below) and instead here’s a more recent fragment of the home-produced recording I’m working on.
I came across a letter that John Steinbeck wrote to his son Thom in 1958 on the subject of love, and thought it was pretty great.
I loved the sentiment and the wording of the last line of the letter, which inspired this song.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
Writing this in 2016 felt like I leveled up in songwriting, and I was so dang giddy about it that I didn’t sit with it long enough to realize that it wasn’t done! So I pushed a half baked demo out the door and enjoyed the couple of strangers on the internet liking it, and the reactions I got from playing it at open mics.
Four years this song got kicked around at home from time to time, and I’d always stall on recording it properly. It was only last year when trying to pull myself out of a songwriting slump that I realized that what I thought was a chorus was actually a pre-chorus and so I still needed to write the cornerstone of the song.