Archivists know that the most illuminating moments in music often come when the engineer leaves the tape machine in recording mode, as the musicians talk about whatever suits them.
This week Shelly Peiken and I finished writing a song we started last Spring. It’s called Better Not To Care.
For the sake of remembering the details we imagined while writing, we recorded an extremely off-handed version. Shelly sketched in the vocal, and I the guitar. Mistakes aside, you get the idea [play video].
Much to my surprise, the most inspiring part of the voice memo is what came afterward. With the iPhone accidentally still in red-light recording mode – Shelly talks about what it would take to properly record the song.
In the moments as she spoke to me, my main thought was that Better Not To Care was best left to a female singer?
But listening now to Shelly’s opinions on the ‘tape’, I am floored by the authority of her instincts. What she said not only warms my heart, it also has me jazzed to record a proper performance.
You’ll smile at what she says. It’s truthful.
Everything about writing with Shelly is a master class in truth and flow. Her ability to identify a vibe, an emotional angle, a narrative voice and then spill it out, was unlike anything I’d seen. What an honor to work with her!
u keep that saying you’ll call but
I’m not even on your shortlist
If I told you you’d ignore this..this I know
And the truth is that I’m just paralyzed
You’re gonna go and pass me by
And drag my poor heart with you when you go
I spend too much time
All in love’s not fair
Shoulda seen signs
There were So many signs
Sayin we never had a prayer
I spend too much time
building these castles in the air
Come TO the conclusion
It’s better Not To Care
There’s just no solution
It’s Better Not To Care
I’d make every day your birthday
And I’d sing you songs on Sundays
And I’d cook romantic dinners by the sea
If you’d only put the book down
And just admit the worlds round
If you’d only stop your life and notice me
(Then I’d be) Someone who can flick a hearts switch
Turn it on and turn it off so easy
Someone who resists the urge
To jump in when she feels it so completely….
Well I guess I’ll let you go
It’s getting late and you have no idea and
I don’t wanna go thru this again
Maybe we’re just better off as friends
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