Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Coffee and Verses

I stumbled upon a chord progression I really like last week. Once in awhile this happens - I'm screwing around on the ol' flat top box and something really simple grabs my attention. It's a chord progression that I've heard and played a billion times, but I added a couple of hammer-ons and off we go. The other night I noticed the lights of Worms (all three of them) through the living room window. Can you see where this is headed?

I bought the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers documentary - I think it's called Running Down a Dream - last year. It's 4 hours of awesomeness. Anyway, Tom Petty is talking about his song "The Waiting" and how he had the chord progression for a long time. He knew it was something great, but he couldn't find the words for it. It got to where he played the progression so much that people told him to stop playing it. He didn't, and eventually the words for my 3rd favorite Tom Petty song finally came out (#1 is "Even the Losers" while #2 is "You Don't Know How It Feels").

I'm not saying my song is great. I know it's not, but I'm having so much fun, and I'm finally writing something that I'm close to. I do this in poetry a lot, but I never really have in a song. Writers, you know what I'm talking about. Finally, something that is me. Something I've been wanting to write for a long time. It's happening.

The last couple of mornings I've been drinking coffee, playing the progression over and over, and adding verses. I don't really know where I'm going or how it will end, but I'll get there. For now I'm enjoying the process.


  1. The process is most of the fun. :)

    Keep it up! And when it gets frustrating, still keep at it. See where this takes ya.


  2. All of this is so good to hear, Ben. Keep chopping away at it. Use that pick like an axe and carve that tune.

    The Lights of Worms, eh? Will it be pronounced with a V or a W? That will make a big difference. :)