03 Feb Steal This Song – The Music
If you’re following along with these last couple of posts, in 2013, I undertook to write a road song during a tour of the Midwest. You can see the inspiration for the song in the Steal This Song – Redux post and how that inspiration turned into lyrics in the Steal This Song – The Lyrics post.
Now that I had lyrics for my “road song”, I needed some music. In the spirit of the project, I wanted to experiment a bit. First of all, I decided to write the song in a DADGAD tuning. This is just an alternate tuning for a guitar and a very popular one for songwriters. I write and perform in several different tunings, but for some reason, I have never written or even learned a song in DADGAD, so I thought this would be a good chance to learn a little.
I also decided that I would use my dobro on the song. It’s a lap guitar that you play with finger picks and a slide bar. I’m not very good at the dobro, but I LOVE to play it. I figured there was no harm since this song was just an experiment anyway.
Finally I decided to attempt to sing the song very quietly. This is not my forte. I feel much more comfortable belting out something. I just don’t think my voice is strong enough to sing quietly. I am amazed at the singers who can sing so beautifully in a whisper. But again, there was no risk so why not give it a try.
I wrote the basis for the song one late night in a motel in Alamosa, CO and recorded it back in my home studio. As I expected, I’m not thrilled with the vocals and in terms of dobro playing I’m no Jerry Douglas, but it is what it is. Here’s a clip of the rough mix.