This one actually started with lyrics, which is unusual. But I could clearly hear this was going to be a minor-key blues, and ended up tuning my guitar down to open D minor [DADFAD] and was hearing slide solos in my head. I did this take as a scratch demo, with the vocals only coming trough the two mics I'd set up for recording the guitar. I ended up moving on to programming a backing band of 'cymbal monkeys' with Logic's virtual instruments: drums, piano, organ, and bass. But that got sterile and old and didn't end up on the album.
This raw track closes out my 2013 album all over the map, with lyrics talking about my yearning to leave Ithaca. I moved there as a 4-year-old when my dad got a job at Cornell teaching history. I had an idyllic childhood there, went to Cornell, met my wife at Cornell, worked at Cornell, and our son and future daughter-in-law got their Master of Engineering degrees at Cornell and fell in love there. I love the people, the music scene, and natural beauty there. Some great friends live there. My mom lives there. But I was feeling restless, really ready for a change.
That came a year later, when my wife and I moved to West Windsor, VT to be part of our new grandson's life. If he hadn't come along, it might have been the US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, or Key West. Who knows?
Thanks for listening!
outta town blues I've been living here my whole life I never really moved anywhere I've been living here my whole life and I've never really moved anywhere I gotta leave this town I gotta turn my life around you can come but it's time to get outta here I'm so tired of doing the same useless shit every day I'm so tired of doing the same useless shit every day I gotta leave this town I gotta turn my life around you can come but I'm gonna get away they say the grass is always greener that I'll never be satisfied they say the grass is always greener that I'll never be satisfied I gotta leave this town I gotta turn my life around you can come but it's time to fly yeah, I don't know why, I feel, but I it's a feeling I can't deny I gotta give it a try or I'll never know before I die 21 August 2009 ©2009 by Andy Wyatt