Cause We’re Together
Ever since I met you I just can’t forget you
Hey Hey Uh huh
When I look into your eyes I just want be your guy
Hey Hey Uh huh
How come it’s so fun?
Cause we’re together
I think the most important thing you can do to help you write songs is to be aware that you are trying to write songs. Huh?? As I go throughout my day, I am always looking for ideas for songs. Other times I just sit down with my guitar I start playing some chords and it just happens. I was in the middle of a messy divorce and I had moved into a small house with my girlfriend Julie, and I sat down with my guitar.
And it just happened I started with an A chord and I said Ever since I met you then a B I just can’t forget you hey hey uhuh When I look into your eyes I just wanna be your guy hey hey uhhuh How come its so fun? This turned out being the chorus and it is so cool to start with the chorus. Songs like the beach boys “I Get Around” start with chorus.
I wrote the two other verses quickly and things were off and running. I few weeks later I realized we needed to answer the question. How come it’s so fun? Cause We’re together!!!
So Erik and I have been playing it since 2018 and I really like it. I heard someone recently say how hard it is to go into the studio and try to be perfect. We conquer that by recording every time we play at Erik’s! We had a jam on 9/11/2020 and about a month later I was listening to some of it, and it was rather good. Maybe even album worthy! I asked Eric to listen to it and he agreed. We figured we had 6 songs from that Jam to work with.
The original idea was for a 7 song EP then 10 and ultimately 14!! LOLL We knew we had recorded the drums and guitar first before we could add help. I got some friends to help with my debut EP in 2016. Tom Mcduffee my backdoor neighbor played Bass and Don Byrd my old guitar teacher played lead Guitar.
Now with the Covid crisis going on not everyone is eager to get out and help with your project. Enter technology. We emailed Tom the songs with an MP3 file and he actually recorded his part at his house. Now Tom is an incredible musician and his band The McDuffees is simply awesome, but he really went out of his way to make his part special, and he was incredible.
As Tom would complete each song, he would email Erik his part and Erik would make preliminary mix and post a copy to Drop Box. Now I’ve been jamming and recording for more than 35 years and sometimes when it comes all together the magic just happens. It really sounded great, and we had yet to add the whipped cream!!!
I met Don Byrd at a music store in Frederick as I was looking to improve my guitar skills. He has been in many bands over the years, and he is phenomenal. Just for fun I asked him if he would play on my EP. He asked why wasn’t I playing lead? I said because I don’t want it to suck!! LOLL So he came over to Erik’s house to help us and he was simply awesome!
I sent him a few texts in the fall of 2020 about helping us. He said he was interested, and he was doing well but he had to quit giving lessons. I tried him back in February and all I got was crickets. In March I basically sent him a last gasp text asking if he could help us and he said yes. I mailed him a CD to practice and in mid-April 2021 he came out to help us. The coolest thing was that you could tell he had really worked on his part and he gave us an amazing effort. He is such a super guy he had us in stiches for most of the 3½ hours it took us to finish. While I was pointing out things and trying to come up with ideas, I managed to get some video and the one lead I thought was especially good was for a song called “Cause We’re Together”. I really like the sound of the song with only the Bass, Drums, and Guitar but the lead blew me away and, in my mind, made it a smash hit!!! Hey, I can dream right! It is so melodic, and I simply drift to another place when I hear it. You will too!!! The official release date is May 5th, 2021 My 57th Birthday!!!
We we’re back to work on the album last night and hopefully we will release it in late June. This is very exciting for me. My dream is for people to simply appreciate my music and with this song and the coming album I definitely think I am making progress. With a little help from my friends!