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We’ve all seen it happen before. In fact it might have happened to you. “It’s Dangerous.”
Guy meets a girl in bar, and serious flirtation ensues. Relationship starts that was based on a couple shots of whiskey and a slight hand graze to the back of the neck or the lower back. Guy uses girl for a while and then becomes addicted to the idea of having her around. Girl is completely over the relationship and wants out but is too scared to get out because she is completely frightened that she might grow old and she’ll never find another man. So the girl and the guy both stop thinking, give up, and decide to settle for each other. I’ve seen it happen hundreds of times, and each time you really wish you could step in and stop it before it starts. This might be my favorite song on the album because of the simple truth that the song ends with,
“It’s dangerous, the first time… you’ll fall for anybody to say you’re in love.”
Side note: My favorite all-time moment from a Guv’nahs’ band practice came from when we put together the final ending structure for “It’s Dangerous”… you know, the part where the horns are blaring, the organ is soaring, the guitars are wailing, the drums are pounding, and i am repeatedly screaming “It’s Dangerous!”…? Well, in the moment of pure jubilee that it all came together…. my good friend and bandmate Chris Doody stood up from his keyboard, screamed aloud, picked up our gum-ball machine and hurled it across the room… the glass shattered with a loud boom, exploding approximately 500 gum-balls into the practice space atmosphere. In unanimous approval we all stood up, rejoiced in our successful creation, and immediately went to Barley’s Taproom for a celebratory $2 pint.
The chorus of “Courage” was originally inspired by that moment that happens right before you kiss someone for the first time.
“Courage moves within me,
makes me shake.
Looking for an ending,
without the way.”
When I was in 4th grade, I encountered my first “kiss on the mouth experience.” Someone dared me to kiss my 4th grade girlfriend right before we got on the buses. It was awesome, and successful. I remember my entire body shaking right before the kiss… like a tidal wave of nerves that made my skinny little 85 pound frame convulse with an uncontrollable fierceness… but then the lips contacted, the trembling ceased, and all was well.
The first verse of the song outlines a simple truth,
“What you want is never enough
what you got will leave you in want
where you stand, you’re waiting in a line
put your hand in mine.”
Thesis: You’re not actually kissing someone until your lips touch someone else’s, and you’re not actually doing anything important until you get up and set out to do something important. To do something great you don’t have to know where you are going, but you do have to find the courage to get started.
Music video is coming REALLY SOON. I promise with my whole heart.
was sitting in the houston airport last weekend, looking at all the busy and beautiful folks running around and wrote a chorus to a song for our next album:
“it’s dangerous, the first time
you’ll fall for anybody, to say you’re in love”
got together with jenkins and chris last night and put it to some music that jenkins had written. i think it’s gonna be solid and i look forward to working out the rest of the lyrics and music.
been thinking alot lately about how lucky i am to be doin something that i’m passionate about. in all areas of my life, i am pursuing long term dreams, investing into groups of people that i want to know for a very long time… pushing into the work that i’d love to do for the rest of my life. it’s tiring, and putting people and dreams above immediate gratification doesn’t exactly help you get rich quick, but it’s an adventure filled with the hope that i might get to be apart of something great. as a band, we’ve made a big decision and decided to record another CD soon, most likely this will take place in December 2009. currently we’re researching all kinds of studios all over america. trying to find where we might fit best in the bigger picture of rock and roll music. and so, we’re writing again… and like Bill Withers said in an interview with the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, “it’s just kinda difficult… walkin around all the time, thinking about stuff, thinkin about music, and what you’d like to say, and how you want it to sound” (paraphrased) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1xQv6GhNSs
bob dylan said in a 2004, 60 minutes interview that writing songs is something that only occurs out of a wellspring of creativity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2L2VwHIv1k
i think most songwriters would agree with him. you can’t force it, and you can’t create it out of thin air. it’s just gotta happen. a well just has water, or it doesn’t. but when the water is there, you gotta get your bucket. for me, writing songs with this band just makes sense. might not do it forever, but for right now, it’s very enjoyable. so here am i. i’ve got a professor right now who says you’ve got to study an hour a day to get a C in his course. well, likewise… if you want to make C grade music, then you’ve got to spend an hour a day writing music, thinking about lyrics, working on promoting yourself, etc. but what if you don’t want to make a C in the class or in life? what if you want to rise above the rest? that’s alot of work for a dream that’s gonna take a long time and is gonna be a tough road.
i’ll leave you with this. one of my favorite scenes of all time from one of my favorite movies ever, “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”:
“You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first… first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. Mm-hmm. You shall see thangs, wonderful to tell. … I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward. Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation.”
hope yall are having a good summer.
p.s…. somebody filmed our CD release show at the Bijou Theater and it turned out really well. check out the video for “Afternoon Eyes” here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lk9VrnKF2U