Bird's Eye View is a song inspired by the power of nature. For those of you who have known me for some time now, you understand that I have a deep passion and connection to nature. I hope to pass on that same reverence for our planet's beauty to my three children, so we tend to spend a lot of time in the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the warmer months. It is always a joyful and spiritual experience that helps to clear my cluttered mind.
When we came back from our first camping trip to the Rockies this year, I felt very distracted as soon as we walked through the door of our Denver home. As a songwriter, this is something that happens to me quite often. Inspiration hits when I least expect it. I made sure the kids got showers, I unpacked our stuff and took a shower myself. Then I gave in to the pull of what would be the beginning of a new song.
I sat down at the table and began to write with my guitar in my lap. As I strummed out the chords that eventually became the underlying structure for Bird's Eye View, lyrics came to me immediately. Sometimes when I write, I am really reaching for something. I often write and cross out several lines before I have even a portion of a verse. In other cases though, the lyrics spill out onto the page immediately with no editing whatsoever. That is what happened with Bird's Eye View. In less than a minute I wrote the song's first verse:
Hey babe, what do you say?
Do we need a revolutionary way to escape?
'Cause I play, and I'm planning to stay,
and I've got this guitar in my hand and I'll be taking the stage.
'Cause right now, we need something bad
All this fussing and this fighting's gotten mama real mad
Me too if you want to know the truth,
I'm tired of loosing ground and breathing in fumes
Then I sat back in my chair and let out a long, peaceful sigh. It always feels amazing to finish a verse, but I knew the hardest part was still ahead. A well-written verse means nothing if you don't have a chorus! Most of the time, when I come up with a good verse I am unable to come up with a good chorus right away; and vice-versa. For shits and giggles though, I pushed forward and started writing the first thing that came to my mind for a chorus. Again, with no editing I wrote the chorus:
Take me to the mountains where my soul can finally breath,
And cleanse me in the river, so my eyes can clearly see
I played that verse and chorus over and over until my voice became tired. I felt overwhelmed with excitement at this new song that was coming into existence! Feeling full of energy, but with a tired voice and tired fingers, I pushed forward writing the second verse. I labored over the page for nearly an hour, writing crappy line after crappy line. I couldn't come up with anything as good as the first verse and chorus. I had to pack it up for the day. I put my guitar away and closed my notebook.
It was 4 weeks later following our second trip to the mountains in 2016 when I found myself with my guitar in my lap again and my notebook opened to a page that had "Take Me to the Mountains" written at the top. We had just arrived home and I felt energized by the mountains again. I began to write and the second verse spilled out in a matter of seconds just as the first first verse had:
When a bird sings, he's telling the truth,
And we could benefit from a little bit of bird's eye view!
To stop time would be a relief,
But we'd be frozen in the ocean of our hate and deceit.
And right now we need something bad,
All this confusion and illusion's gotten daddy real sad
Me too if you want to know the truth,
I'm tired of losing time and burning their fuel!
I immediately knew I had to call the song Bird's Eye View. It was finished. I recorded it over the next two days and announced on social media I had finished a new song and was going to release it ASAP. The rest is history!
That's the story of how I wrote Bird's Eye View, which will be available through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and all other music outlets as of August 16th 2016. I hope you enjoyed this. If you did, drop me a message and let me know:)
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