• My first new song in a long, long time: "I Found Out the Hard Way I Should Have Done It the Easy Way".
To the best of my knowledge, I first started this song back in September of 2010. I started it just before Avalon and Amelia were born and had to finish it by stealing moments of time here and there, plucking guitar strings in between bottles, staying up a little late, multitasking at work (I was freelancing). As with most of my other songs, the music for this one emanated from The Maton, my favorite songwriting guitar of all time, and the story it tells is a mix of facts and fictions. Where this song takes a bit of a turn is how I found one of the vocalists. I was about to simply ask one of the people I’ve already worked with when a strange thing happened. It was just a few months ago and I was visiting a venue where one of the clients of the agency I work for wanted to hold an event. I was working with Perri Temko, an account person here at the agency, and as she and I tried to figure out how to place the stage and wall art and what to do about music and lighting, a song came on and she started singing along. Now, mostly when people sing along with songs it causes me great pain and suffering but Perri was right on key and in the pocket and sounded like she sang all the time. Pro. Her voice also has a great timbre that I thought would mesh beautifully with Elliot Randall’s, who has sung several of my songs and who I was planning to have sing this one. I remarked on her singing and she told me how it had been her dream until she had developed nodes and lost momentum and then life just took her down a different road but she never stopped thinking about singing. So I had to ask, “Would you sing a song for me?” I told her about the track, about Elliot, about what I’ve been up to and she said Yes. A few months later she was Hyde Street and nailing her parts like she did it all the time. It was weird, to be honest, but in a very good way. Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Also, please note, this one is free! Yup, you can use the player below to download a meaty MP3 for your computer, iPod, phone, whatever. Enjoy.
AND “LIKE” IT IF YOU LIKE THE SONG.
Harmony Vocals: Perri Temko
Bass and Keys:
Writing and Producing: Me
, San Francisco, CA