>> Wednesday, July 20, 2011
This is part 3 of 3 of my experience writing and recording at the Steel Bridge Songfest Construction Zone. Please see my previous blogs for the whole story!
I am finally getting around to my last song written and recorded at Steel Bridge! Last, but by no means least! I am very fond of this song and it's charming nature. It turned into a waltz and for those of you who don't know, a waltz is written in 3/4 time. I don't know why, but I had never attempted to write in 3/4 before. So once it got going, I really wanted to stick with it just because it was a first for me. I figure, part of the spirit of the Steel Bridge is to step outside your comfort zone, so we went with it!
At first our challenges were more logistical than anything. We needed to find a place to write! With an astonishing lack of transportation (none of us had a car!), we somehow all made our way to the Beach Harbor Resort to my hotel room where we could have some quiet to get the creativity going. One of the biggest challenges with writing at the construction zone is finding your group a little solitude. There are musicians literally everywhere and all of them working out a tune. While this is very inspirational, it also makes for a lot of musical distraction!
My co-writers were Landon Capelle and Chenoa Moore. Landon's background is in rap and Chenoa is just starting out in music and still trying to define her sound. So we had two chick singers and a rapper. Not a likely bunch to write a song! But somehow we put together this very sweet waltz. In the beginning, I was worried we were leaving Landon out of the process because I was having a hard time picturing rap in this dear little waltz. I was willing to give it a shot because you never know, sometimes the most opposite thing really fits! But in the end, we all decided it just wasn't necessary. Landon contributed about 3/4 of the lyrics and I was extra excited when Landon expressed how it was a new experience for him to write lyrics for girls to sing. Firsts going all around in this song! I love it!
One of the song topics that is encouraged at Steel Bridge is to use the idea of a bridge either metaphorically or physically and what ever that means to you. Our song is about lovers separated by a very wide river with no bridge to connect them. The main hook is "I'm just sitting here on the other side of the shore".
We recorded at the Beach Harbor Studio with Dan Stoffels of the Madison Media Institute. Here is a run down of the participants:
Landon Capelle - lyrics
Chenoa Moore - vocals
Sara Moilanen - guitar and vocals
Ronnie Sanchez (of Groove Session)- bass
Alessandro Saso Angeletti (of Solo per Adulti)- drums
Zack Vogel - lead guitar
I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think!
Landon's Waltz 01 by Sara Moilanen