As Patty Smyth and Don Henley once sang, “sometimes love just ain’t…
I know it more every day, and as I sit writing this I am acutely aware of it.
You see, I am supposed to write about how I came to the music part of the song, but the truth is that I simply do not recall.
What I do know, and somewhat remember is that it was clear back 2007 ways, that it was a response to my (ex)wife leaving me for a time, and that it was supposed to be the peculiar juxtaposition of the word funny with the sadness of the song.
And I remember going to the studios at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL to record the guitar parts. This part of my memory is fully intact.
You see, I knew this was a different piece for me, and I wanted a very particular mic’ed guitar sound, and wanted it to be done well. I had heard that you could get time at Full Sail University Studios for students who are learning, and I applied, booked time and set out, tracks in hand, to lay down the guitar parts.
First off, let me say that the instructor and the students were great! I realize I sat in a learning environment, but they went to town at getting my Taylor NS42CE mic’ed up perfectly. And, when I asked for something specific - that is, a mic to record near my ear, not near the guitar, since that is what I am used to hearing when I play - the instructor said “that’s a great idea” and the students set it up.
We recorded a few different passes after getting a good check on my headphones, and then worked on the set up to do the lead parts.
I played my Taylor 410RCE 25th Anniversary edition steel string acoustic also, and it was a joy to listen to as they worked with me.
The engineer played producer a bit, having me add harmonies to my lead, even though I hadn’t planned on it. Worked out beautifully, and you can hear it in the song. I am grateful for the input.