One night when I was about twenty I dreamed about looking into a mirror and seeing my father's face staring back. It freaked me out, deeply, because I had made a conscious effort not to be like him. So this is a song about that.
A bit of blah about this, cos it's a bit odd. I had the verse melody hanging around for ever in my riff file, labelled 'chromatic pop', and I loved it but didn't know what to do with it. The only lyric I had was 'new shoes and a new direction', which again I loved, but I had no idea what it meant.
Then I started working on Major Dundee's 'It Gets Better' chorus, and the bridge I came up with took on a life of its own. One day I played it with my chromatic pop tune and the two things glommed together so hard I couldn't separate them.
The structure is weird, ABCAB sort of, verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus, and because of the modulation from E to G, it hits the highs and the lows of my vocal range, so this is kind of a rough vocal, since I'm still trying to figure out how to sing it.
Production-wise I went full 70s, since it felt like it wanted to be powerpop, and that A/B->B7 chord change at teh end of the chorus screamed 70s. I tried a much more restrained acoustic version but it didn't want to stay like that.
I think this is sort of finished but I could imagine putting another verse in before the bridge, if I could think of one.
Drums: Abbey Road Sixties Drummer
Organ: NI Vintage Keys C3
Piano: Tonehammer Emotional Piano (how I love this!)
Rhythm guitars are my Jazzmaster, lead is the Hagstrom, all through Scuffham S-Gear.