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The Muse & The Mind ...inside story of my Shotgun Song ~

Posted on July 12, 2019 with 0 comments

Writing about one of my fav things, driving,  was pretty easy.  I love going for day trips and joyrides, especially in a nice car!  Shotgun is about the peace of mind that comes when enjoying that ride and also the ride of life.  It's about feeling quite good …. but also missing that passenger next to you; that someone to enjoy the open road with; to enjoy life with.  My husband and I were best friends and took many long drives together; blasting the radio, having a ball!   I miss that immensely but I  know it can’t be him sitting there anymore...and as much as I fight it, I still can't help but wonder, who is my next "Shotgun" rider.  


Shotgun is very positive and upbeat and essentially about movement. . . . . .  Moving on, moving forward, moving your mind, moving your heart, moving your body, your get the point.   


I chose this song to be the first professional studio recording since my husband passed two years ago because of its positivity and the mystery of how I made the decision:  I was scrolling through my iPhone video snippets looking for a tune I started in 2016 called “Touch”...I couldn’t find that recording, but I found another song snippet that totally caught my attention....immediately you hear my husband’s voice complimenting me and at the end he gives it a total thumbs up approval.   I knew that was the ONE.  It was no where near being a "song" nor did it have a title or words for that matter...I was just strumming the guitar and humming a cool melody.  I had loads of motivation and new experiences that helped me shape this into something worthwhile.   I’ve written many songs in these last couple of years and as expected most of them sad and full of hurting energy.  I do plan to record a couple of the ‘sad songs’, especially the very first song I wrote when Larry left called “Waiting Here”…but the birth of Shotgun had to take place and I'm very happy to share it with the world....a few months after I finished recording it, I signed a record deal with Rhombus Records and Shotgun was released on July 2!  What a nice ride it has been so far....."shotgun rider right here next to me, feet up in my passenger's seat"


Tea ~