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Week 4 Country Challenge

It’s a good thing that I used to live in Calgary and in addition to being a Flames fan could also 2 step.  I have never written a country song before, let alone an edgy one.  But that is what challenges are all about.

I worked in with Ashley Hayward, who has a lovely soprano voice, and who expressed the desire to work on this project… fun for sure.

The first part of the week we both were busy and simply sent ideas back and forth by phone.  One theme we came upon was doing the Wrong Thing… I like the title with contrary terms  Doing the Wrong Thing But the Right Way.. meaning being good at doing the wrong thing… nudge, nudge, wink, wink..  Ashley said that she already had something in mind, both tune and words about The Wrong Thing and so she wanted to pursue that avenue.

At the same time I also thought of other ideas.. The Wrong Thing was definitely a two-step dance tune but I wanted an option in the bag in the way of a slow song.  I had the idea and some basic music for the song.. I Don’t Believe in God Anymore.. a song about a Afghanistan war vet whose buddies were killed by friendly fire..  ” I’ve lost my faith in the Lord I guess, In politicians even less.”  We’ll put it on the back burner.

While I was in Toronto on family matters, I put down the guitar chord progression for The Wrong Thing while Ashley did a recording of her vocals only for her song.  When I got home to the studio I noticed that, while she was in key, her timing was off in some verses.. it was a complicated structure so it would have been hard to do without a metronome.  I asked her to re-record with the metronome which she did and I was able to lay down some tracks to support her song.  It was fun and a good exercise in engineering..

Notes on Doing the Wrong Thing But the Right Way

I always liked the Beachboys and actually photographed them when they played many years ago. (when I was a photographer)  I thought that in this case the girl should have the hot car and I like the new Camaro’s  – what colour  – Pearl White – custom job…  This is a take control – let’s have fun – no regrets –   The song is sung by the guy who is being taken along.  The first 2 verses came together quickly but getting the others was harder.  I did my best for the instrumental but I only have an acoustic guitar and had to rely on software to make is grungy..

I needed to have something that rhymed with too  … it became the sound wooo..  I noticed that this hip-hop sound is used a lot in country now.

Note that I am not a singer/performer… so

Doing the Wrong Thing But In the Right Way Whooo

Words and music by RB Martin Clarke 2015

V1

The base drum ….. is kicking

beating to the rhythm of your heartbeat babee

The guitar …. is picking

strummin out the rhythm in  your back seat babee

I know the way you like it

It’s how I like it too

Doing the wrong thing

but in the right way. wooh

V2

Your pearl white…. Camaro

Custom turbo six with a five speed babee

You’re bad to … the marrow

But you’re just the kinda woman that I need   babee

It’s just the way I like it

It’s how you like it too

Doing the wrong thing

But in the right way  wooh

Inter 1

Driving through the night with your top down honey

You’ve got the wheels and I got the money

Let’s drive to the canyon I really like the view

Doing the wrong thing but the right way whooh.

Optional

Main street

the heads are turning

Is the rumble in my brain or the sound of the car

Tamed heat

the bed’s a burning

When you’re finished with me kindly drop me back at the bar.

V3

 

Your blonde hair…. is blowin’

Tangled like a twister in the wheat fields babee

Your engine… is glowin

Getting pretty hot without your heat shield babee

I know that’s how you like it

It how I like it too

Doing the wrong thing

But in the right way whoo.

 

The sun is … a rising

Haven’t got a clue where we are now babee

Real lost I’m … surmising

Couldn’t be that far from a bar now maybe

We could do it all again

but in a week or two

Do the wrong thing

And in the right way whoo.

 

Driving through the night with your top down honey

You’ve got the wheels and I’ll get some money

Let’s drive to the canyon I really like the view

Doing the wrong thing but the right way whooh.

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