Saturday, October 11, 2008

Words worth of songs

I must have been nuts to think that I could put my songs down in the few days that I had last week. On the upside however, I did come out of the studio with one song that is pretty much done. As usual for me, it is a very personal song that really puts it out there how I feel at the moment. It's a snapshot of where I am now in my life.

The song is called "Siddharth" and is inspired by Wordsworth's "My Heart Leaps When I Behold" and my cheeky little boy. I remember the poem well because I did study literature for a couple of years in school and it is one of the shortest poems I had to memorize. I got inspired by it because of one specific line in it, "The child is the father of the man". If you haven't read it here it is:

My Heart Leaps When I Behold
(William Wordsworth)

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

The simple message of this poem is that children are superior to men because of their purity and sense of wonder that brings them closer to nature. A child can be made happy over the simplest things. For this reason, we should bind ourselves to the child we were so we can be closer to our true nature: "And I could wish my days to be / Bound each to each by natural piety." For me every man is a child first, long before he ever becomes a father. If he can retain the child in him perhaps he may become a better father.

The actual lyrics of my new song are not quite as poetic as Wordsworth's poem. I appreciate poetry but am not very good at writing it. Though I was inspired by the poem I only borrowed one line from it. I did however, incorporate the poem's staccato feel to the music.

The first time my wife heard it she was taken aback because she was expecting a soft sentimental song about our son Siddharth and what came out was an uncompromising bluesy alternative acoustic rocker type song that had attitude and a guitar solo. However, after listening to it twice in the car she was nodding her head and digging it too. You need to pay attention to the lyrics for it to mean something. I hope my son gets it when he is old enough to understand the words. I purposely made sure it was meaningful and not cheesy. The last thing I want is for him to squirm out of embarrassment after listening to it when he's older. Then again a father writing a song for his son can be quite squirm inducing no matter what. So who knows..