Some folks on Songfight put together a songwriting contest called NUR EIN. It’s half Survivor, half Idol, with judges for the first few rounds and a jury-of-the-ousted for the finale. There are more details at the NUR EIN site.
This song is my entry for round one, “Pencil Me In.” (And note that the hand claps in the intro were a requirement of the contest …)
I also tried using the acoustic guitar as a rhythmic instrument, something I hear in a lot of alt-country tunes. Boosting that part around 8Khz brings out the sound of the pick hitting the strings which adds to the verses some of the high frequencies missing because there’s no hi hat.
has always been my thing.
8 months, I still ain’t got it right.
I wouldn’t say you’re cavin’
or blame you for leavin’.
Believe me, I go through this every night.
We’re two of a kind, but we’re no good together.
It won’t be long
’til you change your mind, and leave me forever.
It won’t be long.
It’s not your fault
that I’m so awful
at telling folks what’s on my mind.
I can’t unsay the things I’ve said
but I should add in my defense:
I might have just been loaded at the time.
It’s ok if you don’t want to commit to us.
I don’t mind if you just pencil me in.
I know that I ain’t never been good for much,
so it’s OK, just pencil me in …