Well, on the last blog I sang a cover from 1999...so today it's time to showcase a song I wrote in 2014! Back when I went on my writing retreat last fall, I ended up being very productive in the songwriting arena. I house-sat for one of my music colleagues and there was no wifi, no tv...just me, the piano, and his dog.
One morning I got up at 5am...because sometimes my body likes to do that to me--especially when I want to be productive. So, at 5am, I went straight to the piano and started playing to see if maybe some genius would come to me that early in the morning. Now, I wouldn't call what happened genius...but it was at least something!
I started off with the happiest melody I've ever written. Then, the title "Coffee At Midnight" came to me because I was drinking coffee at 5:00am...which might as well have been midnight to me. I started writing a love song and thinking about the time I started dating my, now husband, Billy. We started dating while I lived in NYC. When it rains in NYC, it's the worst. Even if you're decked out in your umbrella, rain boots, and rain jacket, it doesn't matter. Your umbrella will inevitably flip inside out from the wind tunnels made by the buildings, all your stuff will get wet, and you will have the worst day ever. But, when I was dating Billy, literally nothing could get me down. I could be walking in the rain, but since my phone was lighting up with messages from this new guy, every day was the best day ever.
So, that is the essence of this song. It's about the giddiness and joy of the beginning of a relationship, which I'm sure we've all felt before--and pray that it never goes away! Below are the lyrics and a link to hear a demo of the song. Enjoy!
Coffee At Midnight by Erica Bryan
Verse 1: I'm drinking coffee at midnight
You got me staying up all night long
And now I'm watching the sunrise
Still writing you a love song
Pre-Chorus: They say that love can be so blind
But it's pretty clear you're why the sun shines
Chorus: Baby it's you, you got me wired
Baby it's you, I can't get tired
when i'm hanging on to every word you say
you give me a reason to love everyday
and it's you, yeah it's you
Verse 2: One taste now I'm addicted
Can't live without your kisses
You got me buzzing while sober
I don't want this high to be over
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!
Remember that epic day in 1999 when the punk pop song "All the Small Things" by Blink 182 debuted on the radio, and probably TRL...and probably when people watched VH1?!
Well, fast forward 16 years to when Billy and I are old and eating dinner on the porch. For some reason we think of that song and I say, "What if we did like a cool soul version of that song?! I know it's not a lyrical masterpiece...but I think it would be funny."
So...here we are...
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.