Sway: synonym - "influence".
When you are young and starry-eyed and you grab a guitar for the first time.....and then aspire to write songs, you naturally end up using your favorite songs/bands as your template, or your teacher. Then as you get a little older you try hard to not sound like your musical hero's as much (if possible).
And now that I am much older, I have come to embrace my influences and the finer side of pastiche. Why? Who knows, maybe it's just for the fun of it, or just to see if I can write something in the style of vintage Paul McCartney for no reason other than I wish more folks were writing stuff that sounded like vintage Wings. Yes, I do tend to pine for days of old when there is isn't too much happening in the days of now.
But as (some) songwriters get older... they generally want to have fun with song writing- rather than trying super hard to reinvent the music-wheel and to sound as original as humanly possible. Don't get me wrong, I love new and fresh original music when written well. And I do come across it on occasion (esp. this past year).
The new TV album that is currently in progress is chock full of "influences". Many songs will sound very inspired by our favorite bands growing up during the 70's. For example: "The Continental" has Queen written all over it, Killer Queen to be exact. "Ghostwriter" pays homage to the great Harry Nilsson, "She Can't Say No" and "Let it Go" to that of Abbey Road (side two), and other songs like "Starlight Mystery" will explore the vibes of Gilbert O'Sullivan and Jellyfish. Cheap Trick, Brian Wilson, ELO, Klaatu and many more influences can be found here. And of course a 9 minute McCartney and Wings like medley has been written for the album (Think Venus & Mars, Red Rose Speedway and Uncle Albert).
In addition - there will be a variety of guest performers, including KC Bowman, Zak Nilsson, and Andrea Perry who handles most of the bass guitar. And Yohei from The Recreations - who also co-wrote Starlight Mystery with me (he also plays and sings on the track). A handful of other guests will join in too, but I'll keep them a secret for now.
I'll add to the blog weekly and discuss new songs and perhaps share some sound bytes as well. And I'll share the music of my friends, those very fine writer/musicians who are lending their time and talent to our album.
Here is the first friend to be introduced, and speaking of that fresh, new and well written material I stumbled upon earlier this year. Please check out this great song from Yohei and The Recreations...with Swing Together!
Scott and the TV crew