A Self Portrait

A Self Portrait

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Sunday skirmish (write a song in an hour) prompt 'Self-Portrait'

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A Self-Portrait

All I need is a mirror to paint
a self-portrait
The subject doesn’t get mad when I mess up
a self-portrait
I don’t have to pay a model $75/hour pose for
a self-portrait
No expectations of a sale or commission when I paint
a self-portrait

Chorus 1
When I do a self-portrait
I learn how to draw
I learn how to paint
I learn a little more about myself
Replicating the lines on my face

Vincent Van Gogh did about three dozen of
a self-portrait
Pablo Picasso 14 Salvador Dali
about a dozen
Wassily Kandinsky only did one
All my artist friends sooner or later do
a self-portrait

Repeat chorus

I feel like every song I write is
a self-portrait
The subject doesn’t get mad when I mess up
a self-portrait
I don’t have to pay a recording engineer $75/hour for
this self-portrait
No expectations of making sales or commissions when I write
a self-portrait

Chorus 2
When I do a self-portrait
I learn how to play
I learn how to sing
I learn a little more about myself
Replicating the lines on my face

Every day is
a self-portrait



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Comments

Roddy's picture

The spoken word is an excellent choice. I really felt that this was a conversation you were having with the listener. 'I learn a little bit more about myself' is very good.

nancyrost's picture

I love this one! So refreshing, insightful, funny and wise!

musicsongwriter's picture

Very nice take on a skirmish prompt Andy. Feels like you are thinking aloud. Very natural, honest, lovely song. Instantly likable.
Nadia

Zeekle's picture

Very nice. I like the last line Everyday is a self portrait, as your still creating yourself.

Marilisa's picture

I love how you've moved from painting to music in the lyrics! Lovely flow to this and as someone mentioned above it does sound like you're chatting directly with the listeners. Great work.

mikehex's picture

Great theme, everything we do is a self portrait. Creating honestly and without expectations is a great aspiration. Very nice song

barbara's picture

Your words are very motivating to me, highlighting all there is to learn from the self portrait process. Love the change to the chorus, and that Bm7 to kick it off is a very satisfying choice. I also really enjoyed the parallel between the two verses regarding the $75 per hour saved. Great skirmish!

corinne54's picture

Your lyrics made me smile - and provided much food for thought as well. Very well done

kahlo2013's picture

Great analogy of music as a self portrait in this insightful and reflective song. Wonderful sentiment. Nice guitar sound that works so well with your vocals. Great take on the prompt!

Chip Withrow's picture

Pretty guitar playing, and a nice personal look at the Artist Known As Andy Getch!

tjeff's picture

Such an honest presentation, the basic accompaniment and spoken word/partly sung vocal is perfect for your song. I really like the chorus and how it evolved the second time.