What You've Got

What You've Got

Amanda Rose Riley's picture

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What You've Got (50/90 Challenge)

Liner Notes: 

So my energy/motivation/creativity is really starting to flag during that last push to get to 50, even though I still have loads of ideas that I think are good and really want to finish. I just feel like I've written so many melodies (and I know that not everyone does this, but I've been trying really hard to make every single one of them distinct from each other, and catchy -- that's very important to me) that it's hard to just keep churning them out, and even though my melody and lyric writing skills have definitely improved since July, I just feel like there's a limit to how many good songs you can write without taking a real break. Especially without much going on outside, it gets terribly monotonous.

That said, I do want to get to 50, and I want to finish those remaining ideas that I think could be great. So what I did for this, and what I plan on doing for the duration unless my inspiration comes back, is I took a half-finished idea, and gave myself an hour to finish it. No breaks, no switching to another song, etc. A little bit like a skirmish I guess but more personal.

I wrote another song before about quarantine and stuff (http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/44239), and these two are probably all I will write on the subject as I don't personally find the idea of a quarantine-related album interesting or original. I've had some mental health breakdowns over this year's BS, not gonna lie (if you're prone to depression and anxiety that's what happens at a time like this), but I've also had a lot of really positive experiences by buckling down and forcing myself to work and take risks (even if that just means emailing someone intimidating that I want to collaborate/work with - that still counts as a risk!). Like I think I can honestly say this was my best and most productive year with music thus far, and it's not even technically autumn yet! Anyway, I had this song idea several months ago before finally deciding to finish it today, but yeah, that's what it's about. I thought I was being lazy by basically only writing one verse and then only slightly varying it for V2, but actually in the end I feel like it works. And I'm not that unhappy with the melody like I thought I'd be either, so apparently forcing a song works sometimes!

Lyrics: 

Little Joey Parker lived for the game
When it was on he watched, when it wasn't he played
So when the virus swept through the town, and all gathering had to be stopped
He didn't know what to do

He sat around for a good few days
Wondering if he'd ever laugh again
But one day he realized, in spite of all we can't control
We take control of what we can
And he stopped pitying himself, and he took in some deep breaths
And he started to do some drills

He said I can't be sure if things will ever be the same
But I can tell you when we get back on that field again
I'm gonna be better than I've ever been
I'm gonna be the best this town has ever seen
It's about making the best with what you've got

All I ever wanted was to sing on a stage
When my heroes played I watched, when they didn't I played
So when the virus swept through the town, and all gathering had to be stopped
I didn't know what to do

I sat around for a good few days
Wondering if I'd ever laugh again
But one day I realized, in spite of all we can't control
We take control of what we can
And I stopped pitying himself, and I took in some deep breaths
And I started to chase my next goals

I said I can't be sure if things will ever be the same
But I can tell you when we get back on that stage again
I'm gonna be better than I've ever been
I'm gonna be the best this town has ever seen
It's about making the best with what you've got

And that's how I made the year that everybody hates work for me

And I can't be sure if things will ever be the same
But I can tell you when we get back to our lives again
You can be better than you've ever been
You can be the best this town has ever seen
It's about making the best with what you've got



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Comments

AndyGetch's picture

Well done on the timed song. That too is about making (sometimes quick decisions to get ) the best with what you've got Smile .

billwhite51's picture

i like the wy you start out wuth the kid who plays sports, then shift to yourself in the same predicament. the song us catchy and brings out a lot of the feelings many are having after sux months in lockdown. i also like the "I said I can't be sure if things will ever be the same." i think a lot of people are wondering that i know that i am.