February 19, 2011

Song of the Month: “I’ll Remember You”

Once a month in my Song of the Month Series I take an in-depth look at one tune from my album, “Insert Coin”. Each entry in the series may include alternate takes, acoustic recordings, videos, lyrics, or anything else I feel like sharing about the featured tune.

A little Background on “I’ll Remember You”

This song is one of the most ambitious endeavors on my album.  It’s also one of the songs that I wish I had more time (and money) to record it just right.  It’s a song that needs to build delicately, in just the right way, so you’re always curious to know what happens next, musically and lyrically.  It’s a song that’s meant to take you on a journey, and at the end, leave you wanting more.  It almost gets there, but I think my ambition was bigger than my production abilities on this one.  I still love it though, it’s one of my favorites.

The highlight of this song for me is the bridge section where I pay homage to the art of horn rock made popular by Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, and many other groups from the 60′s and 70′s.  As a trumpet player I love a good soli horn riff, and this section was my no-apologizes love letter to that genre.  I feel like I could have done more with this section though, especially with the rhythm instruments…it’s not quite funky enough for my tastes.

I like the way the music and words work together in this tune.  Like the lyrics, which are loosely based on a good friend of mine that has yo-yo’ed in and out of my life for the better part of a decade, the music also bounces back and forth, never really finding a home to fit into until the end.

This is also the tune with the most instruments playing at once, with close to 30 separate tracks going at the same time at the end.  Yet the song only start with one instrument.  I love that contrast.

I hope to take many of the ideas in this song and hone and tighten them into future songs I record…I feel like I’m onto something here.

Behind the Scenes Video

Lyrics

by Matt Rodela

Wandering along a lonely path
A Gypsy stops to rest her back
Sets down the load she’s hauling

That is how I found her there
Tired, worn, with dirty hair
I said, “How ya doin’ darlin’?”

She said, “Howdy stranger I’m alright
My journey’s lasted through the night”
She laid her head on my shoulder

We sat there and had a time
Our souls connected, stars aligned
But the road was calling her away

Did you wander off for the last time?
Took away my piece of mind
Now I’m left here wondering
When it’s through
Will you still remember me
No matter where you’ll be
I’ll remember you…I’ll remember you

Throughout the years she’d pass again
Weary and in need of a friend
She had changed but somehow she was still as I remembered

Ages since she went away
I have grown old and grey
Yet the memory of her remains

Did you wander off for the last time?
Took away my piece of mind
Now I’m left here wondering
When it’s through
Will you still remember me
No matter where you’ll be
I’ll remember you…I’ll remember you

You inspired me to be something more than you can see
Can I continue on my own wondering if you have found you’re home
You inspired me to be something more than you can see
Can I continue on my own wondering if you have found you’re home

Did you wander off for the last time?
Took away my piece of mind
Now I’m left here wondering
When it’s through Will you still remember me
No matter where you’ll be
I’ll remember you…I’ll remember you

1 Comment

  1. This used to be my least favorite song but it has really grown on me. I think it is a very sophisticated song and I like how I hear something different each time I hear it.

    Comment by Osborne — February 25, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

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