April 12, 2011

Song of the Month: “Melts Away”

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 “Melts Away”

It’s no secret that I love jazz.  It’s also no secret that I love coffee.  I attempt to merge these two interests into the perfect coffee shop song.  Melts Away is about those quiet times you spend with your significant other.  The times when the rest of the world melts away around you and it’s just the two of you in that moment.  Like drinking in that perfect cup of coffee, it both relaxes and revitalizes you.

This is the only song on the album that I use finger-style guitar playing (as opposed to using a pick).  This gives the guitar a soft mellow sound, perfect for playing intimate venues like coffee shops.  This was one of my favorite songs to write and perform, the vocal melody is perfectly in my range and the tune is fun to play solo or with a band.

I tried to keep the song structure simple in order to give Brian Falkowski (sax) and myself room to improvise and experiment with jazz riffs throughout the song.   Alex Barron lends some very unique cello playing to the tune.  I was so in love with his playing that I kept both takes and use them side-by-side in the recording so it sounds like two cello players riffing off of each other.  We never intended for that to happen, but it worked out superbly.

Melts Away Live

This video is from my CD Release Concert at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD.

Lyrics

by Matt Rodela

Trace my fingers up your back
Your spine a path I’ll slowly track
To your neck and hair and back, back down again
A trip I’ll take till dawn cracks

And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
It’s just you and me here

With your coffee eyes lookin’ back
Swim in your gaze and I relax
Smooth java skin and I’ll take you black, no need for sugar
Sweetness I know you don’t lack

And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
It’s just you and me here

Breath you in I’ll take a deep breath keep you in my lungs
Hold you inside me no need to remind me with you beside me I am one
Complete my heart complete my words complete me completely
Until I fall apart
Until we fall….

And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
And the world….melts away
It’s Just you and me here yeah…

Like this song? Have suggestions for the content of future Song of the Month entries? Let me know in the comments section below…

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