May 31, 2011

Song of the Month: “SWM”

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 “SWM”

SWM is definitely my most experimental song.  It was also the hardest to record.  It almost didn’t make it on the album.  The biggest challenge was finding a way to make the verses work.  Originally I was singing the verses, but with the rhythm of the guitar riff in the background, it just didn’t feel right.  Corrin Campbell, my vocal coach for the CD, suggested I try “talking” the verses instead of singing them.  All of a sudden the song took on a Cake-like pseudo rap feel that I fell in love with.  It also took me a while to figure out what kind of instrumentation to use.  I ended up taking a simple approach and treating the song like a typical rock arrangement with 2 guitars, bass, and drums.  Of course I had to keep the theme of horns on all songs and threw in the trumpet solo, which I think really ties the song together.

The lyrics are also a bit of a departure for me.  Normally my lyrics are sincere reflections of my real feelings.  In this tune I took more of a tongue-in-cheek approach to singing about a silly topic: online dating.  The topic is silly on it’s own, but throwing in a bit of a personal angle and then treating it as a sincere love song puts a unique spin on a universal genre. I look forward to taking this style further in future recordings.

Lyrics

SWM

by Matt Rodela

Single white male looking for a match
Brown hair, brown eyes, average build, about five foot nine
Likes good movies, writes poetry at night
Plays guitar, hasn’t gotten too far, but in a matter of time…

I will take you out dancing, to a club tonight
How about Karaoke under the moonlight?
Run away with me and I’ll show you a good time…
…in a matter of time.

Lonely female, seems like a catch
Brown hair, green eyes, likes frappuccinos and sunset skies
She cries at movies, reads Hemingway and Poe
Got a ring on her toe, a tattoo she doesn’t show normally

I will take her out dancing, cut a rug tonight
Sing cheesey 80s songs under the moonlight
Run away with me, yeah

I know you don’t know me
But we were meant to be, ohh, together
I don’t know any better
All I know is that we were meant to be

…Kick-ass trumpet solo…

I know you don’t know me
But we were meant to be, ooh, together
I don’t know any better
All I know is that we were meant to be

I see your smile in your picture and it looks like you have
Captured the whole world in your eyes
And I promise I’ll never make them cry, no…
But please let me show you a good time

Show you a good time , baby, oh
Show you a good time, oh baby please…

I know you don’t know me
But we were meant to be, ooh, together
I don’t know any better
All I know is that we were meant to be

We were meant to be, we were meant to be
We were meant to be, you and me
We were meant to be together
And I don’t know whether its right or wrong
So I’ll sing this song, because…

We were meant to be together…

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

1 Comment

  1. This is actually my favorite song on the album and I am so glad that it actually made it onto the album after reading the above notes about its recording difficulties and direction ambiguities. I love this song. It jumped off the CD immediately for me because it was so catchy and fun and upbeat about a subject that can be kind of lonely and sad..online dating. To me, it sounds like something I could hear on the radio today and run out and buy it the very first time I hear it…an occasion that I run across every now and then with music. I will hear something, and take a detour immediately and buy it because it just grabbed a hold of me. That is how I felt about SWM the first time I heard it. Glad it is featured as song of the month. The trumpet solo is perfect too…one of my favorite parts of the song!

    Comment by Donna Burke — July 21, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

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