As a multifaceted musician there are times when you suddenly realize you’re not accomplishing some of the things you want to be accomplishing. I’m in one of those periods right now. I’ve got a lot of tunes where I’ve fleshed out the music and now need to spend time going back thru them and working on the flow, the re-write and tweaking the map of what it will be like to record it in the studio under ideal conditions. It’s a matter of dividing the time.
I need to make sure my library is getting the right attention. I need to make sure I’m getting things done for my agent to get me more work. I need to make sure I’m getting stuff done for me. It’s that whole balancing thing.
I’ve been intending to finish lyrics on a few songs for the past couple of days, but little things have been keeping me away from completing that task. I really need to regroup and focus. Get that flow back.
Which brings me to a song by Collective Soul called Where the River Flows. Music is very much like a river that takes it’s own course. That course can be guided. One of the things that I’ve mentioned at recent speaking engagements is that I’ve been very fortunate with ‘happy accidents’ in my life and my career. Meaning that most of the time the better things that have happened to me did not come from a plan but a happy accident. Those accidents tend to occur from a little guidance.
The initial thing in this song is the guitars. Smack bang right in your face with a sly groove of crispy guitars. Then comes the poppin drums. It gets rounded out with the bass and a falsetto vocal that really floats over the top. If there’s one thing that can be said about Collective Soul, it’s that they really know arrangement. Along with how to get the right sounds to make everything fit extremely well in the mix. It’s a winning combination that makes no surprise as to why they’ve had so many hits.
Go get ’em.