Recording and Mixing Dates: Recorded December 2 and 6, 2016. Mixed December 6, 2016.
Genesis: I came up with the song based on the title of a 1993 book written by Jane Tompkins. It examines the American West as portrayed in Western novels and films. I never read the book but loved the suggestiveness of the title. I use it as a metaphor of escape, a fantasy about leaving disappointing daily lives for a supposed better existence. In short, a rewrite of the bromide, “the grass is always greener on the other side.”
I wrote the song in 1993 and over the years I tried different arrangements. Most of them evoked Glen Frey ballads, such as the Eagles “Tequila Sunrise.” They never felt right. Last week I played around with the tune again and came up with the idea of changing the feel from straight time to swing time. Once I found that this worked, I develop an arrangement that reminds me of some the mellower tunes that Mark Knopfler has recorded over the years. While rehearsing the song I realized that some of the lyrics could stand editing or replacement.
Production: Acoustic Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitar, and Brush Snare Drum.
WEST OF EVERYTHING
I see you’ve grown tired
From the daily wear and tear
I’ve got to admit I’m feeling just the same
We need to get out of here
Find some breathing room
The simple joys in life are there to reclaim
West of Everything
West of the heartaches
Way past the morning blues
West of Everything
West of the bad luck
Far from these broken schemes
West of our foolish dreams
You’ve tried to be patient
While we worked to get ahead
The way things stand we’re only marking time
The look in your eyes tonight
Says things have got to change
We both know we’ve been waiting for this sign
We’ve come to a crossroads
I’m shifting my sights
Above the horizon
My heart is taking flight
Copyright 2016 Fred Grittner All Rights Reserved
2 thoughts on “Track 49 West of Everything”
Good song, Fred, but not in my top fifteen of this year´s fine harvest. Maybe I am just too tired after a stressful week. I´d go up with the voice at the end of each verse.
That’s okay. Hope you feel better.