Week Five

Stupid Wedding Ring
By Kim Davidson
© 2010

I spot him in the mirror that’s hung above the bar
Check my hair and check my teeth—which is stupid—‘cause I can’t really see that far
My war-torn heart is weary, but there’s something drawing me in
So I head on over and then I see it, his stupid wedding ring

CHORUS:  Little circle of gold… you stop my heart cold!
All the good ones are wearing you, so what’s a single girl to do?
Little circle of gold… no use in bettin’—I fold!
You ruin everything… stupid wedding ring!

But then the next day in the market, while cruisin’ the dairy aisle
I feel like someone’s watching me, so I turn around wearing my best smile
There’s a tall and handsome prospect, who looks ripe for the picking
I wave and he waves back—and there it is, his stupid wedding ring

CHORUS:  Little circle of gold… you stop my heart cold!
All the good ones are wearing you, so what’s a single girl to do?
Little circle of gold… no use in bettin’—I fold!
You ruin everything… stupid wedding ring!

BRIDGE:  I wonder why I bother, it seems there’s no one left
Unless I want to rob the cradle, or marry someone on the verge of death!

So I focus on my work life, my family and my friends
I figure Fate will step on in if the time is ever right before I meet my end
Then he finds me at a party, and my lonely heart goes “Zing!”
But as he shakes my hand, I feel it burnin’, his stupid wedding ring!

CHORUS:  Little circle of gold… you stop my heart cold!
All the good ones are wearing you, so what’s a single girl to do?
Little circle of gold… no use in bettin’—I fold!
You ruin everything… stupid wedding ring!
You ruin everything… stupid wedding ring!

This week’s song doesn’t have all that much specific to its back story, so I want to talk about writing in general for a moment.  I’m finding that writing (at least for me) is 99% putting my butt in the chair.  I’m serious.  I used to be a huge proponent of Divine Inspiration and dancing with the Muse when she arrives—and believe me, I still take those moments and run with them when they present themselves—but what I’ve been learning via my weekly writing sessions is that in setting up a situation based entirely on the mechanical aspect of things, inspiration is finding me; as if I’ve hung a placard outside the office of my mind saying “open for business.”  It’s very interesting to me to be experiencing this.  I’ve read various bits about this sort of approach over the years, but somehow I never took the time to instill the discipline in myself to give it a try.  With this project I’m finally giving it a test run, and man… I’m sold.  I’ve not had a dry week yet.  Granted, some are more challenging than others, but something always ends up on the page.  And what’s even more exciting is that it’s like I’ve opened some kind of creative gateway in my head, and random ideas and inspirations come to me throughout the week—far more than they ever have before.

This week’s song is a classic example of following the discipline.  I spent the day out doing errands, letting my spirit breathe a bit, and waiting to see if anything jumped into my head.  It didn’t.  So when the time came, I sat at Starbucks and pulled out the little notebook that I always keep with me, and I started flipping through it.  After a few minutes I found a snippet of a verse that I’d scribbled down during a show a few months back (any live music event is another regular place that the Muse likes to come chill with me—hence the notebook), and I decided to see what I could do with it.  I actually didn’t finish it all at once, which I totally forgot about until the day before I was set to make my video.  That was pretty funny.  I was all cocky thinking I had this week’s song in the bag and then I opened up the notebook to type it all up and was like, “Wha-huh?”  I got as far as the bridge and then apparently never finished the final verse.  Luckily it didn’t take long to come up with something, and I was able to get the chords all figured out so the song was ready to go when I headed up to Green Tea Yoga for my recording night.

So now here’s some top secret info for you (so don’t tell anybody): I’ve been a week ahead up until now.  That was intentional.  After last year, I figured I wanted to give myself whatever edge I needed to keep myself on track.  Being one week ahead seemed like just enough.  However, at this point I am suddenly not a week ahead.  The song I thought I was going to be posting this week has yet to come together from a melodic standpoint.  I’ve been trying and trying and I just can’t get it to where I want it.  So instead of having that padding of one extra song, I’m heading into Week 6 needing to write a song for Week 6 (instead of Week 7, which would be ideal).  It’s okay—I already have a song idea that I haven’t had a chance to sit and work with just yet, but I’ll get to it on Tuesday at the latest.  And then I’ll keep plugging away at that other song and see if I can beat the melody into submission.  If not, I’ll have to try and write a second song to get myself back into that cushy place of less pressure.  After all, we’re coming up on the point where it all fell apart last year.  And I am damned if I’m letting that happen again!

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3 Responses to “Week Five”

  1. Pete Says:

    Well I for one am very happy you persevere every week. I love the humor in this song but it’s still talking about something that is hard for lots of people. I love how the chorus starts “That little circle of gold” love that little melody line there. You are doing FANTASTIC this year! Keep going! You are my weekly reminder to get back in the shed and keep recording!! Thanks for that!

  2. Derik Newton Says:

    Hey Kim!

    This is Derik of Mike and Derik, or Pelvis McGillicuddy! Sweet page! Love this tune. I’ll stay tuned in for your latest and greatest.

    Best,
    Derik

  3. newsongweekly Says:

    Yay! Thanks, Derik–and for listening!

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