March 16, 2011 by Tommy Link
In the completion of my most recent song, I have encouragingly (though also embarrassingly) encountered a first in my writings: this has been the first time I have started something and given up on it, only to find it months later and with a different mind set, complete it with a sense of satisfaction. That’s not to say this is the first time I’ve ever given up on something I started to write, as with many many MANY attempts, I find myself frowning upon them the day after I start them. Thus the embarrassing aspect is that this the first time I successfully or unintentionally put something to the side and finished it later. I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later, and I’m glad it did. Hopefully it won’t be last time.
Lengthy introduction regarding my poor work ethic aside, something new is done. It’s basis strays a bit from the majority of what I write, having less to do with reflections upon personal observations within my immediate life. I suppose it could be called a protest song of sorts. I attempted to go for a more “big picture” feel with it, but it attempts to be more of an uplifting theme as opposed to accusatory.
I would say its influenced to an extent by the current worldly turmoil. Both the uprisings in the Middle East and the disaster in Japan have left me with me the desire to feel more knowledgeable as to whats going on in the world and have me feeling more concerned in general. I’m normally quite small scale in my doings and knowings. I wanted this song to be a “find light in the darkness” type message, so long as it’s taken the right way. I realize its easy for me to say “hey, don’t give up hope!”, while anything I’ve experienced recently is less than a minor inconvenience. I only hope for strength of will for all and any who need it, because I honestly don’t know what else to do or say in a time like this.