The unorthodox story behind "Until I Have You"

As so often is the case, the path to creating anything is rarely short or straight, and this song is no exception.

As I've written in the past, one of the few remaining ways for songwriters/artists/producers to make money with music anymore is to license songs to film, TV, and advertising.  Sometimes we get an email that has come to us [and goodness knows how many others], giving the specifics of what someone is looking for.  Sometimes there's another song they've temped into their video, but it's a song that's either unavailable or too expensive and they want something that FEELS and SOUNDS like that song, but is NOT that song.  And sometimes we decide to set everything else aside and do our best to crank something out that might fit their needs, in hopes that we might land the license and pay some bills.  

The Story Behind "It's You I Love"

This month's release was one of our "in case of emergency, break glass" releases for the Year of the Groove.  We had planned to put out a song I wrote called "Human" this month, but after talking about the promotional angles, we decided to wait on that one until we could properly line things up and not rush. So, we pulled out this track that was never officially released, polished up the mix, mastered it, and sent it through the pipeline.  It would have been released eventually on an EP I've got planned in my head, but I'm excited it's out there now because I actually really love this track and I'm glad to be able to talk about how it came about.

The Story Behind Glitter & Bliss.

The Story Behind Glitter & Bliss.

Glitter & Bliss is one of those tracks that had a rather unorthodox path to the final version you hear.  Most of the tracks we are releasing during our Year of the Groove have come about in one of two ways. Either it was a track Kurt started and then I wrote the lyric and melody over the top [which in songwriting is called "top lining"], or I write the song on my own and then do a rough demo and then present it to Kurt...

Our Christmas Song And The Six Month Debrief...

This whole "Year of the Groove" is certainly giving us a run for our money and this last month is no exception.  Can we just debrief for a moment? 

Our September release "The Legend of the Fall" ended up being used to help promote awareness about the labeling initiative for genetically modified foods.  This happened after we were contacted by the Oregon Right to Know organization before the November election.  I hadn't planned on any of that happening but was extremely happy to use our song for an issue that was so important for me, so I put a lot of time into creating WGC branded social media content for both Oregon Right to Know and Right to Know Colorado.  That took me right up to when I was also working on the video for Supermodel Astronaut...

The Story Behind The Legend of the Fall

Anyone who has known me for any length of time most likely knows that I am staunchly opposed to the practice of putting genetically modified food into the mainstream food supply without the consumer's knowledge.  I'm so passionate about it, at the advice of a friend, I started a Facebook page called "Don't Put That In Your Mouth" where I had a place to channel my righteous anger over the situation.  [I've not been nearly as attentive to that page since the Year of the Groove has started simply due to limited time, but my heart is still very much in this topic.]

The Story Behind Kiss Me Slow [with a lot of back story]

I've shared in a video on YouTube about how we arrived at the musical direction things have moved in since our Chillodesiac Lounge, vol. 1: Fever release in 2007.  I'll recap here in case you missed the video.   If you already know the story, you can skim down…