While waiting, guitar in hand, I was noodling with some open-chord riffs. They had a nice resonance. I began putting them into a framework that could work for a song, and before you know it, I was putting the final strokes to "Get on Home"… lyrics and all. The whole thing raced to an end in less than an hour... wish every song was so effortless... they're not.
The song is about the protagonist's experience with relationships. Loving... and leaving. First, he himself, then an unnamed lover and then, memories of his father whom he had broken ties with early on. It's about the ease with which many walk away from meaningful relationships today. The father scene is actually my memory of the day I told my father I was moving out. I was the last of his five children to grow and leave. And though he was a tough man, I could see how hard it was for him. He was being a trooper… and life moves on. Sometimes, it's only in looking back that you appreciate the subtleties. Being that it was Father's Day, there is also a suggestion of the prodigal story, and the larger love of a true Father.
When doing the video, the idea of everyone on the move seemed fitting. So images of driving became the theme. There is an interesting interim after the bridge and before the final verse which was fixed within the timeframe of the recording. I spent a few days filling it. It’s a sound-montage made up of a door-slam, an engine ignition and a car driving off… all that is surrounded by orchestral swells. But in the distance, a melody is playing. That took some thought.
I was considering song melodies that were about being lonesome. The ones I considered were… “all the lonely people” from the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby”… “alone again, naturally” by Gilbert o’ Sullivan and a few others. What made the final cut was this. From Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome” song … the melody.. “hear that lonesome whippoorwill”… then… “I’m so lonesome I could cry… and then the melody from… “somewhere over the rainbow.” That’s it, give or take a syllable and note. I think the overall feel of the soundscape works. Let me know what you think.
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving.