"So I got this song man and I need your piano on it?"
"Cool. So what are you looking for?"
"Ha. No man, I mean like what do you want it sound like?"
"I don't know man, just need some chill piano at the end with space, it has to end with you though."
"So, kind of like a Philip Glass feel?"
"Yes. Perfect. Do that."
"Great. I'll just send you some takes and we'll go from there."
And that's the take you are hearing on "Inside Out." One Take Jake, er Jason Farnham.
I've known Jason for a long damn time. Let's put it this way, he and his wife Lisa used to watch me perform at Barnes & Noble. The audience was enormous, 6-7 people, 4 of which were drinking coffees and reading books plus 2 very attentive listeners (Insert Jason and Lisa here.) Times have changed, we're a bit older now, but we both each still have our hair and continue to rock out any chance we can get! Truth be told, Jason has more hair than I do, I mean he even spikes it and shit. Show off. I'm just happy I still have something up there because once it's gone, I might as well head down to the Museum of Natural History and become a hadrosaur, because me without hair ain't pretty.
Over the years, Jason and I have talked plenty about doing some songs together, but life always seemed to get in the way. And then, the Pandemic happened. And there was just too much Life. After one too many netflix binges, I decided I'd just see if I could put some lyrics together from a few songs I'd been playing. You see with me, I truly enjoy playing the guitar and just singing whatever comes to my head at that given time. Unfortunately, this is NOT how albums are created. In other words, I like to have fun, I love the process, but more creating in the moment than actually sitting my ass in the chair and getting the words written. But during the Pandemic, something happened. I'm not sure if it was having too much creative freedom during my time furloughed or not wanting to ask myself "What the fuck are we going to do now that a giant Cheetoh is running our country?! any more.
I started writing.
And then slowly that writing became more of a disciplined, "oh yeah, I got to put that into a verse, chorus, verse, bridge, phrasing. And so it happened. Songwriting found me again. I reached out to Jason briefly and said, "Hey man, I got this idea for a song and would you be down to put some piano at the end?" He responded, "Yep, just send me the track when you are ready." The seeds had been planted, I just need a studio.
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One day in a hotel, not too long ago I started playing these chords, Em, G, C. Simple, but there was something haunting about the first intro. I pushed record on my S9 and started to flesh things out. Not sure where time went, but I believe I started at 10 and by 2AM, I had the song title scrawled into my yellow notepad, "Inside Out." It was dangerous. It was dark. It was beautiful. Most important was the illegible black ink zig-zagging at the bottom of the page, it read: Insert Jason Farnham Piano here. I knew, Jason had to end the song.
In the end, not only did Jason end the song with his piano, he also played some haunting electric guitar, which gives the song a real cringy, unresolved feel to it. Very "Inside Out" don't you think? This crazy journey has just begun and you can expect to hear Jason Farnham on many more of my songs this year. In fact, he'll be making his second debut on February 4th for the new release of my single, "Til the Wind Blows." If you liked his piano work on "Inside Out" you're going to love this new one!
While, I truly appreciate you listening to my songs, please make sure you take a minute and meander on over to Jason's website at jasonfarnam.com He just released his new track "Edison Lights" and you can check it out on Spotify here.