“August 3rd” (Session 2)

Adam Fearnall
Nov 29, 2018 · 2 min read

When we set out on our Songshop experiment, we had big plans. We were going to post something like weekly because well, we were writing weekly.

Unsurprisingly we failed, like for serious failed, uhhh…failed BIG. In case you’re wondering that’s the technical phrase for “committed publicly to a new project and then didn’t do it even a bit.”

This is redemption time, but maybe, don’t trust us? This could be a mirage.

We recorded the bones of the song “August 3rd” on, you guessed it, August 3rd, 2017. We posted it four days later on August 7th, 2017. If our little idea isn’t still stuck in your head, refresh your memory below.

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Tonight, November 28th, 2018, I’m sitting at home with my Calgary Flames hat for some unexplained reason that has to do with all sorts of explainable things that I suspect I’ll write about someday (figure that shit out), I dove into the voice note archives and realized that this song has a path worth following.

So, 482 days later, on August 16th, 2017 (I counted, are you really going to check my math?), I want you to hear where we go next.

We pick up the session sometime around 7:30pm after we’ve been at it for a little while. Listening back to the tape, we cycle through a lot of bad ideas before Tom hits on something and says, “that’s the chorus.” Next, we fiddle around, figuring out chords, and some harmonies (kinda) at which point Tom says, “that’s a bitchin’ chorus.” I obviously am as cool as he is so I echo, in my super comfortable Adam-swears-not-that-much voice, “that is a bitchin’ chorus.” Then, a little more Tom wisdom, “you gotta be free with it.” Then, before we leave for the night we give it a little performance, complete with “nah, nahs,” and a Tom vocal tag at the end.

A quick warning, this track is a little longer, so if you’re super impatient and don’t know to find out how we got to what we left the session with (I mean, who are you if you don’t want to hear that?), skip ahead to 2:25.

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