Never Be Me- Song #8 of #365songs – A Musical Memoir
Feature film: Big Significant Things
I went to the Living Room Theater with Mark Orton, who composed the score to that film, to watch that film.
I went to watch it with Mark because I had a song in it. In fact, at the big ‘moment’ in the movie, my song – this song – Never Be Me – played. Hearing my song in a feature film in a theater I have to say was pretty cool.
How that came to be is a really odd story.
Some years ago, I wrote a bunch of music for a character I called Mr. Lonely. Basically, Mr. Lonely sings only songs of heartbreak, I was aiming for the middle ground between Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett.
Big emotional songs, big vocals.
I tried to record some of those songs with my friend Scott Weddle, who introduced me to Mark. I played some of the songs for Mark, we recorded just a little bit of the backing tracks, but then sort of abandoned it, my fault – no money, no time, life skidding into the ditch, etc.
I then – quite a few years later – got a voicemail form Mark.
Saying he was working on a score for a movie, and wanted to ask me about I song he recalled me playing for him. Like – 7 years before. He remembered some of the lyrics, but I had no idea what he was talking about. I went back through a bunch of old hard drives and eventually found what he was talking about – he wanted to know if I’d written the song, Mr. Lonely, and I said no that’s a Bobby Vinton song. BUT then I found this song fragment on a hard drive – where I sing “That guy will never be me, I’m Mr. Lonely.”
And that was it. He remembered that song 7 years later, that I played for him one time.
So I went over to his studio and recorded this in an hour or two.
Not crazy about my vocal but completely crazy for Mark’s piano, guitar and string arrangements.
Mark is brilliant, and we have a blast working on stuff together.
And since then, I’ve written a bunch more “Mr. Lonely” songs.
All of those will see the light of day during this #365ongs project.
Video is footage from the film, slowed down to 6%.