This song started as a voice memo, a brief line of lyrics and the slightest suggestion of melody sung to my phone. The line in question was this one:
tell your teacher I got some bright ideas
Admittedly, that's not much to build a song around. The concept of "bright ideas" stayed with me. I live in the Greater Dayton area, and this is a place that has seen many inventors and creatives. I decided to build the song into a love letter of sorts to the Gem City and to the thinkers who called this place home. I also decided to try to write a Guided By Voices song.
The second thing I wrote was the riff for the outro. I did the writing on piano, but I knew from the beginning that I would want that hook played on guitar and also sung. I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to include a traditional "chorus" with the song, and that I wanted it to be short and punchy.
I am also thankful to the personnel who played on this single. Here are the credits:
released March 31, 2020
Music & Lyrics by Mike Bankhead
Bass, Vocals: Mike Bankhead
Guitar, Vocals: Eric Cassidy
Drums: Brian Hoeflich
Vocals: Patrick Himes
Produced by Patrick Himes & Mike Bankhead
Engineered and Mixed by Patrick Himes at Reel Love Recording Company, Dayton, Ohio
Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering, Nashville, Tennessee
Art by Ashka RA
©℗2020 You Could Be My Aramis Music (BMI)
"Bright Ideas" was taken down from global streaming services when I changed distributors, but it will be back TOMORROW, Tuesday 22nd March, 2022.