A Song A Week – Week 20 – Dirty Ground

The quest to write, record, produce and release a song a week. To read why I’m doing such a thing as well as being a full-time producer and musician for others, check out the first ‘A Song A Week’ blog post HERE.
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Welcome to Week 20 of the A Song A Week blog. I’m going to dive straight in with how ‘Dirty Ground’ came to be…

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A Song of Old

Hey, hey, hey! I trust you’re well!

Dirty Ground is an old old old old old old old old song. Well, I wrote it in around 2008 anyway.

That very first version I wrote with my pal Carly (who also co-wrote Week 8’s A Song A Week release ‘Korvatunturi’ which you can read about and listen to HERE) is basically exactly the same now as it was then.

So, Carly and I used to be in a band called Mr Fynn and we wrote some pretty cool songs, if I do say so myself.

We were even supported by a very young, very shy and only 3 people turned up to see him Ed Sheeran at a particularly seedy venue in Kingston many moons ago.

Glad to see things have worked out equally well for both of us………

Well, anyway, I digress… I look back with incredibly fond memories of Mr Fynn and whenever I think of our songs I smile and maybe humm a melody for a bit and then I get on with my day.

Except for when I think about Dirty Ground.

Firstly, it was the first song that I ever solely wrote with Carly (and we’ve gone on to write together a whole bunch of times since), but far less nostalgic than that – I think the song is pretty damned good.

It’s interesting musically and I think Carly’s lyrics for the song are absolutely excellent.

A particularly moody picture of Mr Fynn circa 2008… apologies about the quality – after a bit of googling, this was ripped straight from our myspace page… I didn’t even know myspace was still a thing!

So, why rehash old material? Well, if a song is a good song (in ones opinion, obviously), then it’s a good song (in ones opinion!)

On the flip side of that (and something I come across an awful lot with my production hat on) if a song isn’t a strong song, it doesn’t matter what bells and whistles and latest production trends and trickery and excellent musicianship and fresh sounds and great mixes and money thrown at at it and this that and the other – if it’s not a strong song, it’ll probably never be a strong song.

Again, all of this is up to the listener really, but I have to make judgement calls as a songwriter and as a producer and mix/mastering engineer every single day that are unique to me alone based on experience, art, science, trend and taste.

At the end of the day, I was still thinking about Dirty Ground being a song worth recording again some 9 years after first writing it, so there’s got to be something in that.


But You Didn’t Write A Song This Week

True, but I did write Dirty Ground 9 years ago and I worked really bloody hard on it… so there!

and, to be totally honest with you, it was really nice doing a song this week where I didn’t have to write the lyrics.

Really really nice actually.

Every time I write with Carly or listen to her lyrics, I just think what a superb wordsmith she is (you can hear more of her music with her excellent duo (featuring Dean Morris, of Mr Fynn fame! (No way man! (way!))) Pipe & Tabor HERE

And really, I didn’t have to worry about any actual writing at all. I already knew how I wanted the song to sound, because I’d already worked so hard on the songwriting so long ago and I guess I’ve been evolving it in my head for 9 years really.

So it meant I was able to spend a proper and decent amount of time on recording and production and I think it’s resulted in a very cool and polished sounding production, without the time restraints I sometimes find myself with during other weeks… if only there were some way to make sure I had more time to work on A Song A Week (PATREONPATREONPATREONPATREONPATREON, go to PATREON and your and my life will be 100x better, PATREONPATREONPATREON)


Maybe I’m being too nostalgic with Dirty Ground and I’d love to know what you think in comparison to the other 19 thus far, so don’t hesitate to let me know, but I think it’s a damned good song and I think it sounds pretty damned cool too!


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Tom x

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