Songs For Birds Song Highlight
Track 4 - Untitled (When I See You)
Easily one of my favorite tracks on the album, It catches my intended style perfectly. I wrote the song late summer/ early fall 2013. Influenced by the juno soundtrack, specifically kimyadawson ‘s contributions to the soundtrack. It’s a cute song about meeting someone new, being happy around that person and just wanting to be with them. I also titled it untitled but gave it a subtitle because I thought it’d be funny. Its untitled but it technically has a title. (Get it? I’m corny sorry)
Lyrically,I intentionally went with random lyrics and made up words (pari) just to get people to smile. The first time I performed it for a group, the person who introduced me quipped after “I too am allergic to nuts, so I can relate to this song.”. Lyrically this song was the beginning of me trying to be as simple as possible, taking a pure yet poppy approach with out attempting to sound manufactured. I think I succeeded. Also “I usually sing a bit better” is my favorite line, as most people think I’m just commenting on my vocals at the time but that’s actually a line in the song.
Instrumental wise, I thought this song would shine with the banjolele, which I think worked really well for it. For those who don’t know a banjlolele is a ukulele designed like a banjo, so it emulates a banjo sound but with a ukulele tuning, so no need to learn a new instrument. The instrumental is pretty simple, and cute much like the lyrics. I threw in a splash of harmonica for a tiny bit of diversity.
Also regarding vocals, I had originally sung it in a low monotone voice, but as I got more comfortable with vocals I started to sing it in a higher pitch with a bit more effort in my voice. I was unsure which sounded better so I layered them together to give a nice duet/harmony feel to it. When I perform it live I follow the higher vocals.
And for the record, on two occasions I’ve gotten a group to sing along with me. I think the sing along chorus makes the song that much better.