Moments of life passing
shed a tear
For the warmth they bring
And the void they place in me
times were sad
Some times were tough
Sometimes I broke down and cried
Itís really been
A wonderful life
about A Wonderful Life
is probably the simplest-structured (if thatís a word)
song I ever wrote.
The song was basically written the night of
December 19, 1999.
I actually had to look at the paper again and
make sure I had my dates right cuz I canít believe
itís almost been two years!
I still remember that night so clear, and it
seriously feels like only a few months ago.
Anyway, that was the night I went Christmas
caroling with my youth group.
I always thought those events were fun.
Especially back in the day when we used to go to
the priestís house afterward for dinner.
Anyway, something happened that night between me
and someone else that put a gray cloud over the rest of
that night, we drove my friend Tymour home.
His house was right next to this girlís house
that I used to like.
When we drove by it, I saw a ďFor SaleĒ sign
on her front lawn, and I got even more depressed. I felt things were changing and leaving me behind.
When I got home around 11 something that night, I
was in the mood to write a song.
So I sat down and picked an old tune I already
had from before, and I decided to write to that.
I wasnít really sure what to write about, but
then the line Memories,
sweet memories just came to me.
So I took it from there.
wasnít really hard to write.
Within a half hour, I basically had the whole
song done. The only line I didnít finish was the last line: But
overall, itís really been a wonderful life.
I mean, I had ideas, like saying, ďWhat a
wonderful life,Ē and saying something about
ďoverall,Ē but I didnít have the line complete
where it would fit perfectly into place.
Anyway, I loved the song so much, that I kept
playing it on my guitar till after midnight.
night, I never wrote anything down on paper.
I turned the Christmas lights off, kept the
lyrics in my head, and went to bed with them floating
thereóa really stupid thing to do cuz you always
think, ďOh thereís no way Iím going to forget
this,Ē but you almost always do.
Lucky for me though, this wasnít one of those
the next day, I got my piece of paper out to write down
the lyrics I had thought of the night before.
As I got ready to write them down, I sang the
song to myself. Thatís
when I thought of the line Moments
of life passing, which I liked so much, I decided to
use instead of the line I already had.
So I wrote out everything I had so far in my head
down on paper, and then I took a 10-minute break to
watch something MTV had on Britney Spears.
After that, I started thinking about the song
again, and it was then that I thought of the closing
line, But overall
/ Itís really been / A wonderful life.
the song was complete.
It was short, but I thought it was a cool and
different type of song that didnít need a chorus or
when I showed Mario the song, he liked it a lot.
He then asked me what the name of it was. I told him that I did not know, but I was thinking of calling
it either ďWonderful Life,Ē or ďWhat a Wonderful
Life.Ē Mario said if I just called it A Wonderful Life, it would
sound good. I
liked itóreally simple.
So thatís what we decided on.
this song never repeated.
It was only after some time, maybe after months
of playing it, that Mario told me the song should repeat
and come in heavy with distortion, drums, and bass.
We tried it, and it sounded really good.
So from then on, thatís how we played it.
really like this song a lot, but the only thing I really
regret is that we didnít add higher octaves during the
second part. We thought of a lot of cool ideas in the studio for our
songs, but what sucked was that I didnít think of
doing those octaves on this song till the very day we
finished the CDÖ. as we listened to it on the way home
from the studio. I
really wish I thought of it earlier, because I think it
would have really added so much more to the song.
I guess itís too late, so whatever.
But when we re-record it sometime down the road
when weíre big superstar rockstars, Iíll remember.
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