Alan MacLeod | Hey Lover

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Hey Lover

by Alan MacLeod

This swaying song celebrates the one essential element that keeps fear and jarring life changes at bay. Fave Line: “Our love is a voice in the rain sayin’ Lover? Hey Lover! Come on Lover.”
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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Alan MacLeod composes, co-writes and records songs for placement with film projects and performing artists.

This tune started by putting the capo on the 5th. fret, finding the verse chords (Amin7, G, F, Emin, E) and playing them again and again and again, completely enamored with their energy and drive.

At first, I thought the song would be about being stuck in a heat wave so intense, it was difficult to think or even move. The image in my mind was a close up shot of condensation on a beer bottle perched on the arm of a rotting wooden lounge chair in the desert with an unmoving lizard near a huge bolder with desolate miles of desert sand, rocks & sage brush in the background.

After playing that verse sequence non-stop for two days, I finally had some words going. An early version of part of verse two was included verse one for a while. The chorus began as an “all is lost/moaning & miserable wail approach”: (“Where’s our love now”?) Then it became just one word. Later, the end line arrived (“Our love is a voice in the rain sayin’ Lover?”) that broke the song open for me and I finally realized what this tune could and should be.

It was winter. It was cold. Every week brought another storm. I had $1.39 in the bank and no work on the horizon. I was worried and not sleeping. I started thinking about how change comes to us, what it does to us, how change changes us, and, what is it that keeps us going. By the time the lyrics were done, my “Bone-yard” of rejected stanzas and phrases was 7 pages long.

For you song geeks, I’ll mention that tempo was a big issue. The song was written at about 80 bpm. But I didn’t want it to be “dirge-e” so the first recording was faster, @ 89 bpm. Listening at home afterwards though, it felt “wrong”.

@ 89 bpm, the pacing felt like those Inuit throat singers and I wanted a pacing like a Zombie Walking or large beer steins being swung back and forth in blurry slow motion. We used recording software to slow it down to 85 pbm, but that didn’t feel right either. In the end, 86 was the tempo that felt better and I re-recorded the whole thing again.

The new tempo was confirmed at home, while watching my wife listen to the mix via headphones. At 89 bpm she only tapped her foot, but at 86 bpm, her hips swayed! So, this version is the one being released. Hopefully, this song will get your hips swaying too.

For more songs and information, lyrics, etc., please also visit Alan's website and YouTube page.

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