Alan MacLeod | Love Is a Hard Thing to Hide

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Love Is a Hard Thing to Hide

by Alan MacLeod

“Love Is A Hard Thing To Hide” is an up-tempo, rockin’ shuffle ‘bout a heart that can’t have what it wants.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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Picture an old pick up truck with a bench seat. A guy is driving and his best friend rides shotgun. The best friend’s girlfriend sits in the middle between them. The best friend gets out to run an errand. The girl stays put, and does not move away from the driver.

Does it mean anything?
If you’re like the gals I talked to, it means nothing. They think, “why should she move, her boyfriend is coming right back?”
If you’re like most guys I talk to, this means the girl really wants to be “more than friends” with the driver, because she didn’t slide over until her boyfriend returned.
And that’s where this song came from.

It’s like a “Ballad of The Conflicted Third Wheel”.
I love that this song breaks a few rules of songwriting in that it’s title is “too long”, it doesn’t have a bridge section but has “post-chorus” reveals instead, there’s no “big honkin’ solo” break and, the bass guitar only really plays in the chorus.

William Crowdis, my groove master, suggested using drumsticks to play a shuffle beat. The breathless rhythms of the keys and sticks, the back and fourth between the guitars, the combo of hopefulness and angst, all work for me, personifying the conflict within our hero.

I still don’t know if our hero is imagining everything or if the gal really does like him.



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